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tv   U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House Members Remember Their 911...  CSPAN  September 11, 2021 6:28pm-6:44pm EDT

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came to the rescue of thousands. >> the evacuation that delivered nearly half a million people to safety is an incredible example of the goodness of people. that when you are given the opportunity to help, you have the tools, you have the skill set, you have the availability the people over and over again made the choice to put themselves in harm's way for the sake of low humans -- for the sake of fellow humans. that is something when he to a member. >> sunday night at 8 p.m. eastern on q&a. you can also find q&a interviews wherever you get your podcasts.
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>> i had a meeting at 7:30 in the morning on 9/11. we were meeting because we do this diversity program and dinner every year. i immediately jumped up and i was sitting next to a woman, pam woodward, because her company had a business in the building. we did not know then what the true story was of what happened. i left and went to my job and was listening, watching
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tv and i was really panicked because my best friend worked in the city -- and i'm from new york -- and my best friend worked in the city building down there, and my mom had told me the day before she was going down there for some business. i immediately tried to start call my family, my brother lives in new york, my dad lives in manhattan. i could not get through to anybody. i was very panicked and crying all over the place. and just saying what is happening to my city, frankly. as time went on, we realized what was really happening. i don't know if i should say this on the radio, but they took me from work and they took me to
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cheers and i had a drink to calm down. the whole day i was looking for my mom and my best friend, and not until really late that evening, maybe 10:00 at night, i found my best friend. i think my mom was the was the next day. she told me the story of being on the train, he was going slower and slower and someone ran in and said they hit the tower. she said it is new york, so we thought it was crazy. when they let her out and she walked up the stairs, she saw people jumping out the window. even though she still walks to her office, but they got them all out. she was telling her story. to this day,
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when talking to you about it, i can feel myself tearing up. i was going to my then boyfriend, now husband's house, and there is a building in chicago that looks so much like the twin towers. it spooked me, and he lived in a high-rise at that time and i remember when i stayed at his house, every two hours i was looking out the window because he lived unlike the 36th floor. it was still harrowing to me. my husband was supposed to fly to new york the next day for training, he is a doctor. when the planes were allowed again, he did fly in, and i flew in, and i flew into help my family and friends. but i remember being such a tearful, scary, shocking unbelievable
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day. i got a lot of phone calls because everyone knows -- i live in illinois that i am a new york city girl. >> on september 11, i was speaking to the forestry association and people in the forrester industry them all over the south gathered at orange beach in alabama. i was supposed to speak that morning. as i was getting ready, the news broke that the plane had hit one of the world trade center towers , and i watched it as long as i could before i had to go down to give my speech, and on the way down, i found out after i headed downstairs to the lobby, i found out the second plane had hit the other tower. i knew then it was in an accident, it was an attack. i think it was actually on the podium or about to go on the podium to speak when i found
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out a plane had hit the pentagon. obviously everything changed. instead of talking about issues related forestry, we were talking about what is going on in the country. like everyone else, i was scrambling to try to find information. i knew there were people on the gulf coast of alabama, i had to be in mobile later that day and had a meeting over there. when i get over there, i go down dolphin street, a popular part of downtown mobile, and there is a guy there that owns a restaurant, and i don't know how he was able to do this so quickly, but he had these little
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american flags and he was stopping cars and giving everyone a flag. like everyone else, i think that day, we were somewhat in shock. angry and concerned. when you talk about in office complex as big as the world trade towers, you know there are people from all over the country working in those facilities, and that was certainly the case for alabama, and particularly in mobile, there were people i knew who had friends working in the tower, in one of the towers. so it is a real moment and it just persisted throughout the day.
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everyone was looking at the radio and television's, trying to get as much information as they could. we were all in shock. >> i remember that 9/11 was a primary day in new york city. the mayoral primary. i heard about it from an auxiliary police officer, who called me to tell me that a plane had hit the twin towers. obviously at that point, people thought it was a small plane and they did not have the details. subsequent to that phone call, i went into a bodega to buy some bottled water and there was a television and i saw the second plane hit. at that point, i knew this was an attack against us. >> what did it feel like to see
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it on a tv? >> we were under attack, so immediately i went out and of course i called to find out where my kids were. luckily i ran into my son, who was going to go vote. i went to pick up my daughter, who was much younger at that time. then i walked through the streets of the neighborhood in these fighter jets flew rapidly over one of the main commercial arteries in the district and people were really afraid. going into stores and seeking cover, shelter inside of stores. we were at
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war. very somber, very traumatized. collectively we were traumatized. the churches held processions where thousands of people walked, hundreds of thousands went down to help with the buckets on the west side highway. there was major gridlock and people were stuck in different places throughout the city because of a shutdown of services, and so it was a real crisis and i will never forget it. >> i was at home in arizona and i had just gotten up and a phone call went off and it was my daughter, asking about the events. i turned on the television and saw what was going on. i used to work in the world trade center. we moved -- i was on the crew that moved the exchanges out of that building a
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few years earlier. at that point in time, the second plane flew into the building. obviously it would have taken out the floor i was on. i had a direct relationship with that. i know the structure of the building, so when i started to see the building coming down actually, they were burning. my daughter had a brother of her friend that was in the building above the 83rd floor. she asked me if he was going to make it and i told her i doubted it. the building was constructed in a way that it was going to implode. and it did. i remember it vividly, the
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sadness, the hurt for those families and what was coming next with our country and where were we going to be going? now 20 years later, we find out where we went and it was a sad chapter in our history. >> what did it look like in your community after the attack? >> shock. it was just everybody ran into was cognizant of the fact this had happened. there was a shock and anger. and the questions were, why did this happen, how did it happen, why would people do this? i knew the pathway and i cannot believe what occurred and i don't think
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anybody else could believe what had occurred at that moment in time. >> next week, watch january 6 views from the house were 14 members of congress share stories of what they saw, heard, and experienced that day. >> the representative from arizona was objecting to the slate of electors and i shouted out the top of my lungs this is because of you. i screamed it. >> the police officers started coming into the chamber. they were being very loud. we were actively debating, people were talking and it was making a commotion. the doors are typically open and they started shutting all the doors. >> at some point, someone in the chambers in the gallery, a member was yelling at the republicans to call trump and have him call off his mop.
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>> there were a lot of freshmen there that i knew during orientation and this was their first experience as a member of congress. we were watching them and talking to my fellow colleagues about what we could do to try to stop this. >> watch january 6 views from the house on c-span,, or listen on the c-span radio app. >> you can be a part of the national conversation by participating in the studentcam competition. were asking you to create a documentary that answers the question how does the federal government impact your life? your video must show your point of view using c-span video clips.
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c-span studentcam competition. you have a shot of winning the grand prize. entries must be received before january 20, 2022. >> earlier today, a memorial ceremony was held in new york city to mark the 20th anniversary of the september 11, 2001 terror attacks. president biden and first lady jill biden along with former president obama, former president clinton, and the first ladies were also in attendance.


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