Touching Tribute: The family of Rhondelle Tankard at Bermuda's memorial for victims of the September 11 terrorist attack. From left, brother Zane Tankard with his daughter Diamond, 4, grandmother Caroline Tankard and cousin Roneka Tankard.
Photo By Sirkka Huish
Touching Tribute: The family of Rhondelle Tankard at Bermuda's memorial for victims of the September 11 terrorist attack. From left, brother Zane Tankard with his daughter Diamond, 4, grandmother Caroline Tankard and cousin Roneka Tankard. Photo By Sirkka Huish
The family of Rhondelle Tankard will continue to seek solace at Bermuda's first September 11 memorial. The family held back tears as they watched the dedication of the memorial at the Botanical Gardens on the sixth anniversary of the terrorist attack.

They bowed their heads next to church leaders, politicians and more than 100 members of the public yesterday afternoon.

U.S. Consul General Gregory Slayton said Bermuda was "honouring the heroes of the 9/11 tragedy" especially islanders Ms. Tankard, 31, and Boyd Gatton, 39, who lost their lives.

Rhondelle's grandmother Caroline Tankard said: "It's refreshing for Bermuda to finally have a memorial. The whole family will be able to come here and think of her. It will become a very humble place for us."

Rhondelle's mother Cheryl Burrows continues to travel to New York for the September 11 anniversary. A total of 2,974 people were killed when al Qaeda terrorists hijacked planes on September 11, 2001. Two aircraft flew into the World Trade Center in New York, the third hit the Pentagon and a fourth crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. The memorial features a five-sided base to represent the Pentagon, two grey towers to represent the Twin Towers and the surrounding grass represents the Pennsylvania field. There is also a large white cross featuring an actual piece of the Twin Towers.

Mr. Slayton said: "All the victims had given the ultimate sacrifice on such a terrible day."

The one-ton memorial, which was made at Bermuda College, is located behind the Visitor Centre.