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Remembering 9/11: Smoke, flames, fear, gridlock

Local veteran recalls experiences from Sept. 11, 2001, Pentagon attack


September 8, 2021

Scott Swanson

Craig Anderson in Sweet Home, where he pastors at Elm Street Baptist Church.

Army Major Craig Anderson was in a meeting on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 in the high-rise office complex where he worked, in Falls Church, Va., when his world changed.

His boss, though, in an upstairs office, looked out his window and saw a passenger jet approaching – frighteningly close, at about 9:45 a.m.

"He thought it was going to hit the building," recalled Anderson, now 56, who has lived in Sweet Home since 2014, when he became a pastor at Elm Street Baptist Church. "He dove under his desk. It went right by his window."

Anderson returned to his office, where he worked for the...

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