Today marks the seventh anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Nearly 3,000 lives were lost on that fateful day. NTD's Robert Apicella shows us how one man is remembering the victims.
Nearly a thousand flags are on display to commemorate the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks. This memorial is the work of New York City resident Mike Hughes.
"This is a healing field."
Who wants to keep their memories alive.
"The Flag of Honor has all the victims' names that died on September 11, 2001... There's 2,973 names on them."
"The flag of heroes are the first responders... the 343 firemen, 23 NYPD, and 37 Port Authority plus 3 NYC Cour Officers."
The boots honor first and second responders like Mike who arrived on scene... but not all were as lucky as him to walk away alive.
"Looking at their eyes glazed the way things were we said 'wow... this is it, you know. whatever happens happens.'"
And Mike isn't the only one remembering the fallen. William Healey and Lillian Tetreault lost someone near and dear to their hearts. Renee Tetreault-Newell was on American Airlines flight 11 that crashed into the North Tower.
"All of us wonder what she went through. i witnessed the plane crashes. I know she died instantly."
Renee's mom Lillian says time has not healed her wounds.
"I miss her terribly. and every year it gets a little bit harder. it doesn't get easier, it gets harder."
"I look for her everywhere and I just feel she's there, but I come basically to New York to let her know that I'm here."
For Mike, the most important thing is...
"These people will never be forgotten."
Robert Apicella, NTD, New York.