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9/11 kids to terrorists: ‘You lose’

Plumes of smoke billow from the World Trade Center towers in Lower Manhattan, New York City, after a Boeing 767 hits each tower during the September 11 attacks - CC BY 2.0
Plumes of smoke billow from the World Trade Center towers in Lower Manhattan, New York City, after a Boeing 767 hits each tower during the September 11 attacks – CC BY 2.0

New York (CNN)Their fathers were killed on 9/11, and 15 years later they carry a message: Look at us, more resilient than ever.

To the terrorists, they say, “You lose.”

“We’re still here,” says Patrick Hannaford, who was 2 years old when his father, Kevin Hannaford, 32, was killed on the 105th floor of the World Trade Center’s north tower, where he worked for Cantor Fitzgerald. “We’ve rebuilt, and we’re stronger now than we were then. It’s just a good feeling to know they failed.”

“All of us are sitting here — successful, intelligent,” says Jessica Waring, 29, who lost her father, James Waring, 49, on the second day of her freshman year of high school. “The fact that we could rise above it shows the type of people we are. Al Qaeda and now ISIS, they’re not going to beat us.”

There were 3,051 children under the age of 18 who lost a parent on 9/11. Ten of them — ages 14 to 29 — gathered on the 10th floor of 7 World Trade Center recently to share their stories in a Town Hall with CNN’s Brooke Baldwin. They spoke of their loss and of lessons learned. Of what it has been like to come of age in the age of terror.

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