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The painful, public journey of the 9/11 families
Grief and activism: The painful, public, full-time job of a Sept. 11 victim's family member
By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' For many who lost loved ones on 9/11, being a victim's relative is the emotional equivalent of a full-time job.

Family members have become activists on causes including the prosecution of terrorism suspects, rebuilding of the World Trade Center site and national security.

Anthony Gardner's brother Harvey was killed on 9/11. He spent years as an activist, leading a push to preserve the twin towers' footprints and developing a Sept. 11 curriculum in schools.



Gardner knows about the critics who say that many families haven't moved on, but he says many have learned to turn their grief into something positive.

For Gardner, it meant a career change. He moved from corporate communications to a new job heading the New Jersey State Museum. He's planning an exhibit about the attacks' 10th anniversary.


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