Somerset remembers September 11th 2021
SOMERSET, Ky. (WTVQ) – If you were alive on September 11th 2001, chances are that you likely remember where you were and what you were doing when news came of the first plane hitting the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York. For Bradley Nelson Armentrout, he was in his sixth grade classroom in Pennsylvania when he and his classmates saw the events unfold on TV.
“Looking at those many different things on the screen, yes its heavy but aat such a young age it was truly hard to understand what happened,” says Armentrout.
Years later, Armentrout joined the United States Army. Today he’s serving as commander and working at the army reserve recruiting station in Somerset. He says the acts of heroism displayed by Americans on September 11th inspired him to serve his country.
“It definitely had an impact on me wanting to serve. I’ve been very blessed with my career and I’m grateful I did pursue the army,” says Armentrout.
Emergency responders like Somerset Police Chief William Hunt was on high alert even though the attack was hundreds of miles away.
“Some people may think that it was a little far fetched but we didn’t know if there was going to be other attacks, even in Kentucky. On that day,we just wanted to be out on the four front where we were needed with our community in case there was something else that occurred,” explained Hunt.
9/11 changed America forever. With the situation in Afghanistan, US Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says there’s no guarantee that something similar couldn’t happen again.
“I do fear with the total withdraw from Afghanistan we make it more likely that kind of mass causality attack could happen here at home again,” says McConnell.