[Mb-civic] Siblings Read the Roll at Ground Zero - Washington Post
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Sun Sep 11 18:29:47 PDT 2005
Siblings Read the Roll at Ground Zero
In New York, a Nod To Katrina, London
By Amy Westfeld
Monday, September 12, 2005; Page A06
NEW YORK, Sept. 11 -- America mourned the victims of Sept. 11 on Sunday
as the siblings of the deceased read their loved ones' names to a
weeping crowd at the site of the World Trade Center.
One by one, the names of the dead echoed across the place where the Twin
Towers collapsed four years ago in a nightmarish cloud of dust and
debris. The ceremony drew to a close after four hours, when all 2,749
names had been read.
Relatives in the crowd bowed their heads and sobbed as speakers uttered
brief messages to the brothers and sisters they lost, many of their
voices breaking in sorrow.
"Mom and Dad ache for you every minute," Linda Giammona-Julian said to
her brother, Vincent Giammona, one of 343 firefighters killed. "We love
you and we miss you -- till we meet again."
"My big sister, my better half, life will never be the same without
you," Rolando Moreno said to Yvette Moreno, who worked for a brokerage
in the North Tower.
As the names were read, mourners filed down a ramp to a memorial
reflecting pool at the floor of the site, which remains virtually empty
four years after a terrorist attack tore a hole in the New York skyline.
Families filled the water with red, orange and yellow roses, some
shaking as they inscribed dedications on the wooden edge of the pool.
The ceremony came as Hurricane Katrina left Americans once again
struggling with a catastrophe that caught the nation unprepared and left
citizens dead and grieving.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg opened with words of condolence for those
devastated by Katrina and the July terrorist bombings in London. "To
Americans suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, our deepest
sympathies go out to you this day," Bloomberg said.
In New Orleans, New York firefighters helping with the relief effort
gathered around a makeshift memorial for their fallen comrades.
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