NEW YORK – The most unforgettable person in 19-year-old Manny DaMota's life is a father he never met. Shortly after dawn on the anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack in American history, this child of 9/11 stood at Ground Zero, peering into the bright blue sky where the Twin Towers fell. "I like being here. It's nice," DaMota told me. "When I stand next to my father's name at the memorial, it gives me peace. How do I say this? It makes me feel close to him." What was lost in 9/11 was far greater than the 2,977 people who perished at the Pentagon and in a field in Pennsylvania, as well as here in lower Manhattan. On Saturday morning, a sophomore studying psychology at Pace University awoke in his dorm room and pulled on a black T-shirt honoring his late father, a carpenter who loved the Beatles. Manny then slowly walked 10 minutes to a shrine visited on this summer day by presidents and pilgrims alike. "I have memories of coming to Ground Zero when it was nothing but rubble," Manny said. "Since I was a little kid, I've been here too many times to count. And now I go… Read full this story
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