ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — If there were a theme song – other than the national anthem – for the city’s 15th anniversary 9/11 memorial ceremony, it would be Alan Jackson’s “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).”
Charles Banks – a retired CIA executive, sometime country music performer and the keynote speaker for Sunday’s ceremony at Civic Plaza – said Jackson’s gentle song about an ordinary man’s reaction to the 9/11 terrorist attacks is one song he can’t sing because he gets choked up when he tries.
The question posed by the song’s title was on the minds of most of the several hundred people who attended Sunday’s late-morning ceremony. For some, it seemed difficult to believe that 15 years had elapsed since that terrifying day. For others, just children in 2001, 9/11 feels like ancient history. But everyone who is old enough to recall the day remembers where they were.
Lynnette Rodriguez-Giannelli, just 17 on 9/11, was with other family members in the kitchen of their Staten Island, N.Y., home, waiting to see if her father, a firefighter with Brooklyn, N.Y., Engine Co. 279, would come home. He didn’t that day. Or the next. Or ever.
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