It was 8:46 a.m. in New York City when the first plane crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. 17 minutes later a second plane hit the South Tower. It was at that moment that most people in America realized they were under attack.
"I don't think I'll ever forget it," said Rodolfo Perez who was working when the towers fell.
The nation reflects on the terrorist attacks on September 11 every year. How do people in Abilene remember the events of that day?
"I was at work and we were working at the power plant over at Lake Stamford and I remember I had the TV on and we saw this big building where a plane went through it," said Perez.
"I just remember being in fifth grade and sitting in the classroom learning and that's when my teacher or some people were saying to turn on the news and he turned on the news and everybody saw the twin towers and the planes and everything. I didn't really know anything about the twin towers at that time I just knew everybody was sad," said Crystal Thomas who was a kid when the attacks happened.
"I was in Little Rock, Arkansas working and got the news on TV and it was just a bad day. Today’s a day we all reflect on all those people that lost their lives for something that should've never happened," said Doug Gray who said the attacks hit very close to home for him.
"When the plane hit the Pentagon, that's where I worked, if I had been there at 9/11 I wouldn't be here today," said Gray.
Everyone agrees life in America hasn't been the same since.
"We can't take our freedom for granted I mean we're a strong country but anything can happen to us," said Perez.