DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - "Never forgotten," is a slogan, but also describes the memories many have of 9/11.
"We all ran down the hallway and looked, and there was the top of the World Trade Center on fire," said Margie Walden, 59, a resident of Delray Beach.
That day, Walden was at work at Mt. Sinai hospital on the Upper East Side, raising money for medical research.
"People were tuning in the radio, trying to get some information," she said.
Her whole life was spent in New York. But that day she was forced out. She evacuated and headed home to Queens.
"I don't know if you've ever been in New York, but there's always noise. And the city became really quiet," she said. "I walked and walked and got to the 59th Street bridge. And there I was with my business suit and my pocketbook, like a refugee."
In a way, she, like her city, never went back.
"There were military on the bridges with AK-47s," she said.
In 2003, after enduring endless reminders of 9/11, she packed up and moved, to Delray Beach. No one she knew died, but a part of her did.
"I wanted the corner office with the view of the river and the bridge. I gave that all up, because that was it, I didn't want to be in the bulls eye any longer," Walden said.
9/11 taught her all we have is each other. She spends her life trying to reach consensus. She sits on numerous boards in Delray Beach and Palm Beach County, from parking to economic development to sports.
"Community. Bringing people together and understanding the importance for the betterment of all the common good," said Walden.
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