Roanoke area residents remember 9/11, two decades after one of the darkest days in American history

Remembering 9/11

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR)– It’s been 20 years since the devastating attacks by Al-Qaeda terrorists on the U.S. Roanoke residents took some time to reflect on the memories from that devastating day.

“This morning, I was watching it on the news, and I got emotional. Our kids never saw that moment but to share that moment with them, it’s still heart-wrenching to see the lives that were impacted by that,” said Nikki Burton.

For many people, especially parents like Cathy Minnix, there was nothing routine about that day. The most important thing was to find and embrace loved ones.

“Couldn’t believe it, that it was happening. All I could think about was getting home to my children. They were in elementary school,” said Minnix.

As many people continue to reflect on the horrific events of that day, Ray Burton, a local pastor, put everything into perspective.

“In a time like this, I know I find it very comforting and my family does too as well. Turn to God in this situation. Turn to the Word. Not only that, love one another. As Christ loved us, we are to love one another,” said Burton. “Regardless of what age or what race or anything of that sort, we are to love one another and be there for one another. But not only that, help one another.”

People are still impacted by these events, but are trying to make sense of what happened.

Several localities across central and southwest Virginia took time to honor the memory of the thousands who died on that day, as did many small towns and large cities across the United States.

For many, the memories of Sept. 11, 2001, will forever be etched as one of the darkest days in American history.

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