CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A native New Yorker who lived across the street from the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, now calls the Lowcountry home, but says she will never forget that tragic day in New York City.
"I can forgive, but I can never forget. I will never forget this as long as I live and never forget the imagine I had walking down that night and walking through that ash," said Lynn Ross, recalling the horrific events of 9/11.
Ross spent almost her whole life in New York City, a city she says has changed over the past 10 years. A decade ago, Sept. 11 started off as normal day for Ross. It was the mayoral primary election, so she left a little bit early that day to go vote.
"I voted, went into the World Trade Center like I did every day. Took the 1 or the 9 (train) and went to work."
As soon as Ross stepped into her office building in another part of town, that's when she heard the news. Two planes had hit the Twin Towers, less than a block away from her home.
She made her way across town on foot.
"Were walking through all this ash and paper, there was paper on top of the ash. I never saw anything like it in my life," Ross said.
After getting through several police barricades, she made it back to her apartment. The inside was covered with ash.
Ross's roommate had taken her dog to a safer area. Ross decided to stay in her apartment that night, left alone with her thoughts.
"I think of the people on the airplane, what were they thinking, I thought of my boyfriend and if he thought they were going to die."
Now, every Sept. 11, Ross stays home, lights candles for 24 hours and remembers.