9/11 terror attack: Jill Biden shares memories of Sept. 11 as wife, sister, more

When Jill Biden discovered that terrorists had attacked America on September 11, 2001, her husband, Joe, wasn’t the only loved one she worried about for whose safety.

Biden recalled that she was “scared to death” that her sister Bonny Jacobs, a flight attendant for United Airlines, was on one of the four hijacked planes that crashed into New York’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania and killed nearly 3,000 people.

After learning that her sister was safe at her home in Pennsylvania, “I went straight to Bonny’s house,” Biden told The Associated Press on Saturday as she and her sister recalled that day.

On Sunday, Jill Biden, now the First Lady, will mark the 21st anniversary of the September 11 attacks by delivering a speech at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania – accompanied by Jacobs.

The 40 passengers and crew aboard that United Airlines flight fought back their hijackers and thwarted a feared attack on the US Capitol in Washington.

“I called Bonny to see where she was because I was scared to death … I didn’t know where she was, if she was flying, not flying, where she was,” Jill Biden recalled. “And then I found out she was home.”

Biden had left to teach her class at Delaware Technical Community College and then went straight to her sister’s house after the school was dismissed.

Joe Biden, then US Senator, was on an Amtrak train bound for Washington when his wife caught up with him. They were on the phone when she exclaimed, “Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god” after a plane hit the second tower of the World Trade Center.

Jacobs said she got home around 2 a.m. on September 11 after a late flight. She slept a little, got up to get her kids, then 11 and 7, off to school, turned off her phone and went back to bed.

“When I woke up around noon, it was such a beautiful day,” she said. “I had my coffee. I sat outside. I literally said out loud, ‘I’m not doing anything today, this day is beautiful.’”

She saw the phone beep as she walked inside. Jill had left a message asking if she’d been watching TV. She turned it on and saw replays of the attack on the World Trade Center.

“I started shaking,” Jacobs said, adding that she went upstairs to get dressed and “put my clothes inside out” and spent the rest of the day watching TV.

“And then Jill was the first person to come into the house,” she said. “I hadn’t called her but she just showed up and was there for me as always.”

Jacobs said she usually flies on the 9/11 anniversary to pay tribute to her fallen United Airlines colleagues and to distract herself “because it’s so upsetting.” But she wanted to be with the first lady in Shanksville to give her the same kind of support her big sister gave her.

“It’s such a special moment to be with her,” Jacobs said. “She was there for me at the time it happened and she’s actually always there for me. she is my rock Everyone should have a rock in their life and she’s mine.”

“And it’s so special to share it with her as a flight attendant and that she’s there, you know, and supporting us,” Jacobs said.

In addition to laying a wreath at the memorial and delivering a speech, the First Lady joined members of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA to honor Flight 93 crew members.

In her prepared remarks for Sunday, Jill Biden says she was “sunk in grief” after the shock of 9/11 and having spoken to her husband and children, her thoughts are with her sister, who continues to work as a flight attendant with United Airlines .

“It’s a job she’s loved for many years, and I knew the weight of this tragedy would be heavier for her,” says the first lady. “When I got to her house, I realized I was right. She had not only lost colleagues. She had lost friends.”

She adds: “But I know that as we learned more about that dark day, she was also proud of what happened here, proud that it was other flight attendants and the passengers on United Flight 93 who were grieving who helped stop the plane from claiming countless lives in our nation’s capital.”

Joe Biden, now President, was scheduled to mark the day at the Pentagon. Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, were scheduled to attend the memorial service in New York.

On September 11, then-Sen. Biden arrived in Washington to see smoke in the sky from the Pentagon crash. He wanted to go to the Senate, but the Capitol and the surrounding complex of offices and government buildings, including the Supreme Court, had been evacuated.

He was turned away by Capitol Police, who said there was a risk the building was a target.

Jill Biden said the actions of everyone aboard United Airlines Flight 93 saved numerous lives, possibly including her husband’s.

“This plane was on its way to the US Capitol and so I think it’s important that every year we go to Shanksville and remember those who fought: the flight attendants, the captains, the pilots, all those who fought to save those lives,” the First Lady said in an interview.

She said her message on Sunday was: “We will never forget. We will never forget.”

“So many things swirled around that day because I was worried about Joe’s safety, but I just couldn’t picture my sister being on any of those flights,” the first lady said.

“I don’t know what word to use. I was so worried and I don’t even think that’s strong enough,” she added.

Jacobs interjected that 9/11 was “surreal.”

Jill Biden added, “The whole thing was so surreal, but I just really prayed she wasn’t on one of those flights.”

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