A year later residents remember Sept. 11

There is almost no one that was not affected in some way by events that transpired the morning of Sept.

11, 2001.

Most people remember the precise moment when they heard the horrifying news of the most audacious attacks ever against the United States.

Within hours the gruesome details of those attacks surfaced: terrorists had hijacked airliners, two of which crashed into the World Trade Center, bringing down the twin 110-story towers and killing thousands of people.

A hijacked plane slammed into the Pentagon and a hijacked airliner carrying more 45 people aboard crashed outside of Pittsburgh.

The world was stunned, and local residents reeled in horror as they reacted to the tragedy.

Many reacted with tears, and some with anger and now, a year later the events, emotions and repercussions of the terrorist attacks remain with us.

For some it was the devastating lose of a loved one, for others it marked the end of an era of invincibility that the United States will most likely never know again – but through it all Americans became stronger, closer and more determined than ever to defend our rights of life and liberty.

Kingman residents recollect the images, and mourn the loss of lives, as they recall where they were when they heard the devastating news, and how Sept.

11 has changed their lives.

Debbi Beatty, was working at a local western supply store where she is employed when she heard the news of the terrorist attacks on Sept.


"I came to work at 8 a.m.

and Denise, my co-worker was telling me all about it," Beatty said.

"I thought, 'what a horrible thing to happen to those people.' It made me call my father, and I hadn't spoken to him in years."

Beatty said she is closer to her father now, and doesn't take anything for granted any more.

"I think nothing like this should happen to us or any other country – enemy or not," she said.

"It makes you more aware of not hurting others – even in speaking."

Alizabeth Rodriguez, 15, was home sick from school that day when she watched with horror and disbelief the devastation unfold on the television screen.

" My mom, sister and I were home watching it," she said.

"I was really sad and we were outraged.

We hoped a retaliation would occur."

Rodriguez said the event changed her life.

"It made me wary, and more aware than ever that even though we live in a strong country we can still get hurt," she said.

"My friends and I still talk about it, especially since the anniversary of the attack is coming up."

Doris Van Arsdale, a grandmother and a used book store owner, remembers the horror of Sept.

11 as if it were yesterday, but she is happy about one thing – the renewed patriotism that has evolved as a result of the terrorist attacks.

"Americans are more patriotic than ever before, but it is too bad it had to happen," Van Arsdale, said.

"The tragedy is still there."

Van Arsdale and her daughter, Rene Steele, are active in letter-writing campaigns to U.S.

military in Afghanistan, and Van Arsdale works with the American Legion auxiliary at Swashegame Unit 14 in Kingman.

"I believe that with all of our minds and hearts together we can keep the country free and keep the patriotism going," she said.

Robert Gonzalez, a Western Arizona Council of Governments program manager, was born in Manhattan, and actually played on some on the streets near the World Trade Center.

"I watched them build it," he said.

"I was devastated, and angry when the attack happened.

I want bin Laden caught.

"Even though he is only one piece of the puzzle, it is a symbolic piece that will help us bring closure to this."

Gonzalez said the tragedy "makes us think about how important our freedoms are and how we need to treasure and preserve them."