Members of the Armijo High School JROTC honor guard remove an American flag from steel beams from the World Trade Center during Suisun City's memorial for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks Sunday. The flag was raised on a nearby fire engine. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic)

Members of the Armijo High School JROTC honor guard remove an American flag from steel beams from the World Trade Center during Suisun City's memorial for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks Sunday. The flag was raised on a nearby fire engine. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic)

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Eyewitness to 9/11 attack shares her account at Suisun ceremony

By From page A1 | September 11, 2011

SUISUN CITY — An eyewitness to the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York told her account before hundreds at the waterfront Sunday at a remembrance during which residents were also able to touch steel beams from the World Trade Center.

A decade ago Sunday, Marge Kranzfelder was staying at a hotel on business near the Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey with a clear view of lower Manhattan.

On her hotel balcony, Kranzfelder watched as a second plane crashed into one of the Twin Towers. She couldn’t believe her eyes.

“It appeared like a living, clear movie screen,” Kranzfelder said. “Your mind doesn’t want to believe it, that it’s really happening and in real time. Now it continues to run in slow motion in my mind.”

Kranzfelder spent the next five days trying to find a way back to her home in San Juan Bautista. She rented a car the day after the attack and drove across the country, soaking up precious U.S. landmarks in the days following the attacks.

“Two-thousand five-hundred and ninety-one miles of beautiful America are safely etched in my memory,” Kranzfelder said.

The names of 9/11 victims were read Sunday in Suisun City, patriotic songs were sung and the American flag was raised at half-staff on a Suisun City fire truck to mark the 10th anniversary 9/11.

“We learned that day that the American spirit could not be extinguished,” said Suisun City Fire Chief Mike O’Brien.

Speaking on behalf of his city, Mayor Pete Sanchez sent the deepest sympathies to the families of 9/11 victims. Sanchez said 9/11 “should never just be another day.”

Two steel beams from the World Trade Center that arrived this week were on display, draped in an American flag. The beams will be used for a public memorial in Suisun City.

After the ceremony, residents came forward to touch them.

Sean Bullock, 28, held his hand firmly to one of the beams and shed a few tears. Bullock was in his third week of basic training in the Air Force on 9/11. He remembers being told the country was going to war but he was not allowed to see pictures or video of the attack until after he left basic training.

Bullock, a Fairfield resident, first saw images of the attack in November 2001 on a TV show called the “Anatomy of the Attack.” It was then he decided to make the Air Force his career.

“I was just overwhelmed with emotion, anger, sadness, vengeance,” said Bullock, now stationed at Travis Air Force Base. “I cried the entire show.”

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A native of Vacaville, DeBolt was a newspaperman in Palo Alto before coming home to work at the DR in June 2011. He covers education, county government and politics. His friends call him "Scoop."

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  • MarciSeptember 11, 2011 - 4:09 pm

    Suisun's 9-11 remembrance ceremony was very moving and well-done and gave us a chance to show our respect for the thousands of Americans who perished ten years ago day. Mrs. Krantzfelder gave an interesting eyewitness account of the second tower as well as detailing her ordeal in finally getting back home to California. The two 10-foot sections of steel beams from Ground Zero had a kind of honor guard surrounding them although they allowed us to come up close after the ceremony. Throughout the ceremony, our flag flew in the breeze, giving testament that the will of the American people will not be defeated by acts of terrorism.

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  • Mr. PracticalSeptember 11, 2011 - 4:37 pm

    Agreed! Job well done.

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  • Proud AmericanSeptember 12, 2011 - 3:52 pm

    I too agree with you Mr. Practical... Job well done by all.

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  • Rich GiddensSeptember 11, 2011 - 9:51 pm

    My brother Marcus had a far better view---he was out at the mouth of the Hudson on a yacht.

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  • What a JokeSeptember 12, 2011 - 3:49 pm

    Wow, that is awesome! You should contact the coordinators for the next memorial. The insight he could give watching from the Hudson aboard a yacht. I am sure is riveting. How it you are so down to earth and community minded and your brother gets to hang out with the rich… Wow you are the man Rat, I mean Rich…

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  • common senseSeptember 12, 2011 - 7:04 am

    Rich, Do you ever offer anything positive in any of your posts?

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  • ConCitSeptember 12, 2011 - 12:25 pm

    Very tactless and tasteless, Rich. You don't get any points for trying to one up someone else by saying they had a "far better view" of the attacks. Geez... the nerve of some people. It never ceases to amaze me.

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  • Rich GiddensSeptember 12, 2011 - 12:34 pm

    I don't really give a rat's rear end what you think so why don't you just go jump in a lake and enjoy your failed government's inability to expeditiously prosecute a war. Sewer Soon City doesn't "honor" vets and this is just more of their non-ending crass self-promotion and oppurtunism that reeks. Seeing their fat overpaid do-nothing donut police chief (currently suing the city he works for) and fire chief line up to get their pictures taken with anything from 911 reminds me of the way scoundrels like Bubba Clinton and Marion Barry raced to town to have their pictures taken with Mother Teresa or the Dalai Lhama. But you don't see that either!

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  • PinkSeptember 12, 2011 - 1:51 pm

    I am proud to be an American and Thankful that I live in America. I love my city of Suisun. I have watched it grow. I am not that old (under 50) and it amazes me of the changes that have happened. Some good and some not so good. I was shocked when 9/11 happened and amazed at how Americans pulled together and showed so much compasion towards one another. I still remember a picture of houses that was taken on 9/10/2001 and then that same group of houses taken on 9/11/2001. Every house flew the flag. I think it is an honor that Suisun was able to get the two steal beams and that people who are unable to make it to NY was able to pay tribute to all of those souls lost on that morning of 9/11. I wish Rich could see this but I believe he is so angry and that anger has festered into something that may never be cured. My wish is that Rich will someday realize how his words can hurt and anger people as much as the terrorists who attacked this great nation. Rich your words have hurt me. I don't care about your issues, we all have issues, but there is no need to spread your festering wound to me. I don't care who is in the picture who is a politician getting a "photo op" How about looking at the other pictures of people who love this country and how touched they are to have something in their midst that have changed this nation and how it thinks. Save your angry words to the politicians, not to the rest of us who are proud to be who we are and were we live.

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  • Proud AmericanSeptember 12, 2011 - 2:56 pm

    If you would really like to see change in your city Mr. Giddens and don’t like the way government is ran then shut your mouth, get off your butt and start working with the ones whom you feel are not doing their job. What have you done to make your city a better place to live? Who have you stopped to help this past week in your city? Have you ever placed yourself in danger for another whom you never met? I am sure you have very positive gifts and talents that can assist in making Suisun City an even more wonderful place to live. Anyone can sit in the comfort of their home complaining about everything that they feel is wrong and point fingers of blame. But only those who TRULY care get out there and work to make a positive difference. How about ending the trash talk and go pick it up at Coast and Creek Cleanup Day on Sept. 17, 2011 I challenge you to step out of your box of hate and in the process you just might find you can make a difference. Best of luck to you sir!

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  • Mr. PracticalSeptember 12, 2011 - 3:57 pm

    Pink and Proud... You both nailed it!

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  • Rich GiddensSeptember 12, 2011 - 7:37 pm


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  • Rich GiddensSeptember 12, 2011 - 7:46 pm

    Sewer Soon City and Felonfield are undesirable communities chock full of blight, nuisances, p*ss poor policing, gangbangers, illegals, loose pit bulls, self service, no service, contempt of WOT vets/retirees, It's all there in those YouTube Videos. You people are hopeless! Mike Hudson (Mr. Practical) is a RINO masquerading as a "TEA Party" guy! I've already served him legal notice for libel and he along with others will be taken to court and SOON! Screw you and your disgusting State and equally disgusting City and County.

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  • The SugarJarSeptember 12, 2011 - 8:07 pm

    Once again, Mr. Hudson and Mr. Practical are 2 different people. I have met both of them. You can dislike them both, if you like, but they are not the same. You have plenty of things to be angry about, please try to direct that energy in the correct direction(s).

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  • Rich GiddensSeptember 12, 2011 - 7:51 pm

    I've already been awarded the Humanitarian Service medal along with others so I dont' need some California dummy telling me what to do! Your comeuppance is coming and I'm going to deliver it in spades! Hudson----you're going to court for LIBEL---that means what you wrote will be seen by a FEDERAL JURY.

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  • Proud AmericanSeptember 12, 2011 - 9:19 pm

    Wonderful! Being the humanitarian (humanitarian - someone devoted to the promotion of human welfare and to social reforms Synonyms: do-gooder, improver) that you are we will see you at the Costal Clean Up. I do look forward to meeting you and hearing about all the wonderful service you have and are giving to our community and your fellow citizens. Ps. don’t forget to dress comfortably and apply your sunscreen we don’t want to see you get sun burned.

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  • Common senseSeptember 12, 2011 - 9:15 pm

    You probably got your Humanitarian Service medal for being part of a flight crew of a plane that dropped off supplies. You were not a combat airman, you are not on the front lines, please quit trying to imply you were some kind of super warrior

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  • SaddenedSeptember 13, 2011 - 9:35 am

    These comments have gotten away from what this story was supposed to make us reflect upon, which was the 2,996 souls that were lost on that day, both civilian and military alike. So please honor them by keeping your comments respectful, on topic, and off of your self-fulfilling rhetoric.

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