LANS picnic honors 9/11

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By Carol A. Clark

A somber ceremony led by Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Michael Anastasio Saturday at Overlook Park was filled with memories of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack and the people who lost their lives on that day.
“We all felt vulnerable that day in a way we’ve never felt before and unlike the rest of the population — we get to come to work everyday and we have the ability to do something about it,” Anastasio said.
David Swingle from the laboratory’s veteran’s committee spoke of the cowardly sneak attack in which there was “no warning, no pity and prisoners.”
“There were feelings of disbelief, great loss and a resolve to never let it happen again...a small group of religious fanatics are not going to ruin our American way of life...but we have a lingering problem and that is terrorism,” Swingle said.
Acting Director Terry Hawkins of LANL’s Office of Counterintelligence recalled where he was when the planes flew into the World Trade Center.
“I was in Israel giving a talk on counterterrorism, someone came in and said, ‘Terry, the World Trade Center has collapsed,’” Hawkins said.
A moment of silence was observed by the approximately 3,000 laboratory employees, family members and people from the community who gathered at the event.

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