|09-11-2008 11:46 PM|
|09-11-2008 09:10 PM|
I've tried to write this 3 times and got choked up and had to stop and start over all 3 times.
Our daughter had just finished eating breakfast and was drawing a picture of our dogs. Our 5 month old son was in my arms having his breakfast and I was thinking about what we'd do for the girl's 4th birthday in 3 days. A friend called and asked if I had the TV on, did I know what was going on. I turned the TV on and, at the same time, our buddy was filling me in. I woke Skeeter up and was so shocked about what was happening, I hung up on our friend. When we tried to call him back, the lines were all busy. We spent the rest of the day watching, in shock, only leaving the TV to see to the kids' needs.
Today, I lowered our flag to half mast as my now 7 year old son skipped off down the street, heading to school, happy and innocent. I couldn't help tearing up at the thought of all of the children who lost some of their innocence along with the parents that never came home.
|09-11-2008 09:05 PM|
I was walking my dog as part of my back surgery therapy when a neighbor yelled out the front door to me that a plane crashed into the WTC. I got home as quick as I could and didn't leave the TV all day.
|09-11-2008 07:27 PM|
|usmc02tj||i was in the 9th grade and i remember we were all going to the library for some reason and when we went in their was a tv on and we got their just as the second tower fell...later on school closed....i was still young enough to not really no wha to think of it, but it definitly played a factor on why im in the marine corps..|
|09-11-2008 07:03 PM|
|crafty||At the time I lived in Baltimore and was home sick. I sat and watched TV starting before the 2nd plane hit also. Both my parents worked for the Defense Department in Washington D.C. (not the Pentagon building) and I just wanted them to get out of that building, had me a nervouse wreck. The strangest thing was I went to the Grocery store for medicine around 4pm and they had the news broadcasting over the speaker system. You could hear a pin drop in there it was so quiet in that store.|
|09-11-2008 06:45 PM|
|orange05tj||I was working on the rooftop a/c units in Stamford CT when the towers got hit. After the towers fell, we just sat on the roof over looking the LI Sound watching the smoke. It was weird seeing no planes in the sky other then a few black helicopters and them f-loud jets around. We were up in the same spot today just overlooking where the towers were thinking about that day.|
|09-11-2008 05:12 PM|
Yeah, I have. Funny thing about memories is you never know they're gone until you start looking for them and when you can't find them it's a reminder that you're not the same. I'm disturbed that I can't remember that day, it's unsettling. I feel a little isolated because of it actually.
|09-11-2008 05:06 PM|
You have also had about 10 concussions since then as well...correct?? And I am not trying to make light of the subject matter at hand.
|09-11-2008 04:50 PM|
I've sat all day searching my mind trying to remember that day. I thought for the longest time I did but what I remember are the weeks following and even those are just flashes like still pictures in my head.
It pains me to admit I don't remember anymore. I guess I'm one of the few who doesn't, but I've lost lots of memories over these past years.
|09-11-2008 04:39 PM|
I had just gotten back home to Florida from a great time with friends at a Buffett show in Manassas,WV. I was still recovering from the trip in my bed when my brother called me and told me to turn on the news.
I remember sitting up all night watching the news.
|09-11-2008 04:32 PM|
|h8nagn||I was a recruiter for the Air Force, I received a call from my boss and was told to go to my home and not leave unless instructed. Sat there will all my recruiting friends in disbelief at was taking place; and anticpating a call to get shipped to somewhere sandy and hot!|
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|09-11-2008 04:14 PM|
|Barrie||I was at work, and at morning break the boss came in and said he just heard on the radio in his company truck, that somebody just flew a plane intothe World Trade Center. I didn't get much done the rest of the day, rode around in my co, truck listening to the radio. Spent most of today watching History Channel.|
|09-11-2008 04:04 PM|
|HkdOnJP||i said i was in middle school i never said i paid attention|
|09-11-2008 03:56 PM|
|09-11-2008 03:50 PM|
|09-11-2008 03:50 PM|
|HkdOnJP||i was in middle school and i walked into my second class after already hearing rumors about it and by this time all the teachers had turned the tv's on... about ten minutes in the principle came over the intercom and told everyone to turn off the tv's which hey did and we were forced to go through the day with no information about it at all we were told everything will be okay it was accident i didnt know anything till i got home that is a day i will always remember its something that changed everyonmes life if it hadnt happened friends and family members may not be at war or even worse passed on everyones money situation would be different it would have made today very different i would have paid 4.30 for gas i dont think and for sure i wouldnt be typing this every single person in US would be living a different life. I know for sure i wouldnt have woke up and turned on the tv thinking wondering if they would repeat the attack in chicago or anywhere else this has made life very diffrent for evryone|
|09-11-2008 03:28 PM|
|4.0l sahara||I was in 4th grade|
|09-11-2008 01:36 PM|
I was two weeks into my new job. I was standing outside with a few of my new colleagues and someone came out of the offices in hysterics and told us what happened.
We all retreated back to our offices and the plant let everyone out early. First thing I did was tell my wife to go to Walmart and stock up on nonperishable food, batteries and water.
After I left the plant, I went straight to Walmart, bought a new Winchester 12 gauge pump, 100 rounds of 00 buck shot, 100 rounds of 30-30 ammo, more batteries, more candles and first aid supplies.
|09-11-2008 01:26 PM|
I was out of work at the time and working at a local resturant to help make ends meet. I had worked and went night before (my b-day) and did not get home until 3:00 A.M. or so. So I was sleeping in late when I kept on hearing the house phone ring, but i just ignored it, after the 20th ring or so, I answered it and it was my wife telling me to turn on the TV. What I saw was the first tower crashing to the ground, and I thought to myself and told my wife, "I did not know they were taking down the WTC, I wonder why?" Then my wife corrected me and told me that 2 planes had crashed into the buildings.
At that point, my mood changed 20 different times from scared sh*tless, to angery, to sad, back to scared, etc...
I did not know what to do, my 3 month old daughter and 2 1/2 year old son were at daycare and my wife was at work. So I went to the resturant where I worked and met up with a friend of mine. At this resturant they put big pieces of paper on the table and a cup of crayons so you can draw and such.
I sat there all afternoon watching the different news reports writing down all the "facts" that they knew at the time. I also was writing down all the activities that were happening in Atlanta at the time. Things I was writing down was..20,000 suspected dead, 1000's of officers and firefighters suspected dead, county schools are closed, CNN center closed, etc.
I can remember that day like it was yesterday, I still watch the specials that they run on the History channel and such and to this day a tear or two comes out while watching all of the events of that day.
I have to say that was one day in history that changed my life.
This year I have been sitting with my now 9 year old son and watching the specials and programs about that day and explaining to him what happened that day.
We should never forget....period.
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|09-11-2008 12:58 PM|
|4Jeepn||I was staying at my parents at the time, and came down from up stairs, it was my day off from work, noticed my Mom in the kitchen on the phone, Fox news was on talking about a plane that had hit the WTC. I sat down on the couch, and began to watch the events unfold. I think we all turned into New Yorkers that day. My cousins wife worked at the pentagon, had a meeting that would have taken place in the area the plane hit, but got a call around early in the am that the meeting was put off till the afternoon or next day, so no need for her to come in. A friend of my fathers was in one of the buildings next to the WTC and saw the 1st plane hit. It was a day I will never forget. It does not seem like it was 7 years ago.|
|09-11-2008 12:49 PM|
I was getting ready for school and was at my table eating breakfast (2 pieces of toast and an OJ)
my older brother ran in the room and flicked on the news
I couldn't believe it, we all just stood there
then we saw the 2nd plane hit live.
I remember that whole day
|09-11-2008 12:27 PM|
|richp||I was troubleshooting a network problem with a tech support guy in the trade center from my noc in allentown. My general manager ran in and said the tower had just been rammed by a jetliner, the tech heard nothing, I told him what we knew and to get out and check it out from outside, he did and lived. Never met the guy, only talked to him on the phone as a random tech support, some of his co-workers followed him out to check it out, some didn't...|
|09-11-2008 12:20 PM|
I was working evening shift then, so I woke up kind of late. I got up around 10 to wash my car. It was really bright and sunny outside. I turned on the radio, and what should have been music was just news, which was odd, but I left it on. I started washing my car, and I wasn't paying too much attention, but then I started hearing what was going on. Then I went in and saw on TV what was really going on. At noon, I got a call from work and was ordered in to work early. I finished up my car and went in to work. I got there about an hour early.
Several of us stood around in the break room watching the TV for a while before going out on the road. I remember the lines at the gas pump. People were blocking roads waiting in lines to get gas. There is a big international airport where I used to work, and it was almost under a direct flight path. It was odd not seeing any planes at all in the sky. It was a weird day.
|09-11-2008 12:09 PM|
I'll never forget!
I was waiting to go into a meeting with Red McCombs to discuss some consulting I was doing for him. There was a big TV in the lobby I was waiting on the National News started covering the first plane. about 30 min after it happened.
Initially they were all (News) saying a small plane.
Then I dropped coffee in my lap when the second plane crashed into the second tower.
I left and called my wife at that moment I knew we we under attack.
All I would think of was that movie Red Dawn. It was another hour before the news media had any idea what was going on. I went picked up my daughter and brought her home.
Perhaps I'm too much of a survivalist I watched the news on every TV in the house I loaded every gun and clip I had; pulled the plugs out of my shot guns and packed a few survival boxes. I had no Idea where I would have gone but I was not going to be caught with my pants down.
I want to Sam's and bought 10 cases of water and other stuff.
You can't even imagine the Anger I felt that day!
|09-11-2008 11:45 AM|
|4point||I was getting ready for work. When I saw what was happening I called all my employees and told them to "stay at home, there will be no work today". I sat in awe for a couple of days, it seemed as though the world had stopped. We were working on wireless towers at the time and we didn't get back to work for a week.|
|09-11-2008 11:39 AM|
|Unheroic Hero||I was in 7th grade. I was going to class(band, I think), and someone was in the hall telling everyone to go into the sanctuary(it was a Church school). They told us that two planes had crashed into the WTC. We stayed in there for the rest of that class period. Everyone was talking about it for the rest of the day.|
|09-11-2008 11:34 AM|
Oh damn, I remember that morning vividly. The news on the radio in my truck on the way to work was about Michael Jordan coming out of retirement and Chandra Levy still being missing.
At the fateful moment the first plane hit, I was at my desk in the clinic of the 167th Medical Squadron. Master Sergeant Jones came over to my window and said "A plane just crashed into the World Trade Center". We went into the conference room and turned on the TV. MSG Jones, MSG Eshbaugh, SSG Snyder and I were watching.
At this point we all kinda just assumed it was a navigational error. As they aired the POV from the helicopter we watched in awe. When we saw the second plane hit we all instantly looked around at the others and silently knew this was gonna be very bad. Not 30 seconds later they placed the base on "Threatcon Charlie".
After a while of being locked up in the office watching the events unfold, I needed a smoke. I went out back to burn one. I noticed one of the Civil Engineers near the BX had driven his Gator over there and was painting some railing. He had a "Boombox" style radio in the back and had it turned up. Just as I lit up my cigarette I heard the news break that a plane had hit the Pentagon. Almost instantly the PA system blared that the base was now in "Threatcon Delta".
The phones started ringing off the hook. But when you went to dial out, all the circuits were busy. Cell phones were the same way. We didn't get out of the office that day until almost 10pm.
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