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Remembering Sept. 11

Barrington M. Salmon | 9/7/2011, 12:30 p.m.

Ghillani remembers a lively, gregarious woman who loved gardening, adored cooking and baking and who was phenomenal at her job. Thanksgiving was one of Judge's favorite times of year. She would open her home to employees who stayed in the city for the holidays.

"There would be 30 to 40 people," Ghillani said.

"Ann was very relaxed. She would talk to the president the same way she talked to the shoeshine boy. She always walked around the office without shoes which suited me fine because I liked being relaxed too."

Ghillani said she was in France on Sept. 11, 2001.

"I was at my boyfriend's mother's house and a little old lady who was like 85 came and told us," Ghillani said. "She wasn't really clear. My brother-in-law had CNN so I watched what had happened."

It was only later she learned her boss was among the victims.

"I just screamed non-verbal words. People around tried to console me. I was crying, shaking and sad. I thought it was horrible," said Ghillani.

The 10th anniversary is being marked by healing events and remembrances that include memorial services, musical and other tributes, 5k races, concerts, workshops, freedom walks, and volunteer and service activities.

District of Columbia Public Schools officials have announced three days of activities, while in Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley will dedicate the 9/11 Memorial of Maryland at World Trade Center Plaza, in downtown Baltimore on Sept. 11. The memorial honors "the extraordinary heroism, commitment and sacrifice of 9/11 victims, rescuers and their families, and paying special tribute to the Marylanders who lost their lives that day."

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