Bequette, 32, a Republican who in July announced his campaign to unseat Sen. John Boozman, reflected on that day 20 years ago.
“I was in my seventh-grade English class. We had a substitute teacher, and she walked into the class and told us the World Trade Center had been bombed,” he explained. “None of us had any idea what the World Trade Center was, but we knew it was in New York City.”
Bequette recalled being dismissed from school early and returned home, surprised to see his father there. Bequette said his father worked in a skyscraper in Little Rock, Ark., and that his building was evacuated.
“We wanted the news coverage as a family, and we all knew we were witnessing history in real time,” he said. “We knew our country would never be the same.”
But Bequette said he also remembered how “unified” the country was.