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  • Where we you 11 years ago today, and what do you remember?

    Some people posted their memories in Dennis' 9/11 thread, and I thought a whole thread dedicated to that made some sense.

    I don't know anyone (who was old enough) who doesn't remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when they got the news, so what is your story?

    For me, I was asleep. It was 6 am on the West Coast where I live, and it was during summer break after my senior year of high school. I woke up when my mom called me. She said "I'm on my way to work, and the radio is saying something is happening. Turn on the TV." I didn't understand what she meant, having just awoken from sleep, but I stumbled into the living room and hit the "on" button. It was after the first tower was hit, but before the second. The image of that first tower burning is forever frozen in my mind. From that moment on, I didn't move from in front of the tv for the entire day, and most of the next. I saw the second plane hit, and both towers fall. I didn't know anyone in New York, but it didn't matter. I felt personally affected by the events, even though I had no "actual" personal connection to them.

    Until that day, I didn't really understand how an event could unite a whole country, like Pearl Harbor or the Kennedy assassination, but now I understand it only too well. It's a shock to me when I see kids, and think "That kid wasn't even born yet when 9/11 happened."
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    I was on duty. I was working a double-shift for one on vacation. We got the signal on the radio we NEVER wanted to hear. I was down on the outskirts of Atlanta. We were called into the city. I turned on the radio and heard a man describing the 2nd plane into the 2nd building. I was flabbergasted. I thought, this is my country and they're doing this to US?? I used my cell on the way and called a beautiful girl I had gotten married to just a couple months before. She was hysterical, telling me what happened. I was getting a bit upset myself. I didn't want to hang up but I was where I needed to be. I kissed at the phone, which she heard. I said I love you, although I don't know what will happen. She said the same to me. Hell of a way to begin your marriage. But I was prepared. Not many were.
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    • #3
      I posted this earlier today in another thread, but since it's appropriate, I will repeat it here.

      Had things worked out just a little differently that morning, I would have been driving past the Pentagon on I-395 just about the time that American Airlines Flight 77 hit the Pentagon. I had spoken to a Civil War Roundtable in Fredericksburg, VA on the night of September 10, and I was headed back home to Ohio on the morning of the 11th.

      It was a beautiful, crystal clear morning. I got up, got my breakfast, and sat by the cannons at Hazel Grove on the Chancellorsville battlefield to eat it that morning. I then got in the car and began heading north to head home. I had a meeting in Manassas that morning, or else I would have been driving past the Pentagon almost at the same time that the plane hit it.

      Instead, I was talking to Susan on the cell phone while driving when the first plane hit. By the time I got to my destination, two more had hit, including at the Pentagon. Then Flight 93 crashed and the Pennsylvania Turnpike was closed, meaning that I had to find an alternate route home.

      As a result, it took all day for me to get home. Not long after I crossed into Ohio and stopped at a rest stop, I looked up into the sky and saw the only planes up there--one large airliner and several fighter planes escorting it. It was Air Force One, and while I was no fan of George W. Bush, at that particular moment, I was never happier to see anything than I was to see that big symbol of America, escorted by those fighter jets.

      It was a long day driving alone and listening to events unfold, not knowing whether we were at war or whether there were going to be more attacks.

      May God bless the souls of those who lost their lives that day, including the dedicated first responders who sacrificed everything to try to help. And may God bless the souls of our fighting men and women who fight to protect the freedoms that we enjoy as Americans.

      Never forget. Never forgive.
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      • #4
        I was in line signing up for winter classes for college. I literally dropped my books and such. Next day, I tried to go enlist in the Army, but due to my heart issues, I was unable to....

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        • #5
          C/2LT in Army JROTC, Senior in HS, sitting in 3rd period Psychology. Someone comes in and turns on the TV, saying there was a plane crash in New York. Turn it on to see the first tower on fire. My first thought was, "Either it was foggy as hell or the pilot was high as a kite...how the f**k can you miss seeing the World Trade Center in your flight path?" Then I found out what actually happened.

          May all those who were needlessly killed R.I.P., and may the camel-screwing, coke-snorting, sub-human things who perpetrated it burn in hell with their idol they call Allah and his false prophet Moe Hamhead.
          SGT, 210th MP Battalion, 2nd MP BDE, MSSG

          Fervently PRO-TRUMP, anti-Islam and anti-Steelers!

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          • #6
            In my mums front room. Cursing the bloke who designed the hospital bed I was dismantling for using odd size bolts. I hadn't had a shower or change of clothes for nearly a week. I was smelly, tired, and heartbroken.

            When my brother turned the tv on and the announcement came on I thought they meant a light aircraft. Then I saw the damage.

            When the second one came in I couldn't watch I turned my back on the impact. I felt guilty about that for quite a while.

            Then we got on with tidying up the front room while we watched. There were loads of things going through my head. Most of them personal. More than a few stupid and selfish. Mainly though pity for those dieing and those about to die and a degree of pain that no matter how old I got I would never be able to forget the day my dad died.
            "Sometimes its better to light a flamethrower than to curse the darkness" T Pratchett

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            • #7
              I was in grad school at Chaminade U in Criminal Justice/Forensic Science. My b/f at the time got me up as he had a terrible feeling about something so we turned on the news and thought it was all a movie. It was just shock and awe the whole day.

              I March 2002, I volunteered through my school to go to Staten Island to assist in the recovery efforts. It was exceptionally heavy.
              TTFN

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              • #8
                I was at work - a radio news report came on about a plane flying into a New-York skyscraper -

                They had a local reporter reporting live who was rather excited so we turned on a portable TV a colleague had hidden away and watched the second plane come in on CNN.

                I can honestly say it was the most personally shocking event I ever watched on television -

                Those towers were iconic to me, even though I had never seen them in reality, they figured in movies and TV series, images of the NY sky-line hung in classrooms, a picture of them was in my first girlfriends bedroom -

                Growing up with disaster movies where there was always a hero to save the day in the nick of time - I simply could not imagine them coming down.

                When they fell one after the other I had tears in my eyes - I still get shivers thinking about it 10 years later -


                With respect to those of you who lost friends and family there - most of all to those who gave their lives to try and help others.
                Lambert of Montaigu - Crusader.

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                • #9
                  It was afternoon in Oslo, Norway, I was sitting having a beer in the bar at Oslo airport (1530 local time something), waiting to board a flight to Berlin to attend a Lufthansa seminar. There was a TV on the wall - CNN was running. There it all suddenly developed. I am not sure how fast CNN reacted that day but it must have been pretty close to the actual happenings.

                  That the Lufthansa seminar started with a cocktail dance in the evening, which was carried through, was later critizised on German TV. After that, no leave for the seminar group.......

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Legatus Augusti View Post
                    Some people posted their memories in Dennis' 9/11 thread, and I thought a whole thread dedicated to that made some sense.

                    I don't know anyone (who was old enough) who doesn't remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when they got the news, so what is your story?

                    For me, I was asleep. It was 6 am on the West Coast where I live, and it was during summer break after my senior year of high school. I woke up when my mom called me. She said "I'm on my way to work, and the radio is saying something is happening. Turn on the TV." I didn't understand what she meant, having just awoken from sleep, but I stumbled into the living room and hit the "on" button. It was after the first tower was hit, but before the second. The image of that first tower burning is forever frozen in my mind. From that moment on, I didn't move from in front of the tv for the entire day, and most of the next. I saw the second plane hit, and both towers fall. I didn't know anyone in New York, but it didn't matter. I felt personally affected by the events, even though I had no "actual" personal connection to them.

                    Until that day, I didn't really understand how an event could unite a whole country, like Pearl Harbor or the Kennedy assassination, but now I understand it only too well. It's a shock to me when I see kids, and think "That kid wasn't even born yet when 9/11 happened."
                    I was at work, and I remember it all.

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                    • #11
                      6 miles west of the towers at work. The wife called and asked if I could see smoke? I says what are you talking about? She says a plane hit one of the towers I say a big one? she says IDK I say let me finish what I am doing and I'll check it out. A short time later another call WTF Dave another one hit the other tower my heart sinks I say I'll call you right back. I go outside and look at the towers I can see em plain as day 2 huge smoke trails streaming off the Island into the harbor OH GOD whats going on here? I call the wife back honey IDK whats going on is the baby ok I just didn't know what else to say? I am gonna OMG a plane also hit the Pentagon and there are reports of another plane crashing west of here she says. I say I am gonna come home as soon as I can I aint sure what to do next? We are under attack, My uncle works in one of the towers, I got good friends who are NYC cops and fireman OH shyt oh shyt oh shyt. **** it I think to myself family first we are under attack but by now the roads here are shutting down and I am 35 miles from home. I am standing on the road looking at the towers and I can't believe what I see one drops and a cloud of smoke is so big it looks like a ****in Abomb I realize I got tears in my eyes and I am so ****in mad I can't think straight. And then the second one drops I am thinking HOW MANY HOW ****IN MANY!!!!!! SOMEONE HAS GOT TO PAY FOR THIS!!!! I don't get home till about 6:30 that night wife and I hug and sit in the living room with the oldest boy in his room and the baby on the floor in front of us and cry. Waiting to hear more.
                      THATS WHY I AINT CRAZY ABOUT WATCHING THAT SHYT ON TV it brings back to many hurtful memories.
                      BUT I WILL NEVER FORGET,EVER

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                      • #12
                        I was starting my new job - and I just had my 11th anniversary here yesterday. I'd been made redundant and landed a new job. I couldn't start in the Monday as the Sunday was my wedding anniversary (we're now divorced), so I started on the Tuesday. By the afternoon (UK) time it was all starting to happen - I wondered if this was an omen about starting a career involved with aviation.....

                        I remember just watching the tv in disbelief, the first time I saw the tv, the first tower had been struck. I saw the second tower struck, I saw the towers collapse. The most striking memory I have of it all were the poor souls jumping....what a decision to have to make.....I still remember seeing two people jump hand in hand (it's a memory I have...not sure if it's right, but that's how I remember it). Those images will never leave me......nor will that sickening feeling I got realising what I was watching was people making a decision to 'go quick'.......rather than burn.

                        They say "justice must be seen to be done".....11 years on, I still think there is some way to go....YMMV!

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                        • #13
                          Eleven years ago I was a first grader who didn't know he had ADHD and Asperger's, and was something of a trouble maker. But my memory of my life at that early of a stage is rather fuzzy, I can remember some events but recall an entire day? Nope. I can recall some breaking news, a fast talking anchorwoman, and my parents getting upset, but not much else.
                          Last edited by Czin; 13 Sep 12, 00:13.
                          Standing here, I realize you were just like me trying to make history.
                          But who's to judge the right from wrong.
                          When our guard is down I think we'll both agree.
                          That violence breeds violence.
                          But in the end it has to be this way.

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                          • #14
                            I had a 4 man crew working on an old house and had gone there to check their progress and look at a problem one of them had called me about.
                            I hadnt been there 10 minutes when the woman living there ran out into the yard screaming "COME IN THE HOUSE!!!".
                            Thinking the house must be on fire or something, we all ran inside.
                            She was in the living room screaming "IN HERE-IN HERE!!".
                            We imediately saw what she was screaming about.
                            We'd only been in there a minute or two when the second plane banked into view and struck the second tower. It literaly sucked the breath out of me! That scene is burned into my brain and I see it vividly in my mind whenever this subject comes up.
                            We stayed there and watched for several hours and then one by one got up and went home.
                            At home I was glued to the TV...all night...couldnt eat...couldnt sleep...

                            John
                            The most visable part of a persons education is their parents example !

                            Christianity is made far too complicated by far too many denominations.
                            It's truly a simple concept.
                            Dont take my word for it---Read the Book of Romans!

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                            • #15
                              Watched the whole thing in Laos live on TV with my kids when it was being reported that a light aircraft had crashed into one of the towers and flames were coming out of the building. Then, Number One Son said, "Look!...There's another plane...what's that doing there?" I said, "Maybe it's a plane with reporters."

                              It wasn't.

                              Then, I sat in front of the TV stunned and open-mouthed for days afterwards until the memorial service where Rev. Billy Graham said, "The people who died on that day are in Heaven now. And, if they could come back...........they wouldn't want to!"

                              It would be great to believe that. Unfortunately, I can't think of any other reason to believe it other than it would be great to believe it.

                              For some people, that's enough.


                              Philip
                              Last edited by PhilipLaos; 12 Sep 12, 23:42.
                              "The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts." Bertrand Russell

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