The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

Local News

September 11, 2013

Local residents reflect on their 9/11 reactions

GREENVILLE — The events of Sept. 11, 2001 have been indelibly etched into the memories of those who experienced the attacks first hand or watched them unfold on television.

The terrorist attacks affected every American, regardless of where they lived, and that impact reached Hunt County as well. We asked our Facebook followers to tell us where they were and what they were doing on Sept. 11. Below are some of their answers (edited for spelling, grammar and AP style, but not content), as well as information on a 9/11 tribute event scheduled for today at the Colonial Lodge Retirement Center at 10 a.m.

If you would like to share how 9/11 impacted you, feel free to post on our Facebook wall or email us at editor@heraldbanner.com.

Shannon Reed Ray, Cooper — “I was at home getting ready for work and pregnant with my first child. All I could think about was ‘What kind of world am I bringing my child into?’ It was so devastating.”

William Howell, West Tawakoni — “I flew home from AIT for the Army on Sept. 10. I almost missed my flight, but I didn’t. I arrived home at 12:30 a.m. Sept. 11 and went to bed. I woke up at 6 a.m. so I could go to work with my mom and spend some time with her. We were watching TV at Marvin’s Barber Shop in Quinlan when it came across. We continued watching as the second plane hit. I called my company commander, since I was in the army reserves. I told him I wanted to switch to active duty. I got my wish. I ended up spending almost seven years serving, two of which I spent in Iraq. When I got out of the army I joined a volunteer fire department and have been doing it every since. 9/11 helped me decide what to do with my life. My next goal is to visit Ground Zero [in New York City]. I would have gone by now but I can’t afford it. But once a year I pay tribute to the almost 3,000 lives lost that fateful day and to my fellow brothers and sisters. Thank you.”

Amy Dunavin, Caddo Mills — “Millions of stories to be told about where we were, what we were doing or what we were thinking. However, every story will have these things in common: we all stood still, we all watched and we all hurt deeply. For those brief periods, we were all human and we were all equal... we actually were The ‘United States’ of America.

Shirley Burchett, with the Colonial Lodge Retirement Center, remembers she and her husband were on a Carnival cruise in the middle of the ocean when they heard the news.

By the time we heard they said another plane just flew into the second tower,” she said, adding that everyone on the cruise flocked to the sports bar to view the news unfolding across the television screens. “Being out on the water during it all was scary.”

Burchett said since it was an international cruise, many people from different nations united together to help those from America cope with their nation under attack.

“They spent the whole week consoling us,” she said.

Burchett is helping to organize a 9/11 tribute at 10 a.m. today at the Colonial Lodge Retirement Center at 3600 Stanford Street.

This year the center will be honoring the military and Commander John Turner will lead the Hunt County Veterans Honor Guard in a service for the men and women of the United States Military.

“Of special significance to our ceremony is the tribute to the emergency responders, fire, police and EMS professionals who have their lives in trying to help,” she said. “And to the brave troops who have defended our country against further attacks from the tyrants who did this horrible act.”

The honor guard will play each branches anthem and will salute each flag during the event. Refreshments will be served at the event.

“I would like to see the community be involved with this,” she said. “Everybody needs to remember this.”

Members from the Greenville Fire and Police departments and Hunt County EMS will be in attendance as well to be honored.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Unemployment March 2014.jpg Jobless numbers take big dip

    Hundreds of people found jobs locally last month, as Hunt County’s unemployment statistics fell to a six-year low.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • GCS flying high

    Greenville Christian School teachers found an entertaining way to learn about physics.

    April 19, 2014

  • Easter Bunny stock photo.jpg Following one busy Easter Bunny

    Easter egg hunts are scheduled in several locations across the area today and Sunday.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Three GISD teams advance to Global Finals

    After winning honors for creativity, teamwork and problem-solving in local, state and regional tournaments, three Greenville ISD teams have earned the right to travel to Destination Imagination’s Global Finals, the largest creative thinking and problem-solving competition in the world, May 21-24 in Knoxville, Tenn.

    April 18, 2014

  • Vaderrobot.jpg Dallas champions, Robowranglers look forward

    Practicing with the best hones skills and keeps members of Greenville High School Robowranglers on point, according to Director of Robotics Adrienne Emerson.
    The Robowranglers are preparing their robot “Vader” for the FIRST World Championships in St. Louis on April 23-26.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Texas drougnt as of 4-17-2014.jpg Wet Easter Sunday possible

    It may be a wet Easter holiday in North Texas, as thunderstorms are again in the forecast for the weekend.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sheriff's Office Wanted fugitive captured in Ellis County

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Band1.jpg Roaring with pride

    The Greenville High School Lion Pride Band performs well under pressure, according to GHS band director Joel Weisburg

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Royce Tawater.jpg Shooting suspect changes mind on guilty pleas

    On second thought, a local man will leave it up to a jury to decide whether he is guilty of multiple charges in connection with two shootings in Greenville last summer.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Easter Eggstravaganza stork photo.jpg A hunting we will go

    There will be lots of brightly colored eggs hidden in the grasses across Hunt County this weekend, and plenty of opportunities for children to find them.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
Photos


See more photos and purchase prints here.

Poll

What's your favorite spring high school sport?

Swimming and diving
Wrestling
Basketball
Soccer
Tennis
Golf
Track and Field
Softball
Baseball
     View Results
Facebook
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Must Read
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Reader's Choice