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Thousands in London Mourn US Terror Victims - 2001-09-14


Thousands of mourners in London have attended a service at Saint Paul's Cathedral in memory of the victims killed in the terrorist attacks in the United States. Amid the tears and grieving, they also received words of hope.

Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Tony Blair and thousands of Britons and Americans joined in song and prayer at the memorial service at Saint Paul's Cathedral.

The huge crowd spilled out of the massive cathedral and into the streets of central London. The 50 minute service was broadcast live across Britain on radio and television.

Among those who read Bible verses were the Queen's son Prince Charles, her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, and the American Ambassador to Britain, William Farish.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, delivered a homily of hope amid the mayhem. "As the twin towers of the World Trade Center disappeared, amid the smoke and carnage, across a short stretch of water another, older American icon was not submerged," he said. "The September morning sun continued to shine on the Statue of Liberty, her torch raised like a beacon of hope, and to millions around the world, a symbol of all that is best about America."

As Queen Elizabeth left Saint Paul's, she took time to speak with some people who have loved ones who are still missing after the attacks. The British government says hundreds of its citizens may have been killed in New York.