The nation is one week away from the 10th year anniversary of the September 11th attacks. While New York City officials plan to unveil the memorial at ground zero, many people around southwest Georgia will be taking the day to reflect on where the nation has come in the past decade.
Some may not remember how the year 2001 began, but after the tragedy of September 11th, they would never forget how it came to an end. Some were in school, some were at work and others were with family.
"I was at home with my sisters when everything broke," said Albany resident Tony Pickle.
Everyone was stopped in their tracks with the news of the world trade center collapse.
"It's one of those days where everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing immediately after," said Darlene White.
In the days and weeks following the tragedy, the nation banded together. Flags filled the streets and the spirit of patriotism rang strong. But as the years passed, that patriotic spirit seemed to fade. Now ten years later many say they haven't forgotten the legacy of that day.
"I'm sure it will be a somber day across the country. I'm sure we'll be attending church that day and thanking god for what we have and remembering all the ones that were lost," White said.
Just as everyone received news of the attacks differently, they'll also reflect on it in their own way.
"I will be spending the day with family," said Tony Pickle.
He says it's not important whether one chooses to spend time with loved ones or take a day of solitude. It's one's ability to reflect on the past and remember that counts.