At the site of the World Trade Center in New York City, families and friends gathered Saturday for the ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that toppled the twin towers, killing their loved ones and 2600 other people.
Daniel Lopez lost his father, who had worked on the 92nd floor. His father left a phone message but his body was never recovered. Daniel said he was finally ready to read his dad’s name at the memorial ceremony.
“I ran away from this for 20 years, and I’m here to read his name today.”
Melissa Tarasiewicz lost her father, Allan, who was a firefighter.
“They did find my father and two other firefighters with him and a couple of civilians. So it was nice to know that they were doing their job until the end. And that’s all you can ask for is that they did bring him home. I was blessed like that. A lot of families, unfortunately, weren’t.”
Marylou Buss was one of them. Her sister’s body was never recovered. She and her daughter, Jenny Metzler, traveled from Lincoln, Nebraska to honor Julie.
“Being here, you feel very sad. But there’s something else. We’re here with so many other people that experienced the same thing so it’s a good sense. We miss her. We will always miss her. We loved her very much. She loved us. So we’re missing that. You just keep going. We come here to remember her.”