Members of the Greatest Generation remember two tragic events

By Eric Sollman - bio | email

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - December 7th and September 11th are two dates that will live in infamy.

On Saturday, the two tragic days in U.S. history were remembered together.

Flags flew at half staff on the 9th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. The memory, still fresh in the minds of World War II veterans who flew with Honor Flight.

"I was working at the church and my daughter called me and said one of the planes just went through the Twin Towers in New York," said veteran Margie Sasnett.

"I was in Huntsville, Alabama at home, breakfast time when it happened in the morning and my brother called and said turn on your TV," remembered World War II veteran Harvey Stewart.

At the time, many Americans were glued to their televisions trying to understand the aerial assaults on national landmarks in New York and our nation's capitol.

"I feel like those people are victims of an aggressive action against the United States just as we were when we were attacked at Pearl Harbor," said veteran Mack Romine.

December 7, 1941 is a date that was nearly seven decades ago, but a day that has as much to do with this monument as the men and women for which it was built.

"I remember where I was when Pearl Harbor was hit very well. I was at Fort Polk, Louisiana and I was a supply sergeant," remembered veteran M.C. Ball.

"I came home from church and my father told me that Pearl Harbor had been bombed," said World War II veteran Margaret Phillips.

The memories of World War II are carried with these men and women every day. These veterans see their memorial and they also see the visible difference in the walls of the Pentagon.

Two dates, one trip, all based on bravery.

"One of the men who heads up this program, he said when they offered him 9-11 he said I'll take it," said Paul Miller. "He said these are World War II veterans and they aren't afraid of anything."

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