Last Updated Sep 11, 2015 11:05 AM EDT
NEW YORK — Sept. 11 victims’ relatives marked the anniversary of the terror attacks Friday in a subdued gathering at ground zero, saying their determination to commemorate their loss publicly hadn’t dimmed even as 14 years have passed and crowds at the ceremony have thinned.
Hundreds of victims’ relatives – fewer than thronged the observances in their early years – gathered for what has become a tradition of tolling bells, moments of silence and the reading of the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror strikes at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
“We come every year. The crowds get smaller, but we want to be here. As long as I’m breathing, I’ll be here,” said Tom Acquaviva, 81, who lost his son, Paul Acquaviva, a systems analyst who died in the trade center’s north tower.
Americans commemorate the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.
Carrying photos emblazoned with the names of their loved ones, victims’ relatives prayed for peace, praised first responders and the armed forces and, mostly, sent personal messages of enduring loss and remembrance to loved ones some had never even had the chance to know.
“I wish I could meet you,” Valerie Arnold said to the memory of her uncle, firefighter Michael Boyle, who was off-duty but responded to the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, before she was born.
For Nereida Valle, who lost her daughter, Nereida De Jesus, “It’s the same as if it was yesterday. I feel her every day.”
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Florida man charged in 9/11 plot to bomb Kansas City event
The FBI joint terrorism task force arrested 20-year-old Joshua Goldberg Thursday at his parents’ house. Prosecutors say he told an online informa…
This year’s anniversary comes in the wake of a Florida man being charged with plotting to set off an explosion at a 9/11 event in Kansas City.
The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested 20-year-old Joshua Ryne Goldberg Thursday in Florida. Prosecutors say he told an online informant how to make the bomb he wanted, CBS News correspondent Jeff Pegues reports.
Investigators said he was communicating online with someone he thought was sympathetic to his cause but who was actually an FBI informant, and the online conversations were being monitored.
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