On Friday, September 8, 2006, the Daily Union asked a few local people of their memories of 9/11. Through the news media, an attack which occurred 900 miles away was instantly known by millions of people. The wave of information traveled far and near and to the lives of people here. These are a few of their recollections.

Joshua Carnaghi recently finished up his tour of enlistment with the Navy. He was home visiting his mother, Karen Carnaghi when he related his story. “I enlisted in the Navy on September 6, just five days before the attack. I was in boot camp in Great Lakes , IL, when a chief petty officer came in and told us that two planes had crashed into the twin towers and one into the Pentagon and another possibly on the way to the White House. We thought that since we were in boot camp, that it was some kind of training drill. There were other guys in my division that had loved ones in the towers and at the Pentagon. When we found out it was for real, they broke down. Personally, it was unbelievable that something like this could happen to our country. I figured I joined the service to defend my country, I just didn’t know it would come that soon. A few months later, I was on the Kitty Hawk stationed in the Persian gulf . Our squadron, VFA-192 “The World Famous Golden Dragons” dropped the first bombs of the ‘Shock and Awe’ phase.”

Darrell Gaston- I was driving a semi when I heard it on the radio. I was on the way from Sullivan to Windsor . I called my wife and told her about it. That’s all I did all day long, was listen to the reports on the radio. I couldn’t believe it. I can believe it now.”

Jamie Jefson- “I was with a neighbor headed to this very parade, the opening of the Main Street School Olympics. I heard about it and went home and was glued to the TV. I am sure everyone else did the same thing.”

Nancy Pesch- I was off that day. I remember getting up and turning on the TV. I got my daughter Savanah up and we tried to watch cartoons, but it was on every channel. I felt very sad and I remember Savanah watching the plane crash into the building. She was three-and-a-half then, and she kept asking ‘Why did the plane fly into the building, mom?’ I spent the rest of the day trying to explain that to her. That was an awful thing.”

Marilyn Weakly- I was shucking popcorn and my sister-in-law called me and told me what had happened. It took a while to sink in as to what had really happened. Then I went in and watched TV, then I realized how serious it was.”

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