Families discuss year without loved ones

(Original publication: September 7, 2002)

On Sept. 11, 2001, more than 70 people who lived in or had ties to Rockland died in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

We have revisited with those family members who wished to talk about what the last year has been like for them. Their stories will run over the next few days.

Calixto "Charlie" Anaya

Marie Anaya will be at Ground Zero on Wednesday, just as she was for the closing ceremony in June.

"Why, I can't explain it, but my children want to be there as much as I do," she said. "So that's where we'll be, where Charlie's last hurrah was, where he was doing what he loved the most."

The year has been difficult, but busy, since she lost her husband, Calixto "Charlie" Anaya, a probationary New York City firefighter, at the World Trade Center.

"It was my first birthday, first Christmas, first anything without Charlie," Marie Anaya said. "It's been horrible, but I do the best for the kids. They're kids, they need to be kids, and I will do the worrying for them."

The Anayas had three children