HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Laurie Laychak was substitute teaching on Sept. 11, 2001 when a note was delivered to her second grade class.
It said, There's been an attack on the Pentagon.
Laychak's husband, David, worked there as a civilian budget analyst for the U.S. Army.
After getting the news, the Hawaii Baptist Academy graduate numbly returned to their Manassas, Va., home and spent the rest of the day praying he would call.
He never did.
Laychak, 40, was among 125 Pentagon employees and contractors who died on 9/11 when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building.
Laurie Laychak, who graduated from Pacific Baptist Academy in 1980, said she didn't dare close her eyes on the evening of Sept. 11, 2001.
"That night, I couldn't go to sleep," she said. "I was afraid that if I stopped praying, that something bad would happen."
David Laychak worked for the Army for 17 years. His father had been a career officer, and Laychak later regretted not joining up.
"He really believed in serving his country and helping keep us safe and free," his wife said.
The talented athlete loved sports and being outdoors. But his main hobby was spending time with family. He spent afternoons playing hide-and-seek with the kids, or teaching them baseball and basketball.
"I'd have to call all three of them in for dinner," his wife said.
Other grieving families have said they cannot bear to look at the Pentagon again. But Laurie Laychak doesn't feel that way. It's where the couple met in 1984, when both worked there.
"If it weren't for the Pentagon, I would never have met him," she said.