Families of 9/11 Victims Remember Loved Ones At Ground Zero

September 11, 2007

Six years after the World Trade Center towers were brought down, it has become tradition.

On a rainy day, one by one firefighters and other first-responders read the names of nearly 3,000 victims. Office workers, firefighters, police
officers, all victims of deadliest terrorist attack this nation has ever seen.

"We come together again as New Yorkers and as Americans to share a loss that can't be measured" said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

With increased construction causing safety concerns here at Ground Zero, the ceremony was moved this year to a nearby park which infuriated family members of the victims.

A compromise was reached and mourners were allowed to lay flowers where the towers once stood.

In Washington President Bush attended a private prayer service and observed a moment of silence to remember victims, including 184 who died at the Pentagon.

And in Shanksville, Pennsylvania where passengers forced down a jet headed for Washington, a ceremony to honor the heroes aboard United Flight 93.

In New York, some family members stayed away from Ground Zero. At a firehouse in Manhattan, Maureen Santora mourned her only son.

"We think about Chris everyday, the hole in our heart will never, ever
disappear" said Santora.

Six years have gone by but, for many, the wounds have not healed. It's a day this nation will never forget.


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