Local first responders, veterans remember those lost on Sept. 11

By Kayleigh Rahn
Each generation has a moment that burns white hot, stands still, and is forever engrained in its mind.

For T.K. Martin VFW Post 10009 Com. Sean Conner that moment was Sept. 11, 2001.

“My parents remember where they were and what they were doing Nov. 22, 1963 when Kennedy was assassinated; my grandparents Dec. 7, 1941 when Pearl Harbor was attacked,” he said during the Patriot Day services at the Douglas County Courthouse Monday, Sept. 11. “In this era we all have visions of the Twin Towers falling forever seared into our memories. Anyone old enough to remember these tragic events can tell you what they were doing and where they were. On that day we were attacked by a group of terrorists that were scared of Democracy who conspired to attack our great nation to intimidate us on our homeland.”

The loss on that day totaled 2,996 Americans, including 343 firefighters and 71 police officers.

“These brave men and women grew up wanting to make a difference, they spent their lives fighting for and wanting to protect those of us who can’t help ourselves,” he said. “These heroes had families at home, wives that will never see their husbands again, sons that will never see their fathers again, fathers that will never see their daughters again.”

When the country was under attack and its citizens needed them most the first responders ran toward the devastation not away, Conner said.

“As a young, new marine, I saw this and respected the hell out of the responders on that day,” Conner said. “I promised myself I would do everything in my power so that their sacrifices would never be forgotten. I saw first hand a nation come together and vow we would hunt these cowards down and get justice. We were hurt and scared but we found strength and comfort in our first responders and military as a country.”

Conner noted the hunt for justice that transpired in the months and years following the attacks.

The full story can be found in the Sept. 13, 2017, edition of The Tuscola Journal.