Families gather aboard Battleship Iowa in honor of 9/11 victims

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Families gather aboard USS Iowa to honor victims of the Sept. 11 attacks on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. (KABC)

People gathered on the Battleship Iowa Friday to honor victims of 9/11 as part of the 14th anniversary of the terror attacks, including a mother and father who lost their son on that fateful day.

Mike and Barbara Newton attended the memorial in San Pedro which honored 40 first responders killed in New York, but they say they are not alone as they stand for their son Christopher Newton who died when his flight was hijacked by terrorists crashing into the Pentagon that day.

"After 9/11, we always traveled back to the Pentagon," said Mike Newton.

Christopher Newton left two children, including one son who graduated two years ago from the Naval Academy, and while their family is closer than ever, they say forgiveness is a process.

"You either let it destroy you or you try to concentrate on what is good, what is left, not just what you've lost," said Barbara Newton.

The Newton family says they will never forget Christopher's many great accomplishments as a father, Eagle Scout and Scoutmaster, and say he would have done much more.

"The world lost a good person; it lost many good people that day. We're not alone in that," said Barbara Newton.
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