Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The pain that never dies: 11 years on, the heartbroken fiancée of 9/11 firefighter shows how raw grief still haunts victims' families

  • Carrie Bergonia breaks down at World Trade Center site as she remembers her fiancé, firefighter Joseph J. Ogren
  • Thousands pay tribute to victims at Ground Zero, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania
  • Moments of silence observed to mark times of impact for four planes and when the Twin Towers fell, and names of 2,983 victims read by more than 1,000 relatives of victims at World Trade Center site
  • President Obama addressed families outside Pentagon: 'Even the darkest day gives way to a brighter dawn'
  • But for the first time at World Trade Center site, only families spoke in remembrance of loved ones

  • Her face creased with emotion as she remembers her fiancé at the site where he perished, Carrie Bergonia shows just how enduring the grief of the 9/11 attacks remains for the families left behind.
    Gathering with other relatives and friends whose loved ones were ripped from them on that dark day, Bergonia was overcome with tears as she touched the name of her fiancé, firefighter Joseph J. Ogren, etched into the memorial pools at the World Trade Center site.
    'I love and miss you so very much,' she wept as she read out his name at the service on Tuesday morning. 'Until we meet again.'
    Bergonia, now 37, and Ogren met in 1993 as they both vacationed in Cancun, Mexico, and were due to marry on August 10, 2002 in Pennsylvania.

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