Remember 9/11: Where Were You


by Russ Slaten

(ANCHORAGE, AK) - It's an image that may never leave us. The acts of terrorism and heroism eleven years ago to date.

Retired KC135 Air Force Pilot Jeff Jacques was stationed in Guam for a typhoon deployment when he heard of the attacks.

"Being a bunch of pilots we all went back to the hotel thinking, hey, must've been a small airplane. And that's when we saw the second tower hit. And so at that moment we knew that our life had dramatically changed, and it was time for us to go on alert," said Jacques.

Jacques said the impact of September 11 can still be felt today.

"Several of us had dreams outside the Air Force, and all of a sudden that seemed to end because we knew that it was time to go to war to protect the country. So a lot of us put our lives on hold for several years after that," said Jacques.

Louke Ellenbroek of the Netherlands said she was in Texas at the time and said an event like 9/11 is something that will always stay with you. She said, like the Second World War it will never go away.

"It becomes something more than you have your memory, and I having my memory. It is a communal memory from a nation," said Ellenbroek.

Teacher from Texas, Glenna Clay, said she was in the classroom when she heard the news.

"I think we all started thinking a little bit more patriotic, you know, it's like we wanted to be a little stronger, it brought us together. And our hearts went out to those who got killed," said Clay.

The folks that sacrificed and suffered on September 11, 2001 are lost, but not forgot.

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