ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Residents and first responders remembered the attacks of September 11, 2001, with posts across social media today.
On the WFXR News Facebook page, Desiree Sensabaugh Rumburg recalled where she was 18 years ago when hijackers flew planes into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in northern Virginia, and a field in Pennsylvania.
“I was at home when I learned of the attacks,” she said. “I had just woken up from sleeping all day since I was working night shift. I immediately burst into tears upon hearing the news and watching the events on TV. I remember and honor the victims every time I donate blood, which I do as often as I can.”
The twin attacks on the World Trade Center in New York resulted in the deaths of hundreds of first responders as the World Trade Center came crashing down, including New York police officers, Port Authority police officers, and New York firefighters.
The Lynchburg Police Department remembered the men and women who are suffering from health complications due to their work at Ground Zero searching for victims and clearing debris in the days, weeks, and months after the attacks. Illnesses afflicting 9/11 first responders include rare cancers and respiratory sicknesses.
“Today, we honor and remember the lives of those lost on 9/11/01, as well as those lost in the years since that tragedy after responding to Ground Zero,” the Lynchburg Police Department tweeted.
The Roanoke Police Department posted photos with large American flags to honor their fallen brothers and sisters in New York and all the victims of 9/11.
“Remembering the sacrifices made by First Responders 18 years ago,” Roanoke Police posted. “We are proud to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice that day. We are also honored we can serve our community alongside these brave men and women today.”
The Lexington Police Department posted photos from its ceremony remembering the nearly 3,000 lives lost in the September 11 attacks.
WFXR News viewer Rhiannon Ziegler said on our Facebook page that we should come together as Americans.
“Remember the day we all United. Remember to love one another,” she wrote. “Hug someone today. Tell them how much they mean to you, even if it’s a stranger.”