HUNTSVILLE, AL-- Retired Major General Vincent Boles grew up in New York City, he says he remembers the day the twin towers were erected. He also remembers the day the Twin Towers came crumbling down at the hands of evil.
"That was my hometown that hit, it was home for me..everybody wondered what it was like. I knew what it was like., I knew some of the people in those towers..that was pretty visceral and hit me pretty hard," said Bowles.
On 9/11 Boles was working at Rock Island Arsenal, responsible for all of the Army war reserves. He says nobody was expecting those weapons to be needed for something of this magnitude.
"They said, 'look use that stuff if the worst thing happens..the worst thing isn't going to happen.' Then six weeks later, the worst thing happens."
Boles was eventually deployed.
"I was told, 'now get over there, find all that stuff you pushed and get it ready for the invasion of Iraq and operations in Iraq and Afghanistan,'" recalls Boles.
14 years later, Boles spends his time reflecting on the good that came out of that infamous date.
"I reflect on the people that stepped up, the people that ran into the World Trade Center, the stirring power of those individuals to step up and take action..that spirit is still alive in our nation," said Boles.