Where were you September 11, 2001-The Day America Lost it's Innocence

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Where Were you on September 11, 2001?

Today is the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on our country. It is one of those life-altering events in history when you remember exactly where you were and what you were doing.

On September 11, 2001, I woke early to do my morning power walk before going to work. I had my AM/FM radio headset on as I headed out for the hour work out. I cranked up my favorite radio station (Cities 97) that played upbeat music, perfect to ensure a fast pace.

Just a few minutes into my walk, the radio D.J.'s became upset as they relayed information coming into them. They had gotten word that a plane crashed into one of the twin towers in New York. It was obvious by their serious tones, they were shaken by the shocking news and in a state of confusion. All of us listening to a radio station or watching the news, tried to figure out if the plane crash was an accident or an act of terrorism.

Tears streamed down my face when it was confirmed that America was under attack. I ran back to my apartment as fast as possible so I could be with family as events of the day unfolded.




Positive Outcomes of 911

September 11, 2001, is a day Americans will never forget. We lost our naïve innocence but have become more vigilant in matters of national security.

I also know countless stories of people that made big life changes after this attack. It made people think about their mortality and ask themselves if they were in the right career, with the right person, etc...Good can always come from bad events. Pain and difficulties in life can be a source of motivation and teach us important life lessons.

My heart will never forget the heroes who lost their lives because of pure evil. I am proud to be an American, especially after watching accounts of how strangers pulled together that day to help each other.

The terrorists may have attacked us that September day but they can never take away our Pride and bond as Americans.

Let us never forget the heroes and victims of that fateful day

Terrorism on 911

Did the events on September 11, 2001 motivate you to make any positive life changes

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Definition of Terrorism

Definition of Terrorism according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

the use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal. ... : the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion

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Terror Attack on America

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TheManWithNoPants profile image

TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

I'll never forget. I was waiting for my installation manager to come by the house and pick up some pay roll checks, and I was watching the tube. It had such a profound impact on me. I even wrote a song that night called "Tuesday Morning New York Blues." Heck, I even published it here on the Hub I think. I just got back from the Iowa Labor Day speech a few days ago. I just published a hub on this today. 911 was the theme behind the speech. It was about Americans putting their idologies aside for the good of the country using the heros on flight 93 as the analogy.

Anyway, this was a great hub about something that changed how the entire world does business. Good job my friend!

jim


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

It is amazing Jim how we know exactly where and what we were doing. I want to check out your hubs on the song and speech. Way to go! We have all changed since this scary day. Long gone are the days of feeling safe in America. Great to see you :-) I appreciate you being the first to comment on my 9/11 hub.


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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

This note on my FaceBook page is my response to today's 10-year retrospecitive on that tragedy:

https://www.facebook.com/DzyMsLizzy#!/notes/liz-elias/a-new-national-holiday-is-needed/10150296670459947

(Um...apparently, you have to copy/paste the URL, as only part of it shows as hyperlinked)..

It is true we remember where we were and what we were doing when horrible things happen. Those of us who are old enough also recall where we were when news of JFK's assassination broke.

I'm saddened and angry that each generation seems to have to live through such travesties! With our parents, it was Pearl Harbor, 1941--and for those in the in-between generation, it was both 1941 and 2001 !

Enough, already! When is humanity going to learn to stop fighting and attacking each other??? It makes me ill.


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Teddletonmr 5 years ago from Midwest USA

It is hard for many Americans to understand, there are peoples in this world that absolutely "hate" us. Worst yet, they simply will never stop doing everything they can to take our freedoms away, at any and all cost.

God bless america and keep her free.


"Quill Again" 5 years ago

Hi MT... thanks for the read and the pain is something I think we will all feel for a long while. My heart so goes out to the families and loved ones as I watched on NBC yesterday. I pray for healing of so many.

Blessings and Hugs


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Pinkchic18 5 years ago from Minnesota

Great idea for a hub here, and wonderful job writing. I was in class that day but I still remember my professor breaking the news to us while we were there. I remember thinking that it couldn't be anything but a small accident - but when we got more details and I finally understood the damage, I was absolutely dumbfounded as to why someone would do that to innocent people. I am so glad you put together this hub because it is such a great tribute to those whose lives were tragically lost that day for no reason.


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

Mimitonka, living outside the bounds of people and communication at that time I didn't hear the news for a couple months when I went to town. The news though late was still a shock and it was 2008 when I got computerized and watched the videos, that today I saw yet another that shocked me. It seems more information comes all the time.

Thanks for a great write and video,

peace 50


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AllSuretyBonds 5 years ago

Every year as September 11 comes around I watch the replays of the events of that day and my heart sinks. It was such a horrible day for so many and 10 years later it still seems as though it was just yesterday. Never Forget.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

I know MsLizzy-When indeed when humans learn that fighting is not the answer, only love. I think your word "ill" fits perfectly when it comes to these matters of hate and war. Thanks so much for taking time to read my memories of 911.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

TeddletonMr-It is true that so many out there hate America. I personally think it's because we are blessed to be free. It's envy, the green eyed monster. Amen to God Bless America and keep her free.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hey Quill-I too watched many movies about the attacks and it brought me to tears to see what families went through as they spoke to their loved ones trapped in the towers or those on flight 93. I can't imagine how much pain they were in then and still today. God Bless all of the families of the victims and God Bless America.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Pinkchic-I too was hoping as I listened to the radio D.J's that it was just a bad accident that a plane hit the first tower. Of course it just kept getting worse until we all knew that America was under attack. Even still as I write this, I have goosebumps that this sad tragedy really happened.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

50 Caliber-Maybe it wasn't such a bad thing that you didn't see it but of course it was still shocking when you did. It still haunts me to see those images of people running through dark dust clouds to get away from the falling towers, or the people jumping from windows. So much pain this day brought but we stick together as Americans. Noone can take that away from us. Peace to you too my friend :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

AllSuretyBonds-I know, it does seem like yesterday to me as well and I think for most of us. An event like that just gets etched into your psyche and I think that is another reason it seems it just happened.


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Moving article! I was a Vice Principal in High School. Moods ranged from panic to "Why?" The simple truth is over time, this event will become like Pear Harbor... People will read about it and see the pictures, but not understand the profoundness of experiencing the process "live."

Flag up and awesome!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

I think your right that this event will be a faded memory in years to come. I guess it gets harder to connect with something that hasn't happened in a person's life time. Thanks so much for voting Up and Awesome-I really appreciate it.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

This is a very touching hub. I will never forget exactly where I was and how I stayed glued to the TV for the next several times. I still feel such a sense of loss on 9/11 every year as this was certainly one of the worst things that ever happened to our country.


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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA

I was living in Idaho at the time. I remember turning on my TV and grabbing a cup of coffee. As I listen to the reporters, it finally occurred to me this was happening on our homefront. I stayed glued to the TV with my family most of the day.


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catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

It is still as shocking to see today as it was ten years ago. It was so surreal, yet so horribly vivid...if that makes any sense! I have flown an American flag at my home from that day since.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Pamela, so great to see you here. I agree that it was such a terrible day in our history. I watched a few movies about it the night before and found myself sobbing because you are brought right into the victims lives. It makes the experience even closer than what we saw on t.v.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Tipogue-I think many of us made sure to be with family as events unfolded. It was just where you wanted to be when witnessing such tragedy. Thanks so much for reading my memories of this sad day.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Catgypsy-I think that is such a great idea and tribute that you fly the American flag everyday. Good for you :-)


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Sneha Sunny 5 years ago from India

Terrorism is the biggest problem that's going on on Earth. A few days ago we got the news of bomb blast in Delhi, capital of India. We don't know how many more innocent ones would be killed. We can't guess. Anything can happen to anyone and at any time. We are so helpless. Thanks for the remembrance.

One more thing...is there any chance that you are the twin sister of "Healing Touch"?? That's her user name, don't know her real name.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Sneha and thanks so much for commenting. Yes, Healing touch is my twin sister and best friend :-)I am living with her and her two kiddos and helping to raise them. Life is great over here :-) So Scary to hear about the bomb blast in India. It is spooky not knowing when, why and where these evil people will pop up.


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epigramman 5 years ago

..yes I agree with not only the American people but for the entire free loving world - and let me never forget the true love of lady Linda - I have been thinking the most sincere and positive thoughts for your recovery my dear friend and I do hope this summer has been, for the most part, a happy, safe and productive summer for you - my happiness no doubt at the Hub has been because of wonderful genuine people like yourself who truly make this world a smaller place for everyone and has on a personal note made my life a richer place to be - and also as a better human being. You will be thought of in good spirits as I gaze upon my full moon over the lake just now with love and respect.

lake erie time although timeless for you is 11:59am ontario canada with a touch of fall in the air although still going into the water everyday until the end of this month


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts

Great hub my friend i guess we will always remember this day, but we should also remember that Terrorism is the tool that did this and it is a very evil thing .

Vote up !!!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Oh Colin, you really know how to make a woman feel special. I have a special place in my heart for my Canadian Prince aka Epigramman. I can't imagine not seeing you here on the pages of hub. It is a blessing to all of us to have you here because you are a great person and a great writer. My summer was beautiful and my health is GREAT!!! I just hope my green tomatoes make the freeze tonite. I covered them with sheets. Thankfully it will be warming up again after this cold night. Their nice and big but just not red yet. Worst case scenario if they don't get red is to make Fried Green Tomatoes. NUMMY! We had a full moon last night/The harvest moon but I thought tonite it is not full anymore. Either way, it's beautiful and lights the night sky. Great to see you my dear friend. Have a great evening and don't let the full moon get to you. :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Kashmir-Yes, you are right-We need to remember those that lost their lives but sadly it was the terrorist's that we don't want to give power here. It was a very tragic day for everyone and it still feels like it happened yesterday.


september girl 5 years ago

Beautifully written and well said, Minnetonka Twin! I totally agree, as I also wrote a hub on this event in the day of our lives in history. I am glad to hear you are proud to be an American, just as we all should be, if we were born in our beloved country. : ) Sad day for sure, but one that seemed to bond us closer together in the catastrophy. It will never be forgotten!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you so much September Girl. I'll check out your hub a about this sad day. It did change us all forever!


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Googmandisability 5 years ago from Midwest

I'm now 50 yrs and subject to some Demetia due to the seizure issues that come with the meds I was compelled to take in order to care for my father here in Minnesota.

Health insures have kept me unable to deal with some cancer as well.

But (nothing ) hit me as hard as when former CNBC reporter Mark Haines Said;

"OH MY GOD A SECOND PLANE HAS CRASHED INTO THE WORLD TRADE CENTER"

I dropped my toast and the muscles in my neck tightened so hard I was almost unable to breath...

I was born in NYC and so I've been inside that building many years ago. Just about every good picture of the city had the two towers shining into the sun like a monument to a pristine world.

Without them, there is just not the same glory to be seen and on that day, I surely wondered about our future as Americans.

Now, with what has happened to our financial worlds,

I have to wonder if the event was just a (head-fake) to allow foreign investors to overtake our positions due to our need to sell financial vehicles during a time of massive fear?

I truly hope that I am wrong...

Be well always,

Googman


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Googmandisability-Your comment about your reaction when you heard about the planes hitting the towers was one I think most of us had. I just could not believe this was really happening here. It was like I was watching some horrible action movie but the sad thing is, it was real. That day has changed so much in America and we Americans. No more feeling like we are safe.

I can also relate to your life as a disabled person. I was diagnosed with lung cancer seven years ago. I am grateful to be alive as they told me I had a 20% chance of surviving the first five years. Ha ha to them!! Anyway, since the cancer, surgery, chemo and radiation, I have issues that make it tough to work out of the home. I get sick a lot for one as I have chronic lung issues. Thank goodness for this new technology and being able to work online for income. I really appreciate you sharing your story with me. Have a great day :-)


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

This was a terrible event. I remember I was loading a train at the coal mines. The engineer on the train just broke down, come to find out his son was in the tower. I never found out if he made it or not. A moment that I will always remember.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

OH MY GOODNESS-That is so sad to hear how you found out. So much pain on this day.


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doodlebugs 5 years ago from Southwest

I'll always remember where I was when I got the news. I was about to buy a new business and was about to sign the papers. At that time, I had to cancel, because my bank quit lending money. A small issue compared to the tragedy though, but 9-11 forever changed many things in our country. Hopefully we will be more vigilant and prevent future attacks. God Bless the U.S.A., and the rest of the world needs his blessings as well.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Doodlebugs-Your story about 911 really illustrates how effected we all were from the attacks. We are all a family and what happens to some of us effects us all. God Bless the USA and this crazy world.


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Felixedet2000 5 years ago from The Universe

Good memory, it goes a long to prove to skeptics that the collective resolve of the people cannot be overcome.

It pays to be good.


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Felixedet2000 5 years ago from The Universe

Good memory, it goes a long to prove to skeptics that the collective resolve of the people cannot be overcome.

It pays to be good.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

It sure does pay to be good. So many incredible stories came out of that horrible day. No terrorists' evil could overcome the good.


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Au fait 17 months ago from North Texas

Before 9/11 we had Pearl Harbor. There will always be disasters as long as there is life, either personal or national disasters. Daughter and I were watching Good Morning America and saw the the event. It just after 8 AM I think. How awful for all the people who were involved in it and for families that were left behind.

Can't say that I got a divorce thinking I had to hurry up and get with somebody exciting because you never know when your time is up. No, and I didn't lie awake nights wondering if terrorists would attack my town next, or maybe even my own house. Didn't look over my shoulder from that day forward.

I think some people found processing the event so difficult that they went off the deep end just a little even though they nor anyone they knew were directly affected.

I think one problem is that people think bad things only happen to other people and so when it does happen to them directly or indirectly, it's such a shock they can't process it. The attack on the towers in NYC didn't affect most people directly, but it was an attack on the U.S. and that had seemed impossible until it happened. Of course an attack on our country is an attack on each of us personally. These attacks are common in other parts of the world, but there had never been one here and many people had felt immune before it happened, I think.

It was a terrible thing to be sure, but so long as there are crazy people in this world hell bent on forcing everyone to believe and think and live like themselves, making no allowance for difference, there is the possibility of tragic and horrific events, some of which may affect any one of us directly.

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