NEW YORK CITY — September 11, 2001 changed the world forever. It is a day for Americans to remember the terrible tragedy that claimed almost 3,000 lives. For those who were involved in the Twin Towers tragedy, it is a day they would prefer to forget.
Roy Hutchings from Baker City, Oregon stated, “It was in my living-room in Minden Nevada.” “I couldn’t believe what I saw, just like everybody else in America that day.”
“I lived and worked here. Dot Hoffman, who lives and works in San Francisco, described it as a “really strange morning” because of the cold weather and blue sky.
Tina Demarco from Cincinnati said, “My son was 4 years old and I took his daycare to him.”
Hutchings explained that it took her 45 minutes or more to realize that this was not Orson Wells and “The War of the Worlds”, but a true event that took place 5,000 miles away.
Almost everyone in America can recall where they were on September 11, 2001.
“I worked for C&L commodities. We were working at the 4th World Trade Center and I was coming out of the elevator when the first plane hit,” said Paul Leale.
His office was located at the seventh floor in the World Trade Center. He was able escape via the stairs.
“While we were standing there, we saw papers come out, and then bigger objects came out. Then we realized it was bodies jumping out of the building and we just heard it banging, pounding on the other side of one of the trading centers,” he recalls, “a buddy of mine who worked with us at the commodity exchange stopped in a supermarket to get water and just picked up a disposable camera. I just started taking pictures of everything.”
That day, 20 years later is still a painful, vivid memory.
Leale stated, “I haven’t been there yet to this day.”
“I keep trying to go there to see their new freedom tower, to witness everything they have done, but I don’t want to go down,” said he.
Leale wasn’t able to make it to the memorial on the 20th anniversary. However, thousands of Americans did.
Hutchings is one of them. His country was the inspiration for him to defend it in the terror attack.
“I went back to the Marine Corps. Hutchings said, “I went abroad again,” and Hutchings agreed, “so as soon as I learned, I put my name into the hat again and went abroad again.”