Thirteen years after the darkest day of his life, Philip Hayes trekked to the city all the way from California to remember his fire safety director father and the nearly 3,000 other victims of the 9/11 attacks.
“I took the red-eye flight and came straight here,” said Hayes, 60, whose retired firefighter dad, also named Philip Hayes, rescued children from a day care center near the World Trade Center before he was killed.
“My father died a hero with all the other people. It’s not something you just dismiss over time. I think it’s necessary and we should always come.”
Hayes was among hundreds of family members and friends who gathered at the sacred site Thursday to hail the city’s 9/11 heroes and pay tribute to the victims.
Some family members carried large photos of their loved ones. Others descended on the solemn site carrying bouquets of flowers, their faces etched in sadness.
As part of the now sad but familiar anniversary ritual, anguished relatives read the names of all the victims killed in New York, at the Pentagon and aboard Flight 93. Read More: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/new-yorkers-commemorate-13th-anniversary-9-11-attacks