It's hard to believe a dozen years have passed since that September 11th morning when almost everything changed. One thing that has remained constant is the ceremony at the World Trade Center site in honor of those who perished in the terrorist attacks. Roger Clark was there as they were remembered with the reading of their names.
NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. -- A bell marks the first of six moments of silence. This was 8:46 a.m., the moment a plane slammed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center 12 years ago.
"It still stings the body coming in here," said Lenny Crisci, whose brother was killed on 9/11.
Crisci was just one of the family members of victims of the 2001 attacks and 1993 terrorist bombing to attend the annual ceremony. Held at the memorial plaza where the twin towers once stood, It once again included the reading of the names of the nearly three thousand people killed.
For many, attending the ceremony has become a sad tradition, with time not necessarily healing the wounds suffered that day.
"There is no closure. You lost a loved one, what are you going to do? You just persevere," said Pat McGovern, whose brother was killed on 9/11.
"I feel cheated of all the years of missing him and the relationship that we had," said Michelle Martinez, who also had a brother killed on 9/11.
"Does the day get any easier as time goes by? No, no, not for me," said Ida Bruno. Her son was killed on 9/11.
Most family members we talked with agreed the ceremony provides some comfort and acts as a reminder to people of what happened when our world changed forever.
Martinez said, "There's a lot of children today that were born after 9/11 and they just don't understand this piece of history, so it helps solidify and enforce that point of recognition."
"I come here every year, so yes, it does bring peace to me," McGovern said.
But Lenny Crisci says it's hard to have any peace after losing his brother, John, a lieutenant in the FDNY's Haz Mat unit.
Crisci said, "It's still a stabbing wound because 12 years, I miss my brother tremendously. He left three beautiful children, his wife, all of his nephews and nieces, taken from us."
Another family member said he promised his mom that he would come here every year to remember his brother who was killed. So no matter how much time goes by, he will always be here.