It has been 10 years since planes carrying Al Qaeda members on a suicide mission put fear in our hearts and changed our routine forever.
Though we are 3,000 miles removed from Ground Zero, the place where the World Trade Center stood in the middle of downtown Manhattan, New York City, New York and the U.S. Pentagon and even the farm field in Pennsylvania, we have all been touched by the stories told of the men, women and children who lost their lives.
We have seen the documentaries on the NY firefighters and police including the Port Authority.
We have read the stories of the bravery of the men and women on Flight 93, especially Todd Beamer whose last audible words were, "Are you guys ready? Let's roll."
Beamer used a cell phone to call his wife, but was put through to a GTE phone operator.
The passengers on Flight 93 chose to have the plane crash into a field rather than hit a designated target.
Many believe the plane was headed for Washington D.C.
We ask you to take time to read how one of Lassen County’s biggest employers, Sierra Army Depot, has changed its mission in the last decade, and how some Lassen High School students, who were only 7 and 8 years old in 2001, think the world would be like if America had not been attacked.
Also read some of the comments readers wrote about the day that changed history.
As some readers said once again we were sending our children off to war, we were looking suspiciously at people who acted or dressed differently than us and we were facing the realization America could be targeted on her soil for having different ideals and lifestyles.
To remember and not forget this generation’s “Pearl Harbor” we ask each of you to make a point to come to the Susanville Fire Hall on Main Street at 6:30 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 11.
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