BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific Spanish Portuguese Caribbean

BBC News World Edition
 You are in: Americas  
News Front Page
Middle East
South Asia
Talking Point
Country Profiles
In Depth
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
Sunday, 23 September, 2001, 02:53 GMT 03:53 UK
New Yorkers urged to overcome grief
Curious onlookers gather to see the devastation in Lower Manhattan
There is now a need for normal routine, says Mr Giuliani
As rescue workers continue to sift through the rubble of the World Trade Center, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has said it is important that New York gets back to normal.

Mr Giuliani told New Yorkers the chances of finding anyone alive were fast diminishing and that going back to daily routines was the best way to honour the victims.

Rudolph Giuliani
Mayor Giuliani: People should grieve but also live
With former President Bill Clinton at his side, Mr Giuliani appealed to residents: "Go out and do the things you normally do. Go back to your normal way of life.

"Everybody's going to mourn and feel terrible and feel awful - and then there are going to be times when people just cry," he said.

"But they have to be able as best they can to get back to work, get back into normal life, get back into enjoying their lives - and also, stop being afraid."

Memorial services are taking place in New York on Sunday, culminating in an event at the New York Yankees baseball stadium called A Prayer for America.

Around 91,000 tonnes of debris have been removed from the site of the World Trade Center as the clearance operation continues.

So far 261 bodies have been recovered and 6,333 people are still missing.

Mayor Giuliani said the work to dig through the wreckage will continue meticulously. He said the recovery efforts would continue for "some time" although he did not offering optimism for the families of those missing.

Overcome fear

The BBC's Valerie Jones says the rescue teams at the World Trade Center are clearly feeling the strain, ending their shifts exhausted and, at times, demoralised.

An exhausted rescuer takes a break
Digging through the debris takes its toll
"I didn't come here to find the dead. I came to find the living," one worker said.

In other attempts to get back to normal, more residents from the area surrounding the Trade Center have been allowed to return home, although about 5,500 homes still remain off limits.

And in Washington, the White House flag which had been flying at half-mast in tribute to the victims of the attacks in New York and Washington, and the crashed plane in Pennsylvania is now fully hoisted.

But while people trying to pick up normal routines, memorial services in New York on Sunday be another opportunity chance for people to honour the victims.

Multi-faith service

Some 60,000 people are expected to attend the service at the Yankee baseball stadium, which will also be televised and relayed on screens at other stadiums.

A worker at a clothes store inspects the shop covered in asbestos
Return to normality will take a huge effort
Opera singer Placida Domingo and entertainer Bette Midler will be taking part along with a children's choir from Harlem.

It will be a multi-faith service with Muslim, Jewish and Christian leaders participating in what organisers are calling a time for New Yorkers to remember and reflect.

The BBC's Jane Standley reports
from outside the Yankee Stadium where today's memorial service is due to take place
Mayor Giuliani and former US President Bill Clinton
urge New Yorkers to help the city get back to normal


Political uncertainty






See also:

20 Sep 01 | Americas
16 Sep 01 | Americas
13 Sep 01 | UK Education
Links to more Americas stories are at the foot of the page.

E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Americas stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |