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For 9/11 families, each fragment find a rediscovery of loss


The phone rang at the Ringwood home of Joyce and Vincent Boland six weeks after the Twin Towers fell on that fateful September Tuesday in 2001. A piece of the body of their 25-year-old son, Vincent Jr., had been identified amid the rubble of Ground Zero. The Bolands endured a tearful funeral, placing the small fragment of their son's remains in a coffin, then driving with it to a mausoleum in Bergen County. Then the phone rang again - and again. Over the next few years, the Bolands received two more remnants of their son's body, the last pieces of bone discovered amid World Trade Center steel being cleaned at the Fresh Kills landfill in Staten Island. In each case, the Bolands went back to the mausoleum, reopened their son's coffin and placed the fragments inside. More.

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