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The United States of America was invaded in
a series of coordinated suicide terrorist
attacks on September 11, 2001. Many
words have been written about that day.
Guidry News Service talked to several people
who were near the World Trade Center or in
Washington, D.C. where the attacks took
some of those people to get their
perspective after five years have elapsed.
But first, let
us pause to listen to a song written
Texas musician Lucky Boyd, who captured the
horror of many of the people trapped in
the World Trade Center who had time only to
leave a message on answering machines in the
homes of their spouses and parents. "In
The Blink of An Eye."
direct word we received from New York City
was from Jessica Green, through her mother,
Galveston City Attorney Susie Green.
Jessica was in Manhattan just three blocks from
the World Trade Center.
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"She had just come out of the subway with
her roommate when they saw the World Trade
Center on fire," Susie Green, said reporting
her daughter's telephone call to Guidry News
Service. "As she is talking to me, she's
standing watching, right there. She
said 'Mom the other building, the middle of
the building has blown out. It's a
Two years after the events, Susie, in her
office at City Hall, and Jessica, at home in
New York, recalled the day and shared their
thoughts in perspective.
Shrub and Peaches
Kempner were in Manhattan that day, as well, and talked to Guidry News Service from their hotel room on
the night of the attacks. Listen
One year later, in September 2002 Kempner reviewed the year. Listen
On the fifth
anniversary of the attacks, Kempner is again
in New York City. Before he left
Galveston, he and Peaches participated in a
thing is, that I am going to be there on
911," Kempner said. "I refuse utterly
to let them change my way of living, even if
I have to have minor inconveniences.
The real issue is whether we will give up
what made us a great country in the name of
Nick Lampson was in the White House when the
first plane hit the World Trade Center in
New York, unaware that he may have been at
ground zero for an attack that was thwarted
by brave passengers of Flight 93, which was
believed to be aimed at either the White
House or the Capitol. Listen.
"I left the
White House at about five minutes to nine,
not knowing that this had happened," Lampson
said, adding that he heard the news when he
arrived at his office in the Cannon
Building. "My staff was in shock when
I walked in the door."
11, 2002, we reviewed the year following the
attacks with Lampson. Listen
This year, on
the fifth anniversary, we revisited the day
Senator John Cornyn issued a statement on
the fifth anniversary.
was a day that changed the world forever,
and it is important that we learn from it.
We owe to the victims, to their survivors –
and to every American – to recommit
ourselves to fight and win this war that
threatens to kill more Americans both here
and abroad," Cornyn said. "We will
remain vigilant. And we will always
remember those who lost their lives.
What we owe future generations is to meet
the challenge of this threat and to live up
to the test presented us by this new kind of
11, 2003 Jamaica Beach Mayor Vic Pierson and his
wife Janice were in New York City for the 911
Memorial Services. He reported on the mood of the
city prior to the ceremony.
the ceremony, Pierson reported again.
We have two
powerful PowerPoint presentations that
circulated through the email.
This one was produced shortly after the
This one was added in 2002.