Tuesday, September 23, 2008

MEMORABLE MOMENT: European tourists expect more from 9/11

FINANCIAL DISTRICT, Sept. 11, 2008--It is a regular September morning. The weather is mild. People are getting into the subway, reading the paper, walking to work. Flocks of tourists are exploring the area. The streets are filled with cops and roads are blocked. It is exactly seven years after September 11, 2001 and people from everywhere have gathered to remember that day.

A ceremony for the direct family members of the victims started at 8:40 a.m. (the time the first plane hit) "We cannot see anything," said Caroline Combe, 30, a tourist from Paris, France who had arrived a day earlier for a vacation with her girlfriend.

"The police is blocking everything," Combe said. Many other tourists voiced the same complaints. But the French tourist still calls the scene "emotional." Especially the firemen in uniforms strike her. "It's hard to explain," she said. "It's fitting of how huge the whole thing was and how they were involved."

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