Nobody could do anything but watch what was going on
I remember it seemed maybe quieter than usual, being not so many people outside, but it was the day after Labor Day weekend and I put it down to that.
We prayed, a lot. And we became focused on supporting our land, our people, our country.
I was nine months pregnant. My husband was stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base.
Customers would walk in for coffee or to pay for gas or whatever and they’d just stand there watching the monitor.
A coworker arrived and yelled for us to get down off the roof.
We prayed for America, our country. There were no political or denominational differences that day or the next. Patriotism and caring were what counted.
We were told that the hotel was sold out, but if our room had not been made up, we could get our room back. Since my husband was seriously ill, I had to get a room for him.
Pentagon employees Floyd and Rhonda Rasmussen talked about skipping work in the morning, but she had an important briefing scheduled. So they went to work, where Rhonda’s office wound up right in the path of a hijacked airliner.
BATTLE GROUND — On his first day as a seminary student, Jeremy Lucas wrestled with God in a way he never expected. “I was struck with such a desire for revenge, I was even surprised at myself,” said the Episcopal priest. “I just wanted somebody to pay.”
Following attacks, annual game brought more meaning
Not long after the second World Trade Center tower came down, Nolan Gordon’s history professor at the U.S. Military Academy switched off the television and went back to his lesson. The message: continue the mission.
Local psychologists say anxiety, grief among things to watch for
Even here in Clark County, 3,000 miles from Ground Zero, the attacks of 9/11 had a powerful impact. The constant media coverage and shocking images burned in people’s minds. “I think almost everyone of a certain age feels they experienced that event,” said Vancouver psychologist Kirk Johnson, owner of Vancouver Guidance Clinic. “You can certainly experience the trauma of an event without actually being there.”
Events and memorials in honor of the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.
Andrew Thomas predicted bad guys could exploit the ease of opening cockpit doors, and right he was. Ten years after 9/11, the specialist in airline security at the University of Akron sees the skies as only a bit safer than they were a decade ago, even though "passengers are more at risk driving to and from the airport."
Students too young to remember are old enough to understand
When Washougal High social studies teacher Jim Reed asked students gathered for the school’s second assembly Friday morning how many were too young to remember 9/11, hands raised across the auditorium. For the school’s freshmen, many of whom were four or five years old on Sept. 11, 2001, there are no memories of that dark day, just television clips and pictures. For many of them, the horrors of the day are as distant psychologically as Washougal is to New York City or Washington, D.C., geographically.
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