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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2011

A MAINETODAY MEDIA NEWSPAPER | Copyright 2011 | Augusta, Maine

Maine’s Oldest Newspaper l Founded 1825

we remember

“I was in college in Hartford, Conn. My friend called me and woke me up saying ‘We're getting attacked!’ I thought he was joking at first. I lived on the eighth floor of an apartment building. It was a pretty clear day and you could see the smoke from the explosions. It was pretty devastating to see it on television, but to actually see the smoke made it seem really close. No one knew what was going on, if there would be more attacks or if we should be getting out of the city.”

TOEBEE PARKHURST, 32, AUGUSTA

be getting out of the city.” TOEBEE PARKHURST, 32, AUGUSTA “They kind of won forever because
be getting out of the city.” TOEBEE PARKHURST, 32, AUGUSTA “They kind of won forever because
be getting out of the city.” TOEBEE PARKHURST, 32, AUGUSTA “They kind of won forever because

“They kind of won forever because they’ve changed our lives forever. Airport security, overseas travel, going to war, our deficit, everything. And it's so sad.”

JOE COSTA, 61, ANDOVER

“I was in seventh grade at Whitefield Elementary School. Our principal ran in and he spoke to our teacher , who took off, and then they rolled in a TV and put on CNN. We watched for a new min- utes in awe, too young to realize what was happening. Then we went home early.”

KATIE HUTCHINGS, 23, WHITEFIELD

“I was sitting in the car, listening to the radio waiting for my (then) husband to get out of

Pac Sun. It came over the radio and I was totally freaking out, crying, waiting for him to come out of the store so I could tell him. My kids were in school, I really wanted them to come home. I didn’t know

what was going to happen. It was like the whole

world was under attack.”

MORGAN WHITE, 31, AUGUSTA

whole world was under attack.” MORGAN WHITE, 31, AUGUSTA “I was home. I was supposed to

“I was home. I was supposed to go to a concert — Godsmack and Saliva and maybe some other bands. I didn’t realize

it was canceled so I want there (to the Augusta Civic Center) anyway. I ended up hanging out by Saliva’s bus, with the band and some other people. They were all ready to go get some terrorists. They were

mad. It was kind of surreal. Like it wasn’t happening. I felt pretty angry at that point. Everybody was talking about it.”

GILBERT AUSTIN, 33, AUGUSTA

was talking about it.” GILBERT AUSTIN, 33, AUGUSTA AP file photo TEN YEARS AGO TODAY ,
was talking about it.” GILBERT AUSTIN, 33, AUGUSTA AP file photo TEN YEARS AGO TODAY ,

AP file photo

TEN YEARS AGO TODAY, terrorists attacked the United States, crashing two planes into the World Trade Center in New York City at 8:46 a.m. and 9:03 a.m., then crashing another plane into the Pentagon at 9:40 a.m. Another hijacked plane crashed in a Pennslyvania field about 10:07 a.m when its passengers tried to regain control of it. Nearly 3,000 people died from the attacks.

control of it. Nearly 3,000 people died from the attacks. “Within six months of the event,

“Within six months of the event, I changed jobs in

order to be closer to my three adult children. I know several other friends who made similar cross-coun- try moves resulting from the 9/11 tragedy.”

ALLYSON HUGHES

HANDLEY, 64,

READFIELD

“I was a first-year law student in a legal writing class at Franklin Pierce Law
“I was a first-year
law student in a
legal writing class
at Franklin Pierce
Law Center in
Concord, N.H. Not every-
one had smart phones and
laptops and some chatter
started about 20 minutes
before class ended. Then
everybody went to the stu-
dent center. Classes were
canceled that day after the
determined no one would
be in them.”

KEVIN SULLIVAN, 37, SOUTH GARDINER

one would be in them.” KEVIN SULLIVAN, 37, SOUTH GARDINER “I was driving on the George

“I was driving on the George Washington Bridge in New York and held

up in traffic. I saw one plane go into one side of the world trade center an another plane go into the other one. It was a total mess. I tuned into the radio and I was sitting there listening to the whole thing. Traffic was backed up like crazy.”

RICHARD VERMETTE, 54, AUGUSTA

“The one thing 9/11 brought to us was the sense that it’s good to be an American. It brought us closer together as a nation. I hope we don’t forget that. But most importantly, we can’t forget there are people out there that want to cause us harm. We have to be vigilant. We have to be respectful, but we have to be vigilant. We have to honor those that are on the firing lines, the police, our firemen, our military, we have to honor those people. Everyday, I thank God I’m an American.”

GOV. PAUL LEPAGE, 62, AUGUSTA

God I’m an American.” GOV. PAUL LEPAGE, 62, AUGUSTA CONTINUED ON PAGE A3 “I was a

CONTINUED ON PAGE A3

“I was a senior at Foxcroft Academy (in Dover-Foxcroft), and I was in the middle of an English exam. Our teacher came in and told us the news. She was teary-eyed saying, ‘This is

what happened, but I still need you to fin-

ish the exam.’ ”

happened, but I still need you to fin- ish the exam.’ ” MOLLY ROGERS, 27, WEST

MOLLY ROGERS, 27, WEST GARDINER

“It’s affected me with traveling. I’m more

guarded, and I’m more suspi- cious of people in groups. You wonder sometimes,

more suspi- cious of people in groups. You wonder sometimes, ‘What’s in that bag?’ or ‘What

‘What’s in that bag?’ or ‘What are those people doing?’ ”

DEBBIE ROLLINS, 58, AUGUSTA

are those people doing?’ ” DEBBIE ROLLINS, 58, AUGUSTA “I was at my mom’s house, on
are those people doing?’ ” DEBBIE ROLLINS, 58, AUGUSTA “I was at my mom’s house, on

“I was at my mom’s house, on a day off from work, four months pregnant. I remember flicking through the channels when the second plane flew into the tower. I didn’t know what to think. I was in shock. I tried to get my mom’s attention to show her, but I could- n’t speak. My mouth was hanging open. Then I started crying.”

SHANNON CASEY, AUGUSTA

“It didn’t really affect me. Really it just created more paranoia and tension that doesn’t need to be there.”

BEAU BROWN, 25, AUGUSTA

“I was in Saco Bait and Tackle Company. That had a TV going and a pile of cus-

tomers watch- ing the plane crash into one of the towers. Several of us were sure it

crash into one of the towers. Several of us were sure it had to be some

had to be some kind of Hollywood stunt. When the tower crum-

bled realism hit home. I remember a moment of “incredibility.”

BEN THOMAS, 77, WINTHROP

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