It’s been sixteen years since the deadliest terrorist attack in our nation’s history.
Today, Amarillo first responders and city officials gathered to honor the lives lost.
Ginger Nelson, Amarillo’s mayor says, “It’s humbling to be a part of an experience that remembers such an impactful moment in our nation’s history and how impactful it was in so many people’s lives.”
“We really came together as a country, as a group of states, and in all of our cities. We all just came together as a community and we responded to help each other out and to get better moving forward,” said Amarillo City Manager Jared Miller.
It’s a day that’s easily remembered.
Firefighter Jason Love with the Amarillo Fire Department says, “I was taking a racquetball course at the Downtown Athletic Club that morning. I had just finished class and was heading home when the first plane hit the first tower.”
“I was working with the South Plains Association of Governments,” says Miller. “I know exactly where I was right after the first plane hit, and then we were all glued to the TV when the second plane hit. That’s the kind of thing that you know and remember exactly where you were when you saw it happen.”
“I was just having trouble accepting the reality of it and it really hit home when the judge began receiving calls from Pantex and local law enforcement telling him secure actions and things that they were putting into place,” says Mayor Nelson.
“Everyday on a day like this, it brings back those memories. It brings back those thoughts and feelings, you never forget something like that,” said Love.