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Remembering September 11

The anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks is a dark day in U.S. history, but also a chance to reflect on what we've lost and gained in the years since.

Remembering the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, means different things to each of us. Most of us can recall exactly where we were when the shocking news arrived.

While those moments are forever inscribed in our minds, it is the choices we made in the hours, days and years after the Twin Towers fell that show the incredible impact of the attacks, and the loss.

I was a university student at the time, more concerned about how well my cross country team was racing than world politics. But my world broadened substantially in the months following 9/11 as two close friends who were in an Army officer program while they attended college shipped out. High school friends who also had chosen to serve were deployed and, overcome with the grief and depression that can haunt our soldiers, one committed suicide when he returned State-side.

Watsonville residents have their own experiences and memories connected to Sept. 11. A year ago, Patch blogger Valerie Lemke on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

Singer/songwriter Michael Gaither, who also is a Patch blogger, penned and performed a song about a 9/11 rescue dog. The video clip to the right was recorded at the .

Now, there is . At the Santa Cruz County Fair, which opens today, there will be a Sept. 11 remembrance.

How do you remember Sept. 11?

Cathy P. September 11, 2012 at 09:38 PM
While I didn’t have any family or friends die that day, I did have a friend, a Nurse, working in Manhattan who lived (and worked) through the whole nightmare. Here at the University, we were deeply saddened when we learned that Alumni Jason Dahl, a 1980 Graduate in Aeronautical Engineering, was the Pilot and Captain of the Crew of Flight 93, the plane that crashed in a field just outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The overwhelming majority of casualties were ordinary people like you and me, including nationals from over 90 different countries. Let’s never forget that excluding the 19 hijackers, 2,974 people died in the attacks. Another 24 are missing and presumed dead. Now, eleven years have come and gone. In those years we moved on, we put 9/11 aside with all our other memories. Very briefly, we came together as a nation to help and comfort each other when we were all just human beings on common ground. I hope on this tragic 11th Anniversary, we remember what is still good about our country and the innocent men, women and children who lost their lives. Let’s also remember the Heroes who responded to the emergency and the people who continue to sacrifice every day to help stop conflict around the world.

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