JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Family members of 9/11 victims remembered the devastating attacks during gathering at a memorial in Jersey City on Monday night.
Once again, people came together in what was the shadow of the World Trade Center towers, destroyed 11 years ago along with so many lives.
“It’s as if it was the first anniversary and every one in between,” said Lynne Russo Linale.
Russo Linale said she came to remember her brother, one of 749 New Jerseyans killed that horrific day.
“It’s always difficult. It’s always the same, the heartache, the sadness,” she told CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey. “It’ll never go away.”
Loved ones gathered in Jersey City’s Liberty State Park, a place with views across the water to where so much heartbreak took place.
“We’ve never really been able to mourn our losses alone and in many ways that has been a good thing,” said Rick Cahill, of the 9/11 Memorial Foundation.
For Linda Cahill, the loss of her son, Scott, seemed like it happened yesterday.
“You don’t get over it. There’s a lot missing in my life,” Linda Cahill said. “Right now, maybe, he would have been married. Maybe I would have been a grandmother.”
It was a day that traumatized the country and touched many parts of the world.
“Ninety countries had people in that building when it went down,” ,Sen. Frank Lautenberg said.
On Monday night, a sparse crowd turned out — possibly evidence of diminished interest to remember, but no less important to loved ones.
“I think it’s important. I’m glad that they’re still doing something. I hope that they continue to do it because I think it helps people that lost somebody,” said Laura Kingsbury, who lost her brother, Paul Skrzypek.
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