Bucks County Family Reflects On 9/11 Loss as Monday\’s fifth anniversary of the September 11th attacks approaches Sep 10, 2006 US/Eastern –(CBS 3) BUCKS COUNTY, Pa. As Monday’s fifth anniversary of the September 11th attacks approaches many are still coping with the painful loss of lives that were cut short on that tragic day.
Bucks county reporter Lesley Van Arsdall tells the story of one family trying to grieve, as they honor the memory of the son they lost.
“It’s the last thing I think of before I go to bed at night and the first thing when I wake up in the morning. If and if I wake of before, I think about it and I can’t get back to sleep,” said Grace Godshalk on the loss of her son.
Five years after 9/11 Grace Godshalk and her husband Bond are still holding on to memories of their son William. The 35-year-old Bucks county native was working on the 89th floor of the South Tower when the attacks occurred. They say time heals but for Grace and her husband five years is not nearly enough. They remember the day they lost William like it was yesterday. Grace says she was one of the lucky ones. She got a phone call.
“He said a jet hit the World Trade Center the other building, I remember his exact words. He said. ‘I’m ok, we can’t leave. Turn on the television it’s on TV already, and I have to go now.’ That’s all I heard,” explains Grace.
Since that day Grace has devoted all her energy into building the Garden of Reflection, the official Pennsylvania memorial to the victims of the 9/11 attacks.
“As time goes by you want people to know he existed that he was a human being see his name somewhere. We don’t have a grave. So, I think from that standpoint will be able to see his name. It can also be a place where people celebrate life,” explains Grace.
William’s father Bond copes with the loss a different way.
Bond Godshalk explains, “I’d sit down in a pew and for a while do nothing but cry and I always leave a seat beside me on the left because that’s where Bill sat next to me at church.
“He was our life,” said Grace.
Lesley Van Arsdall-Reporter
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