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Flower tribute for the fallen

PUBLISHED: 17:15 21 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:33 03 March 2010

FLOWERS lie draped around the foot of the war memorial in Ipswich today, together with an American flag.

Since the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, dozens of people have made their own private pilgrimages to the cenotaph in the town's Christchurch Park, to show just how much they care.

FLOWERS lie draped around the foot of the war memorial in Ipswich today, together with an American flag.

Since the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, dozens of people have made their own private pilgrimages to the cenotaph in the town's Christchurch Park, to show just how much they care.

Many of the floral tributes have cards attached carrying moving words from people struggling to come to terms with the horror of what has happened.

One card carries the simple message: "WHY? God bless," followed by a line of kisses.

Another quotes part of the lyrics of the song God Bless America:

" 'God Bless America, Land that I love. Stand beside her, and guide her Through the night with a light from above. God Bless America, my home sweet home.' To all those affected, my heart and prayers go out to you, Julia Stainer."

Mrs Stainer, from Ladywood Road, in Ipswich, is originally from Iowa, in America, but has lived in Britain for nearly 10 years.

Other Americans living in Suffolk have also left messages. One card expresses sympathy with all the bereaved families, and adds: "We are from Macon GA USA. We will not forget."

A family left this moving tribute: "To all the people who have not returned and all the people who still wait and hope. You have our heartfelt sympathy and love, shoulder to shoulder we stand. May God bless us all. Linda, Merv, Victoria, Leanne."

Grief and anger are mixed in another message: "God Bless America – down with all terrorists. My tears are for you, sleep tight, sweet angels."

Another card reads: "In memory of all those who lost their lives in America. God bless you – you are in our prayers."

A heart-shaped card reads: "In loving memory of the many innocents whose lives were so violently, suddenly and tragically ended in the United States of American on Tuesday September 11 2001."

Another message reads: "I am very sorry for those poor people in America who God called, but I am not sorry for the madmen. Love, Ruth di Benga."

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