9/11 Survivors try to move forward

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – The stories of Central Virginians in New York or Washington, DC on that fateful September day move many people to tears and ten years later, those survivors are still struggling to move forward, while not forgetting the somber day.

For those who walked away or were shoveled out of the rubble, there is a constant battle.  What is an appropriate way to mark this heartbreaking anniversary? How can we remember and at the same time, progress? It is a struggle that will be emphasized Sunday.

Some memories of September 11th, 2001, are still as crystal clear for Dan Carro as the sky was that morning.  He was working at the New York Mercantile Exchange, a building that stood in the shadows of the Twin Towers.

"I remember running down the stairs and just thinking if the tower fell to the side while we were in that stairwell, it would potentially be able to reach our building and crush our building," he recalled.

Dan managed to escape by ferry to New Jersey. It's still difficult for him to share his story.

"Initially I could only talk to the people that were there with me about it or people that were directly involved at the site on that day," he told NBC12. "I couldn't talk to my parents. I couldn't really talk to anyone."

His life has been forever changed. He now calls Henrico home and works for Dominion Resources.

"I think the biggest thing I learned was you really have no control over when it's your time," he explained.

The ten year anniversary ceremony in the footprint of the once soaring towers is open to the families of those who lost their lives that day. Dan would've liked to have been there.

"Survivors have a story to tell too and I feel like they've been impacted just as much if not more in a different way than families," he said.

He'll have other opportunities and hopes in another ten years, the country won't forget the images that still haunt him and the others who made it out.

We asked Carro if he thought there will ever be a day when September 11th is just another day of the week.  He told us he truly hopes the answer is no.

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