Relatives of British 9/11 victims have attended a moving church service to mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States.
They joined the American ambassador to the UK Louis Susman for the ceremony at St Paul’s Cathedral in London entitled “remembering with hope”.
Worshippers prayed for the nearly 3,000 people who died in the September 11 2001 atrocities in New York and Washington DC, as well as for those whose lives were changed forever that day.
The service also featured a newly commissioned anthem based on a message the Queen sent to a memorial service held in New York for British victims nine days after the attacks.
The song, arranged to music by American composer Nico Muhly, is based around the monarch’s words, “Grief is the price we pay for love,” and also includes quotations from psalms.
The same words are inscribed on the memorial to the 67 British victims of the tragedy in Grosvenor Square in London, where the main 9/11 anniversary event in the UK will be held later.
Those attending the service also commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Firefighters’ Memorial Trust, set up in 1991 to remember British firemen and women killed during the Second World War.
The ceremony began with the Union Flag, the American flag, the US Marine Corps flag and the firefighters’ memorial standard being presented at the cathedral’s altar.
The Dean of St Paul’s, the Rt Rev Graeme Paul Knowles, said: “We gather in this cathedral today to remember before God all who died in the atrocities in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania 10 years ago and to pray with those whose lives were changed forever that day. We also remember those innocent people who, in our lifetime, have had their lives taken from them through acts of terrorism in the cities of our world.”
The UK suffered more losses in the 9/11 attacks than any other country apart from America itself. About 30 of the bereaved British families will attend the remembrance ceremony in the Grosvenor Square memorial garden, at which the names of the victims will be read out and a white rose laid for each one.