Lysa Opfet, 41, of Jersey City, had stood by the J & Y Music World store on Park Street 10 years ago taking pictures of the first tower when the second tower was hit. When the towers crashed she was engulfed in clouds of dust.
"I ran I think a mile and a half," she said. "I didn't even look back."
Sunday, she walked away from watching the reading of the names. Opfer lost a friend that day in the World Trade Center. The passage of a decade have not made it easier. she said.
"It's still raw." she said.
She marveled at soldiers overseas. "They see carnage every day," she said. "I saw it one day and it's stuck with me."