Where were you when the Twin Towers were attacked?

Alex Sherwood, Paducah

“I’ll never forget as long as I live. At the time, I had my fitness studio and I was leaving the house (in Reidland). I was on my way out heading to work and TV was on, and there it was: the first attack on one of the towers.

“It was obviously an incredible tragedy with all the loss of lives, but it affected me in the sense that I’m from North Africa — Morocco — and I was born in Marrakech. My parents left back in the ‘60s in pursuit of freedom, of religious freedom, just freedom as a whole. When I learned that terrorism was involved…we left because of those reasons, because of the influx of anti-Semitism and radical extremism, so when I saw that, it really hit me: ‘Wow. Not in America. It can’t be.’ It was extremely surreal.

“It also, I think — most and foremost — it makes me appreciate the freedoms that we have here. I’m a very proud American. I became naturalized; I became an American citizen on June 16, 2006, and I was given (this) flag. That’s a flag of honor, and it has all the names of the victims of 9/11, and first responders, everyone.”

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