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18 years ago… we will never forget
Hijacked planes hit World
Trade Center, Pentagon

New York – In the most devastating
terrorist onslaught ever waged against
the United States, knife-wielding hijackers crashed two airliners into the World
Trade Center on Tuesday, topping its twin
110-story towers. The deadly calamity
was witnessed on televisions across the
world as another plane slammed into the
Pentagon, and a fourth crashed outside
“Today, our nation saw evil,” President
Bush said in an address to the nation
Tuesday night. He said thousands of lives
were “suddenly ended by evil, despicable
acts of terror.”
Said Adm. Robert J. Natter, commander of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet: “We
have been attacked like we haven’t since
Pearl Harbor.”
Establishing a U.S. death toll could take
weeks. A firefighters union official said he
feared an estimated 200 firefighters had
died in rescue efforts at the trade center –
where 50,000 people worked – and dozens
of police officers were believed missing.
No one took responsibility for the
attacks but federal authorities identified
Osama bin Laden, who has been given
asylum by Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers, as
the prime suspect.

Connections: Attacks hit hard
for some in region
Orangeburg is a long way away physi-

cally from New York City and Washington, D.C., but for some area residents
what happened Tuesday morning on the
East Coast hit very close to home.
Chester Ray, chairman of the Orangeburg County Board of Education, has
a son who works in the Pentagon and a
niece who works on the 47th floor of the
World Trade Center. Ray said his son was
somewhat shaken up but was otherwise
OK. He told his father that he left the
area that was struck by the plane about 20
minutes before the attack.
Clara Temberton, Ray’s niece, decided
to take the elevator from the 47th floor
and go back downstairs for another cup
of coffee. The cup of coffee very well
may have saved her life.
Tekecia Reynolds, a financial research
analyst in downtown Manhattan, approximately one file from the World Trade
Center, called her mother to say she was
not injured. Leona Phillips, an Orangeburg social worker, said he daughter told
her the area looks like a scene straight out
of the Bible.

said gathering for prayer was the proper
thing to do in the wake of a disaster of
this magnitude. “It is a tragedy,” Wannamaker said. “Our concern is our country
and America itself. This will change our
country and way of life, that’s for sure.”
Jean Harrison echoed Wannamaker’s
feelings. Harrison said the entire event is
unbelievable and the best thing Orangeburg can do is pray.
In his prayer, Rick Bennett asked for
God’s mercy upon t hose who are alive
to weep and those still trapped under
the wreckage of two skyscrapers. “Our
hearts are broken,” Bennett prayed. “And
we ask for your presence. Our hearts cannot help but turn to the temporal things.
We pray in silence for that victim who,
this very minute, lies under the rubble.”

Citizens look to prayer

“I think our nation lost its innocence
today.” Those emotions were expressed by
Orangeburg resident Thomas Harrison
concerning Tuesday’s terrorist attacks.
Services were held at the First Baptist
Church as Orangeburg joined the nation
in a time of mourning.
Orangeburg resident D.T. Wannamaker

149 Centre Street • P.O. Box 844 • Orangeburg, S.C. 29116-0844

Gerald J. davis, attorney

803•531•3888 • FAX (803) 531-3322


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