“Where were you when the world stopped turning, that September morn?” ~Alan Jackson
When the radio alarm went off that morning, we knew immediately something was wrong, because Rick Hamada was shook up. Marine Corps Base Hawai’i at Kailua is several hours behind Ground Zero’s time zone, so the planes had already struck but the Towers had not yet collapsed. Husband went to work at his squadron, daughter went to school. Around noon, Hawai’i time I went to pick up daughter and a couple friends. It took 3 1/2 hours to get back on base because every car was stopped at the gate. We didn’t leave again for 3 days. Every business on base was closed and armed squads patrolled the streets.
The first guess-timates of the number of casualties were wrong.
Two thousand nine hundred ninety-six WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN.