Sept. 11: Painful Losses in the Notre Dame Family

By by David Garner '64

It’s six months since September 11th. On that bright, sunny Washington morning, I was driving to the Pentagon for a meeting, listening to the reports of the planes crashing into the World Trade Center. As I was at the south end of the 14th Street Bridge, I saw the exploding fireball on the distant side of the Pentagon. One of my daughters, her husband, and their 4-year son saw the plane as it crashed into the building and exploded. How do you explain to a 4-year what has just happened? How do we explain it to each other? I stopped by church on the way home from the office and prayed. Because many know that I am often at the Pentagon, I received many phone calls that night from friends and family checking to see if I was safe. At such times, we seek solace within our families.…

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