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Tennessee Valley residents affected by 9/11

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)  --  A decade has passed since nearly 3,000 Americans perished in the terror attacks on 9/11. Jessica Thomas, a Northeastern Pennsylvania native, who now lives in Chattanooga was in Brooklyn when the first plane hit the Twin Towers. "No one knew what was going on, it was chaos," she explained.

Cleveland resident Richard DelleFimine's sister Carol Marie, 43, of Boston, was on that plane. Channel 3 spoke with DelleFimine on the phone from Rhode Island after he traveled there for memorial services," It just came over me as we were riding in the car. I said, 'You know I think that was my sister's plane.'"

He said his sister was on her way to Las Vegas for a vacation. "For the family members, you know, its just been that deep rooted pain that never goes away," DelleFimine said.

"Slowly but surely, we found out about this person and this person and this person," said Thomas, who lost three friends when the twin towers fell. "It was a tough time," she said.

For those who lost friends and family in the terror attacks, Sept. 11 will be a day that is etched into their memory forever, a day they want the nation and the world to always honor. "To remember this day and never, never forget," DelleFimine said. He wants everyone across the nation to fly an American flag on Sunday to honor those lost in the attacks.   

"Its so important. I almost feel like I have to force myself to continuously watch it," said Thomas. She said she is planning a family vacation to Ground Zero soon, where she plans on teaching her young children what happened on that tragic day.  

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