Remembering 9/11: Call to service
The Sept. 11 attacks served as a call to service for many Americans, including a Haverstraw man who joined the Marines as fast as he could.
"I called them...must've been Sept. 12," says Sgt. Ronaldo Santiago, who spent time in Kuwait before moving on to Iraq on March 19, 2003.
"You had Saddam's forces firing missiles into our territory, one struck very close to our base. We pretty much all got knocked off our feet from the wave of force of that explosion and that was our introduction to the war," he says.
Ten years after the World Trade Center was destroyed, thousands of soldiers have died fighting, including 19 from the Hudson Valley.
Santiago knows he is one of the lucky ones.
"That feeling of luck, also comes with equal amounts of guilt," he says. Remembering 9/11: Gerry Nevins FoundationRemembering 9/11: Indian PointRemembering 9/11: News 12 anchor recalls reporting on attacksRemembering 9/11: Could a weather pattern have altered history?