America was to mark the sixth anniversary of the September 11 attacks on Tuesday with more muted commemorations than in previous years.
In New York, where 2,749 people were killed when two hijacked planes plowed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, rescue workers were to read out the names of the dead in a solemn ceremony.
Unlike in past years, most of the ceremony will be held at a park near Ground Zero, the area where the Twin Towers once stood, and not on the site itself, where construction on a memorial and other new buildings is under way.
In what has become an annual ritual, the reading of the names will pause for four moments of silence to mark the exact times that the planes hit the towers and when the massive buildings collapsed into piles of rubble and dust.
Church bells are to toll at 8:46 am (1246 GMT) to mark the moment that the first plane, American Airlines Flight 11, crashed into the North Tower.
Relatives of those killed will then be able to descend a long ramp into the World Trade Center site to lay flowers and pause momentarily.
The ceremony is a lower profile event than the commemorations last year to mark the fifth anniversary of the attacks, when President George W. Bush laid a wreath at the site and later made a televised address to the nation.
Bush, who this year called for Americans to mark the attacks with memorial services and candlelight vigils, was to attend a remembrance service in Washington and later observe a moment of silence at the White House.
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