Silence at 9/11 Memorial in tribute to Paris
Holding French flags and roses, hundreds gathered at the 9/11 Memorial in New York on Monday to observe a minute's silence for the victims of the Paris attacks.
French expatriates, tourists and Americans gathered at the "Survivor Tree," which was pulled from the wreckage of World Trade Center, nursed back to health and replanted as a symbol of survival, where they also sang the French national anthem.
The National September 11 Memorial said it organized the tribute to the 129 people who were killed in Paris attacks on Friday, to the hundreds of others wounded and the first responders who showed "incredible bravery."
"The 9/11 national memorial and museum stands in absolute solidarity with France, just as the French people stood united an supported our city and our country when we needed it most," said Joe Daniels, president of the 9/11 memorial.
Paying tribute to the dead and wounded, former US ambassador to France, Craig Stapleton, also underscored resilience.
"This site has witnessed incredible heartbreak. By standing here, we demonstrate that it is possible to overcome that anguish," he said.
French Consul General Bertrand Lortholary also took part in the ceremony, which followed other vigils at the weekend.
"It's heartbreaking," said Alina Palanchuk, a 22-year-old nurse from Moldova, now living in Seattle and on a visit to New York.
"I love French culture, it is important that we come together, from all over the world, to show that we are strong," she said.
"The power is in our hands, democracy is stronger than terrorism."
© 2015 AFP