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Bush to Visit Attack Sites on Sept. 11 Anniversary

U.S. President George W. Bush will mark the passing of one year since the terrorist attacks on America with visits to three attack sites on September 11 and will end the day with a speech to the nation.

It will be a day of solemn remembrance, opening with prayer and closing with a presidential address.

The White House says before all the commemorative events, the president will attend an early morning private church service in Washington. He will return to the White House to lead a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. (1246 UTC), the exact time that the first hijacked jet slammed into the World Trade Center in New York.

Mr. Bush will then go to the Pentagon for a memorial ceremony before heading on to southwestern Pennsylvania, where he will lay a wreath in the field where the fourth hijacked plane crashed after passengers took on the terrorists who had commandeered the jet.

There will be another presidential wreath laying ceremony later in the day in New York at the spot where the World Trade Center once stood, followed several hours later by a nationally broadcast address. White House Spokesman Ari Fleischer says the president will share his feelings with the American people as the day comes to an end, saying his remarks will be "a very dignified and respectful and solemn tribute to those who lost their lives in the attack on our country on September 11."

Mr. Fleischer says there will be words of thanks and love for the families of those killed. He says the president will talk in philosophical terms about the values that America holds dear.

"I think it will be a reminder of the importance of liberty and how the United States stands strong throughout the world in promoting liberty," said the Bush spokesman.

The next day, the president will turn his attention to the impact terrorism has had on the international community and the need for unified action to combat the terrorist threat. On September 12, he will address the United Nations and meet with a number of world leaders also in New York to attend the U.N. General Assembly.