Whatcom County Remembers 9/11

Elaina B

Bellingham, WA – “I was driving to work in Anchorage Alaska on September 11th when vehicles started stopping randomly on the highway. I turned up the radio and heard the news of what was happening. ...”

Diane O

Lynden, WA – “I was dropping my kids off at day care at 5:45 am; I worked for a brokerage firm back then. My 6 year old son told me that a "plane had run ...”

Colin Sweeney

Ferndale, WA – “My wife and I were living on Maui at the time. I was in my office when my wife called and asked if I had heard about the plane hitting "a skyscraper" ...”

Stephanie Gaona

bellingham, WA – “I was 16 years old on 9/11 and living on an Air Force base in Japan. It was between 10 and 12 at night when I woke to our home phone ringing ...”

Jon Mutchler

ferndale wa, WA – “9-11-01 was my 42nd birthday. I was at work early (5 am) working on a church project while listening to the local sports radio station ( AM 1170). I never listen to ...”

Dorothy Goldsmith

Bellingham, WA – “We lost a family member on 9/11. Rob Jordan was only 34 and worked in Tower One at Cantor Fitzgerald. I was getting ready for work when I saw the plane hit ...”

Alice Dusenberry

Lynden, WA – “I remember September 11, 2001, like it was yesterday. It was a beautiful fall day, cool and sunny. The sky was the clearest blue you can ever imagine and there was not ...”

Marian Yunghans

Bellingham, WA – “The telephone rang. I was finishing up the morning dishes. "Can you come to the Red Cross office ASAP"? "Why? What's happening?" The answer came, "Turn on the TV!" I was horrified! ...”

Joyce Moseley-Sweeney

Bellingham, WA – “On the fateful day of 9-11-01, I was awakened by a telephone call from a frantic friend telling me that our nation was under attack with planes crashing into the World Trade ...”

Sue Lillie

Bellingham, WA – “On September 11, 2011, I was in Normandy, France. I am a tour operator and I take groups to France. This tour was ending on September 12th. It was 3:20 in the ...”

Earl Erickson

Blaine, WA – “It was most tragic event to occur in USA history since Pearl Harbor. People were horrified viewing graphic television news programs. Images showing jet airplanes crashing into the World Trade Center, people ...”

Stan Burpee

Ferndale, WA – “I was on vacation in the D.C. area during that week and it was my plan to visit the National Mall that day. Earlier that morning we had seen the second plane ...”

Laura Livingston (Foreign Service Officer, Retired)

Bellingham, WA – “(My perspective on 9/11 will likely be much different from your other contributors, since I was serving at the U.S. Embassy in Panama when the attacks happened.) I was in my office ...”

Patrick Hurley

Bellingham, WA – “I was sitting in a morning class while attending law school in Washington, D.C. During class we saw smoke in the distance, which, after class I later learned was from the Pentagon. ...”

Robert W. Keiper

Bellingham, WA – “I learned about 9/11 actually on 9/12, 2001, as I was visiting friends in Brisbane, Australia. It was around 7 a.m. when one of my friends told me to get out of ...”

Kathy Kendall

Bellingham, WA – “On September 11, 2001, my husband and I were at a seniors Bible study at Christ the King. This is where the two of us found out about the horrible tragedy. Our ...”

Dorothy Gonsalves

Bellingham, WA – “My cousin, Doris, and I were in Xian, China on 9-11. She had lived on Long Island and had worked in Manhattan. She went to the city square where they were practicing ...”

Heather Flockoi

Bellingham, WA – “I will never forget the day I saw horror in New York. It has shaken me and it will never leave my mind. I remember getting up as usual and got ready ...”

John Crawford

Laurel, WA – “My daughter had just awakened me, as I had worked the night before, advising me that a plane had crashed into a building. She was up and getting ready for school. I, ...”

Molly and Gabriel Campos

Bellingham, WA – “My now husband and I were near the India and Pakistan border on 9/11/2001. We just came from northern India where we hadn't had TV, so we were in our hotel room ...”

Lindsay Caldwell Reid

Bellingham, WA – “Our northwest Washington, D.C., high school had just ended its opening school year Mass of the Holy Spirit when the president's assistant whispered something to him. His third announcement, "Another plane has ...”

John N. Connell

Bellingham, WA – “September 11 was certainly a 9/11 day for me, I'll never forget it. After I retired, I served as a volunteer teaching English at a university in western Siberia. I made many ...”

Dorothy Goldsmith

Bellingham, WA – “We lost a family member in Tower One, on the 104th floor. My cousin's only son, Rob Jordan, was working for Cantor Fitzgerald at the time and I watched the entire horror ...”

Nicole (LeVeck) Seltzer

Bellingham, WA – “It was the morning of 9/11. I had to wake up early for sinus surgery. My phone rang around 5:30 a.m. which is very unusual. I was getting ready for surgery and ...”

The Rev. Jon R. Mutchler

Ferndale, WA – “9-11-01 was my 42nd birthday. I was at work early (5 a.m.) working on a church project while listening to the local sports radio station (AM 1170). I never listen to sports ...”

Donna Schultz

Bellingham, WA – “My husband, Allan, and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 8, 2001. Our daughter, Kathi, came from Minnesota and our son, Gary, his wife, Sylvia, and our granddaughter, infant Linnea, ...”

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