Bob and Kathy Kustra had tickets to go to the top of the World Trade Center on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. But, but being on vacation in New York to celebrate their anniversary, they decided against an early start that spectacular autumn day 10 years ago.
“It was really a fateful decision for us,” said Kathy Kustra during a recent interview with The Mountain West Sports Network (also known as The Mtn.) recounting their experience being in Manhattan during those infamous attacks.
The Mtn. will air the interview this Sunday at 7 p.m. as part of its “Stories of the Mountain West” show. The network can be found locally on Cable One (channel 329) and on DirecTV (channel 616).
In the interview, President Kustra discusses seeing the first of two planes that struck the twin towers fly over while on an early morning walk in Greenwich Village and watching the second plane hit on television in his son’s apartment in Midtown.
The pair then spent the next two days watching the surreal aftermath of the attacks — from the crowds of dazed survivors fleeing the towers, to the flyers posted to sign posts and streetlamps pleading for information about loved ones, to deserted streets that the day before had teemed with New York’s typical hustle.
“It’s important that we reflect on the fact that this is a country that no matter how powerful and strong we are, we are also vulnerable,” said Bob Kustra. “The best way we can mark (the 9/11 anniversary) is with eternal vigilance. The best way we can mark it is never forget that we still live in a very dangerous world.”