(Closed) September 11 – Share a memory

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Post # 76
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

9/11 is actually my birthday so needless to say it put a damper on my mood, but my first thought went to a friend who had just enlisted. We had said our goodbyes as he left for the first of many deployments only days before.

Post # 77
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I remember we were in grade 9 or 10 french class, and our teacher walked in and said that a plane had hit one of the world trade centers.  I didn’t really understand what it meant at the time.  After the period was over, we took our 15-20 minute bus ride back to our hometown for the next class, and the entire high school was in the library crowded around the only tv with a cable hookup.

I remember a friend making a joke about the news anchor, because we didn’t understand why he was being so serious. Then we watched the second plane hit, and the towers collapse.  

Then I just remember the feeling, that overwhelming feeling in the base of your throat when you can’t really process the emotions you’re feeling.

Post # 78
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

ct2015:  The poster is expressing her opinion, which is something U.S citizens feel very strongly about. Free speech ring any bells? The way you spoke to her only shows how racist and ignorant you are, and only further proves why people think like that poster does. And please tell me, are you a native/indigenous American? If not, then your ancestors invaded the U.S and you should also “pack your shit” and go back to wherever you belong.

 

I don’t know what’s worse, this post or the fact that 8 people found it “helpful”.

Post # 79
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Buzzing Beekeeper

We are all sharing how we heard, which is great! What I forgot in my earlier post but has been on my mind all day was the panic and confusion of that day. We didn’t know if there were more planes or other terrorist acts to happen. I was in St. Louis and the worry was that the arch would be next. In st. Louis a few men were beaten up very badly because they were “one of them”. One man was freakin Chinese! People were scared and angry and lashed out in such bad ways. Gas prices jumped to $4 a gallon when the going rate was about $2. People lined up for over an hour to get gas. Flights were grounded for a week. We knew we would go to war but with who? Can’t fight a ghost called Terror. Up until then Osama Bin Laden was not known. It was just so shocking that someone would do that.

A few months later I studied in London. I ran into so many anti- American protests across Europe. It was so saddening. It got to a point where I sewed a Canadian flag to my backpack so I wouldn’t be harassed. September 11 and the proceeding wars changed so much 

Post # 80
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

sunfl0wergirl:  Happy Birthday!

This was a crazy day for me. I didn’t really understand back then what this all meant…. But later on in life, I understood what happened, and it even became a reason for me to become a law enforcement Officer.

That day I was 15 years old and I was walking into High School for the first time in the United States of America. I had just moved here from Spain and it was my first day in a new school, in a new language, new environment, new everything. I remember class ending earlier than I expected, I was so extremely nervous I didn’t know what was going on around me. All I remember is my parents being outside picking me up half way through the morning. 

When we got home, I started to feel sick and remember laying down in bed and watching the towers collapsing on the news, over and over. Then I began to throw up. I couldn’t stop. It was so severe, I ended up in the Hospital that day. 

The nerves I had gone through that morning were so strong, when I calmed down, my body freaked out. 

Post # 81
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Bee Keeper

I was 24

my boyfriend at the time worked in one of those high end sound and vision stores. 

I popped in to see him and all the big screens were showing live broadcasts from NYC. I thought I was one of the blockbuster type films they always played on the TV sets. 

I couldn’t understand why my boyfriend and his colleague were so engrossed and serious.  

It took a while to process the fact that what we were watching was real. 

Post # 84
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I was living in England and was only 10, so I came home from school to see my mum speechless at the TV, I was like oh okay some earthquake or something, I didn’t really grasp the magnitude of what was happening till a few years later.

Post # 85
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I will never forget that day. I was in college in New York City. I remember waking to the sounds of screams. My suitemates were in my room watching my television as the second plane flew into the building. One of my suitemates was devastated because her dad worked in the building. She was inconsolable until 2 pm when she finally reached her dad. He was late to work and saw the second plane fly into the building. I remember running outside and seeing my classmates crying. I remember the sounds of fighter planes flying overhead. I remember seeing ppl covered in dust. I remember the smell of burning metal. That smell lingered for weeks. I will never forget the pure shock I was in. I could not stop watching television but refused to go more than ten blocks away from school. I avoided diwtown because I didn’t want to see the lost person signs. I remember finally crying some three days later. 

I stayed in New York and avoided downtown for 3 years until I had to work across the street from ground zero. My first day at that job, I cried. 

Post # 86
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Blushing bee

I was in Europe, in my home in Germany, in a large city. My husband was at work and my young son already home from school. I was tired and had just lay down for a nap before my afternoon language class when my husband called telling me to turn the television on, something bad had happened. I did and saw the first pictures of the Towers. The first one had apparently just been hit and was burning. It was incredible and I couldn’t fully take in what I was looking at. I just prayed they’d be able to get the rest of the building evacuated.

My husband was terrified. He kept saying “This is bad. This is very, very bad. What does it mean?? What does it mean?? What will they do??”

I told him to calm down, wait and see. Don’t panic. Wait for the facts of the situation to come in before we evaluated what to do next, if there was anything to be done. As I said we lived in a large city at the time and the entire town was abuzz. 

After a while I got ready and left for my language class that afternoon. When I boarded the bus an older woman recognized me as American and got up and gave me her seat. The whole ride to my class she smiled at me gently like she understood, and when she got off she patted my shoulder as she left. In a culture as formal as this one that almost never happens with people who don’t know one another. I was so touched I began crying. It was the first time. I think before then I had mostly still been in shock.

When I arrived at my class and was seated, my teacher, a young man from Cologne… he must’ve been in his early to mid 20’s, that’s the only way I can explain what he did next… immaturity and being out of his depth… he expressed surprise at my showing up at all. I looked him in the eye and said “Why wouldn’t I?” Americans don’t cringe from difficult situations and we aren’t a frightened people. We act. This is fact.

He then asked me if I’d ever visited the Twin Towers. When I said no he said “Well that’s a shame because you won’t get to NOW!” and laughed. He was the only one. No one else in the class thought it was funny *at all*.

This guy must’ve been very intimidated by me or Americans in general, because he totally put me on the spot by asking next what America’s next move was going to be and what I hoped would happen. Imagine sitting in a language class with people from literally all over the world. Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Poland, the Czech Republic, South American countries, all over Asia. Everyone was intensely focused on me looking for an answer I couldn’t give them. I told him I didn’t know, we’d have to see, but I hoped with all my heart America and its allies would find the people who did this and bring them to justice. I was confident that would happen.

My husband came home early and picked me up after class, and later we learned both towers had fallen and watched the heartbreaking replays and reports on television. We sat huddled together praying silently for the victims and their families. It was very quiet in the city when we went out to eat later that night. Our town was multi-cultural and people were very kind to each other. It was like in the face of this horrible tragedy they forgot their differences and just became people, a common humanity. 

I’m a proud American but I don’t want to forget there were 61 other countries involved in the tragedy that day. There were 372 foreign nationals for a total of 12%. In my opinion this makes this terrible event an international happening that affected us all. The behavior of the people in my part of Europe reflected that feeling. We were very much one people that day and for the days to come. When I remember that it gives me faith that at our core we realize we are one.

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