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This Saturday is the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. To mark this historic milestone, we remember the individuals who lost their lives and commemorate those who worked tirelessly to save others. Roberta Crissy, chief of the Military Personnel Divison in the United States Army Corps of Engineers, was a lieutenant colonel in the Pentagon working for the deputy chief of staff for personnel on 9/11.

  • Crissy recalled that after she escaped from the building, the scene “looked like a battle zone” as she drove down I-395, with people walking on the side of the road and smoke coming from the Pentagon.
  • Crissy said she thought the plane crash was a bomb at first, as the ceiling caved in and the lights went out, then a soldier told everyone to evacuate, and someone yelled that another plane was coming.
  • Crissy said she remembers the many heroes lost on that day and said “it seems like just yesterday in many, many ways.”
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