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Posted 6/7/17
I was on my way to school when it was announced over the radio but I wasn't really paying attention. It wasn't until after I got to school and my Biology teacher pulled everyone in the class to the music room and we all sat there and watched the report on tv. The only thing going through my mind was that we were going to war and my cousins had just signed up for the National Guard not long before all this. I think it was just the previous year they joined. I was freaking out in my mind that they were gonna have to go to war. I don't think I will ever forget that day.
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I was at high-school as the time. I was in 10th grade and it was first period class. I was reading my textbook when I overheard a teacher from the classroom next door talking to my teacher, and I heard them mentioning something about a plane flying into the World Trade Center. At first, I thought nothing of it and assumed that they were just discussing a Tom Clancy novel (because my grandpa liked to read Tom Clancy novels and that sounded like it could be the plot of one). I grew suspicious when the teacher came back and told my teacher that another plane had hit the WTC, but I didn't fully realize it was real until I went to my next period class where the TV was on and was showing the news. We spent that class watching the news and even saw the towers collapse. Needless to say, not much schoolwork got done that day.
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At School, We had just gotten into the Home Economics room. Then, the Gym and Fitness teacher came running in the door, and I could tell that He seemed frustrated about something. He spoke for a minute with the Home-Ec teacher, and then they turned on the Classroom's television. No sooner than after having turned on the television, the second plane smashed into the other Tower. Shortly thereafter, they got the entire Student as well as Faculty body moved into the Gymnasium, where We watched further a scene that even at the age of 14 or 15, whichever I was...I knew that this was going to be something BIG. When I found out that the F.A.A. did an UNPRECEDENTED act of grounding EVERY Plane in the whole of North America, I said to Myself something like..."There are going to be repercussions that each and every American citizen is going to be forced to go through now over this BS."

The USA PATRIOT Act is an absolute breach of the Freedoms they say that We enjoy. Now, You can be jailed indefinitely, without having to be read Miranda Rights, nor anything else if You have ANY sort of "say", or thoughts that the Government has ANY sort of cause for concern over. The USA PATRIOT Act was put together with good intentions....But it's THE MOST FALLIBLE and DISGRACEFUL piece of Work that came out of the Crises that was committed on that Day. And call Me a Conspiracy theorist if You must, but as I grow older and I read more and more data upon what DID, as well as DID NOT happen/occur on that Day...It really makes Me wonder.

I believe that it was a sort of "False Flag" incident. If You're an American and You HONESTLY THINK that Our Government cares about You/Us...All You have to do is read up on a certain topic called "Operation Northwoods". I won't delve into anything else any further. But ever since reading up and studying the above listed "Operation Northwoods" and then "Operation Mongoose"...Our Government is willing to kill Us; it's Own Citizens...to further their ideals. Lastly....I'll leave this right here. "Proactive Preemptive Operations Group" aka P2OG...If You read up on these topics I've listed, and You're an American....trust Me, it will leave You absolutely jaded.

IN CONCLUSION...WHATEVER it was that happened that Day, may the Dead lay at peace, and may their Families always be given further power to go on.
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Posted 6/11/17
I was three city blocks away.

I was 7, and at that time, I had a very odd housing setup. My family and I lived in Tribeca bridge tower, on chambers st. Constructed just 2 years before. We were the first tenants of an apartment on one it's upper floors. I went to ps/is 89 for school, which was oddly enough is in the same building. Occupying the bottom 5 floors of the eastern half. The two were not connected though. In anycase the longest part of my trip to school was the elevator ride.
The day started like any other, I got up and went to school. The first sign something was up was when I heard sirens outside . Which is typical in NYC, just not so many. I and several others went to the window and saw that the entire highway was filled with emergency vehicles of all kinds. Shortly after a message came through on the loud speaker and we were all moved to the gym, which had no windows. Where we waited to be picked up. My father was one of the first to arrive, and he walked me outside. I look up and the first thing i see is a huge black slice through the top of the north tower. leaking smoke. We hurry inside, deciding to take the stairs, worried that there might be a power outage. Once in the apartment, on the building's west side the towers were out of view to the south . My father turns on the TV, and minutes later the first tower fell. The whole building began to shake as if there was an earthquake, and seconds later grey dust flows in like an avalanche covering the street below. My father decides to leave. We shut the windows, give the bird extra food, and I take a toy firetruck. We take the stairs again, and head north, past stuyvesant high, up the bike path along the hudson river. We get to pier 25 now surrounded by a mob of people, many covered in grey soot. Suddenly we all stop and turn around . As a sound like a creaking door hinge but as loud as as a ships fog horn, cuts through the air. moments later the second tower collapses. Everybody froze in place, nobody moved for several seconds. We all stared in silence, many in tears. Then the avalanche of dust came closer, and closer, people start to panic. We hid from the crowd behind a large iron gate. In the end the wall of grey soot stoped 300 feet in front of me before gradually receding.... That's all I remember. Being 7 I didn't really understand what happened. My school did get nearly a whole month off of school, and since this happened in the first week of school I was pleased to have another month of summer vacation. not to mention lots of free toys from charity. As sick as that may be. All told nobody I knew died. So It was not the worst day of my life, but definitely the most historically significant .
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No but seriously, I was probably in elementary school in first grade. Probably being hyper or just not giving a crap in general.
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22 not caring cause years later it was a scam the planes never hit the tower it's been debunked alot the speed would rip the plane apart and an ameture can't fly it straight at the speeds
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Posted 6/11/17
I was 1, so probably just at home with my parents when it happened
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Posted 6/11/17
i'm pretty sure most school kids were in school at the time.
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36 / M / Texas
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Posted 6/11/17
I was a freshmen in college just getting in from a night of drinking and pool. They shut down campus for a few days.
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Posted 6/13/17
1st grade class room
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Posted 6/13/17
In a conveniece store.
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Posted 6/14/17
I was in my last year of primary school in the UK, so with the time difference I didn't see what had happened until we got home at 3pm, my parents were both home and stayed home all evening (unusual as one of them was usually out in the evenings at various clubs and what have you). We watched the news for 4 hours, transfixed, I didn't understand the ramifications, I think I thought it was an accident initially, even though there were two of them (I was only 9). Until I asked my mum if I could watch the Simpsons like I did every night, and she agreed there was little point watching them speculate.
It only really hit me the next day when I got into school and we had a few minutes silence and talked about what had happened and what it meant.
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I was active duty Air Force; just came off a night shift. I had maybe gotten about 3 hours of sleep when a buddy called and demanded that I turn on the news. Not gonna lie, I was pretty ticked but I did what he said anyway. I turned on the news just in time to see the second plane hit the tower. I dropped the phone. I knew in that moment that someone had just declared war on us. Not only was I active duty, but so was my husband and all of our closest friends. I was devastated.

Found out later that my baby sister watched the same footage in her middle school class. She called me from her principal's office. Turns out some boys in her class were laughing at the images of people falling or jumping from the buildings just before they collapsed (as immature boys are wont to do) and she punched the loudest one in the face. She screamed at them about how it wasn't funny and how her sister was going to have to war now. I was so proud of her.

Since that time my younger brother has served 3 tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He's been medically retired because of the injuries he's sustained. I've lost friends over there as well as to suicide when they finally do get home and discover that America doesn't care about them. I have watched my country tear itself apart with bigotry, hate and violence. 9/11 broke my heart and I have never recovered.
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Posted 6/14/17
idk sleeping
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Posted 6/15/17
...was in elementary school.. woah. xD

But I remember we were evacuated and all released early because the smoke from the attack made it's way over to us even though we're 2.5 hours away from the site of the attack. It was hectic, that much I know.
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