• 8:46 a.m. - American Airlines Flight 11 with 81 passengers & 11 crew members on board, crashes into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
• 9:03 a.m. - United Airlines Flight 175 with 56 passengers & 9 crew members on board, crashes into the South Tower of the World Trade Center.
• 9:37 a.m. - American Airlines Flight 77 with 58 passengers & 6 crew members on board, crashes into the Pentagon. 125 personnel were lost.
• 10:03 a.m. - United Airlines Flight 93 with 37 passengers & 7 crew members on board, crashes in a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
Just like everyone else, I remember that day vividly. I was on my way to work from a meeting when news of the first plane hitting the North Tower came over the radio.
I worked at a kiosk, located in the electronics department of Sears. There was a bunch of us, keeping close to the TV's, so we could find out what the reports were saying, while still looking like we were working. When the second plane came into sight, everyone stopped. We watched it crash into the South Tower on about 50 TV's at once. It made the moment more surreal.
After the South Tower was struck, it's a bit of a haze as to what happened next. I'm not sure if we were sent home before or after the third plane struck the Pentagon. But since I worked for a cellular company at the time & towers everywhere were being jammed, there was no reason for me to be there.
When I heard about the fourth plane, I was instantly worried. The reports were just all saying near Johnstown, Pennsylvania & I have family there. Luckily, they weren't harmed.
So many people lost their lives that day, both in the sky & on the ground. They are all strangers to me, but I can promise them this.... I will never forget you!