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Richard Dungar: Watched at library

From the COLLECTION: 20 years later, our readers share 9/11 memories series

On September 11, 2001, I was sitting inside the La Crosse Public Library waiting for it to open. A lady with her young daughter was also waiting for the library to open. The lady noticed a television monitor was on and had pictures of a skyscraper on fire. The lady told myself about the television. I thought the library staff was watching a science fiction movie.

I knocked on the door and one of the librarians said that an airplane flew into a skyscraper and that it was a terrorist attack. The library director then opened the library 20 minutes early. We stood around the television monitor watching the terrorist attack.

Richard Dungar

Onalaska

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