March 2011 Disaster Victims Remembered In N.y.

March 2011 disaster victims remembered in N.Y.Hundreds of people have gathered in New York to remember the victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan.
More than 400 people, mainly Japanese living in the city, attended an annual event at a church in Manhattan.

At the start of the event, the attendees offered a moment of silent prayers.

One of them, Tsurane Konno from Rikuzentakata in Iwate Prefecture, then explained how his sake brewery was destroyed in the March 11th, 2011 tsunami, killing 7 of his employees.

Nine months after the disaster, he rebuilt his brewery and resumed making sake.

Konno said goals will not be achieved unless people move forward step by step even if things are tough. He called on the attendees to make the most of everyday and to move forward together.

An American man said the event made him aware of survivors' power to overcome difficulties and get back on their feet. He said he wants to attend the event again next year, as it is important to keep memories of the disaster alive.

A Japanese woman living in New York said she hopes the disaster-hit areas will be rebuilt as soon as possible and that the survivors will find peace of mind.