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Families of Flight 93 victims relive Sept. 11 every day


SOMERSET COUNTY, Pa. - Twelve years later, the country takes the day to reflect and honor the lives of the 3,000 men and women who died on Sept. 11, 2001.

Just a day after the groundbreaking of the Flight 93 visitor center, a ceremony was held at the site, in Somerset County, Wednesday morning.

It appeared to be a glimmer of hope as the sun came up Wednesday morning, lifting the fog and revealing the Flight 93 National Memorial and crash site -- a reminder of the 40 people who lost their lives on that tragic day 12 years ago.

"That is what is so hard to believe. It is now history," said Jaynee Weaver, who was visiting the site. "It is almost old history."

Jillian Sobrion and Hannah Neal were only 2 years old in 2001, much too young too young to realize what was happening.

"I just hear stories from my brothers and sisters," said Neal.

"It was really sad," added Sobrion.

But it's those youngsters who will tell the story for decades to come, and they've already done what they can to make sure the heroes of Flight 93 are not forgotten.

"We raised $2,000 exactly," said Neal.

"We would sell T-shirts for $10, and we would ask for 93 cents to sign a banner," said Sobrion.

"It's very upsetting that all they have is a marble wall, and the World Trade Center [victims], they have much more," said Neal. "People forget about this one. Even our friends thought we were going to New York City today, not here."

For the families of the victims of Flight 93, the days come and go, but the memories remain fresh.

"It seems like yesterday," said Larry Catuzzi, the father of Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas, who died on Flight 93. "There's never really closure. It's one of those things where you continue to grieve in a different way."

At the time , the passengers and crew members on board Flight 93 probably didn't realize they would go down as heroes, but they did. Forty people who, within 20 minutes, made the ultimate sacrifice and saved hundreds of other lives.

"She was a doer, and we feel that we should keep doing, because we can't do anything better," said Barbara Catuzzi, Lauren Catuzzi Grandcola's mother.

 
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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times

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