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We willl never forget: SCV remembers

Posted: September 11, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 11, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Like the Pearl Harbor attack 60 years earlier, it was the event that would define a generation and change history. Within a few stunning hours on Sept. 11, 2001, the World Trade Center would be reduced to rubble, taking more than 2,700 lives with it.

An attack would be carried out on America’s military seat, claiming another 118 lives; hundreds of innocent airline passengers would perish; 40 brave souls on United Airlines Flight 93 would choose to die in a rural Pennsylvania field rather than becoming tools in a third attack.

Today, The Signal salutes the heroes and mourns the losses 10 years after 9/11. In this commemorative edition, we also asked Santa Clarita Valley residents how they believe the events of Sept. 11, 2001, changed their country. Below are some of their answers:

“I think we’ve become more keenly aware of what it means to be American,” said Deb Demasi, 49, of Castaic. “And we don’t take it for granted anymore.”

“I think if you look 10 years from now, there will still be safety concerns, terrorism concerns,” said James Delaplane, 20, of Santa Clarita. “I remember immediately after 9/11 there was a lot more (unity), but that’s faded over the course of the years. And now there’s still terror.”

“We were relaxed before. We used to be more relaxed with our airports,” said Jim Brochman, 68, of Santa Clarita. “It may not seem like it, but it’s more secure today — but not totally secure.”

“I think that people didn’t think that terrorism could be on our home territory,” said Kim Miully, 49, of Santa Clarita. “It made people realize that terrorism affects us here, not just somewhere else, far away.”

—Signal Staff


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