11 Years Later, Lansing Residents Remember 9/11

By: Anthony Sabella Email
By: Anthony Sabella Email

It is hard to believe that it has been 11 years since a terrorist attack changed our nation forever, but ask anyone, and they can still say where they were that fateful morning.

For David Ungaar, listening to the bagpipes play "Amazing Grace" at a ceremony in Lansing, Tuesday morning, was especially difficult.

Originally from New York City, Ungaar moved to Lansing in 2007, but on September 11, 2001, he was supposed to be in Manhattan for work.

"I had given my employer a couple of weeks notice that I was leaving on September 15th to take care of my father in Florida," said Ungaar. "On the seventh of September, he gave me two weeks pay and told me to take the second week off, or I would've been five blocks away."

Instead, Ungaar got a call from his father at 11 a.m., telling him to turn on the television.

"Took me hours to wrap my head around it," said Ungaar. "I just couldn't fathom it."

As for those who were here in Michigan at the time, the shock is still there.

"I was at work," said Carissa Ward, of Holt. "The courage it took for people to save other people's lives, definitely, should never be forgotten."

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