On, perhaps, America’s most somber day, a plaque outside South Pasadena City Hall sits, paying respects to a family lost in the tragedy surrounding September 11, 2001.
The bronze plaque memorializes 1984 South Pasadena High School graduate Sue Kim Hanson, her husband, Peter, and daughter, Christine, who all died during the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.
It was placed in their memory on September 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the event to commemorate their life and honor their memory.
Peter Hanson was a huge Grateful Dead fan who loved gardening, according to a “Remember September 11, 2001” memorial on Legacy.com. After meeting his wife Christine, a scientist, Peter became a software salesman and was vice president of marketing at TimeTrade in Waltham, Mass. Sue was born in Korea, but grew up in the Los Angeles area.
Peter, Sue and Christine, who was 2 1/2-years-old at the time, were on their way to visit family when they boarded United Airlines Flight 175 from Boston to Los Angeles on Sept. 11. Christine was the youngest victim of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the U.S.
19 years after the terrorist attacks, memorials are held in New York, Washington, Pennsylvania and around the country.
September 11th was marked by a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks against the United States by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda. Nearly 3,000 people were killed, while more than 6,000 others were injured. Additional individuals died of cancer and respiratory diseases in the years following the incident.