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9/11 Anniversary: Port Authority Holds Annual Remembrance Ceremony

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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey held an interfaith remembrance service Saturday in honor of their employees killed on September 11, 2001, as well as the victims of the 1993 World Trade Center bombings. NY1's Erica Ferrari filed the following report.

Melissa Raggio-Granto's father was one of the 84 Port Authority employees who died in the September 11th attacks.

"Each year you think it will be a little easier, and it's just as sad," Raggio-Granto said.

"For me, it's getting harder every year...not easier. The memories are stronger as time goes on, not weaker," said Port Authority officer Scott Kelliager.

It's been nine years since the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in New York. And families of fallen Port Authority workers say they're frustrated little has been done to rebuild at the World Trade Center Site.

"It's disappointing that we do not have a memorial yet. And it's really disappointing that we may have a mosque before we have a memorial," Raggio-Granto said.

Several elected officials including Governor David Paterson attended the Port Authority ceremony.

"There were just so many people who lost people on that day, and so senseless and evil that I think that as many of us that can come and be a part of the healing process is really important," said the governor.

Port Authority employee Robin Lance was one of those who comes to the ceremony year after year to heal. She says she climbed down 88 flights of stairs to escape from where so many others perished.

"It was like being in a war zone. For the first time in my life I realized what war was all about...and trying to get out and people pulling together and just trying to get through a really bad experience," Lance said.

One person who spoke to NY1 at the ceremony says September 11th is a day no American can forget. But for those who lost loved ones that day, and for those who escaped the burning towers, it's a memory etched in their minds forever.

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