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Terror attacks still fresh in locals’ minds

7 years later, memories haven’t faded

Posted: September 10, 2008 9:53 p.m.
Updated: November 12, 2008 5:00 a.m.

The terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, made an indelible mark in American history. Santa Clarita Valley residents haven't let time fade their memories of that day and what it means to them.

"It will always be on my mind," Rob Cannon said. He is a Los Angeles city firefighter.

Cannon, of Valencia, was scheduled to work today, but the tone at the firehouse will be different, he said Wednesday. "The day is always sad, especially for firefighters," he said.

Firefighters around the country collectively mourn on Sept. 11, he said. "We lost a lot of brothers."

For Trisha Hayes of Canyon Country, Sept. 11 means sacrifice. Her husband and brother are deployed in Iraq. "I think about how that day has changed America and my family," she said. Hayes' husband is an Apache helicopter pilot in Iraq, and she said her thoughts will stay focused on all the lives lost on Sept. 11, as well as the soldiers who lost their lives in wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"It's a horrible day, but we have to remember it to honor those who died," she said.

Hayes' son, Talon Hayes, isn't old enough to remember Sept. 11, but the 6-year-old understands why the day is important. He said he knows that his dad is fighting the war on terror to prevent future attacks. And he knows why it is important to capture Osama bin Laden. "Because he crashed planes into the buildings," he said.

Griselda DeLeon of Valencia thinks about Sept. 11 every day. She hasn't flown in a plane since she was a child, and the thought of getting on a plane since the attacks frightens her, DeLeon said.

Two of her friends lost family members in the Sept. 11 attacks. She thinks about their sacrifice and said people always need to remember that tragic day.

Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon hasn't forgotten Sept. 11, either.

In a statement issued Wednesday, McKeon, thanked the men and women in uniform for their commitment to keeping the country safe.

"We must commit ourselves to safeguarding the freedoms and liberties that make America so unique," he said. "The memory of the lives that were sacrificed on Sept. 11, 2001, will never fade; indeed, they serve as a reminder that it is our duty to protect the future of our nation against the threat of terror and the tyranny of radicalism."


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