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'Remembering my loving daughter'
Maggy Owen will attend the opening of the memorial garden in central London to victims of the 9/11 attacks
Maggy Owen lost her daughter Melanie in the 9/11 attacks
The mother of a British victim of the 11 September attacks in America has said that terrorism must be eradicated with whatever means necessary.

Melanie de Vere was one of 67 British victims in the terror attacks in the United States in 2001.

On the second anniversary of 11 September, her mother Maggy Owen, together with the relatives of other British victims, are to attend the unveiling of a memorial garden.

The central plaque in the Grosvenor Square Garden memorial, in central London, will be dedicated to all those who were killed in the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon.

Speaking to BBC News, Mrs Owen said: "We have to make the world a safer place, whatever it takes. Terrorism must be stamped out.

"Whoever's trying to change the world and make it a safer place, I'm right behind them."
A garden is a beautiful remembrance because it is living and growing
Maggy Owen

Mrs Owen said the people need to be assured that such events will never happen again.

She described her daughter as kind, generous and loving: "Melanie loved London life. She had many friends here and so many of them have been in touch with me over the last two years.

"It's very warming to think that there are so many people that remember such a lovely girl."

Mrs Owen went to New York with a group of Melanie's friends for last year's anniversary and told the BBC that many of them are coming to London for Thursday's opening ceremony.

"A garden is a beautiful remembrance because it is living and growing. It will be filled with love, light, flowers and colour.

"People will be able to sit here and remember."

Garden memorial to 9/11 victims
11 Sep 03  |  London

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