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Where Were You On 9/11? My Story

Sun Dec 21, 2003 4:36 am

Hi there folks,

I thought this would be an interesting discussion to have. It is a day for everyone who witnessed it, will never forget what happened that day.

I'm pretty sure that everyone who witnessed these horrific events unfold will be able to remember exactly what they did that day, where they were, etc when these events unfolded, because I know I do....


It was an ordinary day, like any other September morning. Nice warm morning, get up, wash and get ready for the day ahead which will be spent at school. Little did we know......  Sad

Usual day at school, 6 lessons, 2 breaks and hometime Big grin Made the usual journey home from school with my dad and yougner sister... Then it happened.. The breaking news was announced at around 2:58pm , my heart sank.

Anger, hurt and astonishment rattled through-out my body. I was only 15 at the time, (still only a little bit older at 17 Big grin) but this really hurt as I feel close to America after my father planned for us to move to DFW, plus all the holidays I have been on to MCO...

I spent the whole of that evening watching the news, all other plans for that evening were scrubbed. My Girlfriend came over and watched with me, she really didn't see my anger that day, I kept thinking this over and over 'Some one has huge balls to do this to America, they will not be forgiven, no way' and 'Holy sh1t, is this happening?'

The continuous replays of the planes slamming into those lovely buildings. Then the pictures from the Pentagon and of the remains of the a/c that crash landed.  Sad

I shed a tear that evening for the lives lost, families torn apart and pride damaged. It was a day that would be remembered for a very very long time... For all the wrong reasons. A day in which innocent people were cut short of life.

Then the next day at school people could not stop talking about this chain of events. I remember my first lesson aswell! It was IT, and I logged on to the BBC.co.uk. Guess what the selfish teacher said.... 'That isn't work related, who cares what's happening over there, you are in a classroom, not in New York....' I felt like breaking his face.

It was amazing the way the people of NY worked together and made that clear up of the rubble. That was a very good sign of strength and spirits, even though they just had their city's icon wiped out. I give them tremendous credit for these actions.

God bless all of the families that were torn apart on that day.

What is your recollection from that day?


Thanks for reading my post,

Best Regards,

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RE: Where Were You On 9/11? My Story

Sun Dec 21, 2003 4:48 am

I was in school when I found out. In Music class to be exact, they did not tell us but we had the radio on and found out for ourselves.
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RE: Where Were You On 9/11? My Story

Sun Dec 21, 2003 5:37 am

I was at home, just got back from Menorca on the 10th. I managed to get the day off school because I was really tired. We were just watching TV, the next thing my grandad was banging at the door telling us to turn on the news . . .

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RE: Where Were You On 9/11? My Story

Sun Dec 21, 2003 5:40 am

I was awaken by a phone call from my flight instructor saying nothing more than "the airspace is closed and our lesson today is cancelled." Went downstairs to see my entire family huddled around the tv watching CNN.
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RE: Where Were You On 9/11? My Story

Sun Dec 21, 2003 6:04 am

was on irc talking to some friend from nyc and all of a sudden he said man some plane hit wtc, i went to watch tv, saw plane 2 hit live and spend the next 10 hours in front of the tv
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RE: Where Were You On 9/11? My Story

Sun Dec 21, 2003 6:19 am

I was at work at the US Attorney's Office, working our front desk...when the news came through, at first we all thought it had been an accident because the original report was "an airplane," so I'm thinking some Cessna pilot lost his bearings and slammed into a tower. Then when we heard about the second aircraft, we all suspected that it was a terrorist attack. Strom allowed us to leave early that day if we desired, but most stayed to work on in utter shock.
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RE: Where Were You On 9/11? My Story

Sun Dec 21, 2003 6:58 am

I was still a student in 2001, I arrived at home from university at approximately 2:45pm local time (8:45am EST), I switched on my computer to check out the a.net forums, suddenly I saw this thread, I read it and switched on CNN to see what happened in Manhattan, than I wrote my reply (reply no. 2) to the thread, at this moment I thought that it was an accident, later I realized that it was a terrorist attack.

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RE: Where Were You On 9/11? My Story

Sun Dec 21, 2003 7:06 am

I still remeber the day, I was still living in Mexico at the time. I was in school and I was talking with 2 friends of mine during the 10 o' clock brake when one teacher came and told us that 2 planes had hit the WTC. We went downstairs to the music room and switched on the TV. At that moment one of the towers collapsed  Sad. About two hours later I had a maths exam...  Angry
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RE: Where Were You On 9/11? My Story

Sun Dec 21, 2003 7:12 am

My girlfriend and I were at Stings house in Tuscany getting ready to watch him play a concert in the courtyard to his home. There were about 150 invited guests, and they were recording the entire event for a live DVD that was to be called of all things "On Such a night". There was a lot of confusion and anger and sadness, and feelings on not really knowing what to think. Eventually a decision was made to play the concert anyways, and despite it being a little odd trying to get comfortable with enjoying ourselves, it eventually happened and it was one of the most memorable days I have had. The DVD was renamed "All this time" and luckily for Deb and I, we were in the front row for the show.

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RE: Where Were You On 9/11? My Story

Sun Dec 21, 2003 7:57 am

I was in Symphonic Band class. Being a Catholic school it is not unusual to pray in class. A very sudden announcement was made about 5 minutes into class that "A massive loss of life has occured in New York and Washington". We all said one Hail Mary and one Our Father and continued class. When the bell rang and it was time to switch class it was chaos. We have televisions in our hallways that display school info, these were all on CNN. Bottlenecks everywhere, people couldnt tear themselves away from the TV. In classes for the rest of the day we watched coverage. I remember seeing Tower Two collapse live on TV. It was absolutely horrible.

I later learned that my mom (who works in Downtown Detroit) was evacuated for fear of more planes. We all met at home that night shaken. Watched news coverage until we could watch it no longer. I remember being so sad.
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RE: Where Were You On 9/11? My Story

Sun Dec 21, 2003 8:08 am

Well, at that time I was working 2nd shift at the Nashville Int'l Airport (BNA). I also live near the airport and it's common to hear the flights land and depart. I awoke that morning thinking....."Boy, it's quite...???" I learned why a few minutes later on FoxNews....

That whole week at work it was so creepy not to hear one single aircraft take off or land...the whole airport was dead silent, and the only a/c movements on the field where us doing maintenance runs.
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RE: Where Were You On 9/11? My Story

Sun Dec 21, 2003 9:09 am

I was in high school in my sociology class when I first found out. The TV in the room was on and it showed both of the towers burning. We watched each tower come down, and it was one of the most shocking things we had ever seen. I do remember it was a beautiful day out, weather-wise. Bright blue sky and warm temperatures in MI. I will never forget that day.
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RE: Where Were You On 9/11? My Story

Sun Dec 21, 2003 10:37 am

I lived in Arlington, VA, approx. a mile from the Pentagon from where I lived as my father retired from the United States Army working in the Pentago years ago. In fact, his office where he worked at happens to be where the AA 757 hit the Pentagon. I've been in his office several time when I was a kid.

At the time, I was a senior in high school. My school was located about 2 miles or so from the crashsite. I was in my first period class in the library researching on the internet when the 1st and 2nd plane hit the WTC. I surfed on airliners.net and read what happened and I was like "No way." Then Mr. Cruger, a librarian who used to be my 10th grade chem. teacher knew I like aviation so much, ran to me and told me the news and I was researching for my senior project on "becoming a commercial pilot" on the internet. I noticed all the teachers and librarian staff where watching the news on the TV in the library so I walked and see what was up.

Everybody in my school was shocked. Walking to my next class of Phyics, alot of the students were in tears, people hugging eachother, all that stuff. Alot of the students in my school had family or parents working in the Pentagon. As Phyics started, our principal came on the overhead speakers talking about the crisis in NYC. About 5 minutes later, in class with the windows all open is when we heard an explosion from the distance. We all jumped up and awe in schock. Groundskeepers of the school were running to check what was up as now we were in a lockdown til our parents came to pick us up. Our principal came on the overhead speakers, again, and told that there have been a bomb explosion at the Pentagon City Mall, which was untrue. Couple minutes later, on CNN, LIVE breaking news at the Pentagon showing smoke in the air and a possible hijacked plane crashed here in Washington DC. I stayed in school til it was time to go and went home. My dad was sleeping when I got home and never knew anything about it til I told him. About 5pm, all the roads were closed, so my father and I walked from our house to the Pentagon seeing the damage. It was still on fire. Were we were, there were alot of spectators with cameras and new reporters were there also. I also had my camera with me and managed to take some shots of the damage.
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RE: Where Were You On 9/11? My Story

Sun Dec 21, 2003 11:45 am

It was a beautiful September morning and I woke up and went to school. In math class there was an announcement that said there were acts of terrorism at the WTC and Pentagon. That left us all wondering, and we talked the rest of the period about it. Next period I learned what had actually happened. A lot of people were worried about their parents who worked in the city. When I got out of school me and a friend rode our bikes to the beach, and we could actually see the smoke and we are about 50 miles south of NYC. Then I went home and was glued to the TV the rest of the night. It was a very sad day.

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Sun Dec 21, 2003 2:31 pm

I remember waking up that morning...like a machine on his way to another boring Tuesday school day. I had a first hour World Studies class. We had finished discussing the Eisenhower administration I think. At the very end of class, my teacher and the student-teacher stated that the World Trade Center in New York had been hit by planes. "One in one side, and another in the other side". I assumed that terrorists, probably Middle Eastern had rented two small Cessnas and flew them into one of the two towers...one in one side, and another in the other side...like my teacher had stated. They said that our principle was to make an announcement the next hour.

Well, 2nd hour English passed, and I assumed since there came no announcement that it wasn't anything really big. I thought about the previous bombing attempt on the WTC, and then pretty much thought that this would make for some interesting news at 6 o'clock.

3rd hour Experimental Methods Science class. I remember where I was sitting. (that room is gone now that our school has since been renovated and expanded). Our principle came on the PA and announced that two passenger jetliners had struck the WTC. One he said was an AA plane that took off from JFK, the other a UA plane that took off from Boston. I pictured an AA MD-80 hitting one of the WTC towers. I pictured a gaping hole in one of the towers with an MD-80 tail in it to be honest. Then he stated that both towers had collapsed. I'll never forget the chill that went up and down my spine when he said that. I knew that the WTC towers were the tallest in NYC. I imagined them falling over like dominos and smashing every other building nearby. He also said that the Pentagon was on fire, part of it collapsed, and that a helicopter had apparently hit it. Later on in that hour, he gave an update, slightly more accurate when it came to the WTC and the Pentagon, but he also mentioned that a "jumbo jet" (I pictured a 747) had gone down in Pennsylvania and that the nation's airspace had been closed down, an aircraft carrier was in NY harbor, Air Force One was taking Bush somewhere...not known where, and that there were seven unaccounted for airliners. We were all silent. I remember the teacher stating that he had called his wife, and to remember that what happened was horrible, but that the perpetrators did it since they believed it was what they had to do. We were nervous...to try to lighten the mood some of us cracked some jokes that Bush was probably scurrying around on Air Force One yelling "Where are the buttons!" (referring to the nuke buttons). Lunch in next hour was surreal...

A friend of mine actually speculated as to who did it. He said it was "Omar bin Laden" since he had declared war on America. I corrected him that it was Osama. I remembered hearing about Osama after the USS Cole attack. I also felt at the time that this was like something out of a really bad spy movie. I remember earlier that year during the summer I saw an episode of "The Lone Gunman". It was a short-lived spinoff of the X-Files. The episode had a 727 that was hijacked by computer and programmed to crash into one of the WTC towers. However, the Lone Gunman saved the day and the pilots of the 727 eventually regained control just in time to pull up, and graze one of the towers. 5th Hour was a computer class, and everyone was busy surfing the internet to find out more. I saw a picture on a news site (one of the few that wasn't jammed up with traffic) of the second plane hitting the south tower. I went on airdisaster.com to see if there was any info there. Another friend wanted to know the flight numbers of the planes...he had a friend that was flying that day. From there I learned the flight numbers and true a/c types involved. Kinda made sense 767/757 later on when I remembered the similar cockpits. Next hour was German Class...it was surreal. We listened to a radio broadcast all hour. I remember a foreign exchange student from Germany listening to that radio. She snorted at the comments of one of the "political analysts". My Driver's Ed class after that was filled with talk about what happened. My teacher stated that the attacks qualified as an act of war. He referred to our school's psychology teacher who is a helicopter pilot in the reserves.

Then came Geometry. I talked with my teacher and mentioned how it was a good that the towers collapsed straight down instead of falling over as that would mean more people being killed. That hour I sat in my chair looking out the window at the nearby elementary school...namely the flag out in front of it. It was a warm, beautiful, sunny, day. And outside it seemed so strangely quiet. I remember some girls joking that we shouldn't get any homework since we would probably be all dead (fears of nuclear war). The principle came on the PA again and updated the situation. The aircraft carrier in NY harbor, the closed US airspace, the fact that fighter jets were now patrolling over every major city. The President's whereabouts were finally determined...the VP being in a secure and undisclosed location. He then said that we would be getting a letter to take home next hour. Sure enough, 9th hour (study hall for me) we got a letter. It basically was to our parents so they could help their kids understand what happened. It was a long, quiet hour.

When I finally got home I turned on the TV. I saw the video images of the second plane hitting the south tower. I was shocked. My mom called from work to see how I was doing. I saw Building 7 collapse live on television. I saw video of the section of the Pentagon collapsing. Every channel had the news on. There was a Canadian Political Talk show that actually talked about whether the US would use nuclear weapons...one of the analysts stated that the US did have that right. NATO had invoked Article 5 stating that an attack on one was an attack on all. The US Senate sang "God Bless America" on the steps of Congress...I'll never forget that. My parents came home, and we watched various news sources. I remember FOX News' timeline of the day's events. It was estimated that 10,000 had been killed. My dad and I went to go fill up the tank in one of the cars and we talked about what happened. I wondered if there was going to be an anti-Arab backlash. I remembered that there were two Muslim kids at my school...one girl, and one boy. I know the boy, he's a friend of mine. Needless to say I was worried for them. Later that week I heard some kids my school were arrested in another town for waving a banner that said "Death to Arabs". I came home and stayed up till 11 watching the news. I went on airliners.net chat...guess what topic everyone was discussing. I then saw on CNN the unedited video of the first plane. "Holy shit! Holy shit! HO-LY shit!". Reports then came of a bomb threat at the Empire State Building. I went to bed. The song stuck in my head that day appropriately enough it seemed was Eve 6's Here's To The Night.

The next morning on the bus ride over the radio station went over all the comments of solidarity from various countries of the world…even Cuba. "Proud to be an American" played on the radio. There were charity drives, blood drives, etc all for the victims of that terrible day. I still have the ribbon that I got after donating money to 9/11 victims.

Well, that's my account of September 11th, 2001. Sorry about the length, but I remember that day very vividly. I know a few of those detail will seem boring to you, but I kinda typed this for myself as well as you all. For me, it's my way of fully reflecting on the day. I was 15 that day. I turn 18 in less than a month. That much time has gone by, and I still remember every detail...

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RE: Where Were You On 9/11? My Story

Sun Dec 21, 2003 4:30 pm

I had school that day, I woke up at 5:30 PST I got ready and its a habit to turn on the TV and watch the news when I get ready. And then like 5 minutes after I turned on it happened. "Breaking News from New York". And so I just stopped. I was about to walk out the door when the second one hit. My mouth dropped but I could not skip school that day so I left. I got to school around 6:40 and went to my PE class which has a TV, so all my friends and I where watching it when the first tower fell. Nobody said anything and we just kept on watching and before we knew it the second one fell. The whole day and in all classes we watched the news (all of our classes has TV's). We had couselers talking to us over the intercom for some time. Also we almost where evacuated because my school is 2 blocks away from the Freemont Street Experience (Las Vegas). And we had police there ready to protect/ evacuate us in case anything happened. Plus it did not help when the news where saying that LV was a target. After school I watched the News all day.
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Sun Dec 21, 2003 8:10 pm

I was a Senior in high school and 17 years old. The day before it happened I went home sick from school due to a sore throat and flulike symptoms. The morning of 9/11/01 my dad woke me up at about 6:45 AM and said I could stay home today, but I have to take my brother and Rob to school and pick them up. So I did, and we were driving to school listening to a Tampa radio station saying how the President was in Sarasota, Fl this morning. I dropped them off and went back to the house and put in the late 1980's film :"A Thousand Heroes", which is about the United Airlines DC-10 crash in Sioux City. I was about 5 minutes into the movie when my dad called me and told me to turn on CNN because he just heard on the radio a commerical aircraft has crashed into the World Trade Center. I turned on CNN and told me dad how terrible it was and he had to go so I said I would call him back later with more details. Maybee 7 minutes later I'm sitting their watching it and another planes comes flying in their on live TV and slams the other tower. I watched in horror as we all knew their was no navigational error and the aircraft were hijacked. I called my dad back and informed him that another plane had crashed into the WTC, he said "I bet it was that SOB Osama Bin Laden". I agreed w/ him. I got on the internet and talked to ILUV767, Dazed767 and a couple other people as CNN announced the Pentagon was hit and then the United 757 that crashed in Pennsylvania. The worst part of the day when was both towers collapsed on live TV  Sad That was the worst feeling I have ever had. When CNN started talking about the aircraft were hijacked I became very angry and shouted a lot of stuff on the TV and I put a couple dents in my door. I picked my brother and Rob up and we went to the post office for a few minutes and came back home to watch it, we shared our views on what we think should happen and who did it. Later that day I remember seeing WTC #7 collapse.

That day I basically saw it all on CNN and I still have visions about it today. I support The War on Terror and I think it is very important to keep going until we have defeated terrorism in this world.

God bless all the families who lost loved ones in this coward and tragic event.


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RE: Where Were You On 9/11? My Story

Sun Dec 21, 2003 8:55 pm

I don't even know if I want to contribute here, but here goes.

I was in a hotel room in Perth (Australia). My wife and I live in the suburbs, but we had a big consulting job due to start at around 0500 downtown, so we booked into a central hotel for the night. We went to bed early, but my wife was woken around 10.00pm (Australian Western Standard Time - we are either 12 or 13 hours ahead of New York depending on the time of year) by the TV in the next room. She woke me and said that she thought that someone had bombed Washington. I told her that it was probably "Independence Day" being screened, but she turned our TV on anyway. There was an image of smoke and people wandering around, and it was one of the times when there was no commentary. After about 5 minutes, I suddenly realised it was being filmed from a spot that we had visited, and I said "Where are the WTC buildings?" Just after that, they started showing the early footage. We stayed awake most of the night in total shock.

We arrived for the job at 0500, but the company's head office was located in the USA in the WTC, so everything was cancelled. We just drove back to our house and sat watching the TV all day in shock, and calling our American friends to make sure they were OK.

We have been back to the USA since, but I honestly haven't had the heart to visit Ground Zero, and probably won't until the new building is complete. I never thought the twin towers were the most aesthetically pleasing building in the world, but they were so much a part of New York, and a working home to so many people. Buildings are just concrete and steel, but people are people and very precious.

I suppose, like the JFK assassination, it is a defining moment in people's lives - but the important thing, while still remembering it - is to move on and grow in strength and faith, while never forgetting those who were lost.

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Mon Dec 22, 2003 4:26 am

I think the scariest part for me was being far from home. I was in Atlanta, at Delta Air Lines' head office. I was sitting at a computer installing some software and someone came by and said "did you hear that a plane hit the World Trade Center?" Like so many others, I thought it was a small plane and absentmindedly said "oh, that's terrible" and went right back to work. Then she turned on the radio and we heard about the second plane. I realized then that it wasn't an accident.

I called Mr. Harlot in Seattle and woke him up. I remember saying something like "you should get up, something really bad is happening". I stayed on the line while he went downstairs and turned on the TV. He started shouting "holy s**t!" and I asked him "What, what?" He told me the WTC looked like a smokestack. He works for a major company in the Seattle area so I asked him not to go to work that day.

Soon after this the managers of the group I was working with at Delta called us together and told us about the shutdown of all airspace in the US. They told us that Delta could not contact seven of their planes and they were not sure of their status. They also told us the number of planes left in the air.

Soon after that the United flight crashed in PA. I remember looking around at everyone and thinking "when will this end? What more is to come?"

Across the street an ambulance was brought in and a guy was taken away on a stretcher. I still don't know what happened but the thought was that he collapsed or had a heart attack from the news.

The Delta managers called us together again and told us that all their planes were accounted for and safe, and that there were only a few planes left to land in the US. We all breathed a sigh of relief.

One other person from my office in Seattle was in Atlanta that day. We each got an email and a phone message from Seattle asking us to contact each other and to let our office know what we were going to do. I ended up staying with her for the rest of the week, and we had contingency plans to drive home if we couldn't get out of Atlanta by Friday.

I tried to have a meeting with the Delta people but thought I was going to throw up. I ended up leaving and staying with my coworker. It was so eerie to hear Atlanta airport being so quiet.

I flew home on Friday Sept 14. I remember waiting in line to check in for a couple of hours and the person behind me complaining about the wait. I turned around and told her that I had just spent the week at Delta, that they were scrambling to figure out how to cope, and that she should cut them some slack. When I got to the gate they told us that we did not have flight attendants yet and that as soon as they got there we'd be on our way. After that as each flight attendant got to the gate everyone would applaud. The strangest thing I remember was that CNN was broadcasting a memorial service and a lady was singing Amazing Grace. The whole terminal went silent.

My flight was very nearly empty but we got home. I have never been so glad to see recognizable lights around Seattle. I ran until I found Mr. Harlot and then I just cried.
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Mon Dec 22, 2003 4:32 am

i was on this site with bbc1 one which then went over to bbc news 24 and i saw the wtc on fire, was on here and people were like big deal its only a cessena whilst at the same time over news channells were saying a jumbo jet and i sat and watched bbc1 and saw the second plane go in.

within minutes there were people in here being totally disreptful saying it wasnt terrorists or that if it was it must be american terrorists. Hours later we had people with wild theories whilst there was a thread building saying 'dont blame islamic terrorists' started by real high.
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Tue Dec 23, 2003 6:34 am

Right before I left for school, the second plane hit. to be exact, I was brushing my teeth when I heard my mom exclaim "Another one! Another one just hit!" Instantly I ran downstairs and saw the replay of the 767 Delivering a Fatal blow.

As I walked to school, (being fifteen at the time), I remember thinking, "Holy Crap, some ATC is gonna get fired for sure!" I don't know if that was out of Immaturity, lack of intelligence, or just unable to believe that someone would do this.

During first hour (Public Speeking), all we did was watch the events unfold. I saw the first tower go down, Followed by shots from the pentagon, and from pensylvania.

The rest of the day, we would hear little tidbits from radio or tv, but it was just kind of a haze. After school activities were cancelled (Duh), and everyone went home to watch the news.

Friday of that week was our first football game of the season, which went on as planned, with one of the biggest turnouts ever seen. The stadium was completely full. Healing had begun.

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Tue Dec 23, 2003 9:48 am

I was at home, just getting up to get ready for work and my wife tells me something strange is on the news on TV - World Trade towers on fire. I was stunned to say the least. After watching for a while longer than usual, headed into work. Part of my route parallels the YVR runway paths and noticed a lot of unusual aircraft coming in for landing. The whole thing just felt surreal.
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Tue Dec 23, 2003 10:12 am

I was in the Student Computing Center at Texas A&M University working on some homework when I recieved an instant message from a friend saying "The pentagon is on fire". I could not access any news site because of the internet traffic, but once I finally did I saw the WTC on fire. I sent an IM back to her to tell her that she was looking at the WTC, not the pentagon. She then told me that both were on fire. That gaping hole looked horrible. I went back to my dorm and turned on the TV just as the second tower collapsed.
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Tue Dec 23, 2003 12:26 pm

Sad to think back... I was working as a delivery driver and my then girlfriend rang me telling me that a Cessna had crashed into the World Trade Center... Seemed like nothing major.
But as I was working my way through the day the news got worse and worse and it became obvious it was a horrible terrorist attack! Visited Ground Zero this December and it was horrible to think what had happend there, just this huge gap in the middle of New York!
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RE: Where Were You On 9/11? My Story

Tue Dec 23, 2003 12:27 pm

I work in Manhattan about a mile and a half north of the WTC site. On the morning of 9/11, I had taken the Long Island Rail Road from my home station of Medford to the Flatbush Avenue terminal in Brooklyn - then as now, I sometimes go to Flatbush Avenue rather than Penn Station for variety's sake, the time's about the same either way. I had a nice view of lower Manhattan as the train was on the Atlantic Avenue viaduct heading to Flatbush, which would have been around 8:15 or so. I remember thinking about what a beautiful clear day it was. While I must have seen the WTC towers in my view, I didn't take any particular notice of them, no reason to after all.
After getting off the LIRR train at Flatbush, I took the 2 or 3 subway (I don't remember which, they follow the same route) to Chambers Street in Manhattan. I probably passed through the Park Place station, which connected with the WTC's underground shopping mall via a rather convoluted passage, mere minutes before the first impact. Once at Chambers, I transferred to the 1 or 9 local train (once again, they follow the same route and I don't remember which I took) three stops to the Houston Street station. There was a bit of a wait at Chambers, maybe five minutes or so, which meant that the 1 or 9 must have been at the Cortland Street stop right inside the WTC complex shortly after the first impact. The train I got probably was one of the last 1 or 9 trains to make the run before service was stopped.
I arrived at Houston Street around 8:55. Several fire engines were heading south on Varick Street just as I exited the subway. Emergency vehicles aren't uncommon in Manhattan, after all, and I took little notice of them. Given the timing, it is entirely possible that the firefighters on those engines were among the 350+ lost. In any event, I walked one block west on Houston Street to Hudson Street and my building. I noticed "Vote here" signs outside a school on Hudson and remembered that it was primary election day. It has been speculated that the election may have saved some lives, by delaying some peoples' arrival to work at the WTC as they voted. In any event, as I crossed Hudson Street to my building, I noticed a very large plume of smoke to the south. Viewing angles being what they were, I thought that the smoke was coming from one of the commercial buildings a few blocks to the south on Hudson. I figured that I'd mosey out to see what was up after I got settled in at work. Just a few minutes later, as I arrived at my workplace, I heard that an airliner had struck the WTC. The rest, as they say, is history.
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RE: Where Were You On 9/11? My Story

Tue Dec 23, 2003 11:19 pm

I was in Bangkok with an american friend, i had gone to bed about 10pm as my parents were flying out to thailand for their hols, i was picking them up from the airport the next morning which is reason why i was in bed at 10pm!

My american friend came back to our room and woke me up saying a plane has crashed into the world trade buildings. I got out of bed and went down to the bar where CNN was covering the "accident" when not long after the second plane hit and realised it was no accident.

I was concerned as my parents were already in the air and they didnt know what had happened.

We laid reefs at the american embassy the next day.

always will remember where and what i was doing

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RE: Where Were You On 9/11? My Story

Tue Dec 23, 2003 11:32 pm

I remember this day VERY well.......

I was on a company visit for school when soms news came trough. My friend and I listened to a portable walkman-radio and the whole company visit just didnt bother us at all. We heard things over the radio like "plane hit WTC", "Boeing 767", "Tower collapsed". Afterwards I wanted to get back home ASAP. But then during my journey home by train it happened...

All of a sudden the train slowly came to a halt and some cables were seen falling down, the overheadcables of the train had broken. We could do nothing but sit and wait, with no info. My train stopped around 18.00 hours and only around 20.45 hours our train had been pulled back into the nearest station, with all us passengers inside in total darkness, as the train had no electricity anymore.

Then i wanted to go home,my father picking me up, and my parents having taped some news on video, and as I saw the planes hit and the towers come down, the feeling was almost not to describe Sad

It was a memorable day in every respect...and I'll never forget it

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RE: Where Were You On 9/11? My Story

Wed Dec 24, 2003 12:58 am

Like TNboy I live in Perth, Australia and like him I don't know if "my story" is relevant, but here goes.

At 9.30pm local (9.30 am NY) CSI had just finished on TV and I was about to go to bed because I too had an early start next day. Went to log off from my PC and saw a weird posting on news:aus.aviation that a plane had hit the WTC. Checked out a.net and saw a rambling thread about it too. Tried to access some news sites but obviously traffic was too great. I thought that if it was that big something would be on TV so went and switched it back on. By now it was about 9.40pm local and the ABC (Australian one) had vision of the towers on fire - what?!?! Slowly the reality sunk in and then the first tower collapsed right before my, our, your, eyes! In August the year before we had flown into LaGuardia from the east, I had a window seat on the left hand side and I took a series of photos of the Manhattan skyline rising up before us. The next day my wife and I went to top of that tower, took photos that will never be able to be taken again, and joked that the hotdogs we had for lunch there were probably the world's most expensive. And that was our thoughts as we looked at each as that first tower fell - what about those people who worked there? We had walked those streets, met and talked to people there, relaxed in the Winter Garden of the Financial Centre. Then the other tower fell too. Words fail me. I went to bed about 3.30am local and somehow wandered into work by 7.30am next morning.

About 9am the whole college had a minutes silence and we tried to go about our work. That evening the city turned on lights that are used on special occasions to illuminate an avenue of tall commerative gum trees in Kings Park - this time they were bathed in red, white and blue. My wife and I drove up to have a look and we just walked quietly around. It was a cool, drizzly evening and on a wishing well someone had put 3 candles (red, white & blue), we re-lit them and stood awhile thinking about our many friends all over the US who, while perhaps not directly affected, would now be living very different lives.

In the two years since then I don't think I watched more than a dozen complete TV news broadcasts - I've lost interest in that 10 second glib snapshot presentation of the world and events that TV news gives us, there seems to be much more real and important things to occupy me now.

My wife re-visited our friends in the US October/November 2002 but didn't go back to NY. 2005 should see me back over there for a short while, but I don't know if I could go back to Manhattan either.

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RE: Where Were You On 9/11? My Story

Wed Dec 24, 2003 3:18 am

Prior to the return to service, the first modified BA Concorde (G-BOAF) undertook a flight full of Concorde staff acting as 'pax', to try out the check-in, new seats, menus, retrain cabin crew etc.
Though a full 3.5 hour Mach 2/58000feet profile, it was to be a LHR-LHR, a later one would go to and from JFK, the first, which I was on, was on the 11th September.
We left elated, while going up the jet-way after our flight, dispatchers started mentioning reports of planes crashing into the WTC.
Puzzled, some of us went back to the hangar, watched the TV in the crew room, I must have been there watching for a couple of hours, in total shock.
I guess it must have started in NY about when we on back over land heading into LHR.
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RE: Where Were You On 9/11? My Story

Wed Dec 24, 2003 3:22 am

I was there. I had dinner on September 10 at a restaurant just a few blocks away from the Twin Towers. My friends teased me that night how I was "crazy" to take a Delta flight EWR-MCO-ATL-SFO instead of the nonstop United flight 93 that they had offered to rebook me onto. Hey, its all about the frequent flier miles.

I was there. I arrived at Newark airport just before 8am that fateful morning. I saw N591UA push back from her gate at Terminal A for her trip to San Francisco. Eventually, I made it to the Bay Area a few weeks later. The passengers on that plane never did.

I was there. My Delta Express 737 pushed back from the gate just before 9am and I saw a plume of smoke above the World Trade Center. No one knew what had happened as we taxied out. Then we saw a large aircraft flying very low. What the hell are they doing? It disappeared for a few seconds, and we saw a fireball. And we knew.

I was there. We taxied back to the Terminal. One of the Flight Attendants was sobbing on her jumpseat. I called DeltaSFO to ask what the hell was going on. He told me. I called ACVitale for more news. He told me about the Pentagon. Then US Marshals with M16s came running up to us and herded us out of the terminal.

I was there. I boarded a bus to Newark Penn Station. As we set off, I saw two towers amid the smoke. A while later there was only one. By the time we arrived, there was a void where one of man's most fabulous creations had stood only hours before.

I was there. I identified myself as having law enforcement and first responder training and was assigned to the triage station inside the station. I tended to people with minor injuries like sprains and cuts that they got from dodging falling debris. This wasn't a TV show, this was real blood being spilled.

I was there. I saw people come off PATH trains that were about to discharge passengers at the World Trade Center station, but turned around and came back. They had just cheated death and they knew it.

I was there. I went back into Manhattan the next morning on the PATH train. The fires were still burning at Ground Zero and you could feel the heat in the tunnel. There was a thick cloud all over midtown that made it difficult to breathe.

I was there. That same night we had a bomb scare in Midtown. Our hotel had to be evacuated. I volunteered to help the US Marshals again. We ran UP stairways and helped carry children out of the building. We were lucky. Others ran UP stairways in other buildings and weren't quite so lucky.

I was there. All week I stayed in New York as the city responded in a way that only cities can do. The city cried, the city mourned, but the city stood strong and proud.

Then I left. My Delta MD-11 back to Atlanta took off from JFK after 1am on Sunday morning. As we climbed out, and the city came into view, with a million lights shining brightly. But down at the southern end of Manhattan, there was a different kind of light and a big huge void where two of the brightest lights had once shone.

At that moment, I began to cry. I'm sure many others on board cried too. We cried not out of sadness or out of joy, but we just cried to let it all out. We cried for the city that we remembered before Tuesday and we cried for the city that we now knew. We cried for the loss of innocence that the country and the entire world had suffered. We cried for the victims and the families and the rescue workers working thousands of feet below us. But most of all we cried because we were back in the air and no matter how hard they knocked us down, we were back up again.

I'm not American. I simply happened to be in New York on business that day. But for a brief moment, my world stopped turning too. And it is testament to the human spirit, fed by the thousands of human spirits that were lost that day, that the world got back on its feet and continues to turn today.
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RE: Where Were You On 9/11? My Story

Wed Dec 24, 2003 5:40 am

We had walked those streets, met and talked to people there, relaxed in the Winter Garden of the Financial Centre.

If it's any consolation, while the Winter Garden was severely damaged in the attack, it has since been completely repaired, new palm trees and all, and is nicer than ever.
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RE: Where Were You On 9/11? My Story

Wed Dec 24, 2003 5:57 am

Sitting at O'hare International Airport......waiting on a flight to Denver. It took a while for all information to come through. We were watching the events on CNN in one of the bars. I had flown up on the early commuter flight so I had to fight en-mass to find a rental car. To no avail, I ended up spending the night at the O'Hare Hilton. The next day, my co-worker I finally were able to find a rental car and drove back home, two hours south.


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RE: Where Were You On 9/11? My Story

Mon Dec 29, 2003 2:35 am

I was at work that day. 20 miles outside London, UK. It was a normal day, nothing special. At about 1420 a co-worker who listens to the radio on his walkman told me "a plane has crashed into the WTC" This co-worker and I don't really like each other that much, so I though, Hmmm, this must be important for him to volunteer info to me.

I switched on a battered old radio that nodody ever uses. I work in a bad reception area for radios, so it took constant searching to get info. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. The rest of the afternoon was spent huddled around this battered old wireless. I got a few phone calls on my mobile (we are not allowed to receive calls on them at work, so again I knew it must have been pretty bad)

At 1630 I left to drive the 40 miles home. This journey takes me through central London. The radio in the car was much better than the old thing at work. The traffic was very light, and pedestrians seemed to be in a rush.

I got home switched on the TV, and then it really hit me. The images were truly shocking. I remember sitting down thinking "what the hell is going on" I sat in front of the tv for hours that night.

The next day at work was very strange. Everybody was huddled in little groups talking about it.

I can still remember that day like it was yesterday. It still gives me goosebumps thinking about it.
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RE: Where Were You On 9/11? My Story

Mon Dec 29, 2003 2:44 am

Moving stories guys.

I can still remember that day like it was yesterday. It still gives me goosebumps thinking about it

Reading these stories bring back those same goosebumps I had when it happened  Sad


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RE: Where Were You On 9/11? My Story

Mon Dec 29, 2003 2:47 am

I was at work and I didn't believe what I was hearing from people, bits and pieces at the time. It didn't really hit me until I saw it on TV for myself.
A tragic day that we will all never forget and all do not want to endure again.
I have visited Ground Zero since and found it a very eerie experience.

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RE: Where Were You On 9/11? My Story

Mon Dec 29, 2003 3:34 am

i was in a RE lesson at school (falling asleep lol)
but a teacher came in 2 our class room and gave us the news and then a asembaly was called, then we found out what had happened, they put a TV in the hall so we could c wot had happened, then when we went back 2 lesson every1 was talking about it 4 the rest of the day,
as soon as i got home i put on skynes and watched it all night

god bless them
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RE: Where Were You On 9/11? My Story

Mon Dec 29, 2003 4:20 am

Well, as others, I got up expecting just another normal Tuesday. I was thinking about how Ed McCaffery had broken his leg the night before on Monday Night Football, and how that would be the big topic of discussion at school. Boy, was I wrong.  Pissed I hopped into the shower, and flipped on the radio. I had it on a station whose tagline is "All sports, all the time." Not today. I was confused at first, because the two hosts were describing "glass raining down on pedestrians." I listened in earnest until they announced that a plane had struck the WTC. I assumed it was just some guy that either got drunk, or wanted his 15 seconds of fame and crashed his cessna into the tower. At this point, the announcement was made that another plane had just hit the second tower.  Confused I guess it wasn't an accident. I went downstairs and I remember thinking if this would be the end of the crashes. I flipped on the TV, and found Peter Jennings already on, even though it was only about 7:30 my time (9:30 EST). I remember him giving reports on how two planes had crashed into the WTC..."Excuse me ladies and gentlemen, we are just getting word that smoke has been seen rising from Washington DC."  Crying I changed to Today, assuming that they might have some more info, being in NYC. Matt Lauer and Katie Couric were competely flabbergasted. I had never seen them like this before, like all of us, they were in horror watching as the first tower fell to the ground. My bubble burst. I realized how I had taken for granted the safety and serenity I was able to have during the first 14 years of my life. We went to school, which was directly across the street and some of the kids had still not heard. We went to our first class, which, in our private Christian school, was Bible. We spent what seemed like 30 minutes just praying for all of those affected. It was a very powerful time for everyone there because some of the students in the room had parents who were in NYC, and were supposed to be conducting meetings in the WTC that morning.  Sad Our principal walked throughout the school giving us all updates. I remember I was sitting in the back of the room when he walked in and said, "The second second tower just fell." Our faces froze. For the rest of the day, we went to all our different classes, but each had the same routine; crowd around the computer and read the latest news. We ended up being glued to the TV for the next week.

Here is a picture I stumbled upon earlier, and it is tragically ironic.

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This is the ill-fated N612UA in 1993. If you look below the tail in the background, you can see the WTC towers, where 8 years later, 2,016 people would lose their lives.

As a sidenote, I also stumbled upon this site, which does a fantastic job of showing the world's reaction to the attacks.



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RE: Where Were You On 9/11? My Story

Mon Dec 29, 2003 12:11 pm

A day that will be with me for the rest of my life...

I was a sophomore in high school sitting in second period spanish class when our principal came over the PA and announced what happend. Then we turned on the radio and listened to the unfolding events. The first pictures I saw were next period from my teachers laptop of the towers on fire. The rest of the day was spent almost in shock watching TV or listening to the radio.

When I got home home from school my mom was already home. She works in Key Tower which is Clevelands tallest building and it got evacuated very quickly. ( UA 93 actually turned around somewhere over northeast Ohio. )


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RE: Where Were You On 9/11? My Story

Tue Dec 30, 2003 12:00 pm

I was sitting in English class, and a teacher came in and said there was going to be an emergency meeting at the end of the period. As we gathered after the period was over, rumors were flying. I was hearing of bombs at the WTC, two 747s colliding into each other in front of the WTC, and things like that. We sat down and all students with parents working in the WTC were asked to step into the principal's office. I just froze, thinking they might break out in tears or something. However, it turned out that many people had not been informed of anything yet, so many were still completely clueless. As the students with parents working in the WTC waited in the principal's office, we were told initial reports of a plane crash at the WTC, and everyone was dead silent with shock.

Some people were crying and everybody was stunned. In math class, we got our first view of the attack, after it took about half an hour for the backup front page of cnn.com to load. The rest of the day, we talked about this in almost every class. In the afternoon, I heard that a UA 777 was shot down over Pennsylvania, which turned out to be false, but it was another shock.

After school, we drove down to the beach, and looked towards where we could formerly see the twin towers rising above the horizon. We stood on the beach, staring at the massive gray cloud of smoke; something I had never seen the likes of before.

A parent from my school was killed (but never found), along with many others in our area...  Sad

A very sad day.


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RE: Where Were You On 9/11? My Story

Tue Dec 30, 2003 3:44 pm

I was in India, it was early evening, and I was channel surfing when the firs breaking news bars started appearing. We then went on to BBC and CNN, and there was this news anchor who looked shell shocked, with the Tower in the background, when the second plane hit, they kept talking about a light plane or an error. After about 30-45 minutes the gravity started sinking in.

I think there was a perceptible reduction in traffic on the road that evening.

Next year, I flew SU on the DEL-SVO-SEA-SFO route, 2002.

This year, I flew BA on the DEL-LHR-SFO route, roote, 2003.

I am going to fly India-USA on 11th September every year, as my salute and tribute to the innocents. No terrorists going to keep me off the planes.
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RE: Where Were You On 9/11? My Story

Wed Dec 31, 2003 1:05 am

I was at law school here in NY. I had a job interview scheduled for that morning, but as I was getting dressed and listening to the radio, a guy called in and said he had seen a plane hit the WTC. I thought maybe he was nuts, and at most I figured it was some idiot in a Cessna, but then I turned on the TV and they were showing the tower on fire. I called my roommate over to watch, and called my mom on the phone, and as we all watched, there was that awful fireball as the second plane slammed into the other tower. At that point, our reaction was basically a collective "Holy shit."

However, no one really knew how serious things were yet. I hopped in a cab with my roommate, who also had a job interview in Midtown, and we headed south through the park, which was incongruously beautiful and peaceful that morning as we listened to the news on the radio in the taxi, which began to include early reports about the Pentagon in addition to the WTC coverage. Finally I arrived at the building--a skyscraper near Central Park--where my interview was to be held, and saw lots of people milling around, trying to use cell phones (they generally didn't work that day in NY because so many people were trying to call), and generally looking confused. I went up to the offices, waited a while--the stupid recruiter actually thought they would still do the interviews, until she realized that all the lawyers were getting the hell out of there--until finally the building was evacuated.

Because traffic was at a standstill, and the subways were all closed, I walked east across town with a woman from Fordham Law who had been waiting for an interview at the same firm (I actually ran into her again when we took the bar exam at the Javits Center--small world!). Eventually we reached Fordham, we parted ways, and I started the long trek uptown. I finally came across an empty cab, and piled in with three random strangers, including a doctor who was heading to a hospital near my apartment. It was then that I first heard that the towers had fallen--up until that point, I hadn't been able to see a TV or listen to a radio since arriving at my interview.

After crawling through heavy traffic and droves of people moving slowly uptown like some sort of migration, I reached my apartment. My roommates and I went over to the hospital to try to donate blood, but they were already turning away volunteers at that point (and sadly, as it turned out, there wasn't much use for it anyway--most people either escaped unharmed or didn't escape at all). We then went up to the roof of one of the higher buildings on campus, from which the WTC had previously been clearly visible. That day there was just a huge thick column of smoke rising into the clear blue sky, which was eerily quiet except for the occasional fighter jet streaking by.

Within a day or two, the burnt plastic smell had reached us all the way uptown, even inside my apartment with all the windows closed. I didn't actually make it downtown, though, until a week or two later, when I had an interview that had originally been scheduled for 9/12 but was postponed because of the firm's location just a couple of blocks from Ground Zero. Leaving the subway, I walked south on Broadway--the west side of which was still closed off and covered with a thick layer of dust--right past the still-smoking pile of rubble. It was hard to concentrate at times during the interviews, since some of the offices' windows looked right down on the horrific scene, but the interviews went well. I got the job, and that's where I'm working today.

My office faces the harbor, not Ground Zero (which really just looks like a big construction site these days), but I am proud to work downtown. We will never forget what happened, but it has been exciting to watch lower Manhattan rebuild itself, and I am looking forward to seeing our skyline restored, at least partially, with the new Freedom Tower. We can never replace the WTC, but to me, building the tallest building in the world is a fitting tribute to the victims, and to the spirit of New York.
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RE: Where Were You On 9/11? My Story

Wed Dec 31, 2003 2:24 am

I was driving southbound on the West Side Highway just north of Canal St.(About 15 blocks from the WTC) I heard a loud noise and looked up. It looked like an out of control plane. I thought it was a Delta Shuttle 737 out of LGA. It seemed to me that the plane was trying to avoid the WTC but couldn't.( what else would you have thought prior to 9/11?) The plane seemed to disengrate as soon as it hit, however looking at the only video of the first plane my memory was wrong.

I made an immediate u-turn to get out of the area and free up traffic for emergency vehicles. Amazingly many other drivers who are not always looking up at airplanes did not even notice what happened. I called friends and family before it hit the news. I was on the phone with a collegue who was on the BQE when the second plane hit.

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