Wednesday, September 11, 2013

4,383 Days Ago...

9/11 picture: United Airlines Flight 175 crashing into the World Trade Center's south tower
I can’t believe it’s been 12 years since that fateful day. Since I hadn’t turned my TV on that morning while getting dressed, I walked out my door not having any idea what was transpiring. I’ll never forget turning on my car radio a few minutes later while driving to my job at Sonny’s BBQ Pit in Richmond, KY. It was surreal. I heard things like “Nationwide air travel has been suspended” and “There may be more planes in the air that have been hijacked”.

When I arrived at work a few minutes later, everyone was huddled around the manager’s office, where he had a small TV. It was then that I saw the magnitude of what was happening. The second plane had hit a few minutes earlier. Everyone was numb. I, along much most of the world, spent the rest of the day glued to the TV coverage.
It’s one of those moments in history in which everyone remembers where they were.

Where were you when the towers were hit?


153 comments:

  1. I was home caring for my elderly father, whom I'd just moved to New Mexico from Florida. You are so right. No one could possibly forget that day. Just like I can't forget the day President Kennedy was assassinated. I was in ninth grade biology class, dissecting a frog.

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  2. I had just slipped out of my classroom to grab an extra ream of paper from the supply closet across the hall. A passing teacher grabbed my arm and said, "Don't tell the kids, but a plane just hit the World Trade Center and the Pentagon is on fire."

    I remember staring at her and then saying kind of stupidly, like she'd made a mistake: "The World Trade Center and the Pentagon are in two different cities."

    She said, "I KNOW that. We're under attack."

    I'll never forget that sentence.

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    1. Wow... I totally got goose bumps reading that last sentence...

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    2. I just got a huge lump in my throat...

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  3. I was at work when a co-worker arrived with the news about the first plane. We watched the television in the breakroom and saw the second plane hit live. An absolutely horrific day.

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  4. Really, it was a fateful time..that time i was at the home with his family.

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  5. Hey,

    I agree, I'm glad so many of us are posting/remembering.

    And, it's obviously OK for someone to choose not to post re. 9/11, but I've decided to keep it focused on the events of the date which will, for our generation, live on in infamy...

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  6. I was on the couch nursing my 4 month old son.

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  7. 12 years ago, it is horrific. All those people, died, just died................what for?

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  8. I was at school. I arrived home and turned on the T.V. in time to see the second tower being hit.

    We were three people watching with me, and I was the only one who realized what had happened.

    The others thought it was a replay of the first tower being hit. They just couldn't believe someone would do something like this on purpose.

    And even now, it's unbelievable.

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  9. i was flying...i was in the air on the way to florida and was emergency put down in atlanta with 15000 others....when we landed we saw the second plane hit and then they cut the TVs, cell phones were jammed up so we knew only a little and imagination filled in the rest...esp when the military showed up and tanks started patroling...it was surreal but people came together inside that airport....

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  10. I had just walked into work and it was eerily quiet ... and then people told me and I was in shock ...I have/had friends and family in NY -- the company I worked for owned 63 floors of the second tower that was hit -- I couldn't stop thinking about my friends, my family, my co-workers and knowing that I was 3,000 miles away almost brought me to my knees ... I found out a couple of days later that six of my co-workers were lost that day and my friends husband also ... just a sad sad sad day ....

    Stop by my bloggy today if you get a chance ... I am sharing photos from the 9/11 memorial we have here

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  11. I still wonder what brought building #7 down?

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  12. I had just dropped the kids off at school, driving to an exercise class and heard it on the radio, it had just happened and I kept thinking...how will they get those people out? Helicopter? The magnitude of the disaster was not yet apparent.

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  13. I was in Las Vegas on the phone with my brother as we watched all of this tragedy unfold. It was unreal..it still is.

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  14. It started out as a normal morning for me.....watching the news while I was getting ready for work. I still often think on a normal morning what a good thing it is when it just stays normal.

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  15. I was at home with the Great Scot, who had just returned from a visit to Scotland the week before.

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  16. I was at work. I tried to log on to the BBC News site just before I left at 2pm and the site was busy. I got home and saw the pictures of the first plane. My son was a toddler - my over riding memory was of his hands tracing the flight of the plane until I realised I probably shouldn't let him see what was about to happen. It's still such a chilling sight.

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  17. I had called a friend before she went to work and she was crying and had just heard the news. Her kids were in NYC for a visit and she was frantically trying to reach them.

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  18. I was on the Big Island of Hawaii when it happened, and it was VERY early in the morning there. . Actually I had waked up early there and was sitting at my computer drinking coffee just checking things…oblivious to news. A friend of mine from Germany suddenly saw me online and instant messaged me, saying something about what a horrible thing happened. I said, "What?" She told me to turn the TV. I did…and then I watched in disbelief. My god!!!! Quite amazing really that I was clued in about 9 / 11 by a German friend.

    Actually we were scheduled to fly home from Hawaii the day after 9/11. Obviously we did not fly home on that day. We were not able to fly home until 9/14 (and only then because we were 'premier' fliers and had priority for seats). I remember the fear I felt flying home on the first day planes were flying. Everyone was DEAD silent all the way home - from Hawaii to LA & then LA to Chicago. Very very eerie times.

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  19. It seems like it happened yesterday rather than a dozen years ago.

    I was in the bathroom shaving and getting ready to start the day. I happened to turn a portable radio on to hear the weather report. Instead, I was hearing unbelievable reports about chaos in New York. I couldn't believe it at first. It sounded like something from "War of the Worlds".

    One of my cousins worked in the World Trade Center. Thankfully, she evacuated immediately.

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  20. Thank you for posting this.

    I was at home and had just gotten my boys off to school. When the planes hit I tried to reach my family in NY but the lines were already jammed. It was a long few hours before I found out everyone was safely home from the city.

    Never Forget.

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  21. I was teaching in my third grade classroom. They were at special areas - art class, actually - and I had the TV on for the last of the Today Show news while I was doing some planning when I saw the coverage that the first "something" had hit the World Trade Center. No one knew exactly what at that moment, and I had to turn off the TV to go pick up my class and get about the day's routine. The horror of what unfolded wasn't really something appropriate for third-graders to watch at school.

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  22. I was on my computer so I knew right away. I will never forget.

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  23. I'll never forget being in my classroom with my 7th graders and the horror that unfolded that They allowed us to turn on the tv's eventually, but I quickly turned it off when I realized we were seeing, live, people jumping to their deaths from the burning buildings.

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  24. My son who was very small was waching t.v , he said to me look mommy what is happening ?

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  25. I was in 6th grade. The teachers didn't tell us what happened but when I got home, my older brother was glued to the tv (and that never happened) so I knew something was terribly wrong.

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  26. I was at home getting ready for work. My grandma called and told me to turn on the tv.

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  27. It WAS a long time ago, but it feels like yesterday as the saying goes.

    I was working as a secretary at that time and it came on TV. I think I denied that it was happening for an hour, thinking it was a hoax or something.

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  28. In english class when I first heard, sad day indeed

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  29. I was in my kitchen making some food preparation. We were glued to the TV for much of the rest of the day.

    There was a lot of planes in the air over our house as we are in the direct flight path and airplanes were diverted to other airports in the East.
    JB

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  30. I was pruning plants for the summer job I had. Then that evening I had to sing for a show, which was very difficult.

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  31. Living in California I was getting ready to go to work. Hubby was in the shower and I turned on the television to see the news. I stood there in disbelief. I couldn't comprehend what was going on for the longest time. Hubby had the same problem. To this day that day is so vivid in our memory.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

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  32. I wanted to leave work and get my babies out of school, have them with me. It was a very unsettling, senseless, atrocious tragedy. And it doesn't seem like 12 years.

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  33. I was in my Junior year of high school in my first class of the day (Psychology). We did nothing for the remainder of the day, but watch the news. I cried a lot.

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  34. I was at home getting my 8 year old son ready for school. I couldn't comprehend it then and I'm not much closer today. Peace, love, light and healing for our whole planet!!!!

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  35. I was at work. One of my co-workers heard about it on the radio and turned on the TV, saying, we're being bombed. We stood around and watched. I remember I couldn't fathom that the towers had fallen. I think I was actually in shock.

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  36. I remember walking into my obligations at the time quoting Sunday Bloody Sunday. One of my compatriots accused me of being sarcastic until I reminded her the song was about a terrorist attack.

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  37. I was on the road, my oldest strapped in the back seat while delivering my husband to work. I couldn't believe what was on the radio, and I drove straight to my moms after dropping off the hubby and sat glued to the TV in disbelief for the next several hours. It became all the more real when we moved to NYC a few years later and were living with those who survived it first hand. So crazy.

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  38. I was in the barracks getting dressed for morning formation. I had just gotten to my permanent duty station a few days earlier, it was a wake up call. Then I spent the next 6 months on guard duty 12 hours a day 7 days a week. You're right, it's burned into me memory.

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  39. the most horrific incident till date... couldnt believe whatever was unfolding before my eyes on the tv screen that day..

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  40. I was at home with my 2 year old daughter. My husband called me to turn on the news. Such a devastating day. 12 years later and it is still hard to think about!

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  41. cannot believe how long it has been. i was starting high school and will never forget the feeling.

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  42. I was in a Black Cab in London picking up my kids from pre-school. The driver said there's been a plane crash and I didn't realise what had happened until I got home

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  43. I was living outside the country - I was informed as soon as the first plane hit, turned on the tv to see the second. I am a born and bred New Yorker...I cried for 4 days - my husband made me stop watching tv...I did not lose any close friends...I still get incensed when I recall the behavior of the American tourists in the country I was in, as well as the initial reaction of the gov't leaders of the country I was in - selfish self-centered bastards all!

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  44. work. a co-worker recd a call from his wife saying a plane had hit one of the towers. he announced it to our side of the floor and we all went to the 10th floor break area to watch the tv coverage. as the scenes unfolded, the tears and shock set in. and the scramble began to bring our traveling executives home via any means possible.

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  45. We had just moved back to Omaha, Nebraska from living in Atalanta, Georgia. My husband started his first day at his job. My friend was about to get married. We had a party later that day. Many of her relatives couldn't come to the wedding because of the high alert. A scary time! We used to do a memorial at work, but now the students were too young to experience what happened.

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  46. This is such a weird topic for me. I lived on the West Coast, so this happened in the middle of the night there. I could not sleep that night, at all. I got up around 4:30, because I was tired of tossing and turning. I went into my living room, and got on the computer. One of my friends was awake, and sent me a message telling me to turn on the news. And I did.

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  47. I remember. Thanks for sharing your story. The world is grieving today.

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  48. It was a very very sad day.
    I was at home and shocked to watch the news.
    I am in India but many of our relatives are in NYC /P.A so we called and checked in.
    Tragic.
    May the heroes rest in peace.

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  49. Seven years old, playing with my Barbie dolls in fron t of the television, subsequently traumatised.

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  50. I had just gotten to work - the news was so difficult to grasp. I still can't really believe it.

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  51. we will never forget this tragic day

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  52. What a terrible tragedy that was. Something no one will ever forget. I was home that day and saw it come on the news.

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  53. I remember it like it was yesterday. I remember feeling numb as well. I just couldn't believe what I was watching and kept thinking it couldn't be real. I was glued to the tv and just couldn't pull myself away.

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  54. I live in Canada but still remember where I was on that tragic day. I was on the first day of a new job that I had decided wasn't for me. So it was also my last day at that job.

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  55. I was in training class at work. The training aspect ended for the day.

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  56. I switched on the tv whilst having my lunch - I couldn't figure out what I was watching - I thought it must be some disaster movie - surreal.

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  57. I was working out in the field taking water quality samples with my coworker. We saw a military plane flew by and felt so shaken….no other planes flew that day. How could hate create so much damage, why did those men decide to create something so horrific? All I know is it proved that we are strong, we dive in to help those in need and we keep on moving one foot in front of the other. Boo to hate, yeah for love!

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  58. I was at home sitting at my old Windows 98 computer idly flicking through the world news. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. Like Elaine says - it was surreal.

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  59. I remember hearing about some kind of attack as i went about my teaching job. At the end of the day i went into the school library and could not believe what i was seeing on the librarian's little tv. Even from here in Scotland i could feel the shockwaves. Will never forget it.

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  60. I was home and awakened by my husband who had to rush out the door for work but pointed at the television he had turned on. I was very confused at first, thinking it was a fire in a high-rise somewhere. And then I saw the second plane, live, hit the second tower. I watched everything unfold live from some very brave reporters, one of which was Hoda Kotb. A very sad day for humanity in so many ways. A very sobering reminder that mankind has a long way to go. xo

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  61. I was home alone with my dog, Kenzie. I turned on the TV to watch some morning news ~ an image came on the screen similar to the one you posted. And I turned the channel because I thought it was an "Independence Day" type of movie. When the same image appeared on the next channel, my heart broke. I couldn't believe it. I watched while the second tower fell. I won't forget it for as long as I live.

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  62. I was at work putting together a load of reports. My boss came in to tell me and the penny took a while to drop that it was deliberate. Until the second plane hit, I thought it was an accident. Just shocking. I remember it so well.

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  63. I was in our bathroom curling my hair. I turned on the small TV and saw the hole in the north tower. I called to Terry who was in our bedroom, but I couldn't seem to get anything coherent out. All I could say was, "There's a hole in the building." We watched while everyone on CBS tried to figure out what was going on. We were thinking it was a terrible accident. Then when we saw the second plane headed straight for the second tower, and we knew it was much worse; we knew it was terrorists. I was stunned when the first tower pancaked. I never thought for a moment that the towers would collapse. It was horrific.

    The day before Terry and I were up in the mountains enjoying a picnic lunch by a sparkling blue lake, a cloudless sky, gold aspen and dark spruce. It was a perfect Colorado day that I thought I'd remember forever because it was so beautiful and peaceful. Now it stands in contrast to a world that had become more dark and dangerous. Terry and I never part in the morning without giving each other a strong hug. Things can change in a heartbeat.

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  64. September 11 is the day schools open in Greece. They usually distribute the books for the entire year that day. So, I was 17, and I remember going home from school and the moment I opened the door I started complaining about how heavy the book-bags were. My mom and sister barely noticed, they just looked at me and my mom said: A plane just crashed into one of the Twin Towers in NY. And then as I sat down in the couch in disbelief, the second plane crashed into the other tower.

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  65. I was at work and we in Canada were equally shocked, horrified and transfixed by the unfolding events.

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  66. This makes my hairs stand on end! It's too big to comprehend, even 12 years on. We are 5 hours ahead of you guys and I remember arriving at the after-school club I was working at when it happened. I was waiting for all the little ones to turn up...then news started trickling through word of mouth. That week, I had a project planned where they would build and paint something that was important to them...I was shocked that some of the little ones were building the towers and painting fire on. They were only 8yrs old at the time and I remember getting choked up that this was now going to stay with them forever. They were trying to understand and make sense of it all. Thank you for this post. My love and heart goes across an ocean to you guys.

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  67. I was chatting with a fella in England via amateur radio. I can still barely stand to think about that morning, and hope to never feel that devastated again.

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  68. I was at home, getting ready for school (I was a teacher.) I saw the first tower down on television when the second tower was still up, and then it fell.

    We spent the entire day at school with no answers for the kids. There was a lot of fear.

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  69. I was in fifth grade and I remember that was the day I was getting my tenor sax to learn to play and I was so excited. When it happened, my teacher told us a little bit about it, but it wasn't until I had gotten home that I really knew anything. We live in the Midwest so that was far away and it seemed kind of like a fantasy, you know? Not in any kind of disrespectful way, it just kind of shows how large our country is and yet how it can affect us all.

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  70. I was in Tampa at a Coke heiress' home, photo-styling her home for a Better Homes & Gardens interior design book when the field editor involved rushed into the room saying, "where's the tv? my husband called and a plane has flown into one of the twin towers!". The owner of the house didn't believe in having a TV but she had a radio. We could hear it happening as we kept fulfilling our job contract. It was a strained day with lots of questions...we couldn't see pictures until we finished for the day and went to a sports bar to eat our evening meal.

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  71. I was in bed asleep. When I woke up, I dialed our church prayer line to see what was going on, and I heard our pastor saying to pray for our country.I immediately called Phil then turned the T.V. on, where I was transfixed the rest of the day.

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  72. I just woke up, my Mom called and was like OMG! Turn the TV on. A plane just crashed into one of the twin towers. We were sitting there in disbelief, then another.
    God bless America and all the families that lost loved ones. God bless our military for the freedom they give us.

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  73. I'd just finished my breakfast safe in my house when I turned on the morning news to see the first tower burning and then came the unbelievable second crash. Someone called to tell me there was an emergency blood drive on at a church here and when I got there people were lined up out in the street to donate. The rest of the day is a blur.

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  74. I was sleeping and my hubby turned on the tv coverage & I couldn't believe what I was seeing, like it was a movie or something ~ Days afterwards, everything was so surreal ~

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  75. I had taken the day off work so that I could take my ex husband to a job interview... I used to be a CNN junkie and I had turned it on as background noise... then I saw a tower on fire... I turned it up and I was glued to my set. I had to go to the interview with him but when I got back all I watched was CNN... it was all very sad...

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  76. I was watching television making up my shopping list getting ready to go the commissary at Ft Meade, Md. Never made the trip that day.

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  77. i remember everything about that day... everyone in my office in front of the Tv...the complete disbelief...

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  78. I hadn't gone to work yet...could not believe my eyes...I went to school and we were sent back home. My cousin's fiance was lost in one of those towers. Truly shamefully incredible...

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  79. I hate remembering this. I was in bed listening to the radio and the announcer started crying as they were describing people jumping from the buildings.

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  80. I was in a history class in 7th grade. I remember some parents showed up at the school to take their children home, and then everyone was sent home early. I was mad that the teacher turned off the TV, so I didn't see it when it happened but saw the recordings afterwards when I got home.

    I also remember a lot of the Muslim children at my school were being harassed after that day, and I thought that was really unfair.

    I am shocked no one had talked about this today. I only saw a tiny snippet about it in the newspaper. There was no moment of silence. I wonder if the nation is starting to forget... or do they purposely not want to talk about it anymore?

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    1. Flight crews had a moment of silence this morning.

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    2. I work in a hospital and they did not have a moment of silence. It wasn't mentioned at all. I thought that was odd. Even when I was in college, there was a moment of silence every year.

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  81. I had just walked into my Georgia History class, my teacher was standing there white faced watching. We sat in horror watching the events unfold.

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  82. Hard day for the country. i have to remain silent on where I was, secret identity and all

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  83. It was about 10pm here and the story broke into regular programming on tv. There was so much confusion initially until the second plane hit and it became clear that it was an attack. What an extraordinary day.

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  84. At home getting ready for work.

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  85. I was stuck in Salt Lake City because the airport was closed. I had been in NYC the day before and we were 4 hours late leaving because there was a HUGE thunderstorm that backed everything up in LGA. It was like the movie Groundhog Day where everything is the same over and over and over. For four days we'd get up, check in with our captain, watch TV, meet for drinks and dinner and go to bed only to try again the next day. Finally on the day the airports opened, it was so eery. Everyone was so somber and it was one of the quietest flights I had worked in a long time. It was also kind of nice because it was a complete bonding experience. We were all in it together. People were nice and looked out for one another. Ask any crew member and they will tell you exactly where they were on September 11th.

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  86. I was at home and a friend called and told me and I turned on the t.v..

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  87. I was at school in choir and we were practicing for our concert in a couple of days so I didn't hear about it until I walked into a class that we had that was like homeroom once a week. The TV was on and I just stopped in the doorway to watch the footage before finally moving in. I wanted to watch TV all day but most of my classmates didn't and it was so frustrating because I wanted to know what was happening. I also remember afterward, I was dog sitting for my sister and I was the one who took him outside and fed him throughout the evening. I made my dad go out with me when I had to take Wolf outside because I was so uneasy and I would watch the sky.

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  88. At this time the UK was in the middle of a foot and mouth crisis. The government had closed most of the public footpaths to try to stop the spread of the disease but a few were still open. At the time I owned a hiking business which was severely affected but on that day I had left my shop to hike one of the few trails open. On my return my manageress said have you heard--- up to that point I was unaware of this horror.

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  89. I was home from work that day, I had a doctors appointment. I was shocked when I turned on the TV. It is a day I will never forget, the pictures are burnt in my mind.

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  90. I was living in Mexico at the time with a baby bump of about five months. My husband was working in San Diego, CA and he called me to turn the TV on. They closed the border that day for most of the day but my husband was able to make it home that afternoon. A tragic event that shook the whole world even the baby inside of me as she wouldn't stop jumping.

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  91. I was semi retired and working 2 days a week as a gatekeeper for a Hunt Club. We had a tiny TV to keep us entertained. At first it appeared to be a tragic accident but when the second plane hit there was no doubt. Complete disbelief and horror set in. It seems impossible it has been 12 years for the images are still painfully fresh. Pray we never see such again.

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  92. It was about 8 at night here when the planes crashed the twin towers... I was too watching the TV and a regional channel was covering the incident in local language. The scene where the people in street were looking at the fire bouncing out of the tower still at vision. I wish such striker never take place anywhere in world.

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  93. I watched it on TV at work too! Chilling still.

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  94. Driving to work in Maysville, KY where I worked with your sister. I was 8 months pregnant with Olivia. When I arrived at work another employee told me someone named "Ben Laddin" had "bombed" the world trade center. When I got home that evening my family was glued to the TV, and remained so for 3 days afterward. My 10 year high school reunion was scheduled for September 15, and only about 20% of the guest list was able to attend due to travel restrictions.

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  95. I was very young in 2001, only 10, and I didn't quite understand the magnitude of the situation. I remember being lead out of my 5th grade classroom by my teacher, who was in tears, and having the situation explained to us. I remember being let out of school early, and going home to see it posted all over the news. 12 years later, now that I understand, the anniversary of 9/11 leaves me with an empty feeling in my chest. I loved this post. Thank you.
    xoxo
    Daisy <3

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  96. Just seeing your photo brings back all my memories of that tragic day. I was watching the news when I saw the first plane crash,and the horror will be etched on my mind for ever.It was a sad day.

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  97. Sitting in my living room...I'm glad yesterday is over, it's a hard one. My husband went to a funeral yesterday of a young man who died completely unexpectedly and I realized in the night "it was 9/11. It's a tragic day all the way around. I prayed yesterday for those people with loved ones, it hurts like it was yesterday I am sure.

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  98. I was in a training class. It's like the moment I heard that John Kennedy had been assassinated. It's almost like your mind slows down and takes a photograph that not only sees, but hears, smells, and feels everything around you.

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  99. I was at work. A colleague rushed downstairs and said that I must turn on the TV and I did. I will never forget what I saw.

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  100. You know where I was.
    Very, very bad.

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  101. It doesn't seem like 12 years have passed...

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  102. The day the world changed, forever. The atrocity of that day is etched into our minds. The day all civilized people, watched in horror.

    I was listening to my radio in the afternoon, here in England. The guy on the radio said, "a Cessna plane" had crashed into one of the towers. As further reports came in, I watched the evil unfold on my TV screen.

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  103. I was driving to my 6am swimming class at the local junior college, listening to the radio. They were in some kind of panic, and it took a few minutes to understand what was going on - and I don't think they totally understood either, being on the West Coast. What an evil, horrific thing... I hope we never get over it, and continue to remember and honor those who perished that day, as well as those heroes who tried their best to save as many as they could.

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  104. I'll never forget that day of disbelief and shock. I was starting my day at the school where I taught and the kids came in telling me about a plane crashing into a building. I thought it was a small plane. I had no idea... and then they sent my daughter home from work in Chicago because she worked for a company in a tall building. She used to talk to people from Cantor Fitzgerald all the time. They were all lost. She couldn't believe it.

    My son was in Mali, West Africa. He said he and his other Peace Corps Volunteers were stunned when they heard the news and were called back to the capital city because they didn't know what would happen next since Mali is a Muslim country.

    I have a poor memory about lots of things, but I remember that day.

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  105. Back in those days, I never watched morning TV. To this day I don't know why I turned the set on that morning and saw this. I cried all the way to work.

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  106. Just came back to wish you a happy Friday TOO, Keith. Always enjoy your thoughtful questions (answered this one already).

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  107. We will never forget! For sure...my husband and I had been to Paris and Rome and were flying back...nearly 4 hours and over the ocean...our plane turned around and they didn't tell us why. When we landed back in Paris...militia...dogs...chaos...AND our daughter and his brother were both flight attendants. We were stranded in Paris for 3 days before we could get a flight back to America. They never promised us we could leave...just that we MIGHT be able to. Finally got on a flight to Houston that was filled with volunteer fireman coming to help. The drive from Houston to our car in Dallas was filled with flags flying all over the state. Sad, but also one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I have a blog about it in my archives.

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  108. I was still in high school back then, but even as young as I was, I was still able to grasp the gravity of the situation. When I got to my after-school dry cleaning job, I turned on our little B&W TV and watched the news with the customers that would come in. I'll never forget that day.

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  109. It was similar for me Keith...I was cleaning a house and had no radio or TV on and when I left and turned on the car radio I was both confused and in shock. It is hard to believe it has been that long now, but sometimes it feels like just yesterday.

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  110. One of the worst things ever to have happened in history !!!

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  111. I was swimming in the high school pool at the same time the planes were hiting the buildings...once I got into my car I heard the news on the radio- when I went into the store to get milk before going home everone was stunned- it was an awful day one of the many that have followed since then.

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  112. It was 5 something AM here and I was watching the morning new when confusion set in with the reporters. they had no idea what was happening. At first thought it was an accident but then the second airplane just zero-ed in on the second tower and we knew it was an act of terrorism. And bad got worse............
    MB

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  113. at work. in disbelief that on such a sunny day. how could a plane hit a building like that. then the second one hit. what a sad day.

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  114. at work. in disbelief that on such a sunny day. how could a plane hit a building like that. then the second one hit. what a sad day.

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  115. at work. in disbelief that on such a sunny day. how could a plane hit a building like that. then the second one hit. what a sad day.

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  116. Do you feel that this year people weren't making as big of a deal of it as they had in previous years?

    It might just be me, considering I am out of the country and everything, but I really get the impression that people didn't notice nearly as much, maybe myself included. It was very strange.

    My husband was living in brooklyn at the time of the attacks. Pretty scary!

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  117. Even I only being in 3rd grade at the time remember this fateful day when the world stopped turning. I was standing outside the 3rd grade classroom for bathroom break when my teacher burst out into tears.

    I wish I had understood more then.

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  118. This so terribly captures the heartlessness, the evil, that people can do to each other. The worst are surely those who do such things with total clarity and deliberation. I was way across the globe when it happened, but my good friend who had just recently been posted to a bank in New York was right there. He called me, right in the midst of the chaos, to tell me what had just happened. The shock and unbelief was unforgettable.

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  119. P.S. Thank you so much for popping by -- your words made me smile :)

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  120. My day sounded exactly like yours. I must have been huddled around the same little TV set. Numb. Frightened. Sad. Like the world was ending.
    That night, I held my husband tighter than ever before.

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  121. I was working at home. I stopped for a coffee break, turned the TV on and...honestly thought it was some kind of sick joke.
    When it finally sank in, I was in deep shock...and so angry that such an atrocity could ever happen.
    Even today, when I think of it I still feel that dreadful sense of shock.

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  122. I was at home when it happened and my mom called to tell me to turn on the TV. We watched, stunned. It was too surreal, like we were watching a movie. I think this will be forever etched in our memories.

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  123. That is one thing I will never forget.

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  124. I had a group of fourth graders in the computer lab when a teacher's assistant came into the room in tears. She told me why she was crying and watched my class a few moments while I ran to the TV in the library next door, where many people were trying to make sense of the news. I will never forget, either.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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  125. Hi Keith .. I was working by car in Sussex - but those days are still remembered.

    Going back to your previous post - lots and lots of kindnesses done that day .. just so soberingly terrible ..

    With thoughts - Hilary

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  126. I was at school in fourth grade. I didn't know anything about what had happened until my grandma mentioned it when I got home. I didn't know what the World Trade Center was and didn't comprehend how much damage was done or how important this event was until weeks later, when I realized it was still on the news.

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  127. I was at work, and the first clue that something was wrong...I could not log on to the internet. It was jammed with traffic....slowly the news trickled out, and we watched on cnn..moment by horrific moment....even now it just seems so surreal...
    My managers were kind enough to allow us to go home, if we so wished...
    We will never forget, indeed.
    I am grateful that twenty years ago I had the chance to dine at Windows on the World. Today, the memory is sacred to me...
    Blessings, Keith...
    - Irina

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  128. I was a kid back then..
    I remember watching it on TV and horrifying pictures next day in newspaper.
    It was gruesome.

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  129. It was such a sad day, so hard to just sit and watch, unable to do anything else - for those of us who lived in other states. (Other than pray I mean)

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  130. It really doesn't seem like 12 years ago....I remember I was fighting with my brother over the bathroom when I caught a glimpse of what was on the news. I also remember several of my family members flying that day, thankfully they were all ok

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  131. I still remember that day (although I can't remember it clearly). My dad was glued to the news.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  132. I was at school when the event occurred. Teachers were talking to each other while staring at the T.V. screen while students were being picked up from school by their parents. I knew a building was hit in NY but I figured it was far away it didn't matter to us (I'm in FL). I wasn't aware that America was under attack, I was too young to understand. I remember running home after school because I couldn't wait to tell my mom what I saw. I remember telling her "Mom, this huge plane crashed in a building in New York or New Jersey it was huge!! We saw it on T.V. there was a lot of smoke." and she responded with "I know, Nicole. It has been all over the news. Several planes as crashed." I realize it was seriously when we walked in the house and news channel would not stop talking about the events. My eyes were glued to the screen for weeks after that. I wanted to know everything that had happen. I also ask my parents about 300 questions regarding.

    It's something we all will never forget.

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  133. Humanity was the victim, I uttered while I was inside the university!

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  134. Having an argument with chris about filling a skip( dumpster) at our old Ouse
    We sat dumbfounded the rest of the day in front of the tv

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  135. i was sitting at home while my hubs was on a military training called "in the field". i watched it on tv when he called me.

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  136. Grade 6 I think? We were notified in class by my teacher.

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  137. I was in Las Vegas living and working at 7-11 corporate office as an accounting clerk. Heard when I got to work that morning, worried all day. What was really weird was that the next few days Las Vegas was a ghost town. There was NO traffic on the strip. All the casino hotels had almost 95% cancellations. It was bad for everyone everywhere.

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  138. I was in 9th grade biology. I watched nothing but the news for days on end and just cried.

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  139. Oh gosh... it is a day that I don't think anyone can forget...

    I was a ballet teacher, so I was at the studio waiting for students to arrive. I was SO CONFUSED why no one was showing up. It wasn't until my boss stepped in and told me what was going on that I knew. She sent us home and I remember being glued to the tv all day. It was madness. :/

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  140. That was a tragic day. My husband and I were in Washington State on a hiking trip when the towers went down. We couldn't believe it when we heard about it.

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  141. I was at home when a neighbour rang and said to switch on the TV. Even here in the UK we stayed glued to the TV all day.

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  142. I was in high school and had just turned on the TV as I prepared to get ready for class. I woke my mom up and told her about the 1st plane hitting and she leaped out of bed in a panic. Then the 2nd plane hit.

    We watched the news in every class that day and talked about potential suspects and motivations behind the attack. I wondered if the USA would go to war and wondered if any of the students at my school might fight and possibly die.

    We all know the answer to what happened next.

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  143. I was at home here in south Texas and just happened to turn the TV on. What a shock!

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  144. I'll never catch my breath when it comes to this day, when I was sitting in my Geometry class in High School, so unprepared and naive as to what exactly had just happened.

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  145. I was working. I was in an office where I was developing a project, someone phone and talked about it so we try to listen to the noon news on the radio but nothing was still clear and I simply couldn´t believe it. It was lunch time here and I had to keep on working at university during the afternoon, so I went out to eat something, I went to a bar near the office with my husband, when we came in the tv was on, we sat down and we saw how the second plane impacted on the building and the following events while the sandwiches remain without eating. I went to university that afternoon, I still remember being in the classroom and thinking about those terrible images. Back home we saw it once and again, I cried a river...

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  146. Sitting on my bed in Beijing China around 8pm and my neighbor (fellow American) called me and told me to turn on CNN.
    Cortne

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  147. Drinking coffee and watching the news. This made me realize we are not invincible. This also made me aware of the camaraderie between Americans. Something as simple as getting gas for the car turned into strangers consoling each other. Pride for our country was overwhelmingly felt.

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