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Posted 6/4/17
It's one of those times in history when (if you were alive) everybody knows where they were. I understand CR is a young crowd but just curious if anyone remembers where they were and what they were doing, and how it affected them?

For me I was working at a Blockbuster Video (when they still existed) My manager and I were the only ones working. He hooked up one of the TVs to air the news. We even had a few customers stay and watch with us. It didn't really hit me at the time what was going on but nobody knew what was going on.

But the one thing that stood out the most and I'll never forget was one lady. She came in the store very frantic. She was on the phone like she was trying to get a hold of someone. Half crying she came up to the register with a dvd to rent. I scanned her membership card and saw a late fee of about $5. So here I am going to tell this poor distraught lady during 9/11 she has to pay a late fee of $5. I felt like shit but I didn't have a choice, I had no power to clear the fee. My boss was out somewhere, I don't really remember. But I coldly asked her for the late fee which she paid no problem.

But it still haunts me to this day. Did she lose someone during the attack and here I was asking for a stupid late fee of $5? I really wish I could go back and just say "Take the movie, bring it back when you can."
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I was 11 waking up for school, seen my mother and step father watching it on the news. It was my step fathers birthday and admittedly I had little contact to the real world at that time and never fully understood it.

I think I was eating breakfast at school when the second plane hit? I don't really recall for certain if I was at school tho. It was a small town and they called everyone into the gym and had a projector hooked up to live feed playing it on the wall. They told us we can contact our family if we wanted to and a lot of folks left.

Those left of use stayed in the gym for a few hours then went back tour home rooms where we did nothing other then sit. Like I said I was fairly young and never rationally understood what happened.

Looking forward my best friends older brother enlisted and was in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He did fine and when his time was up he refuse to come back stating something along the lines of "if I come back all they will do is send some new kid here who has no clue how this stuff works". He refused to come back because he didn't want a new enlist to take his spot.

He always said most of the stuff there was cultural and it takes some time to understand how everything works. Just worried someone would get injured so he offered to stay.

About a month later they where in a humvee going down the road they cleared the night before when a IED killed him and the 4 others in the vehicle.

His name was Eddie Myers.
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Posted 6/4/17
Grafenwoehr Germany they locked that place down fast
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Strangely enough, I was watching the news in social studies class in high school when it started. The classroom got filled to capacity with teachers and students trying to see the TV soon after.

I don't remember going to any other classes that day, they may cancelled them and sent us home early, I forget.

I also remember the social studies teacher (who was in the National Guard) commenting after the second plane hit that we're at war, even if we've no idea who with yet. His unit got shipped off to the middle east soon after.

A friend of the family worked across the street from the trade center at the time, so I remember we were concerned about whether he'd gotten out of the city safely (he did).
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Posted 6/4/17
School. I remember coming home and seeing it on the news.
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Posted 6/4/17 , edited 6/14/17
apology for poor english

when were you when 911 happen?

i was sat at home drinking pissed water when Jim-bob ring

‘Trade center is kill’

‘no’
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I remember seeing the attack on the news as I was getting ready to go to schol.
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In school.
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25 / M / USA
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Posted 6/4/17
I was in my school's library.
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Me too. I had gotten to school early, so I went to the library and they were watching it on the TV.
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I was lucky and at home in Jacksonville, but felt so powerless. I was worried about friends at Pentagon on duty, others deployed Kuwait, and deployed on ships in Med heading to the Persian Gulf. I didn't realize I had acquaintances on Flight 93 and WTC (north tower). I always expected it to come from Cargo Jets and not Passenger Jets, when it happened, didn't think audaciously enough. My next two weeks were a blur of activity and airplanes to DC, then across the pond, and across the Med. My worldview had changed completely again like it had in Apr/Oct 83 and Aug 90.
Posted 6/4/17
In school like it was a normal day.
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i was 6 at the time.

the exact time of the attack i was in recess during school, but i didnt hear about it until daycare picked me up afterwards and we were all in front of a radio (radio over the news? seems like forever ago)

at the time i thought "oh planes hit buildings every day. no big worry". i was a dumb kid. please forgive

it didnt hit me of what exactly happened and who did it until i was in 8th grade. and i remember being so pissed. i was probably a mini Amymas on how much i hated. and it took me until college to really tell myself 'it was just those 19 people"
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I must be old as fuck.

I wasn't in school, but live in central jersey. It was impossible to call anyone, or use the internet (dial up back then), So I decided to flip on the TV and that's kinda how I found out. All the stations reported it.

Honestly, 9/11 didn't affect me personally much though, and really it was the aftermath, and the heightened security that hit harder, and kind of remained. Oddly enough, the security measures never decreased, we just got used to them after 2-3 years.... The intensive searches at the airport were a pain in the ass, and still are, (it's actually worse than right after in some ways. We just also got faster as we got more accustomed to them). Same with armed soldiers being at Port Authority and other public transit spots. You still see them, just over time they kind of fade into the background.
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Posted 6/4/17 , edited 6/4/17
I was at home. I woke up and my TV was on MTV and they were running music videos. I remember noting that was odd and turned on the playstation and played a game of madden. After the game, I shut it off and noted MTV was still airing music videos.I noted that was particularly odd and went to make breakfast, that's when my brother told me about the towers.

I felt cold indifference as I knew terrorism was an everyday reality for people around the world. Hell I remembered OKC & the first attempt to bomb the WTC.
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