Gwinnett Remembers September 11

A look at how the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks was remembered locally.

After 11 years, there’s still no making sense of what happened on September 11, 2001.

The 9/11 terror attacks are still vivid in our minds. People remember exactly what they were doing that day — whether it was waiting in a preschool carpool line and hearing the first accounts on the radio or watching in horror as the World Trade Center towers collapsed right before our very eyes on TV.

Tuesday has been a day of remembrance across the nation for the victims and heroes from that tragic day.

Here’s a look at how we remembered locally:

  • 11 Years Later, A Survivor Remembers 9/11

On most week days Roopnarine Tony Persaud, who now lives in Loganville, would have been at the World Trade Center when the first plane hit at 8:46 a.m. But he was delayed that day because his daughter overslept for school. This year, he returned to the WTC “for closure.”

  • South Gwinnett JROTC: ‘We Remember Everything’

In a moving tribute to Patriot Day and the victims of 9/11, South Gwinnett JROTC cadets show their school that they will always remember. Though only 6 at the time, one cadet said he decided right then and there he was going to join the military.


  • September 11 Remembered in Lilburn

Around 70 people attended a special commemoration at Lilburn City Park, which included an unveiling of a piece of steel recovered from the south tower of the World Trade Center in New York. At about 8:46 a.m., attendees held a moment of silence.

  • Students Remember 9/11

For her “Seen on the Scene” column, Lawrenceville Patch Local Editor Vanzetta Evans attended a parade and special ceremony at Oakland Meadow School.

  • Rising

Patch blogger Jason Brooks offered his reflections on the day: “It is the beauty of our country and our people that when we fall, we rise. And we will continue, rising.”

  • How Will You Remember 9/11?

Those in public safety will never forget. Last week, firefighters participated in the Dunwoody Manhattan Memorial Climb at The Manhattan Condominiums to honor the fallen heroes of 9/11.

  • On Gwinnett Patch’s Facebook Page

Posters offered their own recollections, including this one:

“Wife of a Marine, stationed at the Pentagon, living in military housing in Woodbridge, VA .... shear panic for 7 hours as my fellow military wives watched and waited to hear if our husbands were alive....7 hours or more before some of us heard any news. To this day, I will say the worst feeling in the world is the "unknown". It was the weirdest thing that day....we stepped outside our doors and the only sound you heard was the chatter of women's voices, not a sound in the air, no background noise. I will never forget!”

This story originally appeared on Gwinnett Patch. Visit Gwinnett Patch on Facebook


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