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Congress repeats 9/11 show of unity

Members of the US Congress gathered on the steps of the Capitol to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks and raise a chorus of unity as they did in the hours after the terrorist strikes.

Ten years ago, House of Representatives and Senate members from both parties lined the steps to honour those who had fallen and sing God Bless America. This time hundreds of members, many waving small flags, joined a Marine Corps band in the song.

A decade ago it was a smaller group that had been able to make it back to Washington, which had been evacuated throughout the day because of fears of further attacks.

Senate majority leader Harry Reid said it was "the sweetest song we ever heard".

Separately, authorities have apologised to the family of a man killed in the New York attack for misspelling his name at the World Trade Centre site memorial.

The family of Jeffrey Schreier said the R and the second E in his first name were switched on the memorial.

His sister, Janice Hart, said she could not believe it when she saw the error on Sunday, when the memorial opened to family members.

Her brother worked in the mail room at financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald. His remains were never recovered.

Memorial spokesman Michael Frazier told WNBC the letters were apparently reversed when the name was entered into a database. He said memorial officials regretted the error and were working on correcting it.

The memorial opened to the public on Monday.

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