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  Ground Zero gets some festive cheer
Updated 08 December 2001, 14.37

Nearly three months after the 11 September terrorist attacks on the US, Ground Zero - the site of the collapsed Twin Towers in New York - has been given some festive cheer.

In a touching ceremony the lights on a 9-metre Christmas tree were switched on by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and children who lost parents and loved-ones in the attack.

Idea


The tree sits on the ruins of the towers, still being cleared by workers, and is topped with an American flag as well thousands of angels with the names of those killed.

The tree-lighting ceremony was the idea of construction worker Jimmy Nolan. He hopes it will cheer up workers still trying to clear the rubble.

Tragedy

The Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre collapsed, killing more that 3,000 people, when two hijacked planes slammed into them.

As well as the thousands in the Twin Towers, the collapse also took the lives of hundreds of rescue workers who had rushed to the tragic scene.


 
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