Nation remembers Sept. 11 on five-year anniversary

| 9/11/2006

Today is the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.

There were ceremonies honoring the dead Monday morning at ground zero in New York, at the Pentagon and at a farm field in Pennsylvania.

Just about every American remembers where they were and what they were doing on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. OOIDA members are no exception.

Chris Mackley of Bonne Terre, MO, was in Chicago on that day. He pulled his truck into a truck stop after hearing the news so he could watch a television.

“They were showing it, and then all of a sudden, the second plane flew in, and then you started hearing about the Pentagon and stuff,” Mackley said. “After about three hours or so … everybody left. I was heading toward my house, and I wanted to get out of there, too.”

In fact, trucks were pulling off the highways right and left so that drivers could get the latest information.

Robert Janes of Lehigh, KS – who’s originally from New York – pulled into a Petro in Missouri.

“There was a TV there, and everybody was kind of watching it and listening to it,” Janes said. “Everybody there couldn’t believe it had happened, and the loss of lives and the destruction of everything there.”

President Bush has scheduled a televised address to the nation this evening at 9 p.m. EDT to commemorate the anniversary of the attacks.

– By Reed Black, staff writer