Voices From Sept. 11 Ceremonies In Ohio - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Voices From Sept. 11 Ceremonies In Ohio

Quotes from Ohioans at ceremonies commemorating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks:

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"At 8:46 a year ago, our lives changed forever. A year later, we gather in a place of peace. We were horrified and stunned but our American spirit never faltered." - Gov. Bob Taft, outside the Statehouse.

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"It hurts. It hurts. You'd never think they could do all this." - Sam Apidone, 82, a veteran of World War II, staring at the monument in Eastlake incorporating material from sites of the attacks.

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"I didn't want to watch TV all day. I wanted to do something more meaningful." - Barb Wills, a graphic designer who attended the Columbus performance of Mozart's "Requiem."

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"Their pain, oftentimes, was insurmountable, their worlds shattered. And all we could offer at the moment was a listening ear, our love and our heart." - Gloria Vasquez, a volunteer for the Ohio chapter of the American Red Cross, who went to Ground Zero.

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"We need to remember, but it's hard to remember. ... We've gotten back to our routine, especially here in Ohio. Things like not being nice to each other or worrying about petty stuff." - Vicki Wiseley, of Findlay.

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"Americans are famous for expressing their disapproval of just about everything, but something like this has to bring us together. It just has to." - The Rev. John Gilbert, a Baptist Minister at the University of Cincinnati.

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"I wouldn't want (my wife) flying today because of the possibility that something might happen -- or for the next couple of days." - Rick Gillette, of Montgomery, loading his wife Susan's suitcases in a rental car for her business trip.

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"It's kind of hard to forget that time marks a point where you want to move on. It's been a very weird year." - Josh Bourquin, 18, of Dayton, outside the Statehouse with his dad, Thomas, who was part of the first volunteer team from Ohio to go to New York.

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"Today, we demonstrate the undeniable fact that the terrorists miscalculated the strength of our nation - both in spirit and in military might." - Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, at a Pentagon ceremony.

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