Sister of 9-11 victim: bin Laden's death a holiday
Mon, 02 May 2011 15:26:41 GMT —
The sister of a New York city firefighter who died on September 11, 2001 said she wants to see fireworks to celebrate the death of 9-11 mastermind Osama bin Laden.
Maureen Cerami moved to Myrtle Beach from New York five years ago. Her brother, Lt. Timothy Higgins of the FDNY, died when one of the World Trade center towers fell. Minutes after Higgins responded to a mayday call from a fellow firefighter, the building came down. His body was recovered from the rubble 19 days after the terrorist attack.
Cerami has another brother who currently works with the New York City Police Department's terrorism task force and it was from him that she found out about bin Laden's death Sunday night.
"He sent me a text message," Cerami said. "At first, I thought there must be something wrong in the family. He never sends me a text message."
But when she discovered that the al Qaeda leader had been killed, "I was like, 'What, what?' Then my roommate started screaming, 'Bin Laden is dead, bin Laden is dead!' " Cerami said. "It was great."
Cerami has said before that she's disappointed at the lack of 9-11 observances in South Carolina, while New Yorkers can't forget about it.
"My first thought (upon hearing of bin Laden's death) was, Why aren't we in New York? We want fireworks."
Cerami said she didn't think the day would come when bin Laden would be killed.
"That it had to take this long, it's sad," Cerami said. "But the fact we didn't lose one American in the process, that is incredible. They all came home."
Though Cerami is thrilled at the news of bin Laden's death, she said this is a somber day as well. "Think of the military we've lost in the process. As exciting as it is, we have to honor those who died."
Still, Cerami believes May 1st should be a day of celebration. "President Obama should make this a national holiday."
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