Anniversary of 9/11 Hits Home For Many Western New Yorkers.

September 11, 2010 Updated Sep 12, 2010 at 12:27 AM EDT

By WKBW Admin

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September 11, 2010 Updated Sep 12, 2010 at 12:27 AM EDT

The Anniversary of 9-11 hits home for many Western New Yorkers.

Karen Eckert lost her brother-in-law when the World Trade Center was hit.

"To me there's nothing sadder than this day when the world just stopped," Eckert said.

Leigh Macadlo's twin brother was also killed in the tragedy.

"The experience nine years ago changed us in so many different ways," Macadlo said.

And Lisa Amatura nearly lost her own life in 9-11 but she said it was a miracle she survived. Just two days later on Sept 13th 2001, Amatura found out she was pregnant with her beautiful daughter Francesca.

"It helps us to remember what is important for us which is family and friends," Amatura said.

All of these women came together with the Red Cross for their annual 9-11 remembrance ceremony, Saturday. The Red Cross put out flags and other memorabilia, all for one purpose.

"We come here to remember those who were not as fortunate as us," Amatura said.

They also released balloons, each one representing a Western New York connection to 9-11.

"This is a great symbol of what we do here every year to help people not to forget," Macadlo said.

But after nine long years, there is one message the families said they want to get out.

"Love Conquers Hate. Those short words, " Eckert said.

You can still see the remembrance flag display at the Red Cross headquarters on Delaware Avenue in downtown Buffalo.