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9/11 has lost none of its impact eight years on: Harper

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the events of Sept. 11, 2001, have lost none of their power or horror eight years later.

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the events of Sept. 11, 2001, have lost none of their power or horror eight years later.

Harper was speaking today at a memorial to the 24 Canadians who died when terrorists crashed two airliners into the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in New York.

The ceremony at Ottawa's Beechwood Cemetery, home of the national military cemetery, also acknowledged the 129 Canadian soldiers who have died fighting the war on terrorism in Afghanistan.

Harper says the evil that inspired the events of “that terrible day” still confronts Canadians and more innocent lives have suffered because of it - in attacks on London, Madrid, Mumbai and elsewhere.

The 9/11 attacks, in particular, brought home the fact that terrorism is not a scourge that happens “somewhere else to someone else.”

The prime minister says Canada will continue to work with the United Nations and its allies to “resist and prevent terrorism where it finds sustenance and sanctuary” until its combat mission in Afghanistan ends in 2011.

 
 
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