THIS was the sombre sight as the American flag flew at half mast in a Wearside tribute to those massacred during the 9/11 atrocities.
Staff at Washington Old Hall, the ancestral home of the first U.S. president George Washington, made the gesture in a mark of respect to those killed when the Twin Towers were targeted by terrorists 10 years ago yesterday.
Those visiting the National Trust property, in Washington Village, were also able to sign a book of condolence.
Across the Atlantic, security was tight after warnings of a possible al-Qaida attack.
Relatives of those who died gathered at the sites where four hijacked planes struck in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, killing nearly 3,000 people.
The names of all the victims were read out at the site of the World Trade Center.
Metal barriers were erected on roads near the site, while police in New York and Washington stopped and searched large vehicles entering bridges and tunnels.
The CIA received a warning last week that al-Qaida may have sent attackers, some of them possibly U.S. citizens, to bomb one of the cities.