On this 12-year anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, the pain remains raw for Mary Canty of Durham.
Her brother, Michael Canty, was one of the more than 2,000 people killed during the terror attacks on September 11, 2001.
"Today is a really hard day," she said. "It's hard to believe that he's not here."
Canty, a broker at Carr Futures, was in tower one of the World Trade Center in New York, when the attacks happened. He was 30 years old when he was killed.
“Just a great friend and person and a lot of people still really miss him," Mary Canty said.
Mary Canty and Gov. Dannel Malloy were the keynote speakers during Middletown's annual remembrance ceremony at the South Fire District this morning and dedication of the city’s permanent 9/11 Memorial and Memorial Garden.
The memorial garden which features a section of a steel beam from the North Tower of the World Trade Center as well as engraved brick pavers along the walkway.
Michael Canty's name is one of many along the memorial walkway.
Capt. Michael Howley said this will be a place of quiet reflection and remembrance of the events on September 11, 2001.
Mary said she chooses to remember the very last time she saw her brother. It was during a family gathering one month before he died.
“We had a fabulous time and he was great to my children and we laughed through the whole weekend and I'm so glad that that was the last time that I saw him. It was special,” she said.
Now, to help heal, she focuses on the scholarship set up in her brother's name.
"The scholarship itself has helped my family and parents, my brother and sisters and I heal. It's been a great way to make something good come out of something so tragic," Mary Canty said.