Two from SA will be honoured
Two South Africans will be among the almost 3000 victims of the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks remembered during today's commemoration ceremony.
The service, during which the names of the victims will be read out, will also serve as the National 9/11 Memorial's official opening.
The South Africans are Nicholas Charles Alexander Rowe, who was 28 when he died, and Craig Neil Gibson, who was 37.
Rowe was a software engineer who worked for Umevoice, a company that designs voice-recognition software.
The South African consulate said that although Gibson had been "claimed" by the Australian government, as he had moved to Australia before living in the US, he was born in Springs, near Johannesburg, and attended Brakpan High School.
Gibson worked at Marsh & McLennan as a reinsurance broker and was in the impact zone when the first airplane hit.
Gibson had been a keen soccer enthusiast - he played for a Manhattan team called Barnestonworth - and was married to Danielle Gibson, with whom he had emigrated from Australia in December 2000.
The memorial will honour those who died at the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre, at the Pentagon and on the four flights hijacked by terrorists, and the six victims of the World Trade Centre bombing on February 26 1993.
The names of the victims are etched in bronze on the memorial's twin reflecting pools.