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Agence France-Presse



There are two main activities every commemoration of the 9/11 terrorist attack of the United States in September 2001.

Survivors’ families attending the ceremony held at the National 11 September Memorial and Museum located at Ground Zero or the former site of the World Trade Center in New York City observe six moments of silence to remember each crashing of hijacked jetliners to three buildings, the collapse of each WTC towers and the crash of one passenger plane near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

After each second of silence that starts at 8:46 a.m., when the first plane slammed into one of the buildings, the attendees read the names of nearly 3,000 people who died in the attacks blamed on the Osama bin Laden-led al-Qaeda. It takes about four hours to complete the reading of each name engraved in two walls.

The Russian Federation has its own version of remembering dead “heroes” when it observes the “Defender of the Fatherland Day.”

The event is in honor of Soviet troops who died defending the country against the Nazis during World War II.

To mark the 75th anniversary of Fatherland Day this year, four or five hours are not enough to mention each name in Russia’s roster of WWII soldiers who died fighting German troops from 1941 to 1945.

It said the project would “create a factual basis to counter attempts to falsify the history of the war.”

Even if the names of 12.7 million Russian “heroes” who died in the war are aired on Russia-24 round-the-clock in black and orange, colors associated with the Russian military, it will actually take months to show all the soldiers’ names on TV.

With a total of 6,070 names appearing on the right-hand side of Russia-24 shows’ screen per hour, the display of the entire list will be completed only on 9 May, the day in 1945 when Russian tanks rolled and its infantry marched through Red Square to mark the end of the war in Europe.

with WJG

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