Fifteen years ago on 9/11/2001, nineteen men attacked our nation with a cruelty unrivaled in American history. The unthinkable was broadcast on our televisions and radios: the World Trade Center and Pentagon buildings were under siege. We soon learned that terrorists had taken control of commercial airplanes as we watched in horror as the second tower was struck. In such a precise attack, we simultaneously saw the Pentagon go up in flames. In addition, brave passengers of a fourth hijacked airliner, United Flight 93, prevented another attack on the Washington, DC area when they overpowered the hijackers crashing the plane in a field.
My wife and I were both in downtown DC that day at work a mile as the crow flies from the Pentagon and one block from the Whitehouse. After my building was evacuated, I walked down Constitution Avenue trying to find my wife who drove to work and was going to pick me up to get out of town. I vividly remember the billowing smoke and loud sirens which seemed to be coming from every direction. People had panicked looks and walked quickly in all directions. Visions of what it might have been like in London during WWII as the Germans bombed them entered my thoughts. Continue reading