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Growing up, I was always told about Pearl Harbor and what a tragic day that was for Americans, as nearly 3,000 people were killed on Dec. 7, 1941.
Flashback to Sept. 11, 2001, I witnessed on television a new horror as two planes struck the World Trade Center, a plane flew into the Pentagon and one crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pa.
I was also told you will never forget where you were.
I was a junior at Taylor High School in North Bend, Ohio, just finishing my U.S. history class, when I bumped into a cross country teammate. He informed me about the first plane and I took it as an accident.
When I got to my next class, I wasn’t able to watch much, but during that time, the second plane and the Pentagon had occurred. I knew then we were at war.
Many questions flew through my mind as the towers fell and United 93 heroism stories were being told.
Now on Sept. 8, three days before the 10th anniversary, I too am now a person that will never forget where I was on that Tuesday morning.
God bless America and protect us from the evils of the world.
(Matt Birkholtz is the sports writer for the Grant County News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)