September 11 2001. Where were you? How did you feel?

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    Sep 05, 2008 4:39 PM GMT
    On that day when the buildings fell, I was there. Horrible. I thought the end was coming.

    I'm curious. Any other RJ New Yorkers experience that day?

    In astounding contrast, I have never seen the people of my city, or any city, come together so warmly in one of the most civic minded displays of courage. The true nature of the people came out and I was very very proud and will never ever forget it. Makes me cry.

    How about you guys across the country/world? What did you feel?

    Thanks.
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    Sep 05, 2008 4:53 PM GMT
    I was working from home on that day...and I was busy on a long conference call. Email messages from work were popping up on my computer about the TV being on in the company auditorium. But I was too busy.

    Then the plane hit the Pentagon. I live just a little way from the Pentagon, so I not only heard the loud explosion, but it gave the house a jolt.

    I went to the window thinking a transformer on a pole outside had exploded or something. But I didnt see anything.

    When the conf. call was over, I checked out those emails I had been getting. I thought something must be wrong with the company, cuz why else would the company turn on the TV in the auditorium. Anyway, I turned on my tv at home just in time to see the second plane hit.

    Then I went outside and could see the smoke rising from the Pentagon.

    I drive right by the Pentagon when I go into the office. The highway that the plane cruised over is only yards away from the building. Arlington National Cemetery is on the other side....with rows and rows of those white headstones.

  • HndsmKansan

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    Sep 05, 2008 4:59 PM GMT
    I was locked out of this country.. I was in Toronto, staying overnight with a friend in the big TO after seeing another friend in Rochester the weekend before.

    Was aware of the plane hitting building 1, but thought it was an accident as I left via subway to go downtown to shop. The rest of the day was very, very odd. Had to call my Dad and tell him I wasn't coming home that day and actually was stuck in TO for about 5 days...(all international airports closed to US flights). Finally took the train to Windsor, flew back to St. Louis from Detroit and home.

    Damn was it nice to get back to Wichita.
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    Sep 05, 2008 5:06 PM GMT
    I had just gotten to work and was about to go into an all day meeting when it started happening. I first of all was totally shocked. I have always followed the airline industry with great interest and I knew immediately what was going to happen to people who worked in that business. I was horrified that human beings could do something so horrible and think it would get them to "paradise". I tried to understand how a mindset like that could develop.

    I also suspected very quickly who was behind the attacks. I had heard of Al-Qaeda a few months back and realized that Osama Bin Laden was probably behind it.

    I also thought of June 28th, 1914, the day that the Archduke Ferdinand and his wife Sophie were assassinated. Sept. 11th, 2001 I felt would be a similar "turning point in history" type of moment. I was very concerned that the US would overreact and do something that would make things worse. Sadly, later events have supported my initial fears.

    Finally I was proud of how people around the world, but especially in the US and Canada, rallied around at such a difficult time. I was especially proud of how the people of the Canadian Maritimes reacted when thousands of airline passengers were stranded at a moments notice. You could not ask for friendlier or kinder people than those in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.
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    Sep 05, 2008 5:12 PM GMT

    Finally I was proud of how people around the world, but especially in the US and Canada, rallied around at such a difficult time. I was especially proud of how the people of the Canadian Maritimes reacted when thousands of airline passengers were stranded at a moments notice. You could not ask for friendlier or kinder people than those in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.[/quote]

    There were so many unsung heroes that day, and for days/weeks afterwards....a true testiment to the goodness of the human spirit.
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    Sep 11, 2008 6:13 PM GMT
    moments of silence
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    Sep 11, 2008 6:33 PM GMT
    9/11 - a day our family will never forget. My grandfather co-founded UAL - and we lost so many employees and passengers. My grandparents had just passed away and did not live to see the tragedy and ruination of their company.

    Additionally, we are connected with Cantor-Fitzgerald, and 658 employees were lost in upper floor offices at WTC. Bernie Fitzgerald had already passed away in 1996 and did not live to see 9/11 - his widow survives and provides a tremendous amount of free health care and cancer screenings for the less fortunate.

    9/11 was more tragic and awful for our country than even Pearl Harbor. So many innocent lives lost. Thankfully, in seven years, we have not had another - for which I'm sure we're all grateful. By fighting the enemy on his turf, we've had relative peace in our own country.

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    Sep 11, 2008 6:43 PM GMT
    On my way to work NPR said a small plane hit the WTC. I got into work and asked my boss to turn on the TV to CNN, mostly to see if I could put off actual work for a few more minutes. I watched as a large plane rammed a tower. I assumed I was watching a replay, then I realized the other tower already had a gaping, smoking hole in it, and for a split second I was pretty confused. Then I realized I had seen, live, the second tower get hit. After a brian-scrambled pause was the realization that we were basically, suddenly being attacked and, in that instant, at war.

    We sat around for the next six hours watching it all unfold. My other boss decided he had to go out that afternoon and walk a restoration site we were working on, out in the woods, seperate from civilization. I'm sure it afforded him some valuable perspective that day.

    His son got angry because he was predicting that our civil liberties would be toast (although I thought it was a bit too early and insensitive for him to be worrying about the FBI catching him smoking pot).

    I decided we had pissed someone off badly and without protection from retaliation, and my suspicions of the danger of Bush's ineptitude were being realized. My tears that election night 10 months earlier were justified, even though my BF thought I might have been overreacting at the time (he has since called me one of the most intuitive people he's ever known).

    I also realized with clarity that voters in this country should be far more responsible with their vote. It is incredibly irresponsible, and obviously dangerous (when repeated by millions of others), to cast an uninformed vote.

    If Palin ever gets to be preseident, I would not be surprised if we have another similar attack on our soil...only next time tenfold in severity and loss of life.
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    Sep 11, 2008 6:57 PM GMT
    I was working for the Bel Air Athletic Club in Bel Air, MD...a northern suburb of Baltimore. I had already had a few clients that morning. I had just come out of the bathroom and saw people congregated around the bank of TVs by the Cardio area, watching it unfold. I checked my cell phone cause I was dating a guy in DC who worked a few blocks from the White House. He had left a message and I called him back. He said everything was fine. I went back to the TV and kept watching. It said another plan might be headed to the White House. I tried to reach him again and there was no answer.

    I went to teach Step Class at 11 AM. I had a usual crowd. About 35 minutes into class, another instructor stuck her head in and said Harford Co Schools were closing at noon. The majority of class left so we cooled down and stretched. The gym closed at 1 PM and the entire state of MD was under a State of Emergency the rest of the day. My mother in TN finally got through to me to see if I was okay.

    My bf finally called me again at 7pm that night when he was finally home. He had to evacuate and it took forever for him to make it back to NOVA.

    It is a day I will never forget...nor will this country ever forget.
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    Sep 11, 2008 7:03 PM GMT
    I was on a hike on Pike's Peak in Colorado. I thought it was funny we couldn't see any planes being up so high. We got on the mountain at 4 AM and didn't get off until 3 PM - so we had no clue what was going on. When I got back to the hotel I saw a few minutes of TV footage and was overwhelmed, shut it off and went to bed. I'll never forget that day.
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    Sep 11, 2008 7:05 PM GMT
    It was my senior year of high school. The teachers in our school district actually were on strike. My twin sister and I were still living the summer life. Around that time (8:15-8:30) I heard my sister yelling, I had still been sleeping. I came downstairs to find out what had happened.

    We were freaking out because our parents were actually on vacation in Florida and scheduled to be flying home that morning early. We couldn't get in touch with them and it was really scary. They eventually called us and let us know they were safe, but it was really nerve racking for a while.

    It was a very erie time. I worked at the mall back in those days, heading into the mall that afternoon for work was a very strange experience. It was practically deserted.
  • Hellojawh

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    Sep 11, 2008 7:06 PM GMT
    i was in 5th grade.. in gym.. i came out of the locker room and my gym teacher was crying but wouldnt tell us why. no one would.. all the kids got called out of the school. except for like me and a few people. i was so confused. then finding out was intense.
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    Sep 11, 2008 7:06 PM GMT
    Wow. Such a contrast, those last two stories.

    (edit: the two before crimjawh)
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Sep 11, 2008 7:10 PM GMT
    XRuggerATX saidOn my way to work NPR said a small plane hit the WTC. I got into work and asked my boss to turn on the TV to CNN, mostly to see if I could put off actual work for a few more minutes. I watched as a large plane rammed a tower. I assumed I was watching a replay, then I realized the other tower already had a gaping, smoking hole in it, and for a split second I was pretty confused. Then I realized I had seen, live, the second tower get hit. After a brian-scrambled pause was the realization that we were basically, suddenly being attacked and, in that instant, at war.

    We sat around for the next six hours watching it all unfold. My other boss decided he had to go out that afternoon and walk a restoration site we were working on, out in the woods, seperate from civilization. I'm sure it afforded him some valuable perspective that day.

    His son got angry because he was predicting that our civil liberties would be toast (although I thought it was a bit too early and insensitive for him to be worrying about the FBI catching him smoking pot).

    I decided we had pissed someone off badly and without protection from retaliation, and my suspicions of the danger of Bush's ineptitude were being realized. My tears that election night 10 months earlier were justified, even though my BF thought I might have been overreacting at the time (he has since called me one of the most intuitive people he's ever known).

    I also realized with clarity that voters in this country should be far more responsible with their vote. It is incredibly irresponsible, and obviously dangerous (when repeated by millions of others), to cast an uninformed vote.

    If Palin ever gets to be preseident, I would not be surprised if we have another similar attack on our soil...only next time tenfold in severity and loss of life.




    Here we go again, blaming the President NOT the enemy. Suggesting that a Palin Presidency would surely incur an even worse attack is the height of absurdity.
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    Sep 11, 2008 7:17 PM GMT
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    XRuggerATX saidOn my way to work NPR said a small plane hit the WTC. I got into work and asked my boss to turn on the TV to CNN, mostly to see if I could put off actual work for a few more minutes. I watched as a large plane rammed a tower. I assumed I was watching a replay, then I realized the other tower already had a gaping, smoking hole in it, and for a split second I was pretty confused. Then I realized I had seen, live, the second tower get hit. After a brian-scrambled pause was the realization that we were basically, suddenly being attacked and, in that instant, at war.

    We sat around for the next six hours watching it all unfold. My other boss decided he had to go out that afternoon and walk a restoration site we were working on, out in the woods, seperate from civilization. I'm sure it afforded him some valuable perspective that day.

    His son got angry because he was predicting that our civil liberties would be toast (although I thought it was a bit too early and insensitive for him to be worrying about the FBI catching him smoking pot).

    I decided we had pissed someone off badly and without protection from retaliation, and my suspicions of the danger of Bush's ineptitude were being realized. My tears that election night 10 months earlier were justified, even though my BF thought I might have been overreacting at the time (he has since called me one of the most intuitive people he's ever known).

    I also realized with clarity that voters in this country should be far more responsible with their vote. It is incredibly irresponsible, and obviously dangerous (when repeated by millions of others), to cast an uninformed vote.

    If Palin ever gets to be preseident, I would not be surprised if we have another similar attack on our soil...only next time tenfold in severity and loss of life.




    Here we go again, blaming the President NOT the enemy. Suggesting that a Palin Presidency would surely incur an even worse attack is the height of absurdity.


    Just because we have enemies doesn't mean we can't deal with them a little more carefully. Bush didn't until it was too late. Actually, that's giving him too much credit. He's never dealth with our enemies with the care it takes to protect the free world, or even America (depending on one's view of our role in the world).

    ...and the mere political career of that church bakesale reject is the height of absurdity.
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    Sep 11, 2008 7:31 PM GMT
    XRuggerATX - are you insane? Seriously.......are you?
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    Sep 11, 2008 7:34 PM GMT
    Bush was only President 8 months when 9/11 happened, and the attacks took way longer than that to plan out and execute. Bush wasn't even President when Bin Laden began masterminding this plot. Why can't you just blame this on the evil attackers rather than Bush? This plot was in the works well before his Presidency, but you don't want to blame Clinton either. Blame Bin Laden.
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    Sep 11, 2008 7:43 PM GMT
    Jockbod48 saidXRuggerATX - are you insane? Seriously.......are you?


    If you prefer.
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    Sep 11, 2008 7:44 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidBush was only President 8 months when 9/11 happened, and the attacks took way longer than that to plan out and execute. Bush wasn't even President when Bin Laden began masterminding this plot. Why can't you just blame this on the evil attackers rather than Bush? This plot was in the works well before his Presidency, but you don't want to blame Clinton either. Blame Bin Laden.


    Take it. This thread is about remembering. I responded to you in the other thread anyway.

    Done. Back to your stories.
  • OptimusMatt

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    Sep 11, 2008 7:54 PM GMT
    I was in my grade 11 physics class when it was officially announced. I got to school and heard rumors that something had happened, but it wasn't until my physics class that they announced it school-wide.

    It was beautiful that day. I remember the cloudless, vivid blue sky. And I remember the shock too. It didn't happen to my country but it struck me hard nonetheless.

    Brings tears to my eyes thinking about it.
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    Sep 11, 2008 7:59 PM GMT
    I was in the 11th grade. On my way to school one morning, I heard them talking about it on the radio. I thought they were playing a joke or something. Then when I got to school, I noticed every room I passed had the tv's on. When I got to my class, history, I walked in just as one of the planes had the twin towers. I think I kind of went into shock, very over-whelming. I'll never forget that morning. My heart goes out to all of those who was lost, and the families/friends of those people.
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    Sep 11, 2008 8:01 PM GMT
    I had just started a 10 month contract in China and had arrived only days before the attack. One of my collegues was from the city and had just left her job at a law firm in one of the towers and she knew many people still working there. Anyway we were sitting in my living room getting acquainted when our British collegue came in to tell us that something was going on in NYC but he wasn't sure what it was but it was big. He started rambling about the WTC buring, planes flying, and buildings collapsing. We both looked at each other and figured that this was just another case of the media blowing something out of proportion because it all sounded so very unrealistic. We dismissed him and he went back to watch his tv some more. Within 2 minutes he appeared in my doorway once again, this time insisting that we come and watch for ourselves. So we did and I will never forget the look of horror on my new friend's face as she watched many of her friends leep from the windows in the upper stories of the burning buildings and then, one by one, they collapsed. I held her as tight as I could as she cried and did not let go for over an hour. We spent the next few hours watching the footage over and over again in pure disbelief.
    From that point on, she and I have remained very close friends and just this past March I flew to NY to attend her wedding. She now works as an attorney in an office next to the the NYSE, a mere 2 blocks from Ground Zero. I asked her to go with me to see it while I was there and she did. As we stood there looking into the site, she told me that this was the first time she had visited since she returned to NY 6 years prior even though she worked so close by. She had been waiting for me to come and share that moment. I was deeply honored as I did not know this prior to my visit.
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    Sep 11, 2008 8:06 PM GMT
    I was sleeping in late, in the Central Time Zone. My local ex-BF phoned me and woke me up, screaming for me to turn on the TV.

    "The Twin Towers are falling!" he yelled. "Turn on your TV!"

    Groggy & confused, I did as he said, and saw the replay of the first tower collapsing on my bedroom TV. Then the second tower fell.

    I grew up near NYC. I saw the Twin Towers going up in my teens, I had been in them any number of times. They were as real to me as my right hand. And now these enormous structures were gone. I could not comprehend this.

    My ex had also spent many years in NYC, before moving back to his Mid-Western roots (and now back in Manhattan again). He had friends who were saved by mere minutes, delayed by subway problems that kept them from being in the Towers when they fell. We were both in shock.

    If I hate President Bush for anything, it's for not avenging this attack. We've spent trillions, and lost over 4000 US soldiers, on the false enemy Iraq, while the true perpetrators go unpunished.

    I want the terrorists who brought down my Twin Towers captured & punished. I want to know why, after 7 years, that hasn't happened. I want to know why America is so incompetent that we can't revenge the greatest attack on our soil in our history, which in lives even surpasses Pearl Harbor.

    And I want to know why, as Americans, we have allowed this to happen.


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    Sep 11, 2008 8:08 PM GMT
    XRuggerATX said, "On my way to work NPR said a small plane hit the WTC. I got into work and asked my boss to turn on the TV to CNN, mostly to see if I could put off actual work for a few more minutes. I watched as a large plane rammed a tower. I assumed I was watching a replay, then I realized the other tower already had a gaping, smoking hole in it, and for a split second I was pretty confused. Then I realized I had seen, live, the second tower get hit. After a brian-scrambled pause was the realization that we were basically, suddenly being attacked and, in that instant, at war.

    We sat around for the next six hours watching it all unfold. My other boss decided he had to go out that afternoon and walk a restoration site we were working on, out in the woods, seperate from civilization. I'm sure it afforded him some valuable perspective that day.

    His son got angry because he was predicting that our civil liberties would be toast (although I thought it was a bit too early and insensitive for him to be worrying about the FBI catching him smoking pot).

    I decided we had pissed someone off badly and without protection from retaliation, and my suspicions of the danger of Bush's ineptitude were being realized. My tears that election night 10 months earlier were justified, even though my BF thought I might have been overreacting at the time (he has since called me one of the most intuitive people he's ever known).

    I also realized with clarity that voters in this country should be far more responsible with their vote. It is incredibly irresponsible, and obviously dangerous (when repeated by millions of others), to cast an uninformed vote.

    If Palin ever gets to be preseident, I would not be surprised if we have another similar attack on our soil...only next time tenfold in severity and loss of life."


    You know, my secretary said of 9/11 "Thank God Gore isn't President" as a way to say that he wouldn't be up for the job. I responded, "Yeah, because 9/11 possibly might not have happened?"
  • coolarmydude

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    Sep 11, 2008 8:11 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said, "Bush was only President 8 months when 9/11 happened, and the attacks took way longer than that to plan out and execute. Bush wasn't even President when Bin Laden began masterminding this plot. Why can't you just blame this on the evil attackers rather than Bush? This plot was in the works well before his Presidency, but you don't want to blame Clinton either. Blame Bin Laden."


    Don't we vote and hire people to prevent this from happening? Since it happened, how many people resigned and/or was fired for it happening? We're not blaming politicians for carrying out the attacks. We're only trying to hold them ACCOUNTABLE for their failures in preventing it from happening!!!!

    There are two sides to a conflict: offense and defense. The enemy's offense is only successful if our defense is not successful. How many ways can this be pointed out!