- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 12, 2002

CEBU, Philippines Solemn ceremonies and expressions of solidarity all over the world marked the first anniversary of the September 11 attacks yesterday.
In Asia, where several embassies remained closed and other diplomatic missions and airports were on high alert over reports of terrorist threats, memorials to victims were mixed with anti-American protests over fears of an attack against Iraq.
At the U.S. Embassy in Manila, one of the few American missions in the region open for business yesterday, dozens of heavily armed, elite police units guarded the seaside compound.
In the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, many workers took the day off rather than report to work at the Petronas Towers, now the world's largest twin-tower office complex.
The U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur was closed, as were 13 other U.S. diplomatic missions worldwide, including two in both Indonesia and Vietnam, the embassy in Cambodia and all the U.S. diplomatic offices in Pakistan.
In Manila, a coalition of religious groups calling itself the Justice Not War Coalition held a vigil for the victims, but called for opposition to a "unilateral, unprovoked and unjust war on Iraq."
In Thailand, demonstrators chanted anti-American slogans outside the U.S. Embassy, waving banners and a T-shirt depicting September 11 mastermind Osama bin Laden.
In Japan, about a dozen people some in white and saffron robes beat small drums and intoned Buddhist chants in front of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo in support of peace.
As daylight spread across the Pacific, a lone bugler played as the American flag was raised and then brought down to half-staff in the Auckland harbor bridge in New Zealand. In neighboring Australia, daytime drivers switched on headlights in memory of the victims.
Starting with choirs in New Zealand and at the South Pole, 15,000 musicians around the globe staged a "Rolling Requiem" performance of Mozart's masterpiece in every time zone to mark the moment the first plane hit the World Trade Center.
At London's St. Paul's Cathedral, 3,000 white rose petals fluttered down from the dome one for each victim of the attacks. Under tight security, Britain's heir to the throne, Prince Charles, and Prime Minister Tony Blair attended the service.
A cellist played a Bach suite, and the congregation of 2,000 remained silent as the petals fell. Moments earlier, they joined people across Britain and around the world in observing a moment of silence at 1:46 p.m., the time in London when the first hijacked jet struck the World Trade Center last year.
A British flag recovered from ground zero in New York was handed over by New York police Lt. Frank Dwyer to British Home Secretary David Blunkett at a London ceremony.
At a U.S. Embassy service, Ambassador William Farish said he would never forget the sympathy and empathy shown by Britons following America's "darkest hour."
"We gather here this morning to remember more than 3,000 people, citizens of more than 80 countries who were lost to us one year ago today. We pay tribute to their memories, and the families and friends who keep those memories alive. We pray that they all may find peace. We gather here today in solidarity united in our determination to wipe terrorism from the face of the earth. This solidarity emerged from our shock at the horror and devastation at the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon and in a Pennsylvania field," Mr. Farish said.
"This solidarity endures because of our common belief that all human life is dear and based on our common vision of a world in which people no longer live in fear. We gather here today to say thank you again to all those who rushed to our aid in America's darkest hour and to all those who have stood firmly by our side ever since," he said.
Canada held a ceremony at the airport of the tiny town of Gander on Newfoundland Island, where dozens of flights were diverted when the United States closed off its airspace following the attacks. Passengers and air crew who had been stranded there returned to say thank you, joined by Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien and U.S. Ambassador Paul Cellucci.
Pope John Paul II, in his commemorative address, said nothing can justify the "barbarous and cruel" attacks, but urged rich countries to do all they can to put an end to world injustices that lead to "explosions of revenge."
Later, speaking in his native Polish, John Paul asked prayers for "mercy and pardon" for those who carried out the attack.
In Afghanistan, a country battered and transformed by the events of September 11, soldiers and diplomats opened the site where a piece of the World Trade Center was buried under the flagpole at the U.S. Embassy, as a bugler played taps and the American banner was lowered to half staff.
In Paris, two powerful beams of light were projected into the sky to honor the victims.
"France knows what it owes America," French President Jacques Chirac told a ceremony at the U.S. ambassador's residence. "The French people stand with all their hearts at the side of the American people."
Russian President Vladimir Putin phoned President Bush to express his condolences. "In Russia, they say that time cures, but we cannot forget. We must not forget," he said.
In Rangoon, Burma, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi attended a memorial ceremony in her first public appearance with senior generals from the ruling military junta.
This article is based in part on wire-service reports.

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