9/11 Babies on Dads: 'I Never Met Him but I Know I Love Him'


9/11 Children Find Solace in Reunion

Ron Milam Jr. said sometimes he asked his mother whether his father looked like him.

"She said, 'Yes. I look exactly like him.' It makes me feel closer to him for some reason," he said. "I don't know why."

Kellie Lee said that her husband, Daniel Lee, was a drummer and that her daughter Allison Lee loved the instrument. "My mom always tells me that he was very energetic," Allison Lee said.

Robert Atwood's father, Gerard Atwood, was a firefighter. He said his dad's look was imprinted on his mind.

"It's him. He has his hat on. Ladder 21. It's all his gear. When I'm trying to go to sleep, I look at the picture and then I look in the mirror. It looks kind of like me and he, it's looking in the eyes," Robert Atwood said. "For Career Day [at school,] I dressed up with all his gear and my teacher wouldn't let anybody touch it 'cause it was too valuable."

The children said the reunions made them feel less lonely, less like "that 9/11 kid."

"I don't think I would get along without these girls to help me get through," Phelan Halloran said.

Gabi Dick said he tried to avoid children at school who asked about his father, Ari Jacobs.

"'Cause I know that they'll keep asking me and asking me, month after month," he said. "That's how I get by in school."

"It's cool that we're here again," Danny Soulas told Sawyer. His father's name was Timothy Soulas. "It means a lot to me. I think it means that I don't feel like I'm the only one. ... Like these guys would know how it feels."

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