In this release U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) reflects on 9/11 on the 10th anniversary of the attacks.
“As I drove to work that morning, I heard on the radio that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. I thought that was strange but assumed it was some sort of accident. When I got to the office staff told me that a 2nd plane had crashed into the World Trade Center complex and that a 3rd plane had crashed into the Pentagon. That we were under attack by terrorists was obvious. It was reported that a 4th plane was missing but the assumption was it was flying either to the U.S. Capitol or the White House. (It crashed into a field in Pennsylvania thanks to the heroism of the passengers on board).
“I was scheduled to attend a Banking Committee hearing. Other Senators and I had agreed that the terrorists were not going to stop the business of our government. Almost immediately after starting the hearing, the Capitol Police entered the hearing room and demanded we leave the Capitol as soon as possible.
“As I drove home, I could see the smoke and fire billowing out of the Pentagon. It was a very sad day in all our lives and in the history of our country. My heart and prayers go out to all the families of those who lost their lives in Pentagon, in Pennsylvania and the World Trade Center.
“On the 10th anniversary of the terrible events of 9/11 it continues to be a shared experience that bonds Americans together and shows to the world the strength and resilience of our democracy.”