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See smaller Michael Fagan, a retired New York police officer, owns two NYPD squad cars, also retired, and keeps them on Marco Island. Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle

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Michael Fagan, a retired New York police officer, owns two NYPD squad cars, also retired, and keeps them on Marco Island. Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle

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  • Michael Fagan, a partner in Kerry's Cafe and former NYPD patrolman, has made remembrance of the 9/11 tragedy into a personal crusade. Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle
  • Michael Fagan's NYPD uniform blouse carries a mourning band on the badge, in honor of those officers who gave their lives. Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle
  • Michael Fagan, a retired New York police officer, owns two NYPD squad cars, also retired, and keeps them on Marco Island. Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle
  • This fanciful painting of a New York skyline helped persuade Brigitte Vignari, who worked in the World Trade Center, to leave the city after the first terrorist bombing in 1993. Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle
  • Michael Fagan, a retired New York police officer, owns two NYPD squad cars, also retired, and keeps them on Marco Island. Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle
  • This fanciful painting of a New York skyline helped persuade Brigitte Vignari, who worked in the World Trade Center, to leave the city after the first terrorist bombing in 1993. Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle
  • Mariel Sanchez, a 9th grader at Marco Island Academy, sang the National Anthem at the start of the 9-11 observance at the Marriott. It was her first time ever signing the Star Bangled Banner in public an she did a fine job. Don Farmer/Eagle Correspondent
  • First responder Patrick O'Gorman rang the bell, a long-standing tradition among firefighters around the country, signaling that a firefighter has died. Chris Curle/Eagle Correspondent
  • Peyton Colburn, in her grandmother Suzanne Busch's arms, loves flags, we're told. Peyton delighted the audience at the 9-11 observance when she squealed, "Yea!" at the conclusion of the singing of the National Anthem. Chris Curle/Eagle Correspondent
  • Veteran Marco firefighter Steve Fickling and his wife Jay were all smiles and a few happy tears as he was announced winner of the Marco Fire-Rescue Foundation's Firefighter of the year at the Sunday 9-11 observance at the Marriott. Chris Curle/Eagle Correspondent

This year’s anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 has extra significance. The tenth time that date has come around since the nation suffered its wrenching entrance into a world of vulnerability has many people remembering the feelings of that day, and for some, loved ones lost.

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