(By The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) Sept. 11, 2001 has always been part of Tierney Crutcher’s life story. It was the day her mother went into labour with her…

And Sept. 11 was a life-changing day for Crutcher again this year: She was sworn in as a Navy seaman recruit at a Tennessee recruiting station Wednesday, two days shy of turning 18.

The Memphis high school graduate and accomplished bowler grew up in an America at war.

In this photo provided by the Commander Navy Recruiting Command of the United States Navy, Tierney Crutcher is sworn into the U.S Navy as a Navy seaman recruit, in Memphis, Tenn., on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, two days shy of her 18th birthday. September 11 has always been part of Crutcher’s life story. Her mom, Tiffany Smith, went into labor with her on Sept. 11, 2001, pushing as the news monopolized hospital TVs. (US Navy Commander Navy Recruiting Command via AP)

 

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She says as a kid, she thought the military was only about “the army and shooting people”. A military career became appealing as she learned more about the different branches and choices.

Crutcher says she’s excited to meet new people, travel “and just get a different experience in life.”

She’s headed to boot camp, then sonar technician training.

 

The Tribute in Light rises above the lower Manhattan skyline, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 in New York. Wednesday marks the 18th anniversary of the terror attacks against the United States of Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
FILE – In this Sept. 11, 2001, file photo, firefighters work beneath the destroyed mullions, the vertical struts that once faced the outer walls of the World Trade Center towers, after a terrorist attack on the twin towers in New York. Sept. 11 victims’ relatives are greeting the news of President Donald Trump’s now-canceled plan for secret talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgents with mixed feelings. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Author: ANA Newswire