At their IDF (Zahal) bases, lone soldiers from the US remember the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack ten years later
Date: 11/09/2011, 9:10 AM Author: Rotem Eliav
Today, September 11, 2011 exactly ten years after the Al- Qaeda terrorist attack in America that took the lives of 2,977 people, America comes together once again to remember the victims and the rescuers.
However some Americans are commemorating the attack from their IDF (Zahal) military bases in Israel. These are IDF (Zahal) lone soldiers from the U.S. who voluntarily came to serve their other home in Israel.
“When I got home from school that day my mom was waiting outside the door with tears in her eyes,” said Cpl. Karen Zmora (23) from New York, currently serving as an instructor at the Special Forces K9 Unit.
“I sat in front of the TV and I remember feeling very upset and confused trying to understand what was happening. It looked like a horror film; I could not comprehend the destruction, and the amount of people going to lose their lives,” she explained.
“The events of September 11th united everyone,” added Cpl. Zmora. “You could feel that Americans care about each other and everyone helped in any way they could.”
Cpl. Angy Shavit (18) from New Jersey who currently serves as a female combat Artillery Corps soldier shared that, “I remember walking into class after lunch. My teacher pulled down a map and began to explain to us what had happened. Although we were in the 4th grade, I remember everyone glued to the news.”
“It took me a long time to get a grasp on what happened,” said Gitit Chromoy (21) from New Jersey a former Special Forces female combat soldier. “I was in middle school and didn’t quite understand what was going on but I remember everyone getting picked up from school early.”
“I was in 7th grade and it was during third period art class when I heard that the twin towers had fallen,” said Cpl. Alon Diamant-Cohen (23) from Maryland currently serving as a Field Intelligence combat soldier.
“It took another jumbled hour of confusion, rumors, and explanations until the situation became clear and we understood that a great tragedy had befallen the entire United States. After lunch the school and staff all lost the ability to function and sent everyone home.”
Cpl. Cohen continued, “I spent the rest of the week watching replays of what happened to the towers on the news, as a stunned America tried to recover from a devastating blow.”
“The entire experience wasn’t only a terrible tragedy, but also a violation of everything Americans relied on. The fall of the twin towers on September 11th triggered the beginning of a new more aggressive and less innocent generation of Americans,” he concluded.