Lucia Hellein remembers watching the first tower fall.
She was in basic training when an instructor came into the room and said there had been an attack.
“And he turned on the TV, and just as he turned it on, the first tower fell,” said Hellein, an eight-year veteran of the Army Reserves.
A soldier next to her began screaming. Everyone tried to calm her down, explaining that they were safe.
That wasn’t the problem, Hellein said. The soldier’s mother worked in the Twin Towers.
Hellein remembered that moment when she learned late Sunday that Osama bin Laden had died.
“For 10 years, we searched for this guy, to bring justice to the American people,” she said. “It’s like a sigh of relief that justice has been served.”