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A memorial ceremony was held in New York on Friday to mark the 19th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

About 3,000 people died after four planes were hijacked. Two hit the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, which subsequently collapsed. One crashed into the Pentagon, and another was brought down in Pennsylvania.

NHK TV reported that participants included US Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.. They wore masks and were seated at a distance from each other.

They observed a moment of silence at the time the first plane hit. The names of each victim were then read aloud.

A family member of one of the victims spoke about overcoming anger and hate, and said now is the time to work together to eliminate prejudice and discrimination.

The attacks triggered US military action in Afghanistan. Operations continue to this day, and are described as America's longest war in history.

The Trump administration has been scaling down its military presence in the country and aims to bring the conflict to an end. It has signed a peace agreement with the Taliban, but the security situation has yet to improve.

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