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East Texan shares reflections 9-11 memorial pools

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - An East Texan with strong ties to lower Manhattan toured the National September 11th Memorial this week.

David Watts was just a few blocks away working during the attacks that changed our nation forever. He says reflecting at the memorial pools gave him the peace and closure he needed.

"Very sobering to be there where so many people died. It's quiet. It's peaceful," said Watts.

Watts shared the pictures he took as he reflected at the 9-11 memorial pools.

"In a way, maybe it brings some closure. Ten years. It was just important for me to see it. When you see all the names. The enormity of it impresses you," said Watts.

At the time of the attacks, David was working four days a week near the twin towers, spending the weekends with his family in East Texas. Shortly after 9-11, David says he decided it was time for a change. He became a pastor at a church for six years.

"I didn't want to go back," he said. "I just wanted to be back in East Texas.

In 2008, Watts chose to return to his half New Yorker/East Texan lifestyle. As he passes by the site to work, he remembers the nearly 3,000 people who died there.

"It was like their life was interrupted. There were mothers to be, women excited about babies to be born and families and all that just cut off. To me the most touching was seeing those references---to some mother's name and her unborn child," said Watts. "Horrible number of people died, but life moves on and people keep doing what they do, keep living."

He says behind each name of the dead, there's a story, one that will live on forever at the sacred memorial.

Watts says the amount of security at the memorial was astounding. He says his pass to tour the area was checked at least six times.

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