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A father pauses to remember his son at the WTC site

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Robert Peraza, who lost his son Robert David Peraza, pauses at his son's name at the North Pool of the 9/11 Memorial during tenth anniversary ceremonies at the site of the World Trade Center on the morning of Sept.11, 2011. New York City and the nation are commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Security has been heightened in both New York City and Washington D.C. following a possible car bomb threat.

Craig Ruttle / The Cincinnati Enquirer file via AP

Robert and Suzanne Peraza speak about their son Robert David Peraza in New York City on Sept. 16, 2001. Robert David Peraza was on the 104th floor of the north tower of the World Trade Center when it was hit by the first hijacked airplane during the 9/11 attack.

(Updated 9/12/2011 at 6:30 pm EDT)

When AP freelance photographer Craig Ruttle saw Justin Lane’s powerful photo of 9/11 family member Robert Peraza kneeling at the ground zero memorial yesterday, he immediately recalled his own experience photographing Peraza nearly 10 years earlier, in the days following the attacks.

Ruttle, working for the Cincinnati Enquirer at the time, traveled to New York with a reporter to cover Peraza and his wife Suzanne’s efforts to locate their son Robert David Peraza, an employee at Cantor Fitzgerald on the 104th floor of tower 1. On Sept 16, 2001, Ruttle photographed the couple on the streets of Manhattan pausing before a wall of ubiquitous “missing” flyers – the Perazas having added their own.

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