(Closed) Do You Remember Where You Were?

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Post # 77
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I was in the 9th grade. We were getting ready for school in the morning when my parents called us into their room to watch it on tv. I can remember being a bit confused wondering if it was a movie or something. Once it sank in, it was a sad day!

Post # 78
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I was in my freshman year of university.  I drove my mom to work every morning, and I heard one of the first reports that a plane had flown into the buildings before many facts were in.  It was barely even a report, so I put on a CD and told my mom some idiot had driven their cesna into the side of a building.  I got to school and all the TVs were on, and people were glued to the screens. 

Post # 79
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i was in 7th grade… we had a half day for some reason and i was walking home from school with my little brother and two of our friends… i couldnt figure out why there was a line for almost 2 blocks from the gas station. when i got home and turned on the tv thats when i saw everything…. my mom came home from work early… i just remember being shocked and not really understanding it all.

Post # 80
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I was in my second year of university in Kingston Ontario.  I was sitting at my kitchen table eating cereal and my window was open – there were two men standing outside talking, and all I could hear them say was along the lines of: “Ya, I can’t believe it.  They’ve hit the pentagon too.”

I was curious, so I turned on my TV and there it was.  I sat in shock for a few minutes, and then had to head off to my first class of the year.  When we all arrived, my professor walked in, looked up at the 100 or so students facing her, and said, “What are you all doing here?  This is a tragic day – go home and watch the news.”  And so we did.

We also all went to donate blood that evening, as Kingston is across Lake Ontario from NY state so they were planning on shipping all the blood across the border to help the victims.  

Post # 81
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I was out of the country visiting family in Taiwan.  It was night-time and I was hanging out at my aunt’s house when my aunt told me something was happening in the States.  I turned on CNN International and saw it all on tv.  I couldn’t believe what I was seeing!  I was supposed to fly back to the States on 9/12 but I had to postpone my flight a couple days due to the air control issues. 

Post # 82
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Mr.Bee, I was in the fifth grade for the Challenger, Oh geez, I must be old.  I had just put my son on the bus for school and came in the house to drink my coffee and watch the news.  At the time they were still thinking it was a mistake, like the plane many years ago that hit the Empire State Building. I remember thinking “those poor people just went though this a few years ago with that terrorist attack.”, it was then that I saw the second plane hit.  “Oh God, we’re under attack” those were my exact words.  I immediatly called my mother at work and asked her if she was watching the news.  She had thought the same thing as I did at first, just a misguided plane.  I told her No, we were under attack.  She turned on the tv and gasped and told me never to be away from my phone and radio.  We have lived in Omaha, near OFFUTT all our lives and have always had evacuation plans to follow.

It was only a few minutes later when the Pentagon was hit.  The rumors on tv flew quickly and they were saying the State Department had been hit, the White House had been evacuated, and they were moving the Congress.  I knew people in all of these buildings, I have worked in three businesses all my life: politics, finance, and bars.  As soon as I saw the second plane hit the Twin Towers, I realized I had just gotten an email the night before from a friend that was working at Cantor Fitzgerald.  I remember when he got the job, it was a step up from the company we both worked for, a huge promotion and pay raise.  I missed talking to him everyday, but he kept emailing me political jokes, it was something we were both loved to talk about (even though we were supposed to be talking about work).  It was the last thing I ever received from him, God Bless His Sole.

I also began to worry about all the people with whom I had grown up with now working in DC.  Our Congressman (a family friend), his staff I had made friends with.  Campaign mates and bosses who were now in the White House, State Department, Justice Department, and all over DC.

Then my thoughts quickly went to my family.  We are a military family, every male in my family has server our country.  My brother was in POS school in Oklahoma.  I just knew my baby brother was going to war, along with half my uncles and half my cousins.

It seems to me that most of you grew up in an incredible age, the age of True Peace.  The Cold War was over and the rest of the world was relatively stable.  I am the sorriest for your generation, the generation that until then, had known nothing but peace.

God Bless the victims and the heros of 9-11.

Post # 83
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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@MsMamaBear: Hey fellow old lady….

I was also a sophmore in college in sociology class. We didn’t know anything until our break around 10. Our professor had checked his voicemail and had gotten a call from his daughter about what had happened. He came back extremely flustered and upset and said  something about a plane crash in NYC and we all needed to go directly home and don’t go into any public buildings. We were all confused by his statements. I talked to a friend on my way to the car and he informed me that a plane had hit the WTC. My reaction was, what crappy pilot hit the freakin WTC?! As soon as I got in the car and turned on the radio I realized what was happening. I went home and watched tv as much as possible for the next three days. I was devasted watching it but I felt like I needed to know everything that was happening.

I did not know any of the victims but I still felt/feel like I lost someone or something. I have only been to NYC once in 1998 and we stayed at the Marriot building which is 3 WTC.

Post # 84
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I live on the West coast, so I was getting ready for work. I remember I was putting on my shoes when I looked up at the television to see that a plane had crashed into the tower. It almost seemed like it was a fluke or a stunt gone wrong. A few minutes I was on the road to work and heard on radio that the other tower was hit. 

Post # 85
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Bumble bee

Has anyone else developed a serious fear of flying because of 9/11? Every time I get on a plane I’m terrified the entire time, take off to landing and even more when I’m flying with my little girl. I have to really concentrate on my breathing to keep from hyperventilating.

 

After the attacks I didn’t get on a plane for 6 years because I would freak out just thinking about it. Sad, sad, sad.

Post # 86
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722 posts
Busy bee

I had just moved back to NY for a job September 1. I had moved in to my new apartment-1 block from the WTC. That morning I was walking into the north tower to take the subway to work.  When the first plane hit they closed off the area and I walked back toward my apartment. When the second plane hit it shook the ground so much I fell down. I went back to my apartment and stayed until after both towers fell. When the second tower fell my apartment filled with ash and I ran out with only my dog, not even my wallet.  i walked to a friend’s apartment and stayed there for a month.

Post # 87
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I was in the 10th grade and had faked sick to stay home from school.

I remember getting woken up by my mother who said, “Get up and watch the news.  I’m going to jump into the shower and I want you to update me if anything happens.  There was an accident in NYC.”  I went into the living room where the tv was already on and watched.  Until the second plane hit, my mom and I thought that the first plane was just an awful mistake.  When the second plane hit, I ran to the bathroom to tell my mom and I remember her saying, “Holy shit.  This wasn’t an accident.”  She got out of the shower and we both sat in the living room watching as the the other planes went down and the WTC collapsing for the rest of the day.

It was terrifying.  I also remember putting a VHS tape into the machine and recording a few hours of it because I knew it would be a huge part of history.  I don’t think our tv was turned off for days after that.

Post # 88
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I was in 9th grade English class.

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