Kathy Johnston never imagined becoming a widow at age 51.
"It doesn't seem like 10 years, but on the other hand I just keep saying we survived. Ten years ago you just didn't know if you were going to survive this tragedy, if my kids were going to make it because it was just so tragic."
Monday morning at Forest Lawn Cemetery, two young girls who lost their mom, Kristin Safran, in the plane crash were on hand to lay the wreath at the tomb, one of the girls was just one when her mom died.
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was moved by the crowd all wearing a red item of clothing.
"You are an amazing group of people, you are Western New York's greatest generation, you've done amazing things. You lost the people you have lost and it is so easy to be angry, curse the darkness but you didn't."
The families fought for changes in the airline industry when it comes to pilot training. The pilot of Continental Flight 3407 wasn't fully trained for the emergency and responded improperly. Family members say going to the nation's capitol gave them purpose.
"Going to D.C. became a very healing thing for me, it became a fight that I knew my husband would have been part of and that he would be proud of," said Johnston.
"I never thought of myself as a survivor but that's what we're called survivors. We had a support group that helped each other," said Tina Siniscalco, her sister Mary Abraham was killed in the crash.
Admitting his life is still blessed, John Kausner, father of Ellyce, still misses his baby girl every single day.
"You will never ever get over losing your child," he said, "people lose people, that's what life is, my son said one time, you're either going to lose someone that you love or someone you love is going to lose you, that's the cycle of life."