We Remember …

“I was campaign manager for John Cornyn at the time, and we had just finished a staff meeting concerning the September 12 kickoff tour to announce his candidacy for U.S. Senate. Our consultant asked me to come back to the conference room because a plane hit the World Trade Center. The words didn’t even make sense. I walked in and saw the television just as the second plane hit. The news became more and more heartbreaking with each minute. We spent the rest of the day cancelling the fly-around, focusing on one task at a time to ward off shock. The next morning, I not only felt tremendous grief, but also a sense of resolution. I felt such trust that our extraordinary country could rise above. That belief motivated me to get through the months ahead.”


-Jennifer Lustina
Owner, Rocca Productions



“I was raised around Ft. Hood, so the concept of heroes was nothing new. When the events of 9/11 unfolded, I even worried those men and women could also be targets of unthinkable acts. However, the stories of all the police, firefighters, co-workers and unknown civilians who rushed to help victims reinvigorated my definition of hero. I was overcome by this strange sense of safety in that our country was full of so many individuals who put their lives on the line to help others. I know the goal of the terrorists was to make us feel scared and weak, but it ended up having the opposite effect. I was never so proud or felt so secure because I realized we lived in a country filled with heroes who walk by us everyday.”


-Tabitha Lawson
Director, Rocca Productions


“You can be sure that the American spirit will prevail over this tragedy.”