Where were you when the world stopped turning?

Mallory D. Biering, Staff Reporter

It was a perfect September morning. The sky was clear and the air was crisp, but we were unaware of how terror would stain our nation. September 11, 2001, I was in the 8th grade, sitting in my health education class when I heard about the twin towers. One of the coaches came in, spoke to my teacher, and the look on his face was frightening. "A plane just crashed into the twin towers," was what I heard the coach tell my teacher. I had no idea what the twin towers were. It wasn't until my next class, when my teacher had us watch the news, when I finally understood was happened.

Here at The Advertizer- Herald we thought it was interesting to know what people in our community were doing when the towers fell on that horrific day, so we asked around.

The folks at Daniel's Pharmacy were counting prescriptions. When customers came in telling them what happened, they pulled the TV out of the back room and placed it in the lobby for all to see what was happening.

Larry Haynes, now Bamberg County Councilman, was a truck driver. That morning he was getting his truck worked on at a shop just across the river from Manhattan. He saw people jump from the buildings and then watched those buildings fall. "You couldn't see into Manhattan for hours after that happened," shared Haynes.

Patsy Coker, one of the bookkeepers at the Denmark Piggly Wiggly was getting ready to come to work. "I first thought it was just a plane crash and then I kept watching the news," said Coker.

Tammy T. Brown, employed with the City of Denmark said, "I was working third shift, and when I got home I turned on the TV. I never went to sleep that day, I stayed up watching the news all day."

Jerry Halmon, Sports Editor at The Advertizer-Herald said he was sitting in his office at the middle school when Mr. Collins came in to tell him what happened. "I was getting dressed to come to work. I always watch the Today Show and they showed when the plane hit the twin towers. I didn't really know what it was until I got to work.

We watched it up here all day," shared Patti P. Jeffcoat, Director of Voter Registration for Bamberg County.

Bamberg County Councilman Trent Kinard said, "I was watching the news that morning like I do daily. I remember going through every emotion like most Americans. I was very angry at first, having been a veteran of the first Gulf War, I felt it was terrorism right away. Then the thought of all the innocent people in the buildings broke my heart. I called my mother and we prayed and both broke down. I pray no other generation ever has to go through that again."

The smoke rising from the towers will forever be painted into the minds of Americans as a day when terror struck our lives. It will be forever be that day when our world stopped turning and our nation was shook to its core.