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September 9, 2011

Remembering 9/11 after 10 years

CENTERVILLE — The Daily Iowegian remembers the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania with a series of interviews.

The Daily Iowegian caught up with Desi Payne, also known as Dizzy the Clown, of Ottumwa, Jody McDanel, of Appanoose County and John Oliver, of Martinsburg, at the Moravia Fall Festival Saturday, Sept. 3. Also interviewed were Susan McDanel and Tatum Marcussen.


Payne said she remembers where she was and what she was doing 9/11/01.

"I definitely remember. I was at home. I had just taken the kids to school and I had just turned the TV on and it was, I mean, it was right there," Payne said.

Payne said her initial reaction to the 9/11 attack on America was alarm, panic and shock.

After 10 years the images and emotions from that day seem like yesterday for Payne.

"I mean it was just like yesterday. Very vivid, very vivid," Payne said. "You just kind of almost relive it when you think about it."

Payne said Sept. 1, 2011 changed the world in ways no one could imagine.

"That our world would never be the same," she said. "It was like a turning point in history. So I still think about how today, how it's totally changed everything."


McDanel, like a lot of Americans, watched the events of Sept. 11, 2001, play out live on national television.

"The first thing through my mind, was, 'Wow, that guy really screwed up to fly into the first one accidentally.' How did he screw up that bad to fly into it,"  he said. "And then as I was watching it, the second one flew in."

McDanel had high praise for the way the passengers were able to ditch the plane in a Pennsylvania field before it could reach its destination.

"They were heroic in ditching it," he said. "I mean they went and ditched it so that it wouldn't get to the destination. They knew they were going to die."

Now after 10 years, McDanel said he knew the United States would not be able to fight the war on terror initially in Afghanistan and then in Iraq. McDanel said many of the people living in those countries never knew the 9/11 attacks occurred or why the U.S. invaded their countries, based on his viewing of a television news program.

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