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Britain Honors September 11 Victims - 2002-09-11

Britain is holding memorial services for the victims of the terrorist attacks in America one-year ago, including the 67 British subjects who were killed. A British flag recovered from the rubble in New York city has been presented to the government.

The U.S. embassy in London held an emotional commemoration service for the September 11 victims. Hundreds of Americans and Britons filled London's Grosvenor Square for the ceremony.

American Ambassador William Farish praised the British people for their support in the war against terrorism.

"It will take much more than a year for the wounds of September 11, 2001, to heal," the ambassador said. "And it will be a long time as well, before our struggle against terror is over. But as we face the long and difficult road still ahead, we are proud and grateful as ever to have you by our side. "

The highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of a Union Jack flag that was recovered from the rubble of the World Trade Center.

New York City Police Lieutenant Frank Dwyer said he was proud to bring the flag back to Britain.

"This flag, though torn and tattered, still may be flown. And it is a rich symbol, a symbol of the endurance and the strength of the British people," he said. "And of the pain and agony gone through that day, that consecrated day. This flag belongs back at this land."

British Home Secretary David Blunkett accepted the flag, saying the terrorists attacked the international spirit that it represents.

"Thank you for the presentation of the flag, which I accept on behalf of the British people and the British government," he said. "A symbol of the internationalism which was attacked in the World Trade Center. Above all today, we thank you and commemorate those who died for the tremendous sacrifice that was made."

The ceremony was one of many being held across Britain. At the main commemoration in London, plans were made to disperse 3,000 rose petals from the dome of Saint Paul's Cathedral in memory of the approximately 3,000 people killed in the attacks.