Sep 11, 2011 4:36 PM by Zach Thaxton

TONIGHT AFTER FOOTBALL: Southern Colorado 9/11 remembrance forum

Their lives and experiences are vastly different from one another, but they all have one thing in common -- each was deeply and personally affected by the attacks of September 11, 2001.  Thirteen Southern Coloradans joined News 5's Zach Thaxton recently for an emotional forum to discuss the impact of 9/11 on their lives.

They range from a retired New York Fire Department battalion chief, to his grandson who was born as the towers collapsed, to a retired Navy Sea Lift commander, to a current commander at Cheyenne Mountain Air Station, to a former Colorado Springs television news director, to a woman who took one of the first harrowing flights from Denver to Washington, D.C. in the days after the attacks.  Each of their stories of 9/11 is compelling and emotional and, for many of them, it's the first time they have spoken publicly about how deeply they were affected by the tragic events of that day.

Tonight on a special edition of News 5 following the conclusion of the Cowboys-Jets game on NBC, Nicole Vandeputte anchors Southern Colorado's poignant one-hour 9/11 retrospective.  Join the "Where Were You?" conversation right now on Facebook ( and your thought may be shared live on-air.


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