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remembered all those killed by terror-
ism since the Sept. 11 attacks, includ-
ing U.N. personnel who died when a
bomb exploded at the world body's
Baghdad headquarters last month.
At Yokosuka Naval Base just south
of Tokyo, U.S. military personnel held
a wreath-laying service, while people
across Japan paid their respects at
memorials to the thousands who died,
including 24 Japanese.
"Why were those innocent citizens
victimized?" asked Japan's prime min-
ister, Junichiro Koizumi. "The people's
anger against terrorism will never
In Baghdad, the U.S. administrator
for Iraq and the commander of Ameri-
can forces joined about 100 civilians
and soldiers for a moment of silence at
Saddam Hussein's former Republican
Palace in Baghdad.
L. Paul Bremer and Lt. Gen. Ricar-
do Sanchez bowed their heads as a
Scottish bagpiper played "Amazing
At the U.S. Embassy in the Philip-
pines, U.S. Charge d' Affaires Joseph
Mussomeli laid a wreath by the mis-
sion's flagpole, where the U.S. flag
was at half staff.
In Australia, hundreds of expatriate
Americans and volunteers planted
3,000 trees in a Sydney park in
remembrance of the dead, among them
at least 10 Australians.
Australian Prime Minister John
Howard said the battle against terror-
ists would not end anytime soon.
Top Russian officials also paid
homage to the victims of Sept. 11, say-
ing Russia's solidarity with the United
States was born from shared experi-
"The day on which the black cloud
of dust from the collapsed skyscrapers
overcast the blue sky over New York
will go down in world history," Russ-
ian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said.
Moscow has portrayed its battle
against rebels in Chechnya as part of
the international struggle against ter-
In Brussels, Belgium, the 15 Euro-
pean Union governments issued a joint
statement reaffirming their "close soli-
darity" with the United States.
Polish Prime Minister Leszek Miller
told a memorial ceremony at the U.S.
Embassy in Warsaw that "there are
times when it seems the sun is not
shining, just like two years ago."
In China's Muslim northwest, the
regional Communist Party secretary
seized the occasion to warn that sepa-
ratists in the country's Xinjiang region
were getting training from internation-
al terrorists, including at "several
training camps in Pakistan."
In Muslim majority Pakistan, about
150 people, mostly children, held a
memorial service in Lahore.
"We want to show the world that
we are not terrorists," said Aneela
Amir, coordinator of the Insan
Foundation, a peace group that
organized the rally. "In fact we Pak-
istanis are peace-loving people..
We pray for the people who died in
the World Trade Center."
In Afghanistan, residents of Kabul
reveled in the changes since the United
States ousted the Taliban regime.
"Two years ago, I was in Iran and
didn't follow the news. Sept. 11 does-
n't mean anything to me, but I'm
happy to be back. It's much better now
that the war is over," said Leila Ahma-
di, 25, who returned to Kabul with her
family five months ago.
In New York, several events were
scheduled to honor the victims who
died two years ago. Two by two they
stepped forward at ground zero yester-
day, the sons and daughters, nieces and
nephews, grandsons and granddaugh-
ters of the Sept. 11 victims, mournful-
ly reciting the 2,792 names of the
World Trade Center dead.
"My mother and my hero," 13-year-
old Brian Terzian said after reading the
name of his mother, Stephanie
McKenna. "We love you."
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New York City Police Depart-
ment, spoke on the conflict
between national safety and per-
"It is a mark of our society, our
free democracy, that we can wres-
tle with this question," Oates
Black Student Union Speaker
Boatemaa Ntiri was the last of
the evening's speakers. Ntiri, an
LSA senior, reminded the audi-
ence that the events of Sept. 11
were everyone's loss.
"The 9-11 attacks were color-
blind ... did we forget that the
race that suffered the greatest
loss was the human race?" Ntiri
As Ntiri's speech finished, Taps
was played and candles were lit
by community and religious lead-
The flame was passed from
student to student until the entire
Diag was aglow.
MSA officers commented that
the turnout was much lower than
last year's vigil.
LSA freshman Amber Janis
said, "I think that it's really good
that they are making an active
effort and remembering Septem-
"But, I am still sad that more
students will come to Saturday's
football game than came here,"
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"We stand with the campus community and we were
offended by the chalkings," Raham said. "The chalk-
ings publicize Sept. 11 and come at a bad time."
LSA junior and former Michigan Student Assembly
Rep. Paul Spurgeon said he was saddened after seeing
the chalkings yesterday morning.
"September 11 is supposed to be a time when we
come together," said Spurgeon. "The chalkings were so
big and colorful that obviously it was intended to be
written. It wasn't just some drunk message."
"But I understand that someone is using their free-
dom-of-speech right even if we do find who wrote
them, but I'm going to use my freedom of speech too,"
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College Democrats Chair Jenny Nathan's inbox was
flooded yesterday morning with e-mails from students
reacting to the chalkings.
"What was written plays on people's insecurities,
especially on a day like this," said Nathan.
"I'm just disturbed by what happened, it really shows
Facilities and Operations spokeswoman Diane Brown
said the University has no policy on chalkings on side-
"The University strongly supports freedom of expres-
sion and since the chalkings were not down on vertical
surfaces, we are not in an a position to censor," said
Brown. "But it's unfortunate that someone would write
something offensive to some people."
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This was not the first rally YAF held in accordance to the
events of Sept. 11. Hours after the attacks on Sept. 11, YAF
State Chairman Doug Teitz said YAF initiated a rally on the
Diag. "People from around the University joined in - in
solidarity. People were shocked and wanted to show sup-
port for America," he said.
But only a couple years later, Teitz said that many people
on campus have forgotten what happened.
"The campus has reverted to its liberal ways and contin-
ues to view America as the great evil in the world," said
YAF Co-Chair Laura Davis.
Teitz added that the greater population has also forgotten
who remain enemies to America as well as the country's
way of life. "Many people have already forgotten (that)
there are still soldiers in the field and that enemies of yes-
terday are still enemies of today. On some degree, the Uni-
versity has gone back to an apathetic state," he said.
As one of multiple events taking place in remembrance
of Sept. 11, Davis said that YAF differentiates itself from
the vigil sponsored by the Michigan Student Assembly in
its concern with patriotism.
Raham said his primary concern with last night's vigil
was its lack of the American flag being prominently dis-
played by a color guard during the vigil. Instead he
instructed members ofYAF to arrive early and bring flags.
But Ann Arbor Area Committee co-coordinator and
Interfaith Council member Chuck Warpehoski said that the
vigil his group held last night celebrated the idea of peace
Their Sept. 11 evening peace vigil began with a circle of
silence for the events that occurred. The silence continued
for 45 minutes and ended only with the sound of the gong.
AAAC Coordinator Phillis Engelbert said that the vigil and
organization are aimed at "calling for peaceful resolutions
rather than the endless war on terror."
Warpehoski said that although there is a lot of grief asso-
ciated with Sept. 11, he said he feels the vigil can capture
the ideal of future peace for the world.
"The vigil is a chance for Sept. 11th families who lost
loved ones to come together and not only mourn their fami-
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Unlike the AAAC's vigil last year, Jewish residents
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Warpehoski said they hope that this show of interfaith
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communities across the nation."
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no more victims of terror in the United States or in any
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