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Seven years later

September 8, 2008 - John D'Agostino
At 8:50 a.m. Tuesday morning, Sept. 11, 2001, I was in the middle of feeding my 1-year-old child when the news was announced on the radio: "A plane has hit one of the World Trade Centers."

As editor of the OBSERVER, I ran to the television to watch. As we all know, the horror was just beginning.

This week, our nation marks seven years since one day changed was supposed to change everything. In looking back, just how different are we? Have we changed the way we feel about the other side of the world, or do we just continue with our lives in a little fishbowl?

Last year, I interviewed Tim Quattrone with the U.S. Army in the Dunkirk office on the subject of 9/11 and if America remembers. His response did not surprise me: “It just does not seem as important as it was two to three years ago,” Quattrone said.

Unfortunately, he was right. On 9/11/01, our lives came to a screeching halt. How could we help victims? Fly the flag. Say your prayers. And, most of all, be grateful to live in this great country.

Military and war veterans will always remember. But what about us, the everyday U.S. citizen?

Think about where you were and what you were doing seven years ago. Remember the sadness and shock. Then say a prayer for those who fight and uphold the freedoms we are so lucky to enjoy every day of our lives.


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