Pat Henrique of Saint George, Staten Island, who lost her daughter in the World Trade Center attack, will participate in the borough’s 9/11 memorial service to honor her child's tenacity and courage.
Michelle Henrique, 27, was an executive assistant at Fiduciary Trust, which was on the upper floors of Two World Trade Center.
"She was the glue that held this family together,” said Pat Henrique.
Michelle Henrique’s boyfriend intended to propose to her that December and she was becoming more involved with community organizations.
Pat Henrique says she still feels her daughter’s spirit.
"She's with me all the time. I really mean it when I say she was so supportive and got me through the worst of times," said Henrique.
One of 271 victims from Staten Island, Michelle's profile is part of the “Postcards” memorial on the waterfront in Saint George.
The faces of those lost look towards the “Tribute in Light” beams across New York Harbor, enveloped together in a message of love.
While Pat Henrique says it is too emotionally difficult to go anymore to the World Trade Center site, she will spend the anniversary at the Staten Island memorial service and try to display some of that strength which she says came so easily to Michelle.
"Tonight, I will be reading the list of some of the names. I say these people's names with such fervor to let these people know that they will never be forgotten," said Henrique.
The service at the “Postcards” memorial will begin at 6 p.m. today.