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The 9/11 Decade: Harrison Woman Remembers Sept. 11

HARRISON, N.Y. - It could be 10 years or 50 years since the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001. Either way, Harrison's Margaret Scarcella said she will always have the same grief.

"I can't say it gets better with every year," Scarcella said. "You learn to deal with it."

Scarcella's cousin Joe Romagnolo and brother in-law Paul M. Fiori both died in the attacks while working in Manhattan but are remembered by Scarcella's family, including those who were too young to understand that day.

Fiori's children were infants in 2001 and didn't have enough time to formulate lasting memories of their father. Scarcella said they keep his memory alive by telling his story.

"We talk about Paul a lot," she said. "One of his kids looks just like him, too. We do whatever we can."

As for remembering what Scarcella called "the longest day" as the tragedy it was, Scarcella said everyone in her family finds their own routines. She and others have visited Ground Zero in recent years and participated in the ceremonies to honor those lost.

"It's always the same emotional feeling," Scarcella said. "It's a devastating feeling."

She and members of her family also made it a point to share their memories of Romagnolo and Fiori by getting tattoos on their bodies. Scarcella has a tattoo for both men on her legs and said members of her family have received similar marks.

"They were both such great people," Scarcella said.

After noticing the number of Sept. 11 tattoo choices dwindling at a local tattoo parlor, Scarcella said one worker commented that the terrorist attacks were old news and that no one asked for them anymore.

"It may be over for you," Scarcella said to the worker. "But it's not for us."

Scarcella lives in Harrison with her husband and children and is an occupational therapist.

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