September 11, 2006 -- Posted at 5:00 p.m. CDT
Batesville, AR -- Five years ago life as we knew it changed forever. On September 11, 2001 terrorists crashed two planes into the World Trade Center towers, one into the Pentagon, and one into a field in rural Pennsylvania.
Batesville native Sara Low was a flight attendant for American Airlines and was working on flight 11 when it was hijacked.
After five years, the world is still very different for all of us, but for Mike Low and his family, losing daughter Sara on 9/11 has a daily impact... and has changed the way they look at the world and at terrorism.
"There were so many young, talented people in the planes and the towers that were lost. The primary loss being those individuals, all their futures were taken from them... and when their futures were taken from them it took so much from us," said Mike Low.
Sara's plane, American Airlines flight 11, was the first plane that hit the towers that day.
"I think Sara represented the best in American young people," said Low.
Low says five years is hardly enough time for the loss of his daughter to get any easier.
"A parent that has raised a child and protects that child into adulthood and then something like 9/11 happens, the last 45 minutes of my daughters' life, my wife and I, are haunted by the fact that we could not help her. We couldn't do anything," said Low.
The Low family visits ground zero every year.
"We feel it is necessary because like so many of the families we only received partial remains. There are almost 10,000 remains. There is a special place where all the remains are kept, and literally we feel like part of our Sara is there," said Low.
Mike Low has two rings recovered from the site that belonged to Sara. He keeps her flight attendant uniforms and thousands of letters from well wishers, all in honor of Sara.
"Those of us close to 9/11 that lost our loved ones, of course, it's with us everyday. I think all the rest of the world and their daily functions have lost some of the lightness and levity that we've always enjoyed with our freedoms here in this country," said Low.
Like many others who have lost loved ones, Low is proactive in the fight against terrorism.
"I'm a member of the 9/11 Families United to Bankrupt Terrorism. That is a group of several thousand family members that has been put together by the help of several attorneys. We actually fight the bankers, Saudi bankers, bankers around the world to stop the flow of money to terrorism," said Low.
Low is currently involved in a lawsuit against Saudi bankers who are accused of helping fund terrorism.
There have been many advances in the fight against terrorism over the past five years, including increased airline security; something many passengers find annoying.
"I try to understand it. It's hard sometimes to accept the whining, I call it, but I understand human nature (of) those who did not loose a loved one and are constantly confronted by terrorism," said Low.
In fact he would like to see more security.
"I would like to see the airlines increase their security to a level of profiling. Profiling to me makes sense, and I won't hesitate to say it," said Low.
And now the United States will never be the same.
"The innocence, in a fashion, died on 9/11 of our country," said Low.
On September 15, 2001 Sara's roommate pinned her American Airlines wings onto Mike Low. After wearing them for a couple of weeks, he asked that they be used by a military man or woman in battle to honor his daughter.
Those wings were worn in Afghanistan before being returned to flight attendant Karyn Ramsey.