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9/11: Where Were You on 9-11-2001?

Updated on September 13, 2010

9/11/2001: Where Were You?

I’m sure everyone remembers exactly where they were and what they were doing as the events of 9/11/2001 unfolded. I was on vacation in an RV parked in a campground in Door County, Wisconsin. We were supposed to go on a trip in a boat to an island that day and I was out of bed first trying to find the weather. But there in black & white on our little TV was the north tower of the World Trade Center with smoke billowing from its side. I listened as they tried to figure out why American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into it. Was it a plane malfunction? Was it a pilot problem? But why was it so far off its course and so close to the towers? And then as I watched in silent horror, United Airlines Flight 175 was approaching the south tower of the World Trade Center. It was now obvious that this was an act of terrorism. I rushed to wake up my now ex-husband and we watched the whole day as one horrifying event after another unfolded live before our eyes. It was total disbelief turning to extreme anger wanting to know who was behind the attacks turning to silent introspection mourning the loss of thousands of Americans. It was intense pride and sadness in the NYFD and NYPD who saved thousands of people at their own expense and the heroic passengers who knew their fate and decided to charge the cockpit which crashed their plane in that Pennsylvania field so more Americans did not die.

And in the days to come, as we learned more about the attackers, my anger turned to indignation – how dare they attack us on our own soil. And why was it so easy for them to get on board those planes and hijack them? Why wasn’t their deviation from the flight plan noticed sooner and something done about it? Those and many more questions came to my mind as I’m sure it did with millions of other people in the US and around the world.

It also caused me to question my own life and what I was doing with it. I made major changes in my life and my attitude and things that were once important suddenly became petty. Decisions I had been putting off I made. My list of things I wanted to do “someday” was now getting done. Writing again was on that list. But time tends to take the edge off of terrible events. On 9/11 we should all stop whatever we are doing at 8:46am and maintain a moment of silence and remembrance, something I have done every year.

Below are the basic facts of that day. Read them and remember how you felt. Reflect on how you may have changed your life as a consequence of those events….and never forget.


Basic Facts

Fact Sheet
U.S. Department of State
Washington, DC
August 15, 2002

September 11, 2001: Basic Facts

8:46 AM Plane crashes into the north tower of the World Trade Center.
9:03 AM Plane crashes into the south tower of the World Trade Center.
9:17 AM The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) shuts down all New York City area airports.
9:21 AM The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) halts all flights at U.S. airports. It is the first time in history that air traffic has been halted nationwide.
9:38 AM Plane crashes into the Pentagon. Evacuation begins immediately.
9:45 AM The White House evacuates.
10:05 AM The south tower of the World Trade Center collapses.
10:10 AM A portion of the Pentagon collapses.
10:10 AM Plane crashes in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
10:22 AM The State and Justice Departments, as well as the World Bank are evacuated.
10:28 AM The World Trade Center's north tower collapses.
10:45 AM All federal office buildings in Washington, D.C. are evacuated.
1:44 PM Five warships and two aircraft carriers are ordered to leave the U.S. Naval Station
in Norfolk, Virginia to protect the East Coast.
4:10 PM Building 7 of the World Trade Center collapses.

The Flights
American Airlines Flight 11
From: Boston, Massachusetts (Logan Airport)
To: Los Angeles, California
Lives: 92 people on board
Crashed into North Tower of World Trade Center at 8:46 AM

United Airlines Flight 175
From: Boston, Massachusetts (Logan Airport)
To: Los Angeles, California
Lives: 65 people on board
Crashed into South Tower of World Trade Center at 9:03 AM

American Airlines Flight 77
From: Washington, D.C. (Dulles Airport)
To: Los Angeles, CA
Lives: 64 people on board
Crashed into the Pentagon at 9:38 AM

United Airlines Flight 93
From: Newark, New Jersey
To: San Francisco, California
Lives: 44 people on board
Crashed into rural Pennsylvania (southeast of Pittsburgh)

Victims came from more than 90 countries around the world.
The following are the number of people who died at each site:

World Trade Center 2,823 (includes airline passengers)
Pentagon 125 (not including plane victims)
Flight 11 92 people on board
Flight 175 64 people on board
Flight 77 64 people on board
Flight 93 44 people on board


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    • Rose Kolowinski profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Kolowinski 

      7 years ago

      Thank you RhebaE and DONNA for sharing. We should all never forget these tragic events.

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      7 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, CA

      At work watching the news in shock

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      8 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      thank you, Rose! :)

    • Rose Kolowinski profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Kolowinski 

      8 years ago

      Thank you breathe2travel for reading, commenting and for the link. Much appreciated. I will reciprocate.

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      8 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      I linked your hub to my hub -- bc I didn't see the sense in rewriting what you did! This is great, the outline of events. Thanks.

    • Rose Kolowinski profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Kolowinski 

      9 years ago

      Thank you prasetio30 for sharing your thoughts about one of our nation's most tragic events. I am glad you and your country are with us in the war against terrorism. Thank you.

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      9 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I was at home, watching the update news about this incident. Although I am Moslem but I disagree with all of terror shape. And my country still fight the terrorism. great hub. I like to share in this hub.

    • Rose Kolowinski profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Kolowinski 

      9 years ago

      Thank you Tackle for sharing your thoughts and feelings on that day. You are right. That one day brought the whole country together... too bad it hasn't lasted. That's why I think we should never forget that day and how it made us feel. I appreciate you taking the time to read and to comment.

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      Tackle This 

      9 years ago

      Do you live in Iowa? I used to live their as a child -- in Urbandale, to be exact. I remember waking up with our first son. Shortly thereafter, my wife called me and told me to turn on the tv. Most of that particular day; for me, seemed almost surreal and then the disbelief turned to anger. No way, would I stand by and let international forces take thousands of American lives.

      Aside from conspiracy theorists, I believe the day brought us closer together than perhaps any other day in our short history.

      It is my understanding that although most of the hijackers were Egyptian, the Taliban claimed partial responsibility. *To this day, I believe that our initial move -- pounding the taliban in the mountains of Afghanistan was a good "first move."

      I have subsequent questions for some Americans. For instance, I would ask proponents of women's rights why they weren't elated when the taliban was getting a spanking.

      Almost every liberal, without fail, is akin to chameleons.

      If my sole purpose was to save wales, which it is not, then I should be for wale conservation the world over. Notice that I have not said that we should not protect all life when or where possible.

      Thank you for this hub.



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