FRESNO, California (KGPE) – It’s been 18 years since the series of terrorist attacks on our country that killed close to 3,000 people.
Many Americans can recall what they were doing the moment they heard the news. Although the terrorist attacks took place on the other side of the country, many Central Valley residents felt the impact at home.
Numerous events were held Wednesday to honor those who lost their lives. Andy Isolano is a retired New York City Firefighter. He says it is a tough day for so many Americans.
“It’s a rough day for me,” said Isolano. “But, the good part is here, right here, in this spot is a lot of good memories.”
Isolano played a big role in the California 9/11 Memorial held in Clovis.
He spoke about getting off work and hearing about the first plane crash. Then seeing the second plane crash.
“We watched the second plane come in and knew this wasn’t an accident,” said Isolano.
Isolano said seeing the Clovis 9/11 memorial and reading the thousands of names engraved in stone brings him back to that day 18 years ago.
“This is the hardest part for me,” said Isolano. “13 of those names are good friends of mine and dozens are people I worked with.”
Clovis Community College also held a 9/11 memorial. They invited guest speaker Lori Wilson to speak to their students about patriotism
“You can’t ever forget it,” said Wilson. “We can’t ever forget what happened that day and what it did for us.”
Wilson said one thing that did come out of the terrible attacks is a form of patriotism.
“You know, sometimes you hear I wish every day could be like 9/12.”
Then, held at Fresno City College a Memorial Wreath March and 9/11 Celebration.
Dr. Blas Villalobos was the guest speaker. He is a Marine Corps veteran who hopes future generations will continue to honor and hold events like this.
“You know events like this, by the tens of thousands are happening right now throughout our country,” said Villalobos. “It really does give us the opportunity to remember what took place 18 years ago.”