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Response to “Ashamed of America’s citizens”...

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

I would like to respond to the letter “Ashamed of America’s citizens” from Tom Frederick. I have heard a lot of conspiracy theories surrounding the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, each claiming bizarre and unfounded scenarios that just do not add up. The sources that Tom listed in his letter have all been thoroughly debunked by facts, eyewitness testimony and an in-depth report by Popular Mechanics. Human nature only lends us to believe that such heinous acts of terror require an explanation that is as complex and intricate as the catastrophic outcome.

On a gorgeous Tuesday morning a mile from the Pentagon, while I was in the Army stationed at Fort Myer, Va., I was with my Honor Guard unit doing our routine drills and training. The date was September 11, 2001 and we had just heard a large explosion. Our unit reacted quickly to the Pentagon being attacked. First by rescuing anyone inside and helping the Arlington Fire Department put out the flames and later by meticulously going through the rubble to find the victims’ remains. I can assure you that the huge steel engines from the plane right inside the outer wall and dinner plate sized aluminum plane fragments scattered throughout the inside gave a clear indication of what hit the Pentagon. That and the stories that Army buddies of mine can tell you of a giant plane flying right over their heads and disappearing into the Pentagon in a massive fireball as they performed funerals right across the interstate in Arlington National Cemetery. Under very dangerous conditions we separated the remnants of luggage, building debris and plane wreckage from the human remains we found and would stop and salute each and every time a flag draped stretcher would carry out even the smallest fragment of remains.

The only citizens that should be ashamed are the ones who speak of 9/11 within the same circles of those who believe we didn’t land on the moon and that Elvis is still alive. So let’s give the victims of this terrorist attack and the heroes of that day and everyone who fought and continue to fight against terror both at home and abroad the dignity they deserve by not associating 9/11 with any “conspiracy.”

Carey Welder

Chatfield, MN

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