By Eames Yates
September 11, 2013
Valdosta, GA - The painful memories of what happened on September eleventh 2001 are etched into the minds of us all. Remembering exactly where you were and what you were doing when the planes first hit will forever stay with those in Valdosta and throughout the country.
Valdosta's Mayor John Gayle said "I was at work drinking a cup of coffee and we had the TV, the news on that morning and I didn't know what was happening. Nobody did."
Valdosta's fire chief J.D. Rice said "I thought that the end of the world was coming. And then shortly thereafter the Pentagon got hit and I immediately started thinking about my kids and my family and what are we going to do if something happens in Valdosta. I'll never forget that day."
Sandra Tooley's cousin had a job at the World Trade Center when the planes hit... Luckily he had called in sick on that particular day.
She said "we were so thankful that whatever it was that made him, cause him not to go to work happen. All I can say is thank god for it and you know we really grieve for a lot of the family members cause what he told us and the description that he gave us of how things was, it was awfull."
Wednesday's memorial service at the Valdosta Fire Station emphasized that those in Lowndes County and the country will never forget.