9/11 Ceremony Emotional Experience For Survivor

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

LANSING (WILX)-- It's the 12th anniversary of 9/11, when nearly three thousand people were killed, and the emotions are strong in mid-Michigan.

During a ceremony Wednesday morning, a bell marked the times of each attack and the moments when the world towers fell.

"Yes it's a sad day, but it's an uplifting day. Our world changed, but we've changed for the better," said Steve Babcock, with the Lansing Fire Department.

For some, the bells brought back vivid memories of what happened.

"I flash back to the time, and I flash back to watching the towers go down," said Andrea Doherty.

Doherty was living in New York at the time of the attacks, just a few miles from where the towers fell. She saw first hand the destruction and fear.

"You cried. You just sat there and wept for your city. When the towers went down that was unthinkable. I used to hang out there. I used to work in that neighborhood, and it's a great place."

It was a tragic event for Doherty, but now when people ask her what it was like she's happy to talk about it. She says it's because it means that people are remembering the friends she lost, and the three thousand other victims from that day.

"It's the 'never forget' part that I want," said Doherty.

For some, like Doherty, honoring those who lost their lives isn't a one day event. No matter what happens some memories will never be forgotten.

"It's part of our heart and that will never go away," said Doherty.

Since the attacks Doherty has gone back to visit 'Ground Zero'. One world trade center now stretches into the void left by the fallen towers. It will be finished early next year.

"I find it to be gorgous. It's impressive and very moving," said Doherty.

By spring the 9/11 museum will also be complete.

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