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Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Behring Center Smithsonian “September 11:
Bearing Witness to History”

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Contributed by: Soldier, SSG
Contributor's location on 9/11: Fort Drum,NY
Contributed on: 10 October 2004

How did you witness history on September 11th?

I was at work when the first plane struck. Work for me is Fort Drum, 10th Mountain Division Dining Facility. I saw what happened on CNN, and told my co-workers we had just been attacked by terrorrists. I was dismissed. It was at that point that the second plane was seen moving to the second tower. When the second plane struck, I told my co-workers that we needed to pack our gear, because we were going to be deploying somehwere in the Near East. Everyone thought I was crazy. I just knew, while watching the devastation on TV, that we were about to embark into a long, very different war. Here is a passage that evokes the things that are going on: Quran (9:11) -- For it is written that a son of Arabia would awaken a fearsome Eagle. The wrath of the Eagle would be felt throughout the lands of Allah and lo, while some of the people trembled in despair still more rejoiced; for the wrath of the Eagle cleansed the lands of Allah; and there was peace .

Has your life changed because of September 11, 2001?

My life has changed a bit due to 9-11-01. My job has now been to conduct a lot higher intense training for our entry level troops. While away at a recent Military School, I was tasked with setting up training that would be real world for new soldiers. I also have a very strong mistrust for arabic people. I am also very uncomfortable in places that I cannot see everything. I guess it would be safe to say, everywhere I look, I do a quick threat assessment. Some places, I do a very thorough threat assessment. I have changed my habits to make myself, and those around me a bit more secure, and safe.

What do you think should be remembered about September 11th?

We should remember that we need to stop the people who do these things in the world. At all costs. With Extreme Prejudice. We need to remember that we are a nation of Peace, but this act has made us a nation of WAR. Until the vermin is cast out of the world.

Did you fly an American flag after the events of September 11th?

I have always flown an American Flag. Now I fly a Naval Jack(Rattle Snake slanted, Red and White Stripes, 'Don't Tread On Me'), and Jolly Roger. I will fly both until we have swept the terrorrist from the lands of the world.

Cite as: Soldier, SSG, Smithsonian Story #6851, The September 11 Digital Archive, 10 October 2004, <>.
Archival Information: 180 words, 959 characters

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