On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, a generation of children whose grandparents died in the terror attacks paid a heartbreaking tribute to them – and many never had the chance to meet them.
Some of the victims’ youngest descendants — including grandchildren, nieces and nephews — spoke their heartfelt words at the memorial site in lower Manhattan on Saturday morning as relatives read the names of the 2,977 victims.
“For my grandfather, Michael San Phillip, who I never got to meet, but I’m pretty sure we had a lot of fun together,” Charlotte Spero told the crowd that gathered at her 9/11 Memorial Plaza. grandfather. , an investment banker who worked in the South Tower at the time of the attacks.
Charlotte’s story echoed that of every other child who took the stage and lost relatives in the attacks, long before many of them were even born.
“And my uncle, fireman Christopher Michael Mazzoto. I know you are with us every day watching over us, and although I never met you, I still miss you very much,” said another little girl of her late uncle.
“Mom always tells me the crazy, fun things you’ve done, and I’m sure if you were here I probably would do them with you,”
“Thank you for being the best guardian angel. My mother says I have your amiable charm and fearlessness, and it is an honor to have your name as my middle name.’
“For my grandfather, Michael San Phillip,” Charlotte Spero (right) told the crowd of her grandfather, an investment banker who worked in the South Tower
Spero’s grandfather, Michael V. San Phillip (pictured) worked as an investment banker in the South Tower
“Thank you for being the best guardian angel. My mother says I have your amiable charm and fearlessness, and I am honored to have your name as my middle name,” said another boy.
Young Jake DiVirgilio’s words came true for most of the kids who took the stage at Saturday’s anniversary event, expressing their love for his grandfather, bond broker David Francis Ferrugio, even though the two never met.
“We all miss you,” the boy said. “And even though I haven’t met you, I still love you.”
Another said, “To my uncle, Robert G. Mclevan, although I was not fortunate enough to have met you, your spirit lives on in myself, my brother and sisters, and all those who loved you.”
“It is an honor to bear your name and I am living proof that life goes on.”
Relatives of those who died 20 years ago in the 9/11 attacks remembered their fallen uncles, aunts, grandparents and parents at Saturday’s event
Mina Clemente, 9, whose grandfather Cesar Amoranto Alviar also died in the 9/11 attacks, turned an otherwise bleak scene into a moment of lightheartedness when she asked her late grandfather to convince her mother to buy her a puppy.
“Thank you for watching over us,” the little girl said. “And please convince Mom to get us a husky someday.”
Meanwhile, Mina’s mother Gemma Alviar told the New York Post that her daughter’s request caught her by surprise, but that she will have to grant it after her daughter brings her to the scene.
“She totally surprised me with the dog thing,” The Post told The Post. “Okay, no pressure there, that’s what I’m saying on national television — I think we have to perform.”
“I am honored to bear your name, and I am living proof that life goes on,” said the nephew of Robert G. Mclevan, who died in the 9/11 attacks.
“And my uncle, fireman Christopher Mazzoto. I know you are with us every day and watch over us, and although I never met you, I still miss you very much,” said a little girl of her late uncle
Two other boys dedicate a moment to their aunts and uncle, who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks.
“To my uncle, whose tie I’m wearing today, proud,” the boy said to the crowd, carrying a pin with his dead aunt’s face.
“And to my aunt, Maria Theresa Concepcion-Santillion and Judy Santillion-Fernandez.”
‘From the pictures and stories I’ve heard and seen, I know how beautiful you were. After 20 years, you are now reunited with Lula and Lolo, who passed away last year. Please be our guardian angel. We will never forget, and we will always remember you.”
“God bless America,” he added.