Sept. 11, 2001, at 9:37 a.m.

September 11, 2001, at 9:37 a.m. That was the exact moment of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon. Today marks eight years since that day. Thanks to our country's response to those attacks, I can safely look out my office window and see the site where American Airlines Flight 77 hit the Pentagon. I am grateful to the troops who voluntarily put themselves in harm's way every day in Iraq, Afganistan, and around the world to ensure we can live freely and safely.

A good historical account of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon can be found on . What I remember from that day is watching the events on my computer screen from my office in Rockville, MD, just a few miles from Twlug. I was the Twlug President at the time. Last night, I called John Gans, and we recalled together the events of that day here at Twlug. I have always been proud of John for his focus, and the focus of the senior staff on the safety of our staff here at the building. That day, they had no doubt that the staff had to be evacuated quickly and safely. I'm sure many of our staff have memories. I hope those who were here will share them. Let's never forget.