#2299 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
September 11, 2002
My name is Anthony Nigrelli, and I'm a law librarian at Arnold & Porter in downtown Washington, DC. I was working the morning of September 11 2001, when one of my coworkers said "a plane has hit the WTC in NY". We quickly gathered around the TVs in our library and I could not believe what I was seeing. I'm from NY, and my brother lives in NYC and recently had an interview in one of the towers.
Then the rumors began to fly around the firm - a bomb went off on the national Mall, the Old Executive Office Building was on fire, there was a car bomb at the State Department. One intrepid coworker and I ran up to our roof to see if we could verify any of these rumors, but we could see that the smoke from the Pentagon was blowing around and leading folks to believe there were multiple sources of fire. It was quite a view from up there, but kindof scary since our building is adjacent to the FBI and we were hearing about a 4th plane headed for DC.
People started to evacuate downtown offices, the streets were jammed, and I was worried about my girlfriend Jean Riedlinger who works closer to the White House. The phone lines were jammed, but I finally got through and we decided to walk home to my Cleveland Park apartment. It only too an hour to walk home, and it was a surreal walk with the smoke from the Pentagon present and soldiers and Humvees deploying in DC. We didn't want to take the Metro because we heard it had shut down, which later turned out to be untrue.
Later that afternoon, after finally hearing that my brother was OK and not in the vicinity of the WTC that morning, I got antsy and tired of watching CNN. I decided to take a bike ride as close as I could to the Pentagon and see what was hapening firsthand. I rode around the now-deserted streets, which were eerily quiet, to the tip of Hains Point in SW DC, just across the Potomac from the Pentagon and National Airport. The airport was quiet, and there were a couple dozen commercial jets just parked on the runways, and the river was completely free of any traffic. the plume of smoke from the fires at the Pentagon were blowing right over me and I could smell the jet fuel/melting plastic smell distinctly. After while, I left for home, and realized life in Washington wouldn't be the same again.
Anthony N | 37 | District of Columbia

#2300 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
I just got back home from taking my kids to school. We were moving into our new home on Sept 15, and I started to pack some more boxes. I was due to have another baby in October, so I was exhausted from packing and decided to call my husband at work to say hello. He asked me if I had the t.v. on, and I did not. I switched it on just in time to see the North Tower collapse. The horror of it all did not completely grip me until I saw replayed footage of people jumping from the towers. I have had continual nightmares about those images. All I could think was how mad I was that someone could do this. Today 9/11/02 was bittersweet....as I thought of all the lives lost last 9/11, I got my first glimpse of a new life. I am having yet another baby and the first ultrasound was today.
Lauren | 29 | Texas

#2301 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
September 11th. It started out like any other day. Wake up early and go to school half asleep. I was doing my presentation in school when Mr. Rogers, our principal, gave an announcement. I didnt really understand what was going on. When I got home, as usual, I called my mom to tell her that I had gotten home. She asked me if I had heard what happened. I said no and she told me that the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon had been hit. I turned on the news and that is when it hit me. We had been attacked. I just sat in shock, staring at the tv. I was lucky because nor I or anyone that I knew was hurt physicaly, but everyone was hurt emotionaly.
Dezie | 13 | New Hampshire

#2302 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
LET'S ROLL..Will Be forever our "Motto"..it helps us to remember that the victims are not died in vain..
Love...God Bless America 4ever!
claudia | 24 | Italy

#2303 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
MALCOLM TONGUE | 40 | United Kingdom

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