Where were you Sept. 11, 2001?
If you can answer that question then you undoubtedly lived through the greatest act of terrorism on American soil on our nation's history.
Noon Tuesday, Iowa Lakes Community College students and staff honored the victims of Sept. 11, 2001, as well as the soldiers who have fallen in the 11-year-long war on terror that came in the aftermath of the attacks that started 8:46 a.m. Eastern Time when the first hijacked jetliner struck the north tower of the World Trade Center.
Janette Lundquist and Aleta Jester were the color guard at Sept. 11 memorial observances noon Tuesday at the Iowa Lakes Community College west atrium.
EDN photo by Michael Tidemann
Iowa Lakes Community College Estherville campus dean Scott Stokes continued with the timeline that day, including when the south tower was struck and the Federal Aviation Administration responded by first suspending flights around New York City and eventually throughout the entire country, bringing 4,500 aircraft to the ground within an hour after the attacks. After the attack on the Pentagon and crash of United flight 93, President Bush put the U.S. military on high alert, and that night, the President announced our country had experienced "the worst attack on the American people in our history."
Journalism student Kylan Ranslow recalled his thoughts that day - when he was only in second grade.
"Every generation has its never-forget moments," Ranslow said. "We didn't know it at the time, but nothing would ever be the same."
The choir sang songs honoring all five branches of the armed forces and then people laid flowers at the flag pole in honor of Sept. 11 victims, followed by Taps and a minute of silence.