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An Alexandrian Remembers 9/11

David Haglund was at Misha's when he realized something was very wrong.

Del Ray resident David Haglund had off that Tuesday.

“It was the first really nice fall morning, and I remember the sky was vibrant blue and the temperatures were cool,” he said.

Master Sergeant Haglund, a trumpet and cornet player with "The President’s Own" United States Marine Band, headed to Misha’s for coffee. In the car he heard WTOP radio report a plane had hit one of the towers of the World Trade Center. 

“I didn’t think too much of it,” said Haglund. “It sounded like it was a small plane.”

Less than an hour later, Haglund knew something bigger was happening. 

“I was at Misha’s when suddenly all this emergency vehicle traffic was speeding by on Route 1,” he said. “I remember it was fire truck, after fire truck, after fire truck. A number of us went outside to look, and you could see smoke up Route 1,” he said.

Haglund said the biggest change he’s experienced since 9/11 is the heightened security at all the venues he plays.

Each year on 9/11, the band plays numerous commemorations, including the annual singing of "God Bless America" on the steps of the Capitol. 

"The Marine Band accompanies what on 9.11.01 was spontaneous singing by members of Congress," said Haglund.

Founded in 1798 by an Act of Congress, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band is America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization.

SUSAN D DAWSON September 11, 2011 at 10:19 PM
Another 9/11 Stranger-Helping-Stranger Story: Because I was working at the FAA Headquarters building, I heard about the terrorist attacks much sooner than many others did. Shortly after hearing of the Pentagon disaster, I left FAA Headquarters and walked down Independence Avenue to flag down a taxi to get me home, but to no avail. Finally, after turning my ankle and giving up on a taxi, I headed back to the FAA building. A woman in a car was stopped at the light at a street beside the FAA building. I knocked on her front passenger window and I said, “Are you going home?” She said, “Yes.” Without asking where “home” was, I said, “May I come with you?” And she said, “Yes, get in.” Although strangers to each other, we showed trust during this disaster. She was gracious enough to lend me her cell phone to call my husband in Alexandria, VA. Since her home was in Maryland, she dropped me off in a Maryland shopping area where my husband was able to come and pick me up. I was so grateful for her generosity that I sent her cut flowers the next week. Truly an instance of strangers helping strangers during a disaster. Susan D. Dawson, Alexandria, VA

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