Where were you?
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
On 9/11/01 I was at work. I work on the 24th floor of the tallest office building just outside of Washington, DC. I work about 8 miles south of the Pentagon, but I can just see it in the distance from the office windows on one side of our building.
We were working, but going back & forth between our desks & the conference room to watch the footage of the Twin Towers on TV.
At one point, I was sitting at my desk working when a very low-flying plane flew so close to our building that the whole building shook. It was scary! The plane could have easily hit us. Even with what was going on in New York, none of us quite put 2 & 2 together.
Not long after, the judges I work with began streaming out of their meeting where they had the news playing softly in the background. They said that the Pentagon had been hit by a plane -- the plane that has "buzzed" our building. We looked out the window. We could see a huge fireball & huge plumes of thick black smoke rising from the Pentagon. We would see this black smoke rising for days & days to come.
We were told to go home. It took us nearly an hour to round up our carpool so we could leave. One of our carpool folks was in a meeting in a vault & hadn't heard the news -- her husband worked at the Pentagon (thankfully, he was ok).
Cell phone service was non-existent. I had to wait until I got home to contact my family. It was a very sad, emotional & scary day.
To this day, many of our employees will not work on 9/11 & we get a little nervous when a plane or helicopter flies close to our building. The scars are still there.
So, where were you?
Blessings to you!!