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.