- Posted July 27, 2011 by
Capitol Heights, Maryland
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Share your 9/11 story
I Still Chose to Serve
I was a senior in high school and the day started like any other. I am from the DC Area and on my way from my work study class to my English Literature class someone yelled out, they just blew up the Pentagon. My thinking, you can't blow up the Pentagon you all are crazy. As I walked into my Literature class our teach was wheeling in the TV and explaining to us what was going on about 15 seconds after she turn the TV on we all sat and watched as Tower 2 was hit by the 2nd plane. The entire class sat perfectly quiet and in shock. Our principal then came over the loud speaker to explain the procedures that would happen next. Since no one knew exactly what was going on at that moment the all school within a certain radius of the District of Columbia were being evacuated and our school was one of them. We began to panic and worry.
My father who worked in Crystal City, VA (approximately 5 minute from the Pentagon) at the time said that the entire underground shook when the plane hit the Pentagon. Our lives were forever changed in the DC Metro Area.
Being a member of the Junior ROTC program I already had a strong sense of service and the next winter I was off to basic training to serve and help protect my country. I have now been serving for almost 9 years and even though I have lost friends and co-workers to this war, I would never change my decision to be in the Armed Forces!