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Lunes, 11 de septiembre de 2006 - 17:02 GMT
11-S: un día de recuerdo
George y Laura Bush poniendo una ofrenda floral para recordar el 11-S

9/11: a day of remembrance

A day of remembrance is being held in America to mark the fifth anniversary of the September the eleventh attacks on New York and Washington. At Ground Zero, relatives of the two thousand nine hundred and seventy three people who died will read out their names.

This report from Mike Wooldridge:

A sombre mood has descended on this city once again. Mr Bush, whose presidency was just eight months old when the attacks took place and has been dominated by the consequences ever since, placed wreathes in reflecting pools where the Twin Towers stood.

He said he was approaching the day with a heavy heart. 'You see the relatives of those who still grieve', he said, 'and I just wish there was some way we could make them whole.'

The reading out of a roll call of the dead has become an annual rite and it will be punctuated by further silences, marking the moment the second airliner plunged into the World Trade Centre and then the collapse of each tower.

After he leaves New York, Mr Bush will lay a wreath in the field in Pennsylvania where one of the planes crashed as passengers fought back against their hijackers and then he'll attend commemorations at the Pentagon, the site of the other attack.

Mike Wooldridge, BBC, New York

VOCABULARY

A sombre mood
una atmósfera de tristeza, sombría

descended on
cayó sobre

dominated by the consequences
dominado por las consecuencias

wreathes
coronas de flores

with a heavy heart
acongojado o con mucha tristeza

grieve
que sufren

make them whole
llenar sus vidas

a roll call
un llamado a lista

punctuated by
interrumpido por

hijackers
secuestradores



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