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WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Commemorations marking the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks are under way in the Pacific.
Players from the American Eagles rugby team joined hundreds of others Sunday morning at a memorial service in the town of New Plymouth, New Zealand.
As people around the world plan to commemorate the day, world leaders are sending messages of mourning and hope.
In the Philippines, President Benigno Aqiuno III praised the heroism shown by many on 9/11. Aquino is calling on all nations and peoples "to reaffirm their commitment to peace and stability built on mutual respect and dialogue between cultures and religions."
South Korea's President Lee Myung-bak has sent a letter to President Barack Obama, conveying his "deepest condolences" to the victims of the 9/11 tragedy, their bereaved families and the American public. Lee calls the attacks "unpardonable" and praises the U.S. efforts to fight terrorism.
Meanwhile in the U.S., memorial services are planned for Sunday in New York, Washington and Shanksville, Pa.