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WWII veteran remembers 9/11

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(KYTX) - Today marks the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

Many of us can recall exactly where we were and what we were doing when that horrific video unfolded on our television screens exactly 12 years ago.

World War II veteran Bob Wood says he'll never forget it.

"We were sitting there in the living room. And, she yelled at me- I was outside. She yelled at me, said, 'something terrible's happening.'"  

That something terrible was a hijacked plane crashing into one of the World Trade Center Towers.

"We watched the smoke coming out of the building. And, she said, 'oh my God.' And, she pointed. The other plane was coming in. We saw it hit the other building." says Wood. 

Both buildings tumbled down, leaving the city covered in billowing smoke.

Tons and tons of rubble left at ground zero where the World Trade Center once stood.

"We were traumatized." says Wood. "It was just- it was too much."

In a recent interview with President Obama, CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked if Americans should be worried about another attack today.

"I think that we are always on heightened alert on 9/11." said the president. "And, we will continue to be. What we've seen over the last decade is because of the heroism of our troops, because of the enormous sacrifices of them and their families, America is safer than it was right before 9/11."

But, he says we still have threats, which is why it's important to remain vigilant and prepared.

"But, not overreact and compromise our values and ideals over the long-term." he says. 

Wood says 9/11 serves as a reminder of why we should never take our freedoms for granted.

"There's certain times that are just kind of etched in your mind. And, that falls right in there with it."

The hijackers crashed a third airliner into the Pentagon in Virginia.

Passengers and members of the flight crew on the fourth aircraft attempted to retake control of their plane from the hijackers, and the plane crashed into a field near the town of Shanksville in rural Pennsylvania.

Former President George Bush declared a worldwide war on terror following the attacks. The hijackers were quickly linked to Al-Qaeda, the Islamic militant group set up by Osama Bin Laden.

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