BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Several families joined Governor Deval Patrick, Senator Scott Brown and other state officials Tuesday morning to read the names of 206 Massachusetts victims who died on September 11, 2001.
"As time has gone on and its more about remembering the good times of their loved ones and that's what they're remembering now more than the actual tragic events," said Massachusetts 9/11 Fund President Eric Lowrey.
Inside the State House, the Madeline "Amy" Sweeney Award for civilian bravery was presented to Paul Antonino, who saved a number of Boston residents from a house fire earlier this year.
The award is named after a flight attendant who gave critical information to airport officials about the hijackers aboard American Airlines Flight 11 – one of two jets deliberately crashed into New York City's World Trade Center after departing Boston Logan airport.
"My family remembers with pride what my mother was able to do on that most horrific day. In our hearts and minds she will forever remain our hero," said Anna Sweeney, daughter of the late Amy Sweeney.
During the ceremony, Brittany and Robbie Berquist explained how they were inspired years after 9/11 to start a charity that connects service members with their families over the phone.
"We found a need and our passion has been to help our brave American service members …who keep us safe each day so that we never have a tragedy like September 11 th again," said Robbie Bergquist, who founded Cell Phones for Soldiers with his sister.
Several 9/11-commemortative events will be held on Beacon Hill all day Tuesday.