The E-T asked readers to submit their memories about the day America was attacked on Sept. 11, 2001. On that day four airliners were hijacked for suicide missions. The first two were flown into the World Trade Center, the third into the Pentagon and the last crashed into a field in Pennsylvania after the passengers fought back.
Here are the memories of some community members.
"On Sept. 11, 2001 I was aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. As a member of Platoon 3086, I was just 3 days away from graduation. I remember our Drill Instructors gathering everyone from New York City to find out if they had any family working in the towers. Later, we stood at attention as they told us to prepare for what lay ahead, that our nation may call upon us to lay hate, the way only Marines can. After infantry school I was assigned to 1st Battalion 6th Marine Regiment. We deployed to Afghanistan in 2004 as the ground combat element of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (SOC). We brought death to the doorstep of America's enemies with extreme prejudice." - Anthony Burns, Hico
"I grew up in New York in a town named Baldwin, a suburb of the city. Many of my friends and neighbors worked downtown and are members of The FDNY. The fireman, who was with George W. Bush when he gave the bullhorn speech, Bob Beckwith, is also from Baldwin. I spent the morning of the 11th trying to make contact with some of them. Since most communication towers and equipment were on top of the World Trade Center, information was at a standstill. Some news did begin to trickle in that evening and into the days that followed. There was good news and bad. And then many stories began to unfold. Stories of ordinary people doing amazing things. Author and sports writer the late Dick Shaap said it best, “Firefighters, cops, steelworkers, citizens of all backgrounds working and hoping and joining together in crisis. That makes me proud to be a New Yorker, to be an American, to be a human being.'' On this day I remember my hometown hero Brian McAleese 1964-2001. FDNY Engine 226, husband and father of four." - Bill Muncey, Stephenville
"All of us have witnessed things that makes us proud to be an American. On September 11, 2001, I was not only proud to be an American, but proud to be the principal of Stephenville High School. The faculty, students and administration had gone through one of the most challenging days in history. We allowed the students to watch the news on the televisions we had in every room and we encouraged the students to discuss the horrible attack on our country. When the bell rang at the end of the day I expected our students to hurry home to be with their families, but something amazing happened. As I walked out of my office and into the foyer I witnessed an amazing, wonderful site. Hundreds of our students were in groups of 10-20 praying for our country. As I fought back tears of pride I joined one of the groups, as did many other faculty members. Our students knew who they had to go to first, "Our Lord and Savior," who is the foundation of our great country! The principal had been taught a very valuable lesson by his students! It truly made me proud to be a Christian and an American!" - Ken Williams, Stephenville
"I was driving the pilot car on my Dad's construction site in Fairy, Texas just outside of Hico. They came across the radio and announced that a plane had flown into the WTC. While I was listening in shock the second plane hit. At that moment my thoughts went to my family and friends active in the Military because I knew that this wasn't coincidence. As the events of the day unfolded my thoughts turned to my then 2 year old daughter and how in the blink of an eye the world she would grow up in changed from the one I grew up in. She has had only 2 years of her life that were free from terror and war the last fifteen have been riddled with conflict and that is normal to her and my youngest as well. They are completely desensitized to it because it’s the world they know." - Jennifer Aikman, Stephenville
"On this dreadful day in our nation's history I had taken off work to stain my log home on which finally a day that it wasn't windy. I had left my home that day and gone to Tractor Supply only to find them closed at 9 o'clock and was driving back to my house. While listening to the radio they announced the first plane hitting the towers. I pondered how all this to be taking place in our great country as I drove on home. I ran in my house and quickly turned on my television set just in time to see the aftermath and destruction of the first tower and watched in horror as the second plane approached and hit the other tower . Then the crashing of flight 93 had me a grown man with tears in my eyes in grief and left with many questions and feelings of anxiety for the rest of the day. A day I'll never forget!" - Sid Moon, Stephenville
"I was on my way to work in San Benito, Texas from Harlingen about 7:30 a.m. on 9/11, when I noticed a rainbow to the north. Between 8:30 and 9:00 our principal called us into the hall to tell us that the planes had crashed into the World Trade Center, but not to mention it to the students. Of course, it was difficult to carry on a normal day. Since then rainbows have been very special." - Donald Smith, Stephenville