How Did Sept. 11 Change Your LIfe?

For one Healdsburg engaged couple, it meant a quick marriage and then a 13-month delay in starting life together while the husband's Army unit deployed to Kuwait and then led the attack on Baghdad.

Ten years ago, West Point graduates Cally and Anderson Puckett were stationed at the U.S. Army base at Ft. Stewart, Georgia.

Both 25 and Army captains at the time, they were engaged to be married in July 2002.

But when terrorists attacked the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001, Anderson Puckett was called into deployment to Kuwait in July 2002, two weeks after their scheduled wedding.

Then, in March 2003, Anderson Puckett’s Army unit (Task Force 1-64 Armor) led the invasion into Iraq and conducted the first two attacks into Baghdad, causing the fall of the regime. 

Thirteen months from the time of his deployment, Anderson Puckett returned home. More than a year after their nuptials, he and Cally Anderson finally started their married life together, transitioning out of the Army and moving to California.

They ultimately settled in Healdsburg, where Anderson Puckett is senior operations manager for The couple have two children.

As we approach the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, many of us, like the Pucketts, have stories to tell from that time and how it changed our lives.

What's your story?

Many activities are scheduled around the Bay Area and in North Sonoma County to observe the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11.

Cities nationwide are readying remembrance ceremonies and vigils to pay tribute to those who died and suffered losses because of the tragedy.

That fateful day changed the country and many people's lives — it altered reality for citizens, America's political system, the economy and in many ways shifted public policies for us a nation. How did it impact you?

Where were you on 9/11? How do you plan to explain it to your children if they are too young to remember it?

Tell us in the comments, below, or email me at Keri.Brenner@patch.com. We want to hear your story.

If you want to join a national remembrance effort, check out ActionAmerica.com to tell the country how you're taking positive action in Healdsburg. To access Action America, click here.

Carol Finwall September 01, 2011 at 05:02 PM
Love this story. I know Anderson and Cally, and they are the greatest people!
Keri Brenner September 02, 2011 at 12:41 AM
@Carol Finwall: Thanks Carol..I feel honored to have them on Healdsburg Patch!
Barbara Tuscany September 09, 2011 at 01:12 PM
Hugs to this wonderful couple who I know also. I did not know about their background and thank you sharing their story a bit. Many of us watched our tv's. I was pregnant getting ready for work and hugged my hubby. We prayed together and talked about how bringing in our som to a world at war.
Keri Brenner September 09, 2011 at 08:48 PM
McConnell Auto Center in Healdsburg emailed the following tribute to first responders at 9/11: "It's been ten years since the terror attacks on September 11th, 2001. Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives that day at the World Trade Center, near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon. Please join McConnell Auto Center in a 5 second moment of silence to honor all those who lost their lives and thank the individuals who helped to save a life. The team at McConnell Auto Center would also like to say "thank you", to every Firefighter who rushed into the burning buildings, to every Police Officer who arrived at the scene to lend a hand, to all those who helped to make Ground Zero a symbol of American grace under pressure and to every individual who put another before themselves. We will also never forget the civil servants and civilians who brought America back together, or the soldiers who fought and continue to fight in the war, or the families who will forever be affected by September 11th, 2001. We thank you and we will never forget! The team at McConnell Auto Center


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