Remembering Local Family After 9/11 Attacks

Sue Kim Hanson, her husband, Peter, and daughter, Christine, all lost their lives during the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City in 2011. A plaque at South Pasadena City Hall honors their memory.

Photo: Bill Glazier | A plaque outside South Pasadena City Hall commemorates the lives of 1984 South Pasadena High graduate Sue Kim Hanson, her husband, Peter, and their daughter, Christine, who all lost their lives during the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001.

On, perhaps, America’s most somber day, flowers were placed on the ground below a plaque outside South Pasadena City Hall Tuesday, paying respects to a family lost in the tragedy surrounding September 11, 2001.

With no note left behind, the yellow flowers inside a vase were a simple gesture remembering 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.

Photo: Bill Glazier | A vase full of flowers was left on the ground near a plaque honoring the lives of South Pasadena High graduate Sue Kim Hanson, her husband, Peter, and daughter, Christine.

The plaque was place 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.

Seventeen years after the terrorist attacks, memorials were held Tuesday 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.

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