JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (WIAT) – A total of 2,996 people died in the September 11th attacks in 2001. Nine of those people were from Alabama.
Friday, one of those nine Alabamians who died on 9/11 was remembered at a special ceremony in Jacksonville.
Major Dwayne Williams of the U.S. Army was working in the Pentagon when a hijacked planed hit the building.
“I sat by the phone waiting for it to ring and it never did,” Pearl Williams said about her son.
Major Williams’s family didn’t received word he was dead until 21 days after the attack. For weeks, they only knew he was missing.
“I think not knowing was worse than knowing. It was very agonizing for me to wait every day and not hear anything,” said Williams.
A memorial in Major Dwayne Williams’ name has sat in Jacksonville for nearly 14 years. His mother hopes it will remind people to think of the sacrifices made on 9/11/11 all year round.
“What I want them to do is never forget the events of that day, never forget all the sacrifices made that day, that’s what I want them to do. Never forget, never,” Williams said.
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