This page was begun on September 11, 2001 and has been updated throughout the years.
Guidry News Service talked to several people who were near the World Trade Center in New York City or in Washington, D.C. where the attacks took place.
(Note: many of the audio excerpts are in Real Audio format and a RealPlayer is required to listen)
The first direct word we received from New York City was from Jessica Green, through her mother, Galveston City Attorney Susie Green. Jessica was in Manhattan just three blocks from the World Trade Center.
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"She had just come out of the subway with her roommate when they saw the World Trade Center on fire," Susie Green, said reporting her daughter's telephone call to Guidry News Service. "As she is talking to me, she's standing watching, right there. She said 'Mom the other building, the middle of the building has blown out. It's a bomb!'." RealPlayer
Two years after the events, Susie, in her office at City Hall, and Jessica, at home in New York, recalled the day and shared their thoughts in perspective. RealPlayer
Shrub and Peaches Kempner were in Manhattan on September 11, 2001 and talked to Guidry News Service from their hotel room on the night of the attacks. RealPlayer One year later, in September 2002 Kempner reviewed the year. RealPlayer
On the fifth anniversary of the attacks, Kempner was again in New York City. Before he left Galveston, he and Peaches participated in a new interview. RealPlayer MP3
"The essential thing is, that I am going to be there on 911," Kempner said. "I refuse utterly to let them change my way of living, even if I have to have minor inconveniences. The real issue is whether we will give up what made us a great country in the name of safety."
Congressman Nick Lampson was in the White House when the first plane hit the World Trade Center in New York, unaware that he may have been at ground zero for an attack that was to come, but was thwarted by brave passengers of Flight 93, which was believed to be aimed at either the White House or the Capitol. RealPlayer.
"I left the White House at about five minutes to nine, not knowing that this had happened," Lampson said, adding that he heard the news when he arrived at his office in the Cannon Building. "My staff was in shock when I walked in the door."
On September 11, 2002, we reviewed the year following the attacks with Lampson. RealPlayer
On the fifth anniversary, we revisited the day with Lampson. RealPlayer MP3
On September 11, 2003 Jamaica Beach Mayor Vic Pierson and his wife Janice were in New York City for the 911 Memorial Services. He reported on the mood of the city prior to the ceremony. RealPlayer After the ceremony, Pierson reported again. RealPlayer
We have two powerful PowerPoint presentations that circulated through the email.
This one was produced shortly after the event. Click Here
This one was added in 2002. Click Here
Texas musician Lucky Boyd captured the horror of many of the people trapped in the World Trade Center who had time only to leave a message on answering machines in the homes of their spouses and parents. "In The Blink of An Eye."