9/11 family members honor loved ones in song and in charity

By Amber Sutherland, Lia Eustachewich and Sophia Rosenbaum New York Post

Francesca Picerno, 22, wrote a song for dad Matthew, who was a Cantor Fitzgerald bond broker. Photo: Robert Miller

Francesca Picerno, 22, wrote a song for dad Matthew, who was a Cantor Fitzgerald bond broker. Photo: Robert Miller

Hundreds of thousands [sic] of family members of 9/11 victims will trickle into the memorial’s plaza Thursday for the 13th anniversary ceremony of the devastating terrorist attacks.

Their ages vary, from now-elderly parents remembering their lost children to teenagers who were just babies when their mother or father perished in the Twin Towers.

Francesca Picerno was just 9 years old when her dad, Matthew, a Cantor Fitzgerald bond broker, never made it home that September day in 2001.

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Hundreds gather at Flight 93 memorial for September 11 ceremony

By Torsten Ove Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Family members and friends linger Wednesday evening after carrying in luminaries to the victims' wall at the Flight 93 National Memorial. Larry Roberts/Post-Gazette

Family members and friends linger Wednesday evening after carrying in luminaries to the victims’ wall at the Flight 93 National Memorial. Larry Roberts/Post-Gazette

STONYCREEK — The former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives today donated the flag that flew above the U.S. Capitol on September 11, 2001, to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County.

Dennis Hastert, who was speaker on that day, presented the 7-by-14-foot flag — still soiled by soot from the fire at the Pentagon caused by another hijacked airliner — at the 13th anniversary of the crash of Flight 93 near Shanksville.

Mr. Hastert, who was speaker from 1999 to 2007, was in the Capitol that day along with the rest of Congress and said the heroic people aboard Flight 93 almost certainly saved their lives.

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Mets visit families of police slain on 9/11

By Zach Braziller New York Post

Jacob deGrom, John Franco (from left) and Daniel Murphy (far right) visit with the family of James Leahy, a member of the 6th precinct in the towers who was killed on September 11, 2001.Photo: Courtesy of NY Mets

Jacob deGrom, John Franco (from left) and Daniel Murphy (far right) visit with the family of James Leahy, a member of the 6th precinct in the towers who was killed on September 11, 2001.Photo: Courtesy of NY Mets

Thirteen years ago, the Mets led the charge in helping New York City recover from the World Trade Center attacks.

They haven’t forgotten about that tragic day.

Jacob deGrom, Daniel Murphy and former Mets closer John Franco spent the day Thursday at 1 Police Plaza, meeting with the families of the 23 NYPD officers who died on September 11, 2001.

After the families gathered in lower Manhattan to hear read aloud the names of all those killed when the towers fell and mourn those lost, the current and former Mets chatted with the families, signed autographs and posed for photos.

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