Obama arrives in New York for 9/11 ceremonies

AFP , Sunday 11 Sep 2011

US President Barack Obama attends 9/11 ceremonies as the United States is witnessing its 10th anniversary

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U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady, Michelle Obama, depart Joint Base Andrews to attend ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, in New York (Photo: Reuters)

US President Barack Obama arrived in New York Sunday to take part in ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

Obama will visit the Ground Zero site of the felled World Trade Center towers to pay homage to about 3,000 people who perished in the attacks.

On Saturday, Obama vowed that the United States would never waver in its fight against terrorism.

"Ten years ago, ordinary Americans showed us the true meaning of courage when they rushed up those stairwells, into those flames, into that cockpit," the president said in his radio and Internet address. 

"We will protect the country we love and pass it safer, stronger and more prosperous to the next generation," he added.

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