Monaghan watched TV coverage of the attacks.
“I was glued to the TV from then on out for days,” she said. “It involved attacks on our soil. We’ve gone to wars, but this hit home.”
Looking back, Monaghan thinks about how innocent people were.
“We kind of felt safe here and that just kind of breached that and you felt vulnerable and that still continues to this day,” she said.
Monaghan’s dad died in February 2002 and her mom in March 2005.
Today, she and her husband, Mark, have six adult children and 13 grandchildren.
One of their sons, Lt. Brian Monaghan, is a firefighter at the Fremont Fire Department.
Firefighters put their lives on the line.
“Most days, they don’t have those types of emergencies, but should they arise, they are the first ones to jump in to try to help,” she said. “And you never know when that happens, because it happens so suddenly.”
Twenty years after 9/11, Tamayo thinks about that terrible tragedy and the Oklahoma City bombing.
“The parallels I recall is that generally people are pretty good,” Tamayo said. “There’s always evil in the world, but that doesn’t make Middle Eastern people bad people. That doesn’t make American people bad people. As a whole, people are good.”
Area residents, former Fremonter remember 9/11