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9/11 Anniversary: Families of victims to gather at WTC

A special 13th anniversary memorial service will be held at the World Trade Centre site.

A man walks amongst the rubble at the site of the World Trade Centre shortly after the 9/11 attack. Picture: AFP.

NEW YORK - Families of those who were killed during America's worst terrorist attack will gather at the World Trade Centre site in New York today for a special memorial service.

Almost 3,000 people were killed at the World Trade Centre the pentagon and on flight 93 in Pennsylvania 13 years ago today.

The names of the 2,983 victims will be read out loud, as they are every year on this day.

The new one World Trade Centre building, standing at 1 776 feet high, is almost ready to be occupied by tenants and open in a few months.

It's part of efforts to revitalize the site of the attacks and bring new life back into it, 13 years later.

Meanwhile, the National September 11 Memorial Museum at Ground Zero, a museum dedicated to the 11 September 2001 terror attacks, is scheduled to open today.

The museum's opening was in May and was only for the victims' family members.

US President Barack Obama attended the event.

The museum is the culmination of eight years' work designing the exhibits, collecting artefacts and settling innumerable disputes over how best to document the day when hijacked planes slammed into the World Trade Centre, the Pentagon and an open field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, killing nearly 3,000 people.

Battles over oversight and funding slowed construction even as reconstruction of the larger World Trade Centre site was getting under way. In October 2012, the museum's lower levels were flooded in Superstorm Sandy.

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