It is hard to believe that it has been 15 years since the terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC. 

According to the World Bank, over 60 million Americans were not even born when the attacks occurred. Nearly 20% of our population has no memory of where they were when the planes hit the World Trade Centers or the devastation they felt after watching new reports on television for hour after hour.

Our local radio station is commemorating the 15th anniversary by playing audio clips from the 911 calls. Even all these years later, sitting in the comfort of my home or car as I listen, the tapes are haunting. I hope that they stir emotions for some of the younger people who hear them.

The radio is playing the clips to honor all those who “died, survived or responded” on 9-11. You can honor them as well by sharing your memories with those who do not have their own. Commemorate Patriot’s Day today by passing along your stories of how it felt to be an American on September 11, 2001.

Never forget.

beth triplett

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