9/11 Attacks 10 Years Later
Few people can say their lives were not impacted by the events of September 11, 2001. With Sunday bringing the tenth anniversary of that fateful day, many of our readers have shared their memories of exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard about the fall of the first tower. They readily admit it changed the courses of their lives in some way. In fact, the events of 9/11 – from the twin towers to the attack on the Pentegon and the crash of United Flight 93 in Pennsylvania – have changed the way we think about everything from war to air travel. It is truly an event in our history we should never forget. Our very lives and well-being depend on it. Below, and on the inside of this weekend’s edition of the Minden Press-Herald, you will find thoughts and memories of those who haven’t forgotten, and never will. Thousands of lives were lost that day, and we should never forget.
Lee Ann Colvin Humble:
I was watching the news on TV right after the first plane hit the tower. My husband, an OSI Agt. stationed at Barksdale, was on his way to work when I called him and told him. As we were talking, the second plane hit the other tower. He knew right away that this wasn’t a random act. What he said next, I'll never forget: “We are under attack.” Then the first tower fell and we were speechless. It was just something so horrific that can’t be described. He actually escorted President Bush from Air Force One when he landed at Barksdale to 8th Air Force headquarters to give his speech. We stayed glued to the TV in the coming days, trying to come to grips with what had happened. It’s hard to imagine it’s been 10 years since that fateful day. We’re still shocked and saddened at the loss of senseless lives in such a cowardly act.
I was just back from a deployment from the United Arab Emirates on my two weeks R&R you get after a deployment. Stationed at the time at Dyess AFB in Abilene, Texas. My best friend and roommate (Boyd Gray a Minden native, myself a Doyline native) called me that morning and told me to turn on the TV. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I was worried I would re-deployed real soon, so my fiancé and I decided to marry in a small ceremony on the 15th of September 2001, two weeks earlier than our planned ceremony on 29 September 2001. It all worked out and I didn’t have to deploy again until a couple of years later. We still had the big wedding on the 29th without anyone knowing we were already married. I now have been stationed here at home at Barksdale since 2003, and my wife and I will be celebrating our 10 year anniversary on the 15th and the 29th of September.
I was parts manager at Garry McKinney Nissan on Benton Road in Bossier City. We all saw and heard of the attacks on TV in the service waiting room. Later that day, we heard a rumor that President Bush was flying in to Barksdale AFB. All of a sudden people were hollering to look north of the dealership in the sky. We saw Air Force One coming in for a landing with two F-16 fighters escorting it to the base! It was a beautiful sight – the only pretty sight that horrible day!
Crystal Walker Allen:
I remember being in Mrs. Jones’ Home Ec. class and standing by Jennifer Stewart, when Mr. Busby came over the intercom for us to turn all our attention to the TV. The first plane had already hit, and then we watched as the second one hit. I remember telling Jennifer that gave me chills and she said the same. Then the towers fell, classes were canceled the rest of that day, and I will never forget my senior year now. As a tribute to Minden High, we dedicated the 9-11 memorial on the football field – a day we will never forget.