Little did I know  

Date Submitted: 9/11/2016
Author Info: Sara (Ofallon, MO - USA) 
Occupation: Administrative 
Lived in NY on 9.11.01?: No 
Knew someone who perished?: No 

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I was an operator at our local Target store. Over the walkie-talkie system that we used, you could hear chatter of anybody passing by electronics. Most of the time they were saying if you can't see your TV or listen to a radio please come to electronics now. I was the operator and was stuck in the back by the fitting rooms and did not have any clue what was going on. I was finally allowed to go to electronics to see the burning of tower one. at that point I could not comprehend what was going on, only that there was a plane that crashed into it. We were limited with our information that time. I worked the rest of my shift and heard the remainder of the story on the radio. I remember driving home and anytime the radio had to cut off the story, we Greenwood's " God bless the USA" would play on repeat. Even reflecting back on that time it's bringing tears to my eyes. The emotions I felt and that song played are the exact same motions I still feel today. 

 

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As America confronts these tragic circumstances, it is imperative that the situation is not compounded by expressions of religious or ethnic intolerance. The greatness of our nation rests on the exceptional diversity of religions, nationalities, and ethnic backgrounds which characterize its people.

Statement of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
9/12/01

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