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From the Editor's keyboard
By Lynda Duffy
Musings, thoughts and ideas from Lynda Duffy, editor of Williams/Grand Canyon News.
Thursday, September 11, 2008

Where were you on 9/11?

Lynda Duffy
Former Editor

Sept. 11, 2001 - a day no American will soon forget. Although it's been seven years, I know I can still remember the entire, sad day. I'm sure you do, too.

I was working at the courthouse in Flagstaff on that day. At approximately 7 a.m., I was rushing around getting ready for work. My children were 15- and 12-years-old. They were eating breakfast and watching television when suddenly the bombing of the Twin Towers took over the screen. Horrified, they watched the images. I didn't even know how to address this.

I assured my children everything would be okay and I left. Once in my car, I turned on the radio and listened to local stations as the story continued to unfold. Usually talkative morning show hosts were left speechless. That 30-minute ride to Flagstaff is one that I will never forget. People were calling into the stations, crying. They were stunned.

Once I arrived in the county parking lot on Cherry, I got out of my car. Everyone else was getting to work, too. They all looked shell shocked. No one could believe what was happening.

I went in like it was a normal day and filled out prisoner release forms. Co-workers were crying. I told them to focus on their work. This was not happening in northern Arizona. The horror was thousands of miles away. Nothing like this could touch us. I was wrong. Within 10 minutes, a man was arrested a few blocks away for firing a large gun into the sky.

Detention officers from the sheriff's officers were sent to the courthouse for security. They nervously roamed around all day. Everyone was tense. It was eerily quiet.

My daughter called me when she got home from school. She was panicked that the whole world would be blown up. I comforted her, telling her that the beauty of living in a remote area such as Williams was that nothing like this could ever happen. Who would blow up little Williams?

Looking back, I'm not sure I was so correct. We don't know what the future has in store for us. Sept. 11, 2001 changed us all. Today and every day we should take a moment to remember those that were lost on 9/11 and those that continue to fight on foreign soil for our freedom. Where were you on 9/11?

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