Hello, I am writing in response to th News question above. As we reach closer & closer to the 10 year ann. I read & re-read articals covering stories of other people and the impact 9/11 left them with. On Sept. 11, 2001, I was a typical 16yr old. Classes at Laney started at 8:30, and I was on Cheif & Col.'s AFJROTC Drill Team. Cheif was going over the stats of our last weekend drill meet, we'd just heard where we placed in Fancy Element (though I can't remember). Col comes running into the class-room and immediatly turns on the news. I rememeber as the old tv came into focus the first image we as a class saw was the second plane hitting the second tower. NO-ONE could say a word. We watched in terror. Everyone around the room had their mouths dropped open, within minutes Col had a small element sent down to the breezeway to lower the flag at half staff, each of those 4 cadets, all 16-17yrs old cried in silence as we saluted the flag. All those innocent people, for our flight, and for the rest of my life, that day is frozen in my mind. Cheif & Col taught their cadets a lot about patroitism, courage, strength & intergrity, but instead it showed through the entire school that day. I was fortunate not to have lost friends or family that day, as my family has no ties to New York, but as I look back, I couldn't have been prouder of where I was when I heard the news. Being in that particular class-room, made an everlasting impression on my life. I would like to say a very special THANK YOU to them. To Col & Cheif, you made me realize the importance one person can make in this world, to the lives of others, the compassion we as a nation CAN & WILL provide.
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