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RI family who lost loved ones reflects on 9/11 museum

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By Mike LaCrosse
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Friday was an emotional day for a Rhode Island family who lost their son in the attacks of September 11th.

The family joined others who lost loved ones by touring the recently completed 9/11 Memorial Museum.


Shawn Nassaney of Pawtucket and his girlfriend Lynn Katherine Goodchild of Attleboro were on United Flight 175, which crashed into the World Trade Center.

Friday their families placed roses by their names, which are 
inscribed in stone surrounding the South Tower reflecting pool.

"It's haunting, it's powerful, and it's heroic," said Pat Nassaney.

This is the Nassaney family's first trip back to the World Trade Center since the first anniversary of the attacks. The Pawtucket family wanted to wait for the museum to be completed.

"You are just hit by so many emotions looking at what their showing you, not only the physical evident, but the impact on the people, reflections on loved ones those they have lost, so it hits you with a lot of different emotions," said Pat Nassaney.

Pat says he was struck by the museum's exhibit on United Flight 175.  It includes recordings, debris from the plane and video of its final moments.

"That to me is always the most poignant, you see the plane prior to and you see it hitting and you're watching your son being murdered, every time I see it I cringed and think if I look hard enough maybe I can see him, obviously not the chase," Pat Nassaney.

The museum includes exhibits for the nearly three thousand victims lost, the survivors and first responders. President Obama officially opened the museum on Thursday.

Pat says the museum will help his son Shawn, Lynn and all be remembered.

"So yea the museum is gonna do a wonderful job for as long as we want it to yes," said Pat Nassaney.

The museum opens to the public on May 21st.

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