Coast Residents Talk About America's One-Month-Old Tragedy

A co-worker made Vonretta Singleton's patriotic pin, so nobody at her bank would forget September 11, 2001. In the month since the tragedy, Singleton's life has changed.

"I tell you what," Singleton said. "I tell all of my family members now how much I love them. I try to think about looking at the good in people rather than some of the negative with people."

Teri House wore a red, white and blue heart pin. She bought it after terrorists attacked America. "Someone asked me what this stood for," House said, pointing to the pin. She was asked who she was in love with? And House answered by saying, "I'm in love with my country."

Because of the World Trade Center tragedy, patriotism at events like the Coast Chamber's Business Expo is more noticeable than ever.

Berinda Logan works for the chamber. She said, "What better place to do it than with our businesses, to show them that we've got to have business as usual. We can't hide."

Jennifer Crane works for a coast bank. The last month has been hard on her and her family. "I have a 2 year old," Crane said. "I'm worried how she's going to grow up. I don't want her to grow up in a time of war. And I'm worried how long this conflict is going to go on."

At the Salute to Business and Industry luncheon, the pledge of allegiance opened the awards ceremony. That's never happened before. Neither had a terrorist attack on American soil until September 11.

"It seems like yesterday," Bob Odom said. The coast sign maker thinks the tragedy "is going to be one of those things that you never forget. Like the Pearl Harbor generation always refer back to that, we'll always refer back to September 11, 2001, no doubt about it."