Never Forget the Lives Lost in 9/11

September 11 has since been declared as Patriot Day and on this date, Guam and the rest of the nation remember the memory of 9/11.

Following 21 years after 9/11, we, together with the world, vow never to forget the lives lost in the tragedies.

PNC’s Destiny Cruz has more…

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On September 11th, 2001, nearly 3,000 lives were lost at the hands of terroristic attacks at the World Trade Center site, the Pentagon, and Flight 93.

This year marks 21 years since the tragic events of 9/11 unfolded–and despite the length of time between the tragedies and now, it is evident that this tremendous loss in history will be remembered indefinitely as Americans and the world at large mourn the men, women, and children that were slain.

This morning, NewsTalkK57’s Patti Arroyo spoke with a Guam resident living in New York during the 9/11 attacks who recounted her memories of that horrific day.

Lasia Casil, Executive Director of the Hagatna Restoration and Redevelopment Authority said, “On this date 21 years ago, I was living very, very close to the twin towers, about ten blocks away, and I remember hearing the first plane impact.

She added, “The sound was so big, so strong, you know, it like rattled our building and I turned on the news, and you could see the first tower was on fire and I ran up to my roof with my camera, actually my video camera, and watched the second tower was struck– and you know, was just there in awe and shock– and watched as both towers fell.”

Casil continued, sharing the exact moment of overwhelming disbelief as she witnessed the towers collapse–a sight so traumatic that she had to put her camera down as tears began to stream down her face.

Furthermore, she added, “It was so emblazoned in my mind that I never wanted to see it again– like subconsciously, I never actually looked at that video in 21 years, I never looked at that video.”

In tribute to the 343 firefighters, 62 law enforcement officers, eight medical technicians, and each life lost in the September 11 attacks, Joint Region Marianas, together with Guam’s fellow emergency responders, dedicated ten full blasts of air horns to symbolize the signal to evacuate the world trade center, yesterday.

Destiny Cruz, PNC News First.

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Starting as the weather personality for the Pacific News Center in 2019, then as a reporter, Destiny Cruz is now PNC’s lead anchor, producer, writer, and TV host for two of Sorensen Media Group’s shows. Over three years at PNC, Destiny has covered issues impacting our island in areas including legislation and health, to name a few, in addition to highlighting the meaningful stories of Guam’s community in features and lifestyle. Corresponding with her professional growth, Destiny has acquired personal achievements that have contributed to her development as a dynamic woman: she is a proud graduate of the Guam Community College, earning her degree in liberal studies, a former Miss Guam (Miss World Guam 2017), and singer/songwriter.