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Mourners Gather At St. Peter's Church Near WTC Site To Honor Those Lost

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Dozens gathered at St. Peter's Church Thursday to honor those lost on September 11, 2001 and hear a sermon from Cardinal Edward Egan. NY1’s Natalia Perez was there and filed the following story:

The sound of bells echoed through the city at 8:46 a.m., the time when the first plane hit the World Trade Center.

The 5,000-pound bell was rung outside St. Peter's Church, while mass was held inside.

“We must not let the people who committed this crime drag us down to their level,” said Edward Cardinal Egan. “We mustn’t let them make of us people with hate, vindictiveness, and vengeance."

Parishioners came out to ring the bell in memory of those lost on 9/11. But for many, standing at the church, only a block away from the World Trade Center site, brought back painful memories about the tragic events that happened there two years.

“It's very hard for me to come by here,” said Judy Karnas, who lives nearby. “I come by here frequently because I live in the neighborhood and it's still very difficult to pass by there."

For some, it was difficult even to discuss the events that took place that day.

“I can't talk about that now,” said James Donahue, who attended the mass. “I can't."

“My son was there,” said Maria Magalong, who also attended the solemn ceremony. “He was on the 77th floor and he's so lucky he survived."

Some who live in the area came to pray for those lost, and to pay tribute.

"It's just really hard to deal with living here your whole life, then one day it's gone,” said Sarah Lacoff.

“This is my parish and I was here last year for the first anniversary,” Karnas said. “And I feel that I should be here every year on this day.”

“I think it's important that we remember,” said another woman. “We don't forget what happened, and we remember all the people that we lost."

--Natalia Perez

For additional 9/11 anniversary coverage, see our WTC Section.
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