Phelps says 9/11 could happen again

Menominee County Board Chair Larry Phelps stands before the new memorial at Mason Park, created thanks to contributions from area businesses. Phelps lost an older brother in the Vietnam War.

MENOMINEE — Menominee County Board Chair Larry Phelps says 9/11 could happen again. He was in Menominee 20 years ago.

Q. What do you remember?

A. I remember exactly where I was. I was up in the north end of Menominee here. I was overlooking a water service being put into a house, a coworker and myself.

I told him if I hear one more hit...because we were there and when we heard the second tower get hit, we thought well something’s going on here. But then when it came across about the attempt on the Pentagon there, I told him, one more Dave and I’m out of here. It’s time to wrap it up. Because you never know.

Because even that fire up there in the county, I had to declare that an emergency before she ever got it. They had to hunt me down to get me to formally declare it before she followed up on it. So that’s how that stuff works.

Q. As far as the impact of 9/11 on people’s lives, do you think it’s had a lasting effect?

A. I think it woke people up considerably to what’s really going on outside of our own Michigan, and the threats….levels.

Do I think it’s going to happen again? I do. Not that particular incident. But it’s a big world. I think there’s a greater threat now than there was even before. But we’ll see. Hopefully not.

I lost my older brother in one conflict. My older brother was in the Marine Corp. He got killed in Vietnam in ’67. That’s part of my drive for this (Mason Park memorial) too, quite frankly.