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Last Updated: Monday September 11 2006 06:08 GMT

I have happy memories of my dad

Madeline

It's the fifth anniversary of the terrible events that happened in America on 11 September, 2001.

Ten-year-old Madeline had just turned five when her father was killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.

"It was the morning of 11 September, 2001. I remember my dad coming into my bedroom to say goodbye before going to work.

But that was the last time I saw him. He never came home because he died when the twin towers were attacked - that was where he worked.

Madeline's dad
Madeline's dad
I get sad when I think about my dad but I get angry too when I think about the people who did this to him.

Draw pictures

I go to a counselling place where I meet with other children who lost relatives in the attacks.

It helps a lot. We get to write about how we're feeling and draw pictures.

And I've made some really good friends.

It helps because we're all in the same situation, that we have lost someone we loved.

Too sad

Sometimes at counselling, we get the chance to go to Ground Zero, which is where the twin towers used to be.

But sometimes I say no, I don't want to go, because it is too sad.

Ground Zero in New York
Ground Zero in New York
But other times I want to go because that is where my dad died and I think his spirit is still there. It's a place where I can be near him.

Never forget

In the corner of my bedroom I have photos up of my dad.

It sounds weird but I think that if I don't have the photos around, I might forget what he looks like.

I have nice memories of my dad. I remember he used to sing and dance a lot and play the guitar.

Family time

On the anniversary, I'm not going to school.

First we are going to an early morning church service. Then we're going to go into the city to look at Ground Zero.

It will be sad as this is the day my dad died. But it will also be a time to remember him. I'll have lots of family around me.

I think it's good that we remember what happened on 11 September. Lots of people died and lots of people lost people they loved."

Madeline, 10, New York


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