Posted: Sep 11, 2009 4:31 PM by David Ortiviz
Updated: Sep 11, 2009 4:31 PM
Pancho Lopez of Pueblo lost his older brother 8 years ago in the September 11 attacks. Maclovio "Joe" Lopez was on one of the planes that hit the Twin Towers.
Pancho Lopez and his wife attended a memorial ceremony in Pueblo on Friday, to pay tribute to all the victims of 9/11. "On this anniversary of the attack on our nation, we pause for a moment to pay tribute and honor the memory of all who's lives were lost," said a Pueblo fire fighter.
For Lopez, it's an anniversary marked with heartache and sadness. "You think about it. It never goes away when you loose someone," Lopez said. His oldest brother Maclovio a.k.a. "Joe", a Pueblo native, was on United Flight 175--the second plane to crash into the Twin Towers.
"He was pretty much the head person in the family. Hard to fill his shoes," said Lopez as he wiped away tears.
Lopez didn't watch the attacks on T.V. and he's never seen video of the fateful day. Along the riverwalk, at the memorial service organized by firefighters, he reflects on happy times. "He had a very big heart, He loved my kids. Everytime he them, he'd holler and scream with them and act like a little kid himself. I always remember the kids just saying Uncle Joe, Uncle Joe," said Lopez.
For Lopez and others who lost loved ones in the attacks, the focus 8 years later is keeping their memories alive.
Maclovio Lopez graduated from Pueblo County High School and was married to his high school sweetheart for 22-years. They had two children.