Where were you on 9/11? What do you remember most about that day?
I was at work at the National Defense University Library in Washington, DC. I remember how lovely that Tuesday way, low humidity, bright sunshine and a feeling that the day could not get any better.
After 7 am, we heard people saying “Turn on the television. A plane has gone into one of the two towers of the World Trade Center.”
We gathered around a television set up in one of the library training rooms. Some of the university administration rushed in and out of the room as they compared what was on television with what they could get officially back on their computers and blackberries.
When another plane hit the second tower, we were confused as to whether this was a second attack or a re-run of the first attack.
After we heard that a plane had hit the Pentagon, they decided to send us all home. Some of us decided to leave later because of the infamous DC rush hour traffic so we had an impromptu picnic outside.
On my way home, I drove past the Navy Annex while going south on I-395. Seeing the that American flag still waving up the hill while I could see the Pentagon burning in my rear view mirror was one of the most uplifting things I could have seen that dreadful day.
We came to work the next day and waited in long lines outside the gate as four soldiers checked each car inside and out, plus ran a long mirror on a pole to check the undercarriage of each car. (We probably been told not to come into work but nobody thought that far ahead.)
The Library of Congress has put together an online account of September 11th, memorabilia and documents.
Based on a similar project created after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the September 11, 2001, Documentary Project documents eyewitness accounts, expressions of grief and other commentary on the events of September 11, 2001. Included in this presentation are photographs, drawings, audio and video interviews and written narratives. Of special interest are interviews with people who were in Naples, Italy at the time of the attacks