Altavista veteran shares his insights on 9-11 terrorists

As we commemorate all the brave people who responded to the horrendous events that happened on September 11, 2001, we have to look at all aspects of the event.

The people who took over the airplanes had three goals: to make a statement, to cause great damage, and to divide the nation. They succeeded with the first two, but failed with the third. It brought our nation together. People from all walks of life rallied to the sites of the destruction.

The brave emergency crews, firemen and wome, and police put their lives on the line by rushing in to save the injured and recover those who did not survive. We do not think any women were involved in the planning and carrying out the attack, but we know they were there to help win the recovery.

For more on this story, see this week's Altavista Journal.