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Samantha Cameron says she 'would never forget shocking events of 9/11 terror attacks'


March 16, 2012 - London

British Prime Minister David Cameron's wife, Samantha, has said that she would never forget the "shocking" events of the 9/11 terror attacks and the impact they had on the city, as she spoke publicly for the first time about her experiences in New York on that day.

During an emotional visit to the Ground Zero memorial to the nearly 3,000 people who died, Samantha Cameron said 'the memories of that day would stay with her forever.'

"I just couldn't believe it had happened and to see the aftermath and the effect on the city was just so shocking," The Telegraph quoted her, as saying.

"I often think about the people who died and their families - I am glad I have been able to come and pay my respects properly today," she added.

Samantha was in New York to open a new branch of the luxury accessories firm Smythson when the 2001 atrocity happened.

David Cameron has told in the past of his fears for his wife, who was eight weeks pregnant with their late son Ivan, as he struggled to contact her.

"Samantha was actually in New York that day, in Manhattan, and I'll never forget the hours of ringing her mobile over and over again and not being able to get through because the mobile phone system was down," Cameron had said earlier.

"I remember exactly where I was when I finally did get through and how pleased I was to hear her voice. And it made a huge impression on her because of what happened in New York that day and what people felt about it," he had added.

The Camerons were taken to Ground Zero by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Both bowed their heads in silence for several moments beside the reflecting pool, which acts as a memorial on the footprint of the former North Tower of the World Trade Center.

ANI

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