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I was at work early that morning and cannot remember if I learned of it first while listening to morning sports radio or if my secretary's husband who was a Galveston County deputy Sherriff called. I turned on the TV in our conference room and we were pretty much glued to the newscasts being reported for the rest of the morning. Needless to say, a lot of work was put aside. My City had many large petrochemical refineries and every one of them went on high alert.

That day really changed a lot of things. Those refineries that could erected hard barriers after that. The Port was closed to non-essential traffic and our drinking water reservoir which was a favorite for fisherman was closed. I retired about two years later (first retirement). It did open us all up to significant civil liberty encroachments which I doubt any of us will ever know if they made us safer or not. I am guessing they did as we have not had another major attack since.

Terrible day.
 
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