Ferer said the families have prepared for this day and they have had input on the ceremony. She said many of them have chosen to stay home, but many are also participating.
She also pointed out that many of the victims' relatives have grown in the process of recovering from their grief and loss. For example, they have become politically involved or active participants in charities. They consider it a way of honoring lost loved ones.
Ferer's husband perished in the Sept. 11 attack. Neil Levin was having a breakfast meeting at Windows on the World on the 106th floor of the north tower, when one of the passenger planes struck. Levin was a close friend of Gov. Pataki and a relatively new executive director of the Port Authority before his death.
His wife is excited that a new graduate school will be built in New York City in his name. The State University of New York (SUNY) school system says the Levin graduate school will educate future students in foreign relations and economy.
Ferer is also one of the 197 people scheduled to read the names of the victims at the World Trade Center memorial ceremony.