Kentuckiana reflects, remembers 9/11

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE)- Kentuckiana and the nation cast aside differences and came together to pause...remember...and honor those lost 10 years ago, Sunday. At Sunday's memorial everyone WAVE 3 talked to remembers where they were on September 11, 2001.

"Sitting at the foot of my bed, watching TV and I started to cry when I saw all that was going on in our country," Dottie Franck, of Louisville said as she recalled the September morning from a decade ago "It was very very difficult for me to believe," She said.

Dr. Neal Richmond worked ground zero getting people to safety as Deputy Medical Director for the New York City Fire Department.

"You had the flavor, a bit of an apocalyptic event," Richmond said, recalling September 11, 2001 "You really couldn't figure it. There was no radio communication, cell phones."

Ten years later, in Kentuckiana it was reflection and remembrance.

"Today is not only a day of remembrance, it's also a day of acknowledgement," Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear said "An acknowledgement of the sacrifices being made for us and the need for us to step and do our part."

Senate Minority Leader, Senator Mitch McConnell said "Ten years after 9/11, we remain vigilant and we remain resolved. but above all, we are grateful."

It was a sentiment echoed by Deana Chandler, of Louisville.

"I really feel sad for that, but I also appreciate the honor, that they have died for our country and the fact that we're here today, because of them," Chandler said.

She hoped her granddaughter, Daija Ledford, of Louisville, who was just a year old during the attacks walked away with "Information and knowledge of what our country is really all about. And to be proud. Just as proud as I am for our soldiers defending us and helping us," Chandler said.

Richmond expressed how the support of the community felt on the somber anniversary.

"It feels really good to feel your community put its arms around you," Said Richmond "You hope that all the people that have been affected by this, whether you're a first responder, a friend or family member of somebody who's hurt or you were hurt just by watching it, that you have a community that cares about you."

Sunday, it was an expression of local and national solidarity as we remember the past and look to the future.

"I always have hope for the future. I think human beings are tricky, but we're resilient and I like to think we're optimistic," Richmond said.

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