Where were you on Sept. 11, 2001? In the Berkshires, memories, reflections


PITTSFIELD — Today marks the fifteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, a group of men acting on behalf of the terror organization al-Qaida flew two planes into the World Trade Center's Twin Towers in New York City, one plane into the Pentagon in Washington, DC, and one into a field in Stonycreek Township, Pa. It was the first major foreign attack on US soil since Pearl Harbor. More than 3,000 people were killed that day and soon after the U.S. entered wars, first in Afghanistan and then in Irag. Foreign policy and much of domestic rhetoric since has been affected by these events.

The Eagle asked people in Pittsfield and Great Barrington Saturday for their memories of that day.

Ron Kelly, Pittsfield:

"I was in Raleigh, North Carolina. I was getting ready to travel to Norway that day for a basketball exhibition.

I spent the night with some friends and woke up the next day prepared to go to the airport. We never went, of course.

I ended up playing for the NBA Development League for a few years. I never made it to Norway."

Lisa Rosso, Pittsfield:

"I was at work at Ray Murray in Lee. It was a call center, we had no TV, no computers with internet.

We found out when a customer called in to tell us the first plane hit. Someone went out and got a radio and we listened for the rest of the day.

Since then I feel like for every one step forward we take two steps back."

Jesse Butkus, Brooklyn, NY:

"I was in tenth grade English at Mount Everett in Sheffield. I must have been 15.

Some of the students started to cry. It was really upsetting.

The rest of the day was pretty unstructured. We just kind of floated around the school. It was surreal."

James Grenier, Bennington, VT:

"I was eight.

I was little. It was really traumatic.

My dad was in the National Guard. After the attacks he headed down to Ground Zero to help. He has the cough now.

This is his hat. It's from the Guard."

Ananda Timpane, New Marlborough, MA:

"When I heard about the attack, I was headed over to my girlfriend at the time's house. I was in Oberlin, Ohio.

I stopped to help a friend of mine cross some construction in the sidewalk. He was blind so the blocked off area was hard for him to navigate. He told me about it.

If I hadn't stopped to help him, I wouldn't have found out for a while.

After the initial shock, my girlfriend and I focused on helping the South Asian community in Oberlin."


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