BATH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — A woman who lost her husband in the attacks at the World Trade Center was in Bath this morning to share her message of resilience and acceptance.
Ann Van Hine's husband was a firefighter who died in the line of duty on September 11th.
Now she volunteers with the 9/11 tribute center and speaks to children about the tragedy and what their generation can do to prevent something like this from happening again.
Today she spoke at the Bath First Church of the Nazarene.
She says she can empathize with the families who lost loved ones in the attacks in Paris and Brussels.
"I had a personal loss in the midst of a national tragedy," Van Hine said. "And when I hear these attacks on the television and on the radio, I realize there are other families going through that same thing. To them it's just not an attack in Paris—this is when my father died or when my wife died or whatever. So it's very personal."
Van Hine says she tells the children terrorist attacks happen because of hate, and acceptance and peace will help their generation be the catalyst for change.