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Clare
Star Contributor

Texas
USA
1738 Posts

Posted - 09/15/2007 :  09:23:49 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I was getting dressed to go to our sister-in-law's funeral when my sister called with the news.
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Michelle1975
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Newton, NJ
USA
549 Posts

Posted - 09/17/2007 :  1:44:37 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I decided not to report to classes and to stay home and watch what was going on on television. I wasn't in the mood to witness other peoples' (mostly selfish and narcissistic) reactions. I remember thinking that I could look forward to being asked "where was I at" on Sept. 11 every year for the rest of my life.
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LisaOV
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MN
USA
2659 Posts

Posted - 09/11/2008 :  11:01:51 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I was off from work, sitting in bed and reading a book (this was before kids). My husband was on the phone with his brother because we had a running toilet problem and they were discussing it (what a cool conversation huh?). Anyhow, my husband came up to me and said that a plane just hit the World Trade Center. Well in St Paul there is a Huge building called the World Trade Center and I thought he meant that one. I turned on the Today show and found out it was in New York and I was just in time to see the second plane. It was unreal.
I had a casino shop the next afternoon and I remember being told NOT to go do it.
My husband had to go to work that afternoon and I remember really wishing that he could have stayed home. I wanted all my love ones with me.
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Sandy Morgan
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Pittsburgh, PA
USA
94 Posts

Posted - 09/11/2008 :  11:19:33 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I was at work as a salesperson for a hotel in Ann Arbor, Michigan. My oldest was in daycare, I was expecting our 2nd child and my husband was at work. I remember watching the TV in the lounge with my co-workers and the travelers we were hosting and just feeling numb. When the first tower collapsed I asked to go home and immediately got my daughter and drove straight home. I remember thinkng what a scary time to be bringing a new life into the world. I was so grateful to talk to my loved ones and find out they were ok. I was so touched by all of the people who called me to make sure I was ok. My heart hurt for everyone who was in NY and DC and for everyone who lost loved ones. I just prayed for all of those people and cried all day, and for several weeks after. I was so glad I didn't have to explain it to my then 2 year old, although I since have. That day was so pivotal for my family. I realized my priority in life was to care for them and that's the day I planned to quit and stay at home with my children. I only worked a short while after. I now do things like stock my pantry, make sure the gas tank stays full and kiss my kids and husband everyday.

However sad and frightening that day was, I am grateful for the stories of ordinary people doing courageous things and reaching out to comfort one another.
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Servanne
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Silver Lake, MN
USA
2430 Posts

Posted - 09/11/2008 :  7:57:16 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Both my husband and I worked overnight shifts at the time. So we both went to bed right around 7 AM. At about 1 PM, my brother in law (who worked at night too) called us to say he had just gotten up and we needed to turn on the TV right now. We went downstairs and turned on the TV and thought this was some sort of a movie, or some "what if" type of documentary. We soon realized it was real.

My husband said "Osama Bin Laden!" I said "Who?" as I had no idea who he was. Well I soon learned who he was of course.

I saw the most distressing images I have ever seen and I have not since seen those again. I saw people jumping to their deaths live on the TV screen as despair, fear and helplessness made them take the decision to control their own deaths rather than be consumed by the flames.

I wondered "What kind of debris are those" and realized they were fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. And I cried.

I went to work that night. I worked at Perkins Restaurant. They had put a TV in the lobby, which usually only happened when the Vikings were playing (the Vikings are the MN football team, for those who'd wonder). The TV stayed on for days, and all we could watch was the horror unfolding on American soil. It was heartbreaking to see the walls lined with photos of the missing, and people pleading on TV for their loved ones to please contact them.

For months they found human remains.

The emergency personnel who gave their all and sometimes their lives to rescue people they did not know are true heroes. It takes a certain kind of person to blindly go up when everybody else is going down. These men and women did it to save others' lives. We are grateful beyond words.

Within the next few days following the attacks, life radically changed for all of us. A customer at the restaurant made up T-shirts with Bin Laden's picture that read "America's most Wanted". He gave them out for free to anybody who'd wear them.

People were all on the same page. Our freedom had been attacked and we were United. Little by little, we learned what had happened but very few of us can really understand why in the world anybody would do that. I know I don't.

Pure evil happened. That's about all I know.

For months, we saw some of the most marking images ever broad-casted. Debris everywhere. Missing persons posters. Crying relatives. Heroes at work. And the planes crashing and the towers collapsing, over and over.

And just like when JFK was assassinated, people around the world remember where they were when it happened.

Because we will never forget.

We are eternally grateful to those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom that day and ever since, here and abroad.

Thank you.


Servanne
Merrily shopping my way through the Twin Cities, Western Minnesota and beyond...
MSPA Gold Certified since April 2007!
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SueMontagne
Star Contributor

USA
786 Posts

Posted - 09/11/2008 :  9:47:58 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I may be the only person on the planet who does not remember where I was that day. I remember darn near everything else, and I remember watching the TV and crying all day long - but where I was, where I was supposed to be, who was with me - it's all a blur. And I remember really having trouble seeing the TV. It was like trying to watch it through the wrong end of a telescope.

Take care -
Sue Montagne
Hair & MSPA Cert: Silver (70 - the new 30!)
"Retired" and LOVING it (mostly)!!!
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Tina At Home
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St Clair Shores, MI
USA
51 Posts

Posted - 09/12/2008 :  5:01:15 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Servanne,

Amen! It was a terrible day. I cant believe it has been 7 years. Every year at this time I watch the programs they have on it. My friends tease me. I watched Flight 93 this year already 5 times. I saw it numerous times last year. It is our obligation to make sure that we remember these people. I do remember them especially every year at this time. I watch their stories over and over.

Did anyone by chance catch that new one that is on the history channel? I watched it last night. I do not know the name. It is two hours (without commericals) of actually video tapes made by many different people while all of that was going on. It had my heart racing the entire two hours. It is something like 120 minutes you will never forget. Check it out.

Tina
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Shel7296
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Wapakoneta, Ohio
USA
64 Posts

Posted - 09/15/2008 :  07:18:09 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I was at home watching TV.

Shelly
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CorrieS
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Briarwood, NY
USA
932 Posts

Posted - 09/15/2008 :  07:58:02 AM  Send CorrieS an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
Tina, I watched that too. I found it even more disturbing than the footage we are used to seeing - mainly, I guess, because of the audible reactions of the people who were filming. The unfiltered shock and horror, rather than the calming voices of the news media. Those two college students especially. I also went to NYU and the WTC was such a symbol for me, framed through the Washington Square Arch.

Corrie S.
MSPA Silver Certified
shopping NYC & Nassau County... and willing to travel...
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Tina S
Member

Plainview, NY
USA
10 Posts

Posted - 09/22/2008 :  1:55:04 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I was at the bus stop sending my kids off to school at about 9:45 AM. I returned home, grabbed some coffee, and turned on the tv. One plane had already hit and as I watched the coverage, the second plane hit. It was like watching a movie. I then called a very good friend whose husband worked in one of the towers. She was just starting to freak out, and I said I would be right over. Needless to say, she could not reach her husband. I volunteered to get her kids from school and we all waited together. Her son started having panic attacks, but she was able to calm him down.

Later that evening, he called and was OK. He returned later full of ash, like he went down a chimney. Two previous coworkers perished in one of the towers, both were lovely women. I quit when I had children, and the company merged and moved to the towers a year or two later.

Tina
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Sandra Wright
Star Contributor

Arlington, VA
USA
2087 Posts

Posted - 09/11/2009 :  03:01:48 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I was at work in Ohio when someone called and said turn on the news so we did. I just thought there was a fire. Then the second plane hit. I did not know at first this was so bad until I heard the President had been sent to a safe location. Then I got shivvers. Now that I live three blocks away from the Pentagon it has brought things closer to home. Persons in my building saw the smoke and fire when the plane hit the Pentagon. My good friend who then lived in Crystal City right down the road let people use her phone so they could call and say they were all right and gave them water as they ran towards her area to safety. I walked over to the memorial right after they completed it. It has become much more real to me living here. I thought of 911 a week or so ago as they had to escort a student pilot out of the forbidden air space when he wondered in by accident.

Sandy C
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Mimi
Star Contributor

USA
1691 Posts

Posted - 09/11/2009 :  4:30:22 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I have already posted where I was. The point of my post is to remind everyone they should NEVER forget.

Yes, life goes on, and we are all wraped up in our every day lives. But please, don't forget what happened on 9/11/2001.

Our lives and the future of America depends on your rememberance.

Mimi
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LeaF
Valued Contributor

Brooklyn, NY
USA
196 Posts

Posted - 09/11/2009 :  7:47:43 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I was on the subway "R" train going to work in Manhattan. At the Cortlandt St station I heard a loud crash, some people ran out of the train shouting bomb. Luckily I didn't get out because the station is where it happened & the street above was in the midst. My train proceeded to 8th St. When I arrived at work people were across the Cooper Square intersection looking toward the WTC, which is about 1 1/2 miles south. You could not see it from my side of the street. I crossed over & saw the first building burning. Thought it was an accident. At work approximately 15 minutes later the other building was struck. Then we knew it was an attack. Left early to return home to Brooklyn. The streets were deadly silent & no traffic. If you are familiar with Manhattan the noise is usually deafening. It was like a scene from a Godzilla movie. We lost a 25 year old firefighter who lived in our building. A street is named after him.
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Barbara
Valued Contributor

New Jersey
USA
118 Posts

Posted - 09/09/2010 :  6:08:26 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I was at work. My stepdaughter had taken me to work as she was planning to visit the World trade Center that day. We were running late and she was mad. She became even madder when her friend's son's school bus did not arrive on time. If everything had gone according to plan, she would have been at the Center when the planes hit it. She also got a phone call from the person whom she was supposed to meet at the World Trade Center telling her not to come over-just before he died! Later, we went over to kearney and looked at the place where the Twin towers had stood and cried.
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JudyK
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Eau Claire, WI. 54703-1729
USA
1349 Posts

Posted - 09/09/2011 :  11:40:41 AM  Send JudyK an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
A day that started out much the same for each of us, sure made a lasting memory in our minds which will remain far into our futures. That particular day started out for me listening to the morning radio host, who is known for his jokes on air every morning Im sure most of the listeners, like myself were laughing, when he abruptly announced the strike against the first tower. Since I was ready to leave the house for my out of town work, I didnt hang around for any further information.Yet, was it really news , or were we waiting for a punch line? Thinking this was just another of his jokes, but was there a possibility of it being true, I turned the radio on in the car. NOTHING mentioned, and still not verified on the station my radio was set to, or the many others I sought for information. I turned on my CB radio thinking the local drivers would be talking, but it was errily quiet. Switched channels and there wasnt a soul reporting where law enforcement were using radar either. Travelling more than 120 miles, and still nothing on the radio, or the CB, even though I changed stations constantly trying to get more information. It wasnt until I was heading South down Interstate 35 into Iowa, one of the local stations had news of what was going on. The attack was not a joke! It was very real, and answered why all the CBers were unusually quiet. I stopped at several convenience stores on my way back to WI to pick up any news available. I was finally able to locate a newspaper to get the full report. As soon as I walked in the door at home that night,I turned the Tv on to watch the days events. I couldnt believe the whole day had passed and no one was talking about this tragedy! Possibly I was not getting information due to the constant changing of channels, then working in my stores during the time news was being reported. Something as important to report one would think it would be the main topic for the day, but not so.
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JuanitaJ
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Houston, TX
USA
1082 Posts

Posted - 09/11/2011 :  08:15:40 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I was standing in the middle of my office at work. There was a waiting room about 10 feet away and we kept a TV on at all times. I could tell by the commotion on the TV that something bad had happened and I rushed in just as they were showing a clip of the plane hitting the building. Then came the second one.

There are not many times in my life that I can remember precisely were I was when something happened but this was one time that I can remember the precise six-inch square of floor where I was standing.

Juanita
MSPA Gold Certified
Happily shopping the Houston, TX area.
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Sandra Wright
Star Contributor

Arlington, VA
USA
2087 Posts

Posted - 09/13/2011 :  6:29:15 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I went to a luncheon today. The topic turned to 9/11. I reside close to the Pentagon. I have been here just a few years. Those whom attended the luncheon today have lived much longer in the area. 9/11 was brought much closer to me when it was mentioned the building In which I live was filled with smoke from the fire at the Pentagon as it burned. We recounted where we all were on that day. It gave me pause to hear the stories of those who saw the fire and saw people running away from the Pentagon after the plane crashed into it.

Sandy C
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