Square Talk for Wednesday, September 12, 2012

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, September 12, 2012

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How have the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, changed America or changed your life?

“It lifted the sense of pride. But since the economy has gone down, the pride started to diminish … I had a family member 10 days from retiring from the New York City Bomb Squad. When the second building fell and covered his bomb squad truck with rocks, he had to dig his way out. He was 10 days from retiring, and he had to spend the next year digging out dead bodies from the rubble. He’s had lung problems to this day.”
– Carter Slaten, 38, of Alvord

“It made us more aware. You’ve got the threat. It’s definitely here. I served in the first Desert Storm. They are way different people. If you don’t understand that, you may possibly be a victim.”
– William Greer, 41, of Decatur

“Initially people returned to their faith, but now they’ve let it kind of go by the wayside. So, it really didn’t change anything that much.”
– Dalia Cox, 55, of Decatur

“A lot of families were hurt, so it must be hard for them. Some people distrust foreign people … it depends. Some people are too young to remember it, like me. Others remember it vividly … It changed America a lot.”
– Tori Wray, 18, of Boyd

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