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September 11, 2001…

Cut from President Bush….”Today we’ve had a national tragedy. Two airplanes have crashed into the World Trade Center in an apparent terrorist attack on our country.”

It’s a day you can remember exactly what you were doing when the news first broke.

Ada Police Department, Detective George Schlub, “I was working in my father’s violin shop. We found out about it because people started wandering into the shop just stone faced, shocked, and we turned on this tiny television that we happened to have sitting there for years, and that’s when we saw the second plane hit. I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about it. I was kind of on an extended leave from the police. I started in 93, and I just kind of took a break to work with my dad, and that day was the day I got back into law enforcement. I felt like I needed to do something. It kind of inspired me to be where I am today.”

Melissa Fodrae said she heard the news on her car radio, “I was thinking it was probably going to be the end of the world at first and just panicked and thought we were in big trouble at that point.”

She talks about how that news has impacted her over the years, “It just gave me a new perspective and appreciation for what the military does for us and the government when they are working hard to keep us safe.”

Joette Chamberlain remembers seeing the smoke from the World Trade Center site when she flew into Newark, New Jersey two days later, “It was just horrifying, terrible, I mean all those people, and things happen that you don’t expect, and it’s something you don’t want to happen.”

Planes struck both towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. A plane also crashed into the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and brave passengers on board United Flight 93 brought that plane down into a field in Pennsylvania.

In all about 3000 people were killed and over 6000 were injured on September 11, 2001.