RANCHO CORDOVA -- It's been almost 15 years since terrorists ravaged our country on September 11, 2001.
A survivor of the attacks and Cordova High School graduate came back to his alma mater Thursday night to speak about his experiences on that day and what life has been like since.
For many, 9/11 brings back the memories of seeing it on TV, but retired Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Yantis had a much different experience.
"We were told 'evacuate gentleman, there's been an explosion,'" Yantis said.
Yantis was in the Pentagon when a hijacked airplane crashed into the building, killing 64 people on board and 125 inside.
"I knew four individuals that died in the attack. They were all colleagues. I remember and honor them," he said.
The 1979 Cordova High School graduate brings his story of survival to the school just days before the anniversary of the devastating attack.
While many of the students at the school were babies or weren't even born yet, Yantis said he doesn't want the terrorist attacks to be forgotten. He also wants students to know that day and the days, months, and years after showed the strength of our country.
"People stepping up and doing the right thing without being told to do it, there was an awful lot of goodness that happened at the Pentagon and the World Trade Center," said Yantis.