Mourners Fill St. Peter's In Honor Of Lost Port Authority Workers
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NY1: Mourners Fill St. Peter's In Honor Of Lost Port Authority Workers
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The Port Authority honored their own lost on that tragic day three years ago. NY1's Tanya Valle was at their memorial service which honored 84 people mourned by family, friends and co-workers.
Time does not heal all wounds as family members like Elizabeth Boyer will tell you.
"Coming back here on the anniversary and you see the general public, not necessarily family, you kind of just want to walk around and scream don't forget, don't ever forget,"
Boyer lost her cousin Eddie Calderon on that tragic day. He was a Port Authority worker who stayed behind to keep communications running in the south tower. He is among the 84 Port Authority workers killed. They were all remembered at a service at St. Peter's church.
"The terrorists took the person but they cannot take the love," said Rev. Kevin Madigan who officiated the ceremony.
Dozens of family members and friends filled the church, which is just one block away from the World Trade Center site. It served as a hub for recovery workers after the attacks. Metropolitan opera singer Morris Robinson sang the national anthem.
Valerie Webb, 14, lit two ceremonial candles in honor of lost loved ones, including her father, Port Authority police officer Nathaniel Webb.
"It was good to come here to remember everyone and all the heroes lost who tried to save everyone's life," said Webb.
Port Authority Commissioner Christy Ferer Levin acknowledged the fallen, including her husband Port Authority Executive Director Neil Levin.
"I know there isn't a day that goes by that most of us don't think about some lost family member, friend, co-worker who disappeared in that unimaginable abyss," said Levin.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor George Pataki praised the actions and sacrifices of all those taken.
"Their heroism helped save virtually every single life below the floors of impact," said Pataki. "It was the most successful rescue operation of our nation's history."
Even though it's been three years, those who lost loved ones say 9/11 lives with them every day of their lives as it does with many of us.
— Tanya Valle