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9-11 Rememberance - Where Were You When the World Changed?

Updated on September 11, 2012
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An Indelible Moment

Eight months pregnant, I lowered myself to the bed to put on my knee high pantyhose. The summer months in Florida were already hot, but being pregnant in the stifling heat was exponentially torturous! Hence, the knee-high's. I was anticipating the day's agenda - volunteering in the background administration of a highly active counseling center. How I loved being a part of something impacting individuals, families, even the entire community. The phone interrupted my thoughts. My friend and neighbor Jenny asked, "Have you seen the news?" Deliberate words etched from her mouth as she described the unfolding news report of a lone passenger plane striking one of the twin towers. My stomach flipped. The details of my room, my outfit forever engrained themselves to my mind. This was an indelible moment.

I arrived at the office. Every television featured live feed of the Twin Tower, Pentagon updates and Flight 93. Silence consumed the day. What was there to say? Sympathetic and fear-filled tears flowed from everyone's eyes.

Where were you? Do you remember? Your comments are welcome.

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    • breathe2travel profile imageAUTHOR

      breathe2travel 

      6 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      Tonyataylorcanon,

      Thank you for sharing. My prayer is the remembrance of today brings us together again as Americans, encourages us to put aside misunderstanding, bitterness and differences and to seek common good.

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      tonyataylorcanon 

      6 years ago

      I was at work as well and also remember every detail. My employees had a regulatory reporting deadline to meet the next day so I had not turned on my office radio as usual. I needed to focus. Someone from another dept came by and asked if I was listening to the news. She told me to turn it on. I was shocked and saddened by the news of the first hit but when the reporter incredulously announced the second hit I knew life had changed. I clicked off the radio, walked around the desk and closed my door and knelt in prayer and tears for I have no idea how long.

    • breathe2travel profile imageAUTHOR

      breathe2travel 

      6 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      Where were you on 9/11/01?

    • breathe2travel profile imageAUTHOR

      breathe2travel 

      8 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      thank you, cathylynn, for reading and participating. thank you also for your encouraging compliment.

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      cathylynn99 

      8 years ago from northeastern US

      i was in yet another science class. 11 years post high school was not enough! they sent us home, as they thought a crowded university might be a target. you are an engaging writer. i enjoy reading your writing.

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      Dave Mathews 

      8 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      I had just gotten home from a hard nights work and was relaxing infront of the tube. All of a sudden it was on every channel live and in color.

    • breathe2travel profile imageAUTHOR

      breathe2travel 

      8 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      Pecorac - Thank you for sharing your story. Thank you also for serving our country.

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      Pecorac 

      8 years ago

      I'll never forget. I was living in Abilene at the time. I was an A1C in the Air Force at Dyess AFB. I worked second shift so I was sleeping when the first plane hit. My roomate left on leave early that morning. He had stopped for breakfast ...on his way to Wisconsin at some diner where he saw the news and gave me a wake up call. The first thing I did was turn on the news. After about a half hour of letting what was happenning soak in I called my Flight Chief. "What's going on," I asked. He responded, "Well, we're grounding the entire fleet and then we're going into standby." My shift didn't start until 1500 and it was around 1100. I asked "Can I come in." My flight Chief said, "sure if you want to." It is hard to describe the feeling I had as I put my uniform on. Sadness and anger. And despite what was going on I felt no fear but readiness to do whatever was asked of me in regard to this tradegy. At that time nobody knew exactly who was responsible. I worked for an airlift squandron so we might be called for some relief effort soon. (My squadron was involved in such a task years later during Katrina). When I arrived at the flightline our entire fleet was on the ground. Some of the final Postflight inspections were being conducted before the aircraft were sealed up. In the Air Force an aircraft can be Post/Preflight inspected then locked up and sealed indicating that the aircraft was ready for flight within a moments notice. It was the first time I ever saw it happen to our entire fleet and probably the first for all the old timers too. I watched as some of my fellow mechanics carried M-16's around as we performed our regular maintence duties. All military members are qualified on the M-16 but as a mechanic I never thought I would ever have to carry one. Now here on American soil we were armed in defense. This level of security didn't last long but checkpoints at every building entrance remained for weeks. The days following are somewhat a blur. I recall a lot of waiting yet eagerness to go overseas to kick some ass. It didn't take too long and the deploymnets never ended for me until I seperated in May 2006. I believe my old sqadron is still doing bi-annual deployments to the" sand box" as we used to call it. I miss my old job sometimes. I have forgotten all the bad times and look back on my travels and experiences very fondly.

      Nine years later and I still choke up when I watch the documentaries. Last night I watched one on all the conspiracy theories about how our government was behind it. Personally, those people make me sick. I can honestly say that if I truly believed that my government was capable of doing such a thing (basically an act possibly equally inhumane as the things Saddam had done to his own people), I would not hesitate to get out of that country. So I don't understand why these people don't leave if they truly believe what they are saying. Pack up your things, pack up your families and get the hell out because you obviously cannot feel safe hear under a government that would do such things to it's people. Think about the amount of people that would have to be involved to make such an evil act happen and then frame a terrorist group. That would be a lot of evil people with powers in our government. No, sir. If I truly believed that, I would not want to be here. I'll go to mexico, or Italy, or maybe some tropical island.

      So for all you conspiracy theorists, thanks for telling me and all the other hundreds of thousands of men and woman in the military that the service we have done was for an evil empire and we are nothing but demons at thier disposal.

      Sorry, I guess I kinda went on a rant there for a little while. I forgot that this was just supposed to be a comment but this is an emotional subject for me and I am sure I am not the only one. So, God bless the victims, thier families, and all the extaordinary people out there doing the best they can to prevent such a tradegy from ever happening again!See More

    • breathe2travel profile imageAUTHOR

      breathe2travel 

      8 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      BDazzler -- so glad you are safe... :)

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      BDazzler 

      8 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      It was a Tuesday. I had been scheduled to fly into DC that day, but changed my flight to Wednesday a few days earlier. If I had kept my original schedule I would have been in the air when it happened.

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      Rose Kolowinski 

      8 years ago

      We all vividly remember that day. I shall never forget it. Thanks for linking my 9/11 hub with yours. I did the same for you.

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      Cindy Mullis 

      8 years ago

      I was watching TV when my husband called from his power plant outage job in mid-state New York. About half the crew were local volunteer firefighters. He told me about the plane hitting Twin Towers and told me to turn to CNN. It took a few moments for me to believe what I was seeing. I remember saying, "Is this real?". Soon after, we started calling trying to locate my brother-in-law who worked in the Pentagon, as well as his family. It was a scary day!

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      breathe2travel 

      8 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      thank you mjblake & pegi for sharing. :)

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      Pegi 

      8 years ago

      I was working a job 10 pm to 6 am. Just getting into the "zone" real good rms going on. My phone rang! Slightly irrated, I answered. It was you! Had I seen the news? The answer no, I was sleeping. Besides, I don't get cable. You told me... a bomb had gone off or something at the twin towers. Needless to say, my sleep ended. Got dressed, walked to my son's home and watched mesmerized, it was surreal. Watched the second plane, the tower slipping into the pavement.... reminded me of how my life changed in nineth grade when the loud speaker announced that JFK had been shot. Total silence except for the crying.See More

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      mjblake 

      8 years ago

      I was at work. First the reports of the World Trade Center having a plane crash into it was shocking, but it didn't seem life-changing at that point. Then the "other tower" was hit. At the time, I didn't realize the WTC was two seperate buildings. There was a TV in the conference room where folks were keeping tabs on the news.

      That seemed like something bad was going on. Then when the the Pentagon was hit (at the time they thought it was a bomb), it dawned on me that we were actually under attack!

      The next few days reminded me very much of the OKC bombing (since that's where I live). I thought I'd lived through the worst of terrorist attacks already... only to have it occur again a few years later.

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