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Remembering in order to heal

September 11, 2006

Albany - Everything fades with time, even our memories of tragedies like 9/11. But it's important to remember the events of that horrible day. Not only will it serve as a reminder to stay vigilante against future terrorism, but it can help our mental health as well.

Although you may not remember all of the events from that day, you can probably picture, without us even showing you, just what it looked like when the towers fell. Or people running in fear from the World Trade Center site. Memories, etched in our minds. Making a permanent picture never to be forgotten, but that doesn't have to be a bad thing.

Dr. Lora Davis says, "The remembering is part of the healing process." Healing that we all needed after the world as we knew it was turned upside down, healing that for some of us isn't complete.

Dr. Davis says, "I believe that we are still being impacted, certainly some to a greater degree than others." The shock. The surprise, that someone would attack innocent people. "We all felt like terrorism was something that happened on someone else's doorstep. It didn't happen right here on our soil." But we were wrong.

Now, the events of 9/11 have left many living in fear of what could happen next.  Davis says, "On any given day, we could be a victim and there are people out there that don't like us, just because we're Americans." But as Americans, as humans, the natural reaction, says Dr. Lora Davis, was to fight back with spirit, and unite. "It certainly brought unity and it certainly allowed American's to reflect on the fact that we can't be complacent, and we do need to be united, 'because united we stand and divided we fall.'" But we should not let our emotions fall prey to the terrorists.  

You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn't remember where he was when the terrorists attacked. It was a moment we will never forget.  

Dougherty County Richard Crowdis says, "We were upstairs here in the Government center when we all heard about it and I think we all rushed to try and find a TV, and look at it. When we saw what was going on and of course, didn't understand the first explosion, but like everyone else, as it revealed itself we realized it was a planned terrorist attack and we were all shocked and saddened by the loss."

District Attorney Ken Hodges says, "We were sitting there watching it when the second plane hit, so I'll never forget where I was." How did you feel when that happened? "Well, I was stunned, I felt like someone had hit me in the gut. I was completely washed out."

Charles Henderson says, "I remember it was a terrible tragedy. Buildings fell and everything. It was really a tragedy." "We always should remember that day, because a lot of innocent people died."

We want to know how you feel about the 9/11 attacks, five years later.  Let us know.

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