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Through all the pain and grief of trying to move on, the one thing that stays the same is their desire to keep the memories of their loved ones alive. Ayleen says her mother was "her everything"—and she wants to pass down that legacy to her little brother. "I remember her every day," she says. "And what's most important to me is that my brother loves her. So I do things like when I was young. We'd go to the circus every year at Madison Square Garden. We'd go to Radio City Music Hall for the Christmas Spectacular. We'd go see Disney on Ice, and I do the same things with him."

Sean and Ryan McGuire keep their father's memory alive by doing different activities together. "We go to Rolling Stones concerts, because that was my dad's favorite band," Sean says. "We have a day at the racetrack for my dad, and on 9/11 we have a mass for him, and we play with a ball and throw a football around all day."

Even as they keep their loved ones close to their hearts, the children and their families have started to move on with their lives. Kaitlyn and Maggie's mother recently remarried, as did Matt's mother. "She's happy now, and I'm happy for her," Matt says.
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FROM: Six Years Later—The Children of September 11
Published on January 01, 2006

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