by Vicky Bernal, NBC producer
Last Friday, three families who lost loved ones to the 9/11 attacks came to our studios to share with us memories-memories of a mother, of a husband and of a son. It was a tough day. Six years later their pain is still so real, and still so great. As you heard them tell their stories your heart couldn't help but break. There wasn't a dry eye in the room.
They brought pictures, they brought quilts, but it was the everyday items that these people touched and used that really tells the story of who they were. There's the ring that was recovered from the 9/11 rubble that belonged to Rosemary Smith. Rosemary bought that ring for herself after surviving the bombing of the World Trade Center in '93 and she was wearing it on that fateful September day.
Brian already shared with you how the Voices of September 11th Living Memorials are documenting these stories and artifacts in a digital archive. But we wanted to make the extended interviews with these families available because six years later, twenty years later, a hundred years later, it's these memories of who these people were, the lives that they touched that we want to keep alive. (WATCH VIDEO)