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Where were you on 9/11?
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24 / F / The moon
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Posted 9/11/15
I was about 8 or 9 and at school when I heard about it. I didn't fully understand at the time.
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I remember I was in High school. It was the first class of the day, Social Studies. The teacher rolled in the TV and turned it on to the news where we saw the planes crash into the buildings. I'm not sure if I knew what was going on at the time. I think a girl in the class may have started to cry. I may have just thought it was todays current events lesson because we went over something in the news each day. It wasn't until later when my parents were talking about it, and i saw a more extensive news coverage of it, that i realized that it was a big deal.
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I was 4y/o in preschool
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Five years old. At home. I don't even remember it.

I went to a school where they constantly showed us footage of the events, every year. You see those images and you do not forget them. You see the true pain in their faces, the ache, the HOPELESSNESS. You see people thrusting themselves off buildings. You see firefighters coming out covered in soot and basically choking. It's just so painful to look at and watch. History is painful to look at and watch. I'm pretty immune to most types of conventional horror and gore, but the expressions on people's faces in these situations, in the media that I've seen? that does drive me to tears.
Posted 9/11/15
Lol I didn't even know about it until like, days after when they were talking about it at school.
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I was in the fourth grade outside in gym class we were doing the mile, I remember my school going into a code yellow lock down because they weren't sure exactly what was going on. They sent us all home a little bit later and when I got home my sister had the news on and I watched the first building collapse.
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Wow...I had just moved into my first apartment...no furniture, not even a tv. I had a sleeping bag, a pillow, and an alarm clock. A friend called me and told me to turn on the tv. So, the radio flipped on and I listened. The next few hours were spent frantically calling friends and family (who worked in and around DC and the Pentagon) trying to get ahold of people and to know that they were alright. I was supposed to work that day and, since the phone lines were all tied up, I drove into work. Now...it was eerie...I worked at a mall and there were very few cars in the parking lot, so I wasn't sure if the mall was closed or open. I went inside...and it was like Dawn of the Dead...one escalator was working, some stores had their lights on and their gates were open (but no one was inside), some had half open gates (but lights off), some were just closed...but there was no one in the mall. I walked over to the store and no one was there, so I figured I didn't have to work. As I was leaving, I hear, "STOP!" I turn around and there were a pair of security guards...they asked what I was doing there and I told them...they said that the mall was closed today and asked how I got in, I told them and they didn't believe me and escorted me out (and then locked the doors after I left).

It was very surreal...I got home and sat on my porch...I lit a clove and...noticed how quiet it was...no planes in the air...just...quiet. And I remember clearly...a private jet flew overhead (this was after there was a no-fly order placed) and it was just kind of creepy to see, after the events...and then 2 fighter jets flew right up next to it and the 3 of them flew off north (presumably to National Airport).

The next day, a friend of mine relayed to me how a mutual friend reacted on 9/11. The mutual friend was in CA...but a few years earlier, he lived out here and we had gone clubbing in DC one night...on our way back, he had to pull over to puke and I had to...relieve myself. So, we stopped on Rt 110, which is right next to the Pentagon, my friend opened his door and vomited, and I went up the hill to this bridge and pissed my name on it (I was young and dumb and a bit tipsy). So...9/11 happened...and my friend is in CA and he sees the damage done to the Pentagon and all he can say is, "my friend, Mark-12, pissed his name on that bridge."
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I was in 2nd grade...
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i had just turned 1 on the first so...
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i went to a school where they showed us videos and pictures of the events on the anniversary. seeing the damage done actually made me want to kill the people responsible, and i was only in sixth grade.
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Posted 9/12/15
I was in a university cafeteria. The whole room was dead quite. No one was studying or talking we were all watching the news. I had to go back to class where we stayed on topic but it was a very odd few days after for me because I lived in Halifax Canada at the time. A great deal of flights got re directed to my city. It wasn't so much about the tragedy of the whole thing but how we'd help out the hundreds of unexpected visitors stuck in our city.
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Trewill91 wrote:

i went to a school where they showed us videos and pictures of the events on the anniversary. seeing the damage done actually made me want to kill the people responsible, and i was only in sixth grade.


Yeah, same basically happened to me in... albeit in freshman or sophomore year.

If anything I started bawling like a baby at the expressions on ppl's faces. I mean, you can just see the agony and pain there. I think that's more damning to me than the damage itself, the sheer reaction to death and destruction.
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Sitting at home looking at the TV, thinking, "Whoa Fuck!"

I went to work after that.
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Was in middle school, walking out the door for gym class, when an announcement popped up.
Not understanding what was happening, we went outside and continued class.
Apparently, everyone else in the school was watching it on TV, until the principal told everyone to turn the TVs off. Leaving us without full knowledge of what happened until someone told us or we turned a TV on somewhere.

Had a breakdown later in the day after finding out that one of the places hit was where my sister worked.
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I was in middle school, and they cancelled the lessons for the day to turn on the televisions that we kept in some of the classrooms for educational purposes so that the teachers and the students could watch.

We all watched in silence, and I was too young to truly understand what was happening. I think the biggest shock and confusion for me at that point was that even though I knew it was a real plane and a real building on the screen, it felt too much like a movie to be true. It was also the first time I had ever seen the buildings, so I couldn't make an emotional attachment to it. All we knew was that the adults were all freaking out, so we just sat quietly and waited for them to explain to us what had happened.
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