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Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Behring Center Smithsonian “September 11:
Bearing Witness to History”

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Contributed by: Ellen Fogle
Contributor's location on 9/11: Pittsburgh, Penna.
Contributed on: 19 October 2004

How did you witness history on September 11th?

On September 11th my husband and I were on a trip with a group of adults from Pittsburgh at Rocking Horse Ranch in N.Y. about 90 miles from NY City. When we came down for breakfast on that tragic morning the televisions were on and one of the Towers were in smoke. We saw the second plane hit and shortly after all HELL broke loose. We heard that one plane went down in Pittsburgh and tried calling home. There were no phone lines for hours to call home. It was simply terrifying. When I finally did get through to my parents, dad was very shaken but seemed fine. We carried on as best as we could that day. There were no planes in the skies, air traffic had been haulted. No birds or insects dared invade this air space either. Not a single animal was to be seen in the woods. It was very errie, it was like the whole world just STOPPED! Little did I know just how this day would impact my whole family. My father had a heart attack and died on the morning of Sept.14th.we believe from the shock and stress of seeing the planes go down. You see in WWII my father was a Tailgunner and his plane crashed. He was the only member on board to survive. September 11th will be a day that sent a ripple of grief across the globe.

Has your life changed because of September 11, 2001?

I lost the two most important people in the world to be beause of that day. My father had a heart attack on 9/14 and they four months to the day my mother died also.

What do you think should be remembered about September 11th?

The thing I think we should remember is that there is evil in this world but we can't let evil win. I am so very proud of the people on that plane in Pennsylvanil who died in order to save others. I am also so proud to be an AMERICAN, look how we rallied and pulled together to help everyone who needed our help no matter what the cost to themselves.

Did you fly an American flag after the events of September 11th?

We fly our FLAG proudly every day. In fact my daughter who lives in Canada has an American Flag as well as a Canaian flag on her porch. She married a fine young Canadian three years ago and he proudly wears an American lfag pin.

Cite as: Ellen Fogle, Smithsonian Story #6858, The September 11 Digital Archive, 19 October 2004, <>.
Archival Information: 253 words, 1239 characters

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