Homage to 9/11...Where were you?

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  1. oceanblue

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    Was living in Maryland at the time, and in Denver on business. Mother passed away on the 10th so I was unable to be home with family for the funeral as flights were canceled for about a week if memory serves....I remember seeing it all on the news in the hotel room, saw the second plane hit....
     
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    The day before 9/11, a female walked into the police station at Taksim square, Istanbul and blew herself up: can't remember the death toll, but one Australian tourist died in that incident. Walking through the streets of Istanbul after that event gave me a feeling I had never experienced before: thoughts like "this parked car I'm walking past could blow up". Really quite unsettling.
    The next day (9/11) another tourist told me what had happened. Spent the next couple of hours watching it live on TV. Those 2 days were quite surreal - something embedded in my memory.
    Many tourists left Istanbul the next day (esp US citizens). The locals were not happy about 9/11 either. I left Istanbul the following week.
     
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    Just keeping this thread alive for the entire day in honor of the unspeakable tragedy that is so much a part of US history.
     
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    I was at work, it was after lunch, a colleague was watching some news stream on the web and told us that a plane had hit, we also assumed it must have been a small plane in some sort of distress.

    Then we got onto the BBC - we watched the second plane go in - horrific!

    We kinda got 'used' to that in the UK in the '70's. It's a terrible feeling.
     
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    I had been in NYC in 2000. From Windows on the World (Floor 107?), you could look out and see some clouds below you, and I remember seeing small planes and news choppers flying 40 stories below me. So when I heard that a plane hit one of the towers, I too assumed it was accidental. I turned on the TV in my classroom, and along with a class of 8th grade students, I watched live as the South Tower was hit.

    I'll never forget the feeling that swept over me as I tried to process what that second impact really signified.
     
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    I worked swingshift at the State Prison back then and used my tv for an alarm clock that day. I woke up just in time to witness the second plane hit the building. I actually thought it was due to an aircraft software gliche at first since commercial planes fly mostly by computer these days, but once the Pentagon was hit it became obvious. I watched the coverage for a couple of hours before having to walk to work and pick up my Jeep from the muffler shop on the way. The owner of the shop was so stunned that he just handed me the keys without billing.

    At the Prison, it was a near riot for several days as there were some who celebrated the attack which lead to an incredible amount of violence. It was all just a mess.

    I actually had a flight and hotel booked for Manhattan in order to run the NYC marathon prior to the attack. Despite training hard for 4.5 months, I had lost interest and stopped running completely. When they lifted the flight ban, I decided to run anyway and flew on a United flight into Manhattan. I ran in what had to be the most important marathon in NYC history...and one of the riskiest as we were told that the race had been targetted. I even made it to ground zero with the help of a local fireman who lost his entire engine house that day. It looked like an meteor impact....just unbelievable. I stayed for a week and visited the shrines along the streets and spoke to many of the responders. They were still in shock.
     
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    8th grade. My mom picked me up early because she was afraid something would happen, and we went to get some eye glasses and get some movies from block buster video. I don't think I fully comprehended it at the time and I still don't.
     
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    I was a senior in highschool. We all watched the live footage after the first plane hit, including the second strike and the footage they only showed once. Dark day that I'll never forget.
     
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    Commuting to work on the express bus from Utah County to Salt Lake City listening to the radio and announcing to some friends that they just reported that a plane flew into one of the Twin Towers. No details and they suspected bad weather and I thought a small prop plane. A couple of minutes later they report a second one, and I thought, man, the weather must really be bad.
     
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    I was at work in Manchester mobile phones where just starting to get popular when my wife called me, total confusiment leading to sadness and anger terrible day will never forget.
     
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    Fortunately I wasn't working in the city that day. I was at a satellite office in Glastonbury, CT. The office receptionist put it up on the TV above her desk when the first news came in. It was thought to be a small plane accident. When the second hit came, I spontaneously uttered "Pearl Harbor". I called my wife, and while we watched, the first tower came down....
     
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    When it happened, I was an instructor at Nuclear Power Training Unit in the U.S. Navy, in Charleston, SC. My time teaching was almost up, and I had orders to join the crew of a Groton, CT based fast attack sub in a few months. In the weeks following the attacks, my orders got moved up, and I had to rush to get up to the sub earlier than originally planned. I actually had to secure a temporary residence in Norfolk, because I didn't have time to move all my stuff up to CT before I had to report to the sub, and the sub was already in Norfolk at the time.

    The reason my orders got moved up was that the sub I had been ordered to serve on was one of three fast attack subs that had been tasked with escorting the first carrier battle group to assault the Taliban as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Our sub launched some of the very first salvoes of our current military involvement there (cruise missiles). Were were out for six months – the longest USN deployment since WWII. No dry land in that entire time, and only saw sunlight three or four times during the deployment.

    Well, one thing they got right in the name of the operation was "Enduring." If I had had a kid when I was in Nuclear Power School, that kid could now be serving in the same war.
     
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    Where was I on 911?

    At that time I was still active duty Air Force, I had the privilege to be serving as the CENTCOM Commander‘s aircraft Crew Chief. General Tommy Franks often had trips to the AOR. These trips were usually a week to 10 days, and routinely came around about once a month.

    We had just began a 13 day overseas trip, landing in Crete, for an overnight stop, prior to heading into Afghanistan. As we always do we stick by the airplane get it fueled, serviced, inspected and ready for its next flight. Once we are finished we went to the hotel. We had been at the hotel about 45 minutes, I was still deciding whether to take a shower or get a quick nap at the end of a 10 hour day. The phone rang, it was my boss, Tom said he want to come on up for a few minutes and have a drink. I told Tom I was OK I was thinking about taking a nap, he said no you really need to come up and get a drink, I’ll see you in a few minutes, he hung up. A few minutes later a walk through the door on the TV was what I later understood to be the first tower getting hit, I thought this was some new movie I hadn't seen. As I was asking what was crazy movie on the TV Tim, an electrician, told me no that’s real **** one of the towers just got hit. I stood there watching the TV. I saw the second tower get struck. Cold chills, anger, confusion I’ll set it at once. About an hour later we received a brief that we were headed back, most likely headed to DC. We got the plane ready,..... as we took off we had a brief from the pilots that currently there were no flight allowed into US airspace. We planned for Nova Scotia, but hoped for a direct into Andrews.
    The airwaves that were normally bustling with radio chatter were dead silent on Sept 12th.

    That job was most likely the highlight of my life, certainly of my career in the military and in aviation in general. About six months later I promoted myself out of that job. I deployed about a dozen more times overseas for continuing operations in different countries before I retired in 2005.

    I thank those who gave me the opportunity to serve.
     
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    It's amazing how "everyone" can remember with clarity exactly what they were doing on September 11th 2001, which is now 18 years ago.

    How many other days in your life can you remember with such acute clarity?
    In a way, it was the first day of the 21st Century. The start of a new era.
     
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    Was still working at the Ford plant. I worked in the the pre-delivery are at the time, I was in quality control and ran a relief, giving inspectors break time. One of my co-worker had been on break and said that a plane had hit the WTC. There were TV's in the cafeteria's so before I put put my next guy on break I walked up to the cafeteria to see if I could find out anything. I walked just seconds before the second tower was struck. I watch a lot of the programs about that day that they play on the History channel every year and I still get upset and real mad watching that stuff.
     
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    I was at work, heard about it on the Howard Stern radio show, then I went home at lunch and grabbed my American Flag and hung it on my machine at work, then after work I took the flag and got my horse saddled up and we paraded the flag around the area, she knew it was something important, she was fired up. We crossed the creek and rode for about a mile or so. Then I went over to take my dad out to eat dinner, something I did every night after my mom died. Then we went to his house and watched the news about the attacks. The videos were horrible. People jumping or being blown out of the towers, firemen rushing to their deaths, people walking miles amid the debris to get home.
    I vividly remember Howard Stern becoming a serious news reporter that day , telling people how to get out of the area and what he could see.
    And after all that, people are starting to forget ! I’ll never forget and almost everyday I look at the clock and it says 911, at least once a day, usually twice. It’s a chilling reminder and one I cherish because we need to remember what was done to our country.

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    I had arrived at work at 7:00 a.m. in San Francisco and the manager had set up a TV in a conference room and we watched. Someone mentioned that there could be up to 50,000 people in the buildings and I was shocked. An hour later or so we were sent home and the streets were packed with cars and people.

    Many of us attended a memorial at the federal building on Golden Gate in San Francisco the next day or a few days later. They handed out flags to everyone and I kept my flag in my office until I retired several months ago and I gave it to a coworker.
     
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    I live in Brazil, and at the time I was 11 years old and it all happened while I was in school. I didn't learn about the occurred until I got home and saw my grandma watching TV, shocked.
    Then as I got to check what she was watching, the first tower came down.
     
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    Started the day in the car, I also thought of the B-25/Empire State incident when it came on the radio that "a plane had hit the WTC.." I assumed it was a light plane that had gone wrong while sight seeing, and popped a CD in. I had resigned my position at a D.C. university at the end of the spring semester, and opened a small guitar store, I would head out each Monday to hit the local shops to see what had been traded over the weekend, for some reason I didn't get out till Tuesday that week. By the time I got to the Rockville GC they had the monitors tuned to the coverage, and it was obvious something was very wrong...

    Over the years I have met several people who were in the city that day, many have gone on to start new lives of public service based on their experience.
     
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