I was sitting in the finance committee of the Ionia Board of Commissioners, when the county administrator informed us of the attacks. Disbelief ensued and we left the meeting to watch the attacks at our office of the Ionia Sentinel-Standard in Ionia.
I remember the immense silence after the airplanes were grounded for four days. I also remember a story we did about a preaching pastor-of course we got into trouble for that.
The newspaper headlines varied: “A day of infamy.” For some reason I remember that one the most. Then my dad came over in the evening to consult the situation, while mom was in Czech Republic and thought it was a horror movie on TV.
The patriotism that followed was amazing, as well as the camaraderie of the people. I hope the memories will never fade away for the sake of the people who died during the catastrophy.
Right now, I am still at a loss for words. I always hold a minute of silence for all the victims.
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