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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

N.Y. Grieves, Looks Ahead

NEW YORK -- Holli Silver is all for ceremonies to mark the day her husband was killed by terrorists. She just has no desire to take part.

"Look at how we have to live our lives. Every morning, you wake up and wonder if they'll find another [body] part that day," said Silver, whose husband, David, died in the World Trade Center. "I don't want the world to forget, that's for sure, so if this means people will pay attention, that's fine. But as far as for me, six months is still a living hell."

Silver wasn't planning on attending any of the ceremonies Monday to mark the six months that have passed since terrorists slammed jetliners into the trade center, killing nearly 3,000 people.

At 8:30 a.m. Monday, police officers were scheduled to hear the names of their 23 colleagues killed in the attack read aloud and the dedication of a temporary memorial called "The Sphere" in a park near the trade-center complex.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg was to introduce a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane hit the trade center.

"The Sphere," which stood in the fountain of the trade-center plaza, was gashed and partially crushed by falling debris. It was created in 1971 by artist Fritz Koenig and was dedicated as a monument to world peace through international trade.

Bloomberg said the globe probably would serve as a centerpiece for a permanent memorial.

New York Governor George Pataki, former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and some victims' relatives were to speak before another moment of silence at 9:03 a.m., the time the second plane hit.

The ceremonial lighting of two beams aimed skyward from a spot near Ground Zero was planned for after dark. The beams are meant to evoke the destroyed towers.

The events are important reminders to the public, but they also bring back painful memories for people like Joseph Maurer, who lost his daughter, Jill Campbell, in the attack.

Maurer said he and his family would stay away from the television as networks broadcast special shows to remember the attacks.

"They're going to keep showing the buildings collapsing, and we're not really all that interested in seeing that part of it," Maurer said.

Maurer, a retired firefighter from Brooklyn who also lost a dozen firefighter friends in the trade center, said the family was considering going to Ground Zero for the lighting of the beams.

The "Tribute in Light" will shine from a vacant lot next to the trade center complex and will consist of two searchlights sending 88 high-powered beams of light into the night sky.

The light towers were created by two arts organizations and will be displayed until April 13. The estimated $10,000 worth of electricity is being donated by the Consolidated Edison power company.