Everyone reflects on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks differently. It is because we all were all experiencing the events through a different lens.

Host, Katie Keller is joined by a familiar voice, Jill Hamilton, Sr. Editor of our news site, and the newest addition to the content queendom at ClearanceJobs: Phoebe Wells, PR and Partnerships Manager. Today is September 11, so as we hit the 22 years after the attacks in 2001, Jill and Phoebe talk about their own experiences during those events.

9/11 Events

The events are commonly known as 9/11, and consisted of four coordinated Islamist suicide terrorist attacks carried out by al-Qaeda against the United States. That morning, 19 terrorists hijacked four commercial airliners. The first two planes crashing into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, with the hijackers aiming the next two flights toward targets near Washington, D.C.. The third team succeeded in crashing into the Pentagon, and the fourth plane crashed in rural Pennsylvania. The attacks killed nearly 3,000 people.

Where Were You When the Planes Hit?

Jill was in college at the time and experiencing the events at Penn State University in Pennsylvania.  Katie was age 11, and pulled out of her school in Fredericksburg, VA. Phoebe was 7 years old,  heading to her after school program in Corinth, NY. All on the east coast, just within a few hours from each of the crash locations, but at a time where Twitter wasn’t giving us immediate news updates. Phoebes father was a NY State Trooper at the time and assisted with cleanup at the World Trade Center. But still sees the effects of being a part of the clean-up as friends pass due to health conditions tied to the event.

So, everyone reflects differently on this day as we are faced with the 22-year anniversary.


9/11 in the Eyes of a War Torn Migrants Daughter:   A woman whose parents are war-torn migrants from Lebanon during the outbreak of the late 1970s civil war. 9/11 felt very personal because it was almost as if the war followed them to the U.S., where they had spent decades trying to build a home in safety. And she was sitting in an AP class in new jersey during the events.

9/11: 4 Things We Should Never Forget: Jill Hamilton reflects on her own experience that sunny day in State College, PA.

Growing Up in the Shadow of September 11th: A Pathway to a National Security Career: Katie Keller talks about how 9/11 shaped her career pathway to national security.

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Katie Keller is a marketing fanatic that enjoys anything digital, communications, promotions & events. She has 10+ years in the DoD supporting multiple contractors with recruitment strategy, staffing augmentation, marketing, & communications. Favorite type of beer: IPA. Fave hike: the Grouse Grind, Vancouver, BC. Fave social platform: ClearanceJobs! 🇺🇸