Where were you 10 years ago this Sunday?
Anyone born before the late 1950s can probably answer the same question about Nov. 22, 1963. That was the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.
Where were you on Jan. 28, 1986 when the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after take-off?
Members of our "Greatest Generation" can recall in a second where they were Dec. 7, 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.
Ten years ago Sunday was the day that confirmed Americans are not nearly as safe in our own country as we once believed.
Two airplanes, full of passengers and fuel, crashed into the Twin Towers in New York City. Another plane did the same at the Pentagon, and another was brought down by heroic passengers in a Pennsylvania field before it could reach its destination.
Terrorists were living among us.
We were in the newsroom that day, a little under two hours from being finished with that day's paper. Then the news hit.
Reporters Lana Robertson and Beth Clark and myself couldn't believe what we were watching. First one plane, then another, then another, followed by a fourth.
Is this real? Should we redo the paper?
The answer to both questions: Yes!
As Lana and Beth gathered information on the event from a local angle, everyone was talking about it. At our schools, American Legions, City Hall, and the courthouse. It was the topic of conversation, and would be for many days, weeks, and years to follow.
Inside Friday's newspaper you will find a special section that highlights the events of Sept. 11, 2001. It's very detailed and informative. Thanks goes to The History Channel and The Washington Times for providing the information for the section.
You can also go to www.gcdailyworld.com and click on the 9-11 United We Stand logo on the left side of the home page and watch video about 9-11. Then on Sunday at 8:40 a.m. EST, you can watch a live 9-11 ceremony.
Sept. 11, 2011 is a day Americans won't ever forget. It's also important not to forget those on the planes and their families, and those who tried to save lives after the planes hit their targets.
I hope you enjoy the special section and the video stream on our web page.