15 Years Later: Remembering September 11
In Part 1 of a two-part special, Steve Adubato reflects on the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks with family members who lost loved ones, survivors of 9/11 and New Jersey dignitaries who share their memories about the fateful day that changed our country forever.
"The Essex County Eagle Rock September 11th memorial Essex remembers ceremony. The 15th anniversary of September 11th. What you're about to see is not just part of the ceremony, but a series of interviews that we conducted with some extraordinary people, family members of survivors from September 11th, an actual survivor of that tragic day 15 years ago, elected officials, appointed officials people who are connected to that day, right here on my left, as part of this extraordinary monument this place here at eagle rock 57 names of Essex County residents who lost their lives over here. 343 firefighters, dozens of police officers who lost their lives. We remember them today. The fear is that people will forget, but this special, talking to people, about what they remember... What this day means to them and why our country needs to never forget that day. And what we need to do moving forward. It's an important program. We ask you to, as you watch, think about the significance of September 11th, and what it means to you. What it means to our country and what it ultimately means to our children and the generations after them. We're here with Jonathan Sellitto who has a very special reason for being here today, to remember your brother? Yes. Well to remember all those who perished, but my family was... We lost my brother Matthew. He was 23. He worked for Cantor Fitzgerald. Worked in the 105th floor of the north tower and we, my family and myself, we come to Essex in particular because we feel that it is it is one of the more... next to the memorial on Ground Zero, it's one of the more tranquil, if not the most tranquil, memorials that I've been to around the area, around the country. It allows us to overlook the city, and still see it for the beauty that it is while remembering that day and those we lost so it's important for for myself and for my family for healing. But I think it's important for the community because we're 15 years out now and there are a lot of a lot of people, a lot of children, a lot of students out there that weren't even alive when this happened, so it can be confusing for them to try to figure out why this particular day... A day that they weren't around for, had such an impact on our country. And it's important for them to remember, and to understand that a lot was given up that day because of what happened. A lot was taken from us, but we are rebuilding, and we're carrying on, and that's our legacy to them Tell us something about Matt..."