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Sep 8, 2006

U.S. embassy remembers 9-11 tragedy in ceremony

Story PictureIn the midst of preparations for the long holiday weekend, today a solemn ceremony was held in Belize City to mark the tragedy that changed the world forever.

Alyssa Noble, Reporting
Five years after the terrorist attacks of September eleventh, today citizens of the United States gathered at the Museum of Belize to commemorate the event?s anniversary.

Robert Dieter, U.S. Ambassador to Belize
?I think that this fifth anniversary is an opportunity to recall the tragedy and our sadness and shock and to remember those who perished. And to remind ourselves that we can?t just stick our head in the sand and hope that this threat goes away. Unfortunately, it?s going to be with us, and it?s going to be with us for a long time. Belize is in some ways out of the mainstream of it as a target. But, this isn?t just America?s fight, it?s really a fight that involves the whole world and anybody that stands for freedom, and believes in open and free societies and opposes oppression and tolerance.?

While many of the victims of 9-11 were Americans, Belizean Alva Jefferies Sanchez was working on the 96th Floor of Tower One when the first plane hit.

Carla Tillett Jeffries, Sister-in-law to Alva Jeffries Sanchez
?We weren?t aware until later, when we found out that Belizeans were in there. Which Belizeans? And then we found out that it was Alva.?

Today family members shared their memories of their lost loved one.

Carla Tillet Jeffries
?I met this vibrant, young lady who loved life. That?s my impression of her and that?s what I remember of her.?

Trevor Jeffries Jr., Nephew of Alva Jeffries Sanchez
?Well since I only met her once or twice in my life. It was really shocking to hear that you know mein, that I really didn?t have that much of a chance to get to know her better. I heard that she was really sweet, you know she had that vibrant energy. She loved her job and I really wanted to be a part of that, get to know my family better, and to know I won?t have that chance is really sad.?

Carla Tillet Jeffries
?Make sure that you get to know to your family and enjoy them. So at least you have wonderful, warm memories.?

Today officials also announced that another Belizean-American, Walwyn Wellington Stuart Jr., also perished on that day.

Reporting for News Five, I am Alyssa Noble.

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