Sept. 11 indeed holds special significance to this columnist

By: Mike McClary
Date Published: September 16, 2016
Published by: Culpeper Star-Exponent

In response to a recent letter from columnist Tom Neviaser: The Culpeper Star-Exponent delivered a very moving editorial on the 15th anniversary of 9/11 and it certainly didn’t need any embellishment from me.

Don’t lecture me about that terrible day, Mr. Neviaser. Where were you when the Pentagon was hit? My house in Arlington was less than three-quarters of a mile from the side of the Pentagon where the plane went in. I could see the fires burning for days from my kitchen window. My wife was at home and heard the plane fly over, the explosion and felt the concussion.

I had friends in the Pentagon. My daughter, living in New York City, and I could not get hold of each other for three days. Knowing how close I lived to the Pentagon, she was scared to death, and I was equally worried about her.

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