Sunday, September 11, 2011

9/11 Ten years later: A motherless daughter honors the mom she barely knew

"Mom, I'm proud to be your daughter.  You'll always be my hero and the pride of New York City." -- Patricia Smith, 12, memorializing her mother, police officer Moira Smith, who was killed on Sept. 11, 2001.

Many words were spoken today on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.  But,  I found none more moving than these words spoken at the sight of the  9/11 memorial in New York.

On September 11, 2001, Patricia Smith became a motherless daughter.  It is a connection she shares not only with other 9/11 families, but with countless others who lost their moms at a tender age.

Patricia was only 2 years old when her mother Moira, a New York City police officer, was killed assisting victims of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.  This was the same little girl who, in a red dress, accepted a medal of honor for her mother's bravery.

To see her now as a beautiful young woman, standing with such poise and confidenc,e speaking those words without tears is an inspiration.  I can think of no better way to honor those who lost their lives than to see and hear this living tribute today.

Watch the "Good Morning America" interview with Patricia and her dad here:

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