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Metro Connection: Remembering 9/11

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:10
Welcome to "Metro Connection," I'm Rebecca Sheir and today we're looking back a decade and reflecting on the events of September 11, 2001. And here in the national's capital it's a particularly poignant moment especially for those who were close enough to the Pentagon that day to see or smell the smoke curling up from the iconic building.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:33
Later in the show we'll hear from one man who survived the attack on the Pentagon and from another who took on the monumental task of rebuilding it. We'll also hear from members of the local Muslim community and from military families and we'll find out how Washingtonians born on September 11th approach a day now associated with tragedy.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:55
But first we sent reporter Alice Ollstein out on the streets to hear your memories of a day that changed so much in our city, our region and the nation as a whole.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN 1

00:01:07
I heard this sound and I thought wow that's a weird sound, you know, and that was the plane hitting the Pentagon, you know and as I walked up Pennsylvania Avenue I mean people were standing on the streets dazed they really were and yet I still didn't know what was going on, you know.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN 1

00:01:27
Yeah I remember I was in 8th grade I think at Deal Junior High School and somehow my next period was a history class in which the teacher insisted on still giving the test that was scheduled for that day despite the fact that we were in the middle of living through history.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN 2

00:01:44
I remember a whole lot of (word?) that day for real. Everybody was scared that day because they never know where the next place they going to hit, you know and then all traffic was stopped and everywhere you go the streets was all clouded up and everywhere you went to was nothing but traffic everywhere you went.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN 2

00:02:06
What I remember of September 11th was we didn't have a TV so I hadn't seen anything but I knew I needed to get some supplies, and so I ran to Costco to go get some stuff and then at Costco I saw the wall of TVs, and just seeing the plane, like that was my only time. I'd been hearing it on the radio and I'd seen, and luckily that's all I ever saw of it. It just, you know, it left us hanging.

SHEIR

00:02:43
Those were local residents speaking with Alice Ollstein in Chinatown, Capital Hill and Mount Pleasant.
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