Brittney Cofresi Lost Uncle Salvatore T. Papasso On 9/11

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It is a day we will never forget.

During a ceremony Wednesday morning at the memorial plaza at the World Trade Center site, relatives recited the names of the nearly 3,000 people who died when hijacked planes slammed into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and near Shanksville, Pa., on Sept. 11, 2001.

The names of victims of the 1993 trade center bombing were also read.

The reading of the names ceremony took a slight political turn Wednesday morning when a teenager — who was reading the names of victims — mentioned her fallen uncle.

And also made a plea to President Barack Obama.

When it was Brittney Cofresi’s turn to read her relative’s name, holding a photo of her uncle, she said, “And my uncle Salvatore T. Papasso. I was only three when you were taken from us, and we love you and miss you very much. And President Obama: Please do not bring us to another war.”

There was a brief pause and then the girl to her right spoke about her fallen father.

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Gov. George Pataki were in attendance, as well as Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.

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