As the 10th anniversary of September 11th approaches, many individuals have banded together to memorialize victims in special ways. NY1’s Tetiana Anderson filed the following report.
Erin Jackman and her family last heard from her sister on a voicemail message left on September 11th nearly 10 years ago.
"She was one of the last phone calls out," said Jackman.
Jackman and others gathered Friday in advance of the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center to share their stories. They all say they're trying to keep the memories of their loved ones alive by linking their names with good works.
"We founded the Brooke Jackman Foundation in memory of my sister Brooke. She wanted to become a social worker and she loved to read, so we combined those two and we did it for her creating and supporting literacy programs throughout the New York area," said Jackman.
Mary Fetchit co-founded the Voices of September 11th project after losing her son Brad.
The organization's mission is vast.
"To provide information support services, connect families with resources, information on scholarships, to help advocate for the identification of remains and work on memorial plans. So, we've evolved. We're over 13,000 families that we’re working with," said Fetchit.
Michael DiMinicio didn't lose a loved one on September 11th, but he used his gift as an artist to paint portraits to memorialize those who lost their lives.
"I took out a notice in The New York Times just saying I intended to do, it if you don't want me to paint, I won't, if you want an alternative image, because at that time all I had were the thumbnails that were in the portraits of grief in The New York Times, and I got a very positive response,” said DiMinicio.
He said he's completed 1,100 of what will eventually be about 2,500 paintings.
"I'm a painter and I've always been a painter, so from that perspective frankly there's a fairly substantial emotional burden that goes with it," said DiMinicio.
In the end, they all say there is comfort sharing fond memories of those who died.