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Hoosiers reflect on 9/11 memories

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A small group of Hoosier raise flags over I-69 every year. A small group of Hoosier raise flags over I-69 every year.
Thousands donated blood at the Indiana Blood Center in remembrance of 9/11. Thousands donated blood at the Indiana Blood Center in remembrance of 9/11.
Nearly $40,000 has been raised for the 9/11 memorial by WTHR viewers. Nearly $40,000 has been raised for the 9/11 memorial by WTHR viewers.

INDIANAPOLIS - Ten years may seem like a long time, but for many, the impact of the 9/11 attacks is still fresh on their minds.

The images of the twin towers and of the people witnessing the terror firsthand are impossible to forget. While the feeling of shock may have waned ten years after the attacks, there is still a sense of confusion, especially for a parent who wonders how to explain it to his two-year-old son.

"I don't think you can capture that level of how people felt that day in just a few words to him," said father Bryan Pohl.

For many, the aftermath of 9/11 meant a compulsion to act, to offer something. Hoosiers gave blood in the days following the terrorist attacks and did so again, 10 years later.

"A lot of families were hurt," said Tanya Jeter.

With the 10th anniversary looming, Channel 13 viewers didn't hesitate to donate to a 9/11 memorial for Indianapolis, donating nearly $40,000 in 13 hours Friday. It was a way for many to give back, but still, a sense of helplessness looms.

"I take it personally. As an American citizen, I felt attacked," said Ginny Drumm of Cincinnati.

For some Hoosiers, shock gave way to a stronger sense of patriotism, reflected in posts on social media sites like Facebook.

"Like Pearl Harbor, it woke a sleeping giant, USA," wrote Tonya Ferrill.

"Only wish the feeling the country had that day had lasted," wrote Steve Reynolds.

"We're safer, but still need to be aware," Drumm said.

No matter how they express it, and though they've gone about their lives, this is a moment in history that remains part of their present.

"Something I hope he never experiences, honestly," Pohl said.

A day that, a decade later, may still harbor uncertainty about the future.

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