Lincoln remembers the devastating loss this country faced September 11th, 2001. 11 years ago Tuesday, terrorists attacked the U.S., killing nearly 3,000 people.
Tuesday, all across the country, people are reflecting on the events of 9-11. Each of us remember where and what we were doing when we first heard about the terrorist attacks on that tragic September day.
"In many respects it feels like yesterday. I mean the emotions. When I really think back it can be just as raw as what I felt 11 years ago," 9-11 Victim's sister Lynn Castrianno said.
September 11th, 2001 will forever be in our hearts. What started as a sunny day quickly turned gloomy. Filled with clouds of smoke and debris after terrorists hit the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and the tragedy in Pennsylvania. Nearly 3,000 innocent people were killed that day.
Lynn Castrianno lost her only brother in the attacks. He worked in the north tower.
"This is the first building to be hit and the second building to fall. Leonard worked on the 105th floor and no one above the 90th floor of that tower got out," Castrianno said.
Tow those lives lost are remembered. Lincoln residents gathered in a special ceremony on this Patriot Day to pay tribute.
"President George W. Bush that day perfectly summarizes the situation in this way. America was targeted for attack because we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world and no one will keep that light from shining," Retired Lt. General Roger Lempke said.
A flag in Veterans Memorial Garden lists every single person who lost their lives on September 11th. It'll be at the Veterans Memorial Garden every 9-11. The rest of the year, you can view it at the Auld Center.
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