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Mourners visit lower Manhattan to remember 9/11 attacks 15 years later

LOWER MANHATTAN — Mourners at the reflecting pools in lower Manhattan remembered the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, 15 years after the attacks.

Many people spent time reading the names, some decorated with flowers and American flags.

One first responder was close to tears just remembering all those lost.

"We lost two more EMS workers this week," Lt. Bill Gleason, retired FDNY, told PIX11 News while he fought back his tears.

At St. Patrick's Cathedral a mass of remembrance for the for 343 firefighters killed on Sept. 11, President Obama also marks this 15th anniversary.
Many visitors also remarked about how well lower Manhattan has bounced back with new stores, restaurants and triple the number of children compared to before the terrorist attacks.

Even the tourists were speechless.

"I am very emotional," Andrea McDowell, a tourist from Idaho, told PIX11 News. "I wanted to be in New York City. My heart breaks for all this city went through."