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Remembering 9-11: Commentary and slideshow


The Statue of Liberty can be seen at first light from a view from Jersey City, N.J., as the lower Sept. 15, 2001.(AP Photo/Dan Loh/FILE)

ENID, Okla. — There is a saying that "time heals all wounds." I'm not sure that it is true.

I remember my phone waking me up the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, and a friend telling me the news that the twin towers in New York City were struck by planes and it appears our nation was under a terror attack. Then there was news of another attack at the Pentagon and a crash in a Pennsylvania field. And the towers fell in front of a nation's eyes.

I remember I couldn't breath and I wondered about a world where this was commonplace and how I could live there.

As time has passed, many good things and bad have happened in my life. I found I could breath again, but the wound never healed. It bothers me from time to time.

I have come to find that I welcome it now, however, because I can never forget that it happened and I never should. The people who died that day, our people, should never be forgotten. The feelings most Americans had that day should remain fresh in our minds so that we stay vigilant and that our children will not know such sorrow.

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