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Local family members of those killed on 9-11 gather in Utica

By JOLEEN FERRIS

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Family members of those who died in the 9-11 terror attacks gathered on an eerily similar sunny, cool day to mark the 11th anniversary of the day their lives changed forever.

Those who died in the World Trade Centers, the Pentagon and the crash of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania were remembered during a ceremony at the 911 Memorial at the Parkway and Sherman Drive in Utica. Family members of seven central New Yorkers who died in the attacks joined local police and firefighters, public officials, veterans and clergy.

The survivors each placed a single red rose on the memorial as Utica's deputy police chief read the name of the loved one who died in the attacks.

Jennifer Reed, of Norwich, lost her twin sister Michele Reed in the attacks. The two were 26 years old, living in New Jersey and commuting to work in the city. Jennifer says days like today bring her back to the day she lost her sister, but that it's not a long trip, because that day is always very close.

"I think this day like any other day is a difficult day to get through without my sister. I think of her constantly, from the time I wake up until I go to bed, there's not a day that I don't think of her, especially on sunny September days like today," says Jennifer Reed.

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