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NY1 Exclusive: Poll Finds 9/11 Is Indelible Memory For Almost All New Yorkers

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An exclusive NY1/Marist poll finds almost all New Yorkers remember exactly what they were doing a decade ago on September 11, 2001, and for some forgetting is not an option. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.

Throughout the week, people are remembering the September 11th attacks in Saint Paul's Chapel in Lower Manhattan. Among those gathering in the church was J. Chester Johnson, who along with his wife were trapped in their office during the attack on the World Trade Center.

"We saw the second plane hit the South Tower," says Johnson. "We thought this was our last day."

The Johnsons are among the 97 percent of New Yorkers who remember what they were doing that fateful day.

An exclusive NY1 Marist Poll finds just 3 percent of adults in the five boroughs do not remember what they were doing that day.

While almost all New Yorkers recall the day, they have many different ways to mark the 10th anniversary.

The poll finds 37 percent will keep their daily routine, 25 percent will quietly reflect upon the day at work or at home, 23 percent will follow media coverage of the memorial services, 10 percent will attend a religious ceremony at a place of worship and 6 percent will attend a formal ceremony honoring the victims of the attacks.

"On September 11, we are having a service for the recovery workers and the volunteers," says Johnson.

After the attacks, Johnson joined thousands of others volunteering at the site of the Twin Towers. The 245-year-old Saint Paul's Chapel, partially buried in ash and debris from the collapse, helped provide meals and counseling and a place to pray and sleep to volunteers and rescue and recovery workers for nine months.

Now, in the shadow of the new World Trade Center site, Johnson says he hopes Americans remember New York's unity of purpose in surviving and rebuilding.

"Politically, socially, most importantly, spiritually," he says.

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