Where were you 11 years ago on this day?

  • TallguyNLA

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    Sep 11, 2012 7:37 PM GMT
    I was Active Duty, and it was like seeing something out of a movie. I was barely even awake when I got the call by my superior to get to work. How many of you were or are ACTIVE DUTY? Did you lose anyone when this happened? Were you deployed as a result of it? how are you doing now?
    IS seeing the coverage every year helping you cope, or is it just bringing back pain?
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    Sep 11, 2012 7:41 PM GMT
    I was living in Hawai'i so we were several hours behind. My bf woke me up early to see the TV coverage. It was odd at work that day, people didn't seem to understand why I was so in shock. Hawai'i seemed to take a few days to absorb what had happened.

    The real deal was the next day when the phone rang at 4:00 a.m., with a friend telling us that a mutual friend had been on one of the downed planes as the co-pilot. For some reason, I knew the minute the phone woke me up, I didn't need him to tell me.
  • HottJoe

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    Sep 11, 2012 7:44 PM GMT
    I was in NYC when it happened. I lived with a roommate in the east village, so I was very close. I was 22 at the time, and it was definitely a life changing experience and very tragic. One thing I remember vividly is how it transformed New Yorkers overnight, and in the weeks and months that followed I noticed people were nicer, more helpful and patient with one another. I haven't been back to NYC in awhile though. I'm guessing by and large things have returned to normal. I do <3 NY and I always will. icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 11, 2012 7:52 PM GMT
    I was in Hiroshima on vacation traveling around. I saw the news footage on TV. I thought it had something to do with Godzilla and was a joke. Then CNN came on and it was shocking. Couldn't come home for a 1/2 a week.
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    Sep 11, 2012 7:54 PM GMT
    I was in high school.
    1st period....we watched it on TV. They ended up releasing us after 2nd period.

    I went home. Watched more of it on TV.
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    Sep 11, 2012 7:56 PM GMT
    showme saidI was living in Hawai'i so we were several hours behind. My bf woke me up early to see the TV coverage. It was odd at work that day, people didn't seem to understand why I was so in shock. Hawai'i seemed to take a few days to absorb what had happened.

    The real deal was the next day when the phone rang at 4:00 a.m., with a friend telling us that a mutual friend had been on one of the downed planes as the co-pilot. For some reason, I knew the minute the phone woke me up, I didn't need him to tell me.


    Funny how you remember things.

    Almost everything in Hawai'i comes in by barge from the mainland, and shipping and air flights were all called to a halt for a couple of weeks. We started experiencing some shortages at the supermarket. My BF's mother was dying of cancer on the mainland and he was scheduled for his monthly trip a couple of week later. He was on one of the first flights out.
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    Sep 11, 2012 8:19 PM GMT
    I was in High School in Mexico, my best friend picked me up to go to school in the morning (as he always did) and asked me if I had heard about a plane crashing into the WTC. In my mind I imagined this old timey 2 seater plane crashing through a window and annoying the workers inside.
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    Sep 11, 2012 8:24 PM GMT
    At work two blocks from the Pentagon. VERY weird day. Eerily, the weather today is exactly like it was 11 years ago in DC area. Crystal clear skies and mid 70s.
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    Sep 11, 2012 8:32 PM GMT
    In my hometown, driving to the community college when I overheard the news on "Amus in the morning".

    I remember my heart racing and finding the parking lot mostly empty...
    I got to the common area where where news was playing loudly. There were students and professors crying, talking about what they thought was going on... I talked to some of them first misunderstanding, then disbelieving...not sure what anyone said after that. I spent a few hours glued to the tv... Think some of that time walking the Native American art gallery. I can see that room in my memory. Don't know why I was there.
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    Sep 11, 2012 8:41 PM GMT
    Working from home in Lauderdale on puter. I'd seen a Yahoo headline that a plane hit the towers but thought just a small plane clipped a building and went back to work. Then while searching again, I caught another headline, this time saying jet or airline so I read further then turned on the TV. My brain couldn't wrap around that I was watching as the second plane hit.

    I had (and have) trouble understanding that what I was watching was in real time, that it hadn't been taped. But there were no instant replays, it just kept going like in real life. It's dizzying to think about.

    Weeks later (it might have been a month or more, I forget) I took mom into the city to pay our respects. We exited the subway just blocks from ground zero, the multi-story pile of debris still smoldering. But for activity directly related to cleanup, Lower Manhattan was a ghost town.

    Makeshift memorials everywhere, especially in the subways. Very moving. I'll never forget it.

    After spending quite a lot of time in silent reflection and observation, we made our way up to Times Square to take a dear friend working there to dinner.

    Exiting the subway was completely surreal, as memorial signs gave way to signs of life.
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    Sep 11, 2012 8:48 PM GMT
    11 years ago today, I was in fifth grade. The day started with my mom telling me about what happened, and the whole day thats all we talked about. I don't think we even did anything, just arts and crafts. It was so serious and sad, I didn't understand why until I saw the video later. Fortunately the extended family I have in NY wasn't affected, but it was a scare for the family.
    All my best wishes to those on RJ who were affected by this.
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    Sep 11, 2012 8:50 PM GMT
    ChestArmMusclelover said11 years ago today, I was in fifth grade. The day started with my mom telling me about what happened, and the whole day thats all we talked about. I don't think we even did anything, just arts and crafts. It was so serious and sad, I didn't understand why until I saw the video later. Fortunately the extended family I have in NY wasn't affected, but it was a scare for the family.
    All my best wishes to those on RJ who were affected by this.


    are u trying to out-young me? icon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gif
    5th grade? puh-lease!
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    Sep 11, 2012 8:52 PM GMT
    I was home on a day off, watching a live broadcast on TV about Manhattan. I can't remember what the show was about, but suddenly there was shouting and the camera jerkily left the host and swung up to the tower which had just been hit. Now there was screaming and a little later while I continued watching, the cameraman got footage of the second plane hitting.

    Pretty horrific. icon_sad.gif
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    Sep 11, 2012 8:57 PM GMT
    School. I was pretty young at the time so I wasn't sure what was going on. Most of the students got evacuated to their homes on that day. Saw a glimpse of it on the news but thats all I can recall.
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    Sep 11, 2012 8:59 PM GMT
    i was at home.. hung over.. i waked and baked and suddenly on my TV was what appeared to be a scene out of a disaster film. But it was real. I didn't go to classes that day... i remember the ominous sound of no sound. The planes had stopped flying and i lived right next to the Ontario California airport at the time. I look at the history of my life as pre-9/11 and Post 9/11. I would venture to say most if not all of us can split our lives up like that.

    Pre-9/11, the thought on traveling on a plane would sooth me to sleep. All my family members worked in the industry. I wanted to be a flight attendant at age 14..and considered it up until 9/11... I loved to travel.

    Post 9/11... i have heavy anxiety period.. loathe traveling.. hate planes... airports have lost their specialness.. The thought of being on a plane does not sooth me like it was when i was younger. I no longer feel safe in tall buildings and loud noises terrify me.

    I hate fleet week in San Francisco... where there are blue angel demos ALL DAY.. planes above your head... above a cityscape.. flying... loudly.... It's the worse. The last Fleet week in SF, i drank 3 cocktails and took a sedative just to make it through the day and evening. lol. Horrible.
  • TheBizMan

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    Sep 11, 2012 10:08 PM GMT
    I was in 5th grade at school. I didn't even know what the world trade centers were.
  • TallguyNLA

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    Sep 11, 2012 10:09 PM GMT
    Is there anyone who was in NY , just miles from the attack?
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    Sep 11, 2012 10:17 PM GMT
    I was in middle school and didn't know what the WTC were. They didn't do anything special at school other than announce the event over the intercom. Some classes got to watch it on tv during the period. Went home and when I saw the video over and over again... gave me chills. Still does to this day.
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    Sep 11, 2012 10:25 PM GMT
    Walking into work..seeing a crowd of employees around the TV freaking out!..
    It was awful..just awful!!... icon_cry.gif
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    Sep 11, 2012 10:34 PM GMT
    Sitting in Ms. O'neil's 4th grade class. It's amazing that it was that long ago because it sure doesn't feel like it.
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    Sep 11, 2012 10:45 PM GMT
    God i feel old hearing someone say "i was in 5th grade during these attacks.: .. I can only imagine how a now-50 something feels..
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    Sep 11, 2012 10:50 PM GMT
    JackKash saidGod i feel old hearing someone say "i was in 5th grade during these attacks.: .. I can only imagine how a now-50 something feels..


    Inorite. I was hung over that morning... Actually I think I'd been roofied the night before, but that's a LONG blurry story.icon_confused.gif
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    Sep 11, 2012 10:53 PM GMT
    JackKash saidGod i feel old hearing someone say "i was in 5th grade during these attacks.: .. I can only imagine how a now-50 something feels..


    The Towers? We remember where we were when Pres. Kennedy was killed.

    TallguyNLA saidIs there anyone who was in NY , just miles from the attack?


    There's a few guys on the forum from Bergen County, my home town area, so they probably saw the thing smoking from across the river.

    I was in Florida but I've a bunch of family and friends in the metro area still. One of my cousins lost her brother-in-law. My uncle in accounting lost a few financial friends, other cousins lost friends and acquaintances as well. The friend mom & I took to dinner weeks later who lives in Brooklyn and works in the city was absolutely affected by it. It showed up in her voice, speech and mannerisms.

    We hardly said a thing. We just let her talk. She hadn't visited the site by then. If I remember right she didn't even go down there within the first year or two. In fact, I don't recall her ever mentioning visiting the site and I don't bring it up to discuss unless she brings up the topic first.

    The last she mentioned it was when they felt that last earthquake. She's up about 20something stories in a Times Square office tower and she said for all her colleagues the building shaking brought up flashbacks of 9/11. So while most of us remember it pretty much just annually, those who lived there still live it.
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    Sep 11, 2012 10:54 PM GMT
    I was in my Pre-AP Biology class making up a lab. I saw it on the broadcast and shrugged. Not sure what to make of it. The weeks after that were hellish. Resentment thick in the air. Didn't help I was in a densely WASP populated school.
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    Sep 11, 2012 10:58 PM GMT
    Mostly it just affected me by all the flags flying on cars. That was when my 100 pound wolfpuppy started chasing them. That dog could take your arm off if you weren't ready for it.