A decade later, we look back on the day that forever changed America. (11 Photos)
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I work in a nursing home, and was at work when the news came that a plane had flown into one of the World Trade Center towers. As the day progressed, we got more and more news, and it became apparent that this was an attack on our country. One of the elderly women I care for took my hand and with tears in her eyes said, "Honey, this is your generation's Pearl Harbor."
She couldn't have been more right. At the time of the attacks, my sons were in high school, and with typical teen male machismo said "we've got to get the people that did this to us!" All three subsequently went on to enlist in the U.S. military, somehow fueled by that need to defend our country against further attack. We've seen multiple deployments since they enlisted. In fact, our family is preparing for its fifth deployment in the past five years. Had those attacks not happened, I'm very certain our family's history would have been written much differently.
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