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9/11 Reflections

Tech. Sgt. Tavarus Roberts, 51st Fighter Wing Security Forces defender On Sept. 11, 2001, My Dad, picked me up from school with a very concerned look on his face. I asked what’s going on and he explained how our nation was under attack after two planes crashed into the World Trade Center. He explained to me how important and how large those buildings were and what it could mean for our nation. When I realized what was actually happening it hit me that my mom was flying to New York that day. He got choked up when he told me he had been trying to call her for hours but no response. As you can imagine the frustration and concern was at an all-time high. We turned on the news and watched replays of the planes hitting the twin towers. It was crazy and unbelievable. I immediately got angry and asked my dad how what we could do. My Dad is a Marine, he knew we were definitely going to respond as a nation, but didn’t know how. I remember praying so hard that my mom wasn’t on one of those planes that crashed. Tears rolled down our faces due to the worry and concern for her. I’m sure my dad cried out of frustration but he would put his fist over his mouth and go to his room. I remember when my mom called and we were filled with so much relief. She said she had tried to call but everything was down and the airport was in total chaos. It was something she had never imagined happening. Our nation will forever remember the fallen that day and we’re blessed to be able to serve.

PHOTO BY: Tech Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.
VIRIN: 210911-F-IO684-0003.JPG
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