Today we remember the approximately 3,000 people who perished on that dreadful day. We recall the brave police, fireman and medics who did their best to save the people in the towers. We thank the brave people on Flight 93 who stood up to the hijackers and prevented further casualties. Now the first responders are suffering from illnesses caused by inhaling toxic dust.
At 9 AM on 9/11/01 I was giving an orientation of the library to new students. A colleague told me that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. At that point everyone thought it was a private plane that got lost. As time went on we heard of the second plane at the WTC, the Pentagon and the downed plane in Pennsylvania. The President closed NJIT at 12 noon. Since all public transportation was stopped, I had no way of getting home. My boss let me stay at his home in Metuchen, NJ. I couldn't sleep that night.
NJIT was open the next day, but nobody could concentrate on academics. I could not let those cowardly hijackers to stop me so I tried to follow my normal routines.
There is a memorial at NJIT honoring the alumni who perished that day.