WASHINGTON — On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Steve Hendrickson was in a U.S. Senate office building, listening to Sen. Jim Inhofe update the State Chamber of Oklahoma about the congressional agenda.

Hendrickson left during the senator’s remarks to catch a plane to Seattle on a business trip for his company, Boeing.

It would be five days before Hendrickson would be allowed to get on a plane leaving the Washington area. When he left that State Chamber breakfast, he found himself in the midst of the worst terrorist attack in the nation’s history, one that claimed nearly 3,000 lives in New York City, at the Pentagon in Virginia, and in Pennsylvania.

On Wednesday, the State Chamber, holding its annual Washington, D.C., visit this week, has scheduled its Oklahoma congressional briefing for the first time on an anniversary of 9/11.


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