By Brittany Hanson/Garden Grove Journal
Nine years and one day before, the nation had experienced its greatest modern example of terror, comparable to this generation, as the attacks on Pearl Harbor had been for generations before.
On that same day before, Americans went about their day, eating breakfast, going to work, taking children to school and going to class.
The concept of a day that would live on in memory may have been associated with a scratchy radio broadcast from World War II.
Nine years later plus one day, on a bright morning in Westminster, preparations were underway for the ninth memorial observance of the Sept. 11 attacks in New York and the Pentagon.
Although the date was Sept. 10 and the attendees were mostly brightly dressed with patriotic colors, the memorial was serious all the same.
This anniversary of the event watches as combat troops are pulled out of Iraq, signaling the start of the close on a lengthy war.
Construction grumbled in the background as people wandered in to the Sid Goldstein Freedom Park at 14180 All American Way in Westminster.
As the sun bore down on two tiny canopies, civilians, police and elected officials mingled and talked. And most people remarked about everything but the events of “9/11.”
“We gather today to remember, “ said Mitch Waller, Westminster Chief of police, “This is a day when Americans of all walks of life unite.”
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) spoke about the morning of 9/11, saying that she received a phone call in Washington D.C. from California and the panic she felt as she turned on the television.
Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) said that his memory of 9/11 was of people running out of buildings while firemen and police ran in.
And Orange County First District Supervisor Janet Nguyen said that out of the unimaginable pain came unimaginable bravery.
“It is in these tough times that we come closest together,” said Nguyen.