St. Louis area woman heads to Ground Zero to honor brother

St. Louis area woman heads to Ground Zero to honor brother

St. Louis area woman heads to Ground Zero to honor brother

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by Mark Schnyder

KMOV.com

Posted on September 7, 2011 at 10:34 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 11 at 9:43 PM

(KMOV) -- I met Sarrea Layton two years ago for a story about the then upcoming 8th anniversary of 9-11.  While it's emotional for her, she clearly loves talking about her brother, Jay Magazine.  He was 48-years-old and headed up catering at Windows on the World in the North World Trade Center Tower.

I got back in touch with Sarrea the other day and asked her if she wanted to meet up again at Fenton's Heroes Memorial to visit about her upcoming trip with her husband, Paul to New York City for the 10th anniversary of the attack.

She was happy to.  She once again brought along her favorite picture of her brother, Jay.  Jay knew contemporary artist Peter Max and when Jay died, Sarrea told Peter Max.  He ended up creating three one-of-a-kind works of art with Jay's photo.  One for Sarrea and one for each of Jay's kids.

I asked Sarrea how different it will be this year being the tenth anniversary and having the memorial there.

"To see 30 feet of water on all four sides of the two footprints, it's going to be very, very emotional and beautiful," Sarrea told me.  "It will do justice to what that site is supposed to have and do."

She told me ten years was too long for this memorial to happen but she's glad it's finally there.

While she will never get over the loss of her brother (who would?), Sarrea is good at living and enjoying life. She and her husband and grandkids travel and she likes to tell funny stories and laugh.  Sometimes those stories make her cry happy tears.

Strong lady.  I'll be thinking of her on Sunday.

Mark Schnyder is a reporter at KMOV-TV.

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