September 11, 2021, will mark the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States. The tragic events of that day impacted many people on many different levels. USGNN™ is preparing a special tribute to remember this day. If you have a memory you would like to share, you may do so in the comments section below. If you prefer not to share in the comments, but would like to contribute to this special report, you may also email Ellen Rogers at


  1. I was working from home and watched 9/11 unfold real-time on tv. We were we numb. We all felt we needed to do something. In our cul-de-sac we gathered at the end of our drive ways and held a candle vigil. My neighbor was a screen printer, she printed a number of t-shirts with a flag and one simple word “Freedom”. It was a reminder of what we had to lose. Not long after, Glass Build was held in New Orleans, I wore that shirt through security, and on the vacant plane. Like many people at the show, we came not only for business, but for unity. I was stopped and interviewed by a local TV news reporter. She asked me about my shirt. I explained that it reminded me that we could not let those terrorists win by living in fear(although I was nervous) and not to take the freedoms we have in our country for granted.

  2. I am certain most of us can recall where we were and what we were doing when we realized our nation was under attack.

    I was in Warroad Minnesota at the Marvin Window Plant, with a group of builders and architects from Santa Fe, NM.

    MY biggest memory was the care and understanding that was expressed to us by the Marvin Family, and their employees, as we struggled to deal with the news, and being stranded in Warroad, as the majority of travel to and from there, took place on Marvin owned airplanes, that were now grounded, for an unknown period of time.

    Susan Marvin welcomed us to dinner that Tuesday night at the American Legion Hall in Warroad, promising to help us get back home. The next day Marvin’s Fleet of Passenger Vans were lined up to get us to the next step, Minneapolis (About an 8 hour ride) where our rental cars to drive home in, were waiting.

    We had booked our cars with Avis, who despite the opportunity to gouge their customer base, waived their standard drop off fees, as we would be leaving our cars in Albuquerque. To this day I try to rent from Avis wherever I go.

    It was the strangest of feelings driving through Denver and not seeing 1 single airplane landing or taking off as we drove past Denver International, one of our nations busiest airports.

    20 years later these are my most vivid recollections. Special thanks to the Marvin Window Family for the way they treated us that week.

    Thank you.

    Kevin Sarr

  3. I didn’t get to see any of the videos of the planes going into the buildings until I got home that night, and it made me sick to think of the people on those planes, in those buildings who weren’t able to do what I was doing at that very moment: come home this day, any day, and have dinner with family, how many lives were changed. It wasn’t until three years ago that I got to visit New York and walk to the Memorial that it really hit home, and watching a father and son walk away, tears in the father’s eyes. Did he lose a father, brother, or friend? An article in Time mentioned one man, trapped in the second tower, who was on the phone with his family telling them he was OK when the second plane hit in the vicinity of his office. There are countless stories, but these are the ones that still hurt.

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