September 11th will always remain a part of one local couple's life.
They lived about 15 minutes from the twin towers and remember the terrifying moments after the planes hit the buildings. It's a day that changed their lives and sent them heading south.
WJBF News Channel Six's Dee Griffin joins us from the newsroom with more on how that day impacted their lives.
While the majority of the world watched the terror attacks on September 11th from a television, Jon Williams watched with his own eyes from a short distance away.
Jon Williams says, "I looked up and I saw all of this smoke. I was on the mountain and you could look right into New York city and I saw all of the smoke and said, "oh my goodness what's going on?" Then I stood there and I looked and I looked and then the other plane hit."
Jon and Emma Williams have spent the last six years living in Waynesboro, Georgia. Although they are now 800 miles from their home in New Jersey, the attack on 9/11 is never far from their minds. Especially since they were in buildings not far from the twin towers.
"All of a sudden everything just went black. Here we are stuck on the ninth floor, no telephone, no cell phone power, no electrical power. We couldn't use the elevators. We didn't have anything," recalls Emma Williams.
The two spent countless hours apart trying to get home and to each other. As the world looks back on what happened twelve years ago, the Williams' reflect on how it set them on a new path going forward. "I was just in the middle of a job. Not ready for retirement. But then I had to make a real fast decision and when I saw that my life was at stake it was not hard to make that decision. When he said let's go, I was ready," adds Emma Williams.
Twelve years after the terrorist attacks, the Williams' have taken a different road in life. It's paved with memories that provided fuel for their journey.
"When we go to church and we pray and we say we're thankful you just don't know what goes into those prayers. We're thankful aren't we Jon? All the time," says Emma Williams.
The Williams' say they personally knew three people who were killed on September 11th in the twin towers.
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