posted on Sep, 1 2010 @ 02:08 AM
At that time I was living basically right by the mixing bowl and was about ten minutes drive from the Pentagon(via the hwy). I was working off route
28, the road that Dulles is located off of, and we were located directly under one of the major inbound flight routes. We would often watch the jets
come in, literally non stop, ruffly a minute or two apart from each other.
I had to be at work by 9am, and it took me a half hour to get out there, so by the time I had finally made it to my office things were in full swing.
As I'm sure you can imagine, the DC Metro area is riddled with federal agents, and while standing outside our building, we were already seeing them
racing down the road towards (downtown) DC(via 66).
But, I think the thing that stands out most to me about that day, is after the Pentagon was hit, there was a flood of emergency, police, and fire
responding to the scene, racing down route 28. It didn't stop until well into the afternoon. I think this really touched home with a lot of us that
were there that day. Not only had the city where we lived been hit, but we were actually watching first responders that were soon to be helping the
injured and fighting the fires. It made it very real. Another thing was that all of the phones in our 30 line office were basically dead, our cell
phones were basically dead. Every once in a while you might get a dial tone or connect a call, but this was rarely for a few hours.
I have tried to convey this before to everyone who didn't see it with their own eyes, but afterward I drove past the Pentagon. It was very late at
night, and the entire area was lit up with lights. Wanting to keep my distance, I chose to use 395 late at night so that I could get a good look at
it, the view I had would have been the one that would of had a perfect perspective to be able to watch, from the side, the actual jet coming in and
hitting the Pentagon. One thing that I always stress, and I'm sure the WTC site was the same way, but viewing the Pentagon site through photos and or
video does not even begin to come close to being able to portray the actual hugeness of the Pentagon and more importantly the size of the impact hole.
Looking at it with my own two eyes, it was easy to imagine that something gigantic caused the impact damage(hole/collapse).
My girlfriend was sitting in a apartment on the 7th or 8th floor, in a building located next to the Pentagon. There happened to be no phone there, she
worked for a airline out of El Salvador, and she was visiting at the time. She had just recently endured a decent size earthquake in San Salvador. The
apt she was in, faced away from the Pentagon. She said that when the jet impacted that the entire building shook and the windows shook as well very
loudly. She instantly assumed that there had been a earthquake, then she began to hear the sirens, needless to say she was very upset. She didn't
think to turn on the TV for over a hour, once she did though she finally realized exactly what had happened and that that was no earthquake she had
thought it was.
Thankfully, I didn't loose anyone I knew in the Pentagon attack, I had a friend though that did. What amazed me, was the instant overflow of
patriotism. There are millions of people in the DC metro area, and the mornings and five o'clocks rush hour traffic is incredible. The amount of
people on the roads is unbelievable, a trip that might take you ten minutes with out a rush hour, will take upwards of two hours. This is no
exaggeration, but what was amazing was even that night of 9/11, every single car on the road either had a flag on their antenna, or a flag that you
place in your rolled up window(like from car dealerships). Or they had a flag literally hand drawn or printed out from a computer, put up in their
back windows. People put flags up everywhere.
I have to mention this also, sometimes I would have to drive from dc to Ohio. I had to take one of these trips right after 9/11. I will never forget,
and we are talking about a four hundred plus mile trip, which is mostly on highways out in the middle of no where. Every single bridge that passed
over the highways, the entire way there, had a US flag attached to it. Literally, every single bridge, it was unreal to think that on some of these
bridges that were literally in the middle of no where there would be a big flag attached to it for all of us traveling below to see.
My job also required me to fly a lot, I would say a month or so after 9/11 I had to fly to New Orleans flying out of Dulles. I'll never forget the
fully geared soldiers walking around or standing posted. All of them with their rifles in their hands. They were at almost every major airport I went
to for awhile after 9/11, it was a strange site to see.
Anyways, that was my 9/11 experience, thanks for everyone else who is also sharing their experiences.