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Remember the attacks

Sept. 10, 2011 at 4:10 a.m.

This picture was taken  from the 107th floor observation deck of the World Trade Center in July 1989. Lower Manhattan is connected to Brooklyn by the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge, spanning the East River.

My husband Tom and I had just moved back to Victoria after living in several states while he was working for Bechtel building nuclear power plants in several states. The last state was Arizona and we lived there 28 years.

I have always done a lot of volunteer work and came home one day and he announced that he wanted to come back to Texas but not in a box. We got busy, sold our home in St. Johns, Az. and moved back to Victoria arriving the Friday of Labor Day weekend.

We were busy unpacking when a friend of ours, Sue Diebel, called and asked if we had the TV on. Our TV was not even hooked up so I told her no. She told us to come over that the Twin Towers had been hit.

We quit unpacking went over and spent the day with her and her husband, Andy watching spellbound the unfolding of one of our nation's great tragedies. We spent the rest of the day into the night sending out for hamburgers at Texas Drive In on Airline. We like many others could not believe what was happening to our country.

Virginia Sullivan, Victoria

I was working for a large car company in Austin behind a computer. The supervisor came by and said a plane just flew into one of the World Trade Center buildings. We all thought a private plane off course had hit it. When he told us the second building was hit, we all went to the Internet and stared in fascination. I looked over at the lady across from me and said, "Life as we know it will never be the same." My prediction came true, all of our lives have changed since that incident. Many of our freedoms were taken away, it rocked the financial world and caused the present wars we are in. That's what it means to me.

Bobby Bentley, Hallettsville

On Sept. 11, 2001, I was at work listening to the radio at the heart wrenching account of what was happening in New York. I gathered my co-workers and we prayed for the people in New York and for our country.

I'll never forget 9/11, not only for the attack on our country, but the year 2001 itself. Oct. 6, 2001 was the date my daughter, Cindy Heinold Brown, and my granddaughter, Shi Anne Brown were in a car accident. My daughter did not survive the crash, but God saved my granddaughter. She will turn 17 on Sept. 21 and is a beautiful young lady.

Thank you God.

God bless the survivors of 9/11 and God bless the U.S.A.

Delores Kruppa, Victoria

James Villarreal who wrote the poem "Remember," when he was 12 years old in sixth grade. A friend of his put it in a school poetry contest in which James won first place and was in the school newspaper. Today he is a sophomore at Victoria College where he is a business technology and international affairs major, with a goal to attend University of Texas at San Antonio or University of North Texas On Sept. 11 he will attend a memorial service at Victoria College and then church.

"That day made me sad and I can only imagine how it was to lose someone or what they went through that day," he said.


There was a day to never forget

When all of a sudden disaster hit

There was sadness all around

When two towers hit the ground

All the pain and anger inside

Sent the Army on a ride

May God protect their mighty soul

As they set their giant goal

As we survive through thick and thin

Soon I know we soon will win

So we let our good dream un-fold

The United States is the real gold!

This is dedicated to all the people who died in the attack on Sept. 11, 2001

James Villarreal, Victoria



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