Ex-pats and tourists mark 9/11 at Mayflower Steps
Flowers have been laid at the Mayflower steps – the site from where the Pilgrim Fathers are thought to have left to settle North America in 1620 – to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks on America.
David Saunders, who runs an American ex-pats group in Plymouth, visited the steps with fellow members of the group, along with Plymouth Councillor Chaz Singh and his wife and a group of American tourists who happened to visit the site at the same time.
The so-called 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington killed almost 3,000 people and led to the current war in Afghanistan, with threats to the security of the UK and other Western countries at the time.
Mr Saunders said: "My wife is American and we were there in 9/11. We lived in Concord, California.
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"I founded the ex-pats group around four years ago. We celebrate lots of events through-out the year including thanksgiving and July 4."
Mr Singh added: "Today we are here to commemorate those who lost their lives on 9/11.
"It's important to acknowledge the make-up of the people in the city.
"I am invited here by the ex-pats group each year.
"It has to be remembered and people have to be educated about something like 9/11.
"It's good to be able to acknowledge the people who lost their lives and pay tribute to them in some way."
While preparing to lay flowers at the Mayflower Steps, the American ex-pats group bumped into American tourists who were visiting the city and told how touched they were that the community was recognising the anniversary.
Judi Wilson was there with her husband Bill and her mother and father, Judy and John Herdeg, to visit the site from where their ancestors left to sail to a new life in the New World of America.
Meanwhile, families of the victims of the terror attack marked the anniversary with a moment of silence and ceremony in the US.