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Post Reply It's a day of reflecting... A day of remembering... A day that changed U.S. history forever
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Today, the USA had one of the most tragic events happen. Two planes crashed into the World Trade center, one into the Pentagon and one in a field in Shanksville,PA.

I can still remember that day like it happened yesterday. I was 12 years old at the time and in 7th grade. I had just got up to get ready for school. My sister was already up and greeting ready and she went into my parents room and told my mom that she's been hearing on the radio about this tower in New York getting hit by a plane. My mom got up, went to the bathroom and then turned the TV on that was I their room. The next thing I heard was a scream. My sister and I ran into the room and stood there in shock as we watched smoke coming out of the tower. The next thing I remember is almost wanting to scream, faint, and cry all rolled into one emotion as we watched in horror as the second plane hit the next tower. We all started to cry and held onto each other tightly and prayed. My life changed at that point, even though I knew no one personally in the attack, but I had a deeper appreciation for our military and became even more patriotic than I already was.

Do you remember where you were and what you were doing at the time you saw the events unfold on TV?
Posted 9/11/13
you have TV in your bathroom @.@

RIP to people lost there lives all them years back
and to people in ww2 ww1 all grate wars and so on
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I can barely remember the day really. 12 years ago I was 15, which I think put me in 10th grade. I was in my homeroom class when I think an announcement came over the intercom about the attack. We spent all of World Geography (I think that's the name of the class) watching the news.

The impact of it didn't really hit me either. I was just thinking attack on America, we retaliate, wars have been waged for centuries, what's the difference.

I particularly hated high school though (and I mean I really, really hated it), which may be why this is so hard to remember. I was pretty antisocial too, so perhaps that's why I never understood the magnitude (at the time) and considered it normal happenings.
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I may be English and have been too young to remember the event happening, but my heart goes out to those who left us that day.
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I was in MIddle School. An announcement came on that all students were to go to their group meeting quarters.
Alpha, beta, charlie, delta.
Alpha = cafe, beta = library, charlie = auditorium, delta = gymnasium.
I was in Alpha.
Went to the cafetaria and they wheeled in a big TV. It was after the first plane had hit.
We all watched.
I knew my dad had friends in the Rochester Fire Dept who had moved to NYC, and visa versa. So I was pretty scared watching so many fire fighters running in there, but I figured nothing would happen.
Shortly after we began watching the second plane hit, then the reports of another highjacking.
The school was placed on lockdown, security showed up, they closed all the shutters everywhere and locked all the doors. Then the Pentagon happened and we were told we'd be kept there until it was deemed safe. We watched when the towers came down, most couldn't grasp the severity or scale of what we just saw happen, I couldn't fully grasp it either, I cried, but looking back I think I was more crying because I figured some of the firefighters inside were friends of my father who had already passed away, and I felt bad for all the people, but I still didn't understand HOW huge of an event it was that I just witnessed. Little bit later police showed up at the school and escorted us all to our busses, 1 group at a time.
It's definitely a day that will never be forgotten by any of us at that school.
Being a firefighter now I take place in memorials and such, and it's sad to see how many less people show up each year.
Posted 9/11/13
My mom was in NY visiting my sister; they had tickets to go to the WTC that day, but my sis wasn't feeling well so they stayed home in Wheatley Heights. We didn't know this in Orlando, of course, and couldn't get through to them on the jammed phone lines that morning.

Even though all flights were gounded, I was still asked to report for work at the Orlando World Center Marriott, completely worried out of my mind for my mom and sis. It was extremely quiet at work (no "new" arrivals checking in, of course) which I hated because I had very little to take my mind off my fears. My dad finally called me at work around noon to tell me they called in and were fine. It felt like an enormous weight had lifted - I practically danced out onto the hotel driveway in relief. It was a horrifying day, and it was hard not to cry, to keep an even face at work that day, to be able to soothe and assure our guests stranded at the hotel that we'd take care of them while they were stuck in Orlando. But that's what we all did.
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It's also my older sister's birthday, which will always be my primary focus whenever I think of September 11. In fact, in 2001, I was happily awaiting her after-school birthday celebration in class when I was pulled out of school, due to the attacks. I only understood that planes hit the towers on my sister's birthday, and that we postponed her celebration by a few days that year. I was actually bummed out about missing Maxine's birthday more than anything else. What can I say? I was in third grade, and I hadn't yet come to comprehend death.
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Posted 9/11/13
I was 6 years old and I had no idea what was going on. My parents didn't let me see it either and I only found out as the years progressed and the 9/11 ceremonies kept taking place.

It is a day that means a lot to me, even if I didn't personally lose anyone that I knew.

It means even more now as a military member, and I am so proud to have the opportunity to fight and defend the people of a nation that I care for. We're having a Nininger dinner tonight in our mess hall/cafeteria to honor and remember September 11.
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I remember sitting in our living room in our quarters at Fort Polk and my mother running in and turning the channel to the news just as the second plane hit. I also remember The reaction on my fathers face when he saw the news. I didn't understand what had really happened until my father explained it to me two days before he was deployed to Iraq. Sadly that is as far back as I can remember.
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I received a phone call that the USA was under attack. In Disbelief I turned on the tv only to witness people jumping from the tall tower. I further witnessed the second plane coming and was so angry that the us was also not in the air to stop the second plane. I have cried many a tear since that day and always will til my own death.
Posted 9/11/13
I can't remember because it was just another day
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On the West Coast, I was getting ready to go in to the hospital for work as usual, flipped on the TV for the news while eating a quick breakfast, and was then mesmerized by the happenings on TV. It was hard to believe it was actually happening. I had the radio on all through the drive to work, and while at work, TVs and radios and net browsers were on everywhere with people listening in and watching, and wondering if anything was going to happen out West as well. If something happened, how would we respond? How to even prepare for something like this? Could the hospital handle hundreds or even thousands of injuries? As a pathology resident in the hospital laboratory, did I remember first aid and how to deal with bleeding/injuried people if it came down to it?

My sister, who worked on the East Coast at the time and used to work in NYC, lost a few friends or former classmates or colleagues in the WTC collapse. I personally didn't lose anyone I knew.

(I also remember thinking that as relatively united as we were as a nation in those days, we as a collective people in America would likely soon forget-- maybe even within a year-- what exactly happened, and go back to business as usual of political correctness, selfish racial and victim politics, and hand-wringing over relatively trivial issues while ignoring the reality of the threat at hand.)
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I was in another country, having breakfast and when i saw the news I immediately reached for the phone because my mom lived in NY. Even though i was in another(very far away) country, all the tv news were talking about it and people were in shocked as it was happening in their own country...I guess, what happens in USA has a great impact in the whole world.
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sushipath wrote:

(I also remember thinking that as relatively united as we were as a nation in those days, we as a collective people in America would likely soon forget-- maybe even within a year-- what exactly happened, and go back to business as usual of political correctness, selfish racial and victim politics, and hand-wringing over relatively trivial issues while ignoring the reality of the threat at hand.)

I totally agree. It is sad to see that even after 12 years since it happened, that people seem to just think of it as "another day". I didn't lose anyone personally either, but it did affect me in a way I never thought it would. And I find it amazing how much PC (political correctness) goes on in this country.




kirika202 wrote:

I was in another country, having breakfast and when i saw the news I immediately reached for the phone because my mom lived in NY. Even though i was in another(very far away) country, all the tv news were talking about it and people were in shocked as it was happening in their own country...I guess, what happens in USA has a great impact in the whole world.

Which is why there are so many pics and videos of the people in the Middle East jumping for joy as they watched the towers fall, chanting "God is great!" in their language. But then I also find it amazing that when our military went in an took out Saddam Hussein, they were thrilled when the statue of him came toppling down.
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I remember being in my room drawing pictures of rainbows and unicorns (I was little at the time) when I heard my mom crying. I ran downstairs and asked her what was wrong, only to look at the TV screen and scream in fear because people were literally falling out of the building. My mom had to calm me down because I wouldn't stop screaming. That's pretty much all I remember.
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