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9/11 Remembered

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

September 11, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - September 11th is Patriots Day, the day we remember of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and honor those who serve our country.

There were ceremonies all over the country on Wednesday commemorating the anniversary.

As hundreds gather across the country to reflect and remember the tragedy of that day everyone of age surely recalls where they were.

Laura Hadley was only in the 5th grade.

"I got home and I saw the TV and I just started crying," said Laura Hadley, Lee County.

"I heard someone in the office make a claim that someone had hit the towers,"  Michael Hadley, Lee County.

"We had ran a mission that day, came in and was waiting in line and saw it on CNN," Sgt. 1st Class Don Whitmire, U.S. Army 148th FSC.

Whitmire was in Bosnia, and has seen his share of casualties since the war on terror began.

He says reading the names or those Georgians lost since the war on terror began, was heartfelt.

"It's extremely emotional, it's two days of my life that I won't forget," said Whitmire.

Michael Hadley's family has a son serving in Iraq, and says this ceremony reminds him how easily his son's name could have been called out.

"We know that at any give time that his name, could be added to that list but we trust in God for their safety, but nothing to be a guaranteed," said Hadley

Through tragedy many here say it shows that Americans are strong for each other when we're called upon.

"There's no question about that, it's what we're know for is being resilience sticking together and rising to the occasion," said Whitmire.

Ceremonies like this one will ensure generations like this never forget.

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