MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Many recall where they were when the planes struck the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001.
"I was getting ready for work in my home in Topeka, Kansas when the first plane hit in New York," Kansas Governor Laura Kelly said.
For some, they thought the first plane was an accident.
"By the time I got to work,” RCPD Director Dennis Butler said. “The second plane had hit the second tower and it was being televised and we all knew that America was under attack."
"We had first thought the first plane might have been an accident,” Former CIA Executive and Keynote Speaker Chuck Banks said. “It might have been a small plane and then, of course, thought the second plane that had hit the second tower was a reply then we found out that neither was true.”
For Banks, it meant he had to get to work.
"I spent three straight days in the building helping our team get ready for what was coming next,” Banks said. “That was the invasion of Afghanistan in the fall."
18 years later, people like Banks tell their stories, so the next generation, who wasn't born when the events took place, never forget the first responders and military that gave the ultimate sacrifice.”
"I think it's special because this community has a different feel for 9/11 for service,” Banks said. “You name it, from the first responders to the service members over at Ft. Riley.