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Wednesday, 11 September, 2002, 18:28 GMT 19:28 UK
Attacks remembered: In quotes
Mourners at the ceremony at Ground Zero
Several world leaders sent words of sympathy
BBC News Online brings together quotes from around the globe as world leaders and grieving relatives alike mark the one year anniversary of the 11 September attacks.

US President George W Bush

"Today we remember each life... and we renew our commitment to win the war that began here. The terrorists chose this target hoping to demoralise our country. They failed."

Aimee Dechavez, sister of victim, New York

"They never found any parts of my brother so for us he is here. It is the last place he was seen, so this is where we want to be."

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg

"They were our neighbours, our husbands, our children, our sisters, our brothers and our wives. They were our countrymen and our friends. They were us."

New York firefighter Lt. Mickey Kross

"I would like to just get through the day and then wake up on the 12th. Then I want to go somewhere and not tell anybody I'm a fireman - I'll tell them I'm a button salesman or something. And I want to go sit by myself and reassess my life."

British Prime Minister Tony Blair

"September 11 was, and remains, above all an immense human tragedy. But September 11 also posed a momentous and deliberate challenge not just to America but to the world at large. The target of the terrorists was not only New York and Washington but the very values of freedom, tolerance and decency which underpin our way of life."

Venkata Subba Reddy, from India, father of WTC victim

"We have lost our son here. He was our only son, he was such a good boy, always helping others. When he was here he would send money back to his friends in India."

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder

"Our thoughts are with the victims and their relatives. They are also with the citizens of the United States, our friends... We will continue to do everything to succeed in the fight against international terrorism without giving up our own values."

Czeslaw Stylinski, relative of victim, Warsaw

"I lost my sister in the attack, Maria Jakubiak. Coming here makes me feel as though this tragedy happened today. We cannot forget."

Pope John Paul II

"We pray for the victims today, may they rest in peace, and may God show mercy and forgiveness for the authors of this horrible terror attack... Terrorism is and always will be a manifestation of ferocious inhumanity."

Kristie Ruiz, daughter of victim, New York

"There are no barriers here, everyone is here to mourn. But in the end, it won't change anything. I'll still wake up every day and feel that loss."

French President Jacques Chirac

"Today, France remembers. France knows what it owes America... Today, the French people affirm their kinship with the American people. I want to express to each and every one of you, and through you to your countrymen, France's friendship, loyalty and solidarity."

Murial Borza, aged 11, whose sister Deora Bodley died when Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville

"People can make a pledge to do a good deed that will help mankind in some small way. Even if it's a hug, kiss, smile or wave, prayer or just a silent thought of those we love, it will make people feel good and the remembrance of our loved ones will not be forgotten."

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

"On that day you wonderful people of this great country awoke to find you were fragile, you were vulnerable - for so long bad things had happened to other people a long way away. The world stands by you, trying to wipe the tears from your eyes."

Nenita Nadira, relative of victim, in New York

"One year didn't give us a chance to heal. This will allow us to understand the reality."

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan

"I think it was a neglect of the international community in the 1990s in Afghanistan that allowed al-Qaeda to have such a breeding ground in Afghanistan, and therefore we need to be careful as we move into the future not to have these situations exist."

New York firefighter Peter Critsimilios, remembering 11 September 2001

"Our boots melted from the heat while we worked in those first hours... We would dig until we were exhausted."

Queen Elizabeth II

"The dreadful attacks of September 11 may have threatened freedom, innocence and other values we hold dear, but they also inspired grace, charity and courage."

Russian President Vladimir Putin

"In Russia, we say that time heals everything, but there are things that we cannot forget and which must not be forgotten."

Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz in letter to former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark

"I offer my deepest sympathy to you, and through you, to the victims' families. Our sympathy over this event goes hand in hand with what we feel in Iraq about the tragedies inflicted on our people in the course of 12 years of continuous aggression and UN sanctions."

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