Residents in the Stateline offered us their thoughts on the 5th anniversary of September 11th attacks.
"It's hard to comprehend the loss that went on that day. Not just for fire and police personnel but civilians and government workers. It baffles the mind that someone would kill innocent people like that for some kind of cause," said Lieutenant Scott Meyers with the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department.
"We constantly think about that type of thing. Not only the firefighters who were lost in NY but also firefighters that are lost every year. There's over 100 firefighters that die in the line of duty every year," said Division Chief Chief Bill Beaman.
"It wasn't this person or this or this color that color. We were all one we were all family we all mourned together we all cried together," said Stacie Starks.
"To me it seems like it was just yesterday I got the call to turn on your TV and the first tower had been hit. I find myself mesmerized again at what the families are going through," said Julie Tilbury, a bone marrow donation coordinator.
"I think we're a stronger nation today than we were five years ago. We're a more prepared nation. Are we where we need to be? Perhaps not," said GB Jones, our local FBI Supervisor.
"People seem to be a little more on guard. It seems the nation has become more united since this happened and hopefully it stays that way," said Lnt. Meyers.
Watch this report Monday night on the 23 news update at ten.