, formly with Benco Steel
, discusses his
role in spearheading the first 9-11 memorial in the nation.
Credit: ROBERT C. REED/RECORD
Jay Tate served in the U.S. Army for 20 years and retired on April 1, 1988, with the rank of Major.
He became a civilian consultant after leaving the military.
was a combat aviator during the Vietnam War and twice returned from missions at the controls of a plane too damaged to fly again.
Having worked in Washington, DC for a number of years, Tate
still knew a lot of people there.
He'd last been in DC on Jan. 31, 2001.
On the morning of 9/11, Tate was working at Benco Steel when a salesman came into his office and told him that a plane had hit the World Trade Center.
They turned on the news.
At first, they thought it was an accident.
They thought the plane had flown off course.
"While we were watching that, another airplane flew into the other building and that's when we knew something terrible was happening to our country," Tate
"They were 100 yards to the right of the impact - his
office was completely devastated," Tate
coworkers had collapsed and people had to crawl through the rubble in the dark to get out of this thing."
It took awhile, but Tate
was able to get a call through to his
friend and confirm that he
"It's quite interesting that we have not had another attack on our soil since then and that's because of our vigilance," Tate
Tate worked for Benco for eight years before joining Broome Associated Insurance.
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