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Do You Remember What You Were Doing on 9/11?

Updated on February 4, 2017

Sharing time together...

It was just an ordinary day.The sun was coming up over our neighbor’s house and we were the first ones to venture outside in our neighborhood this morning.We are in the habit of rising early and regularly would go for a country ham biscuit and a cup of coffee for breakfast to start the day.Our favorite eatery was across the four lane from the university and my wife made mention that it was too early for most of the students to even be awake much less out and about at this time.We pulled in and ordered our breakfast, speaking to our friends inside thru the drive in window as we did each morning, then circled the building to pick up our order on the other side.We really liked the service here and the food was much better we thought than at McDonalds down the street.We pulled off the lot and back onto the four lane heading for our favorite spot to have breakfast just as we did every morning.

Do you remember what you were doing?

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the 2nd tower is hit...
the 2nd tower is hit...

It was just past 0845...

Also across the four lane from the university is Mountain Home, our Veterans Administration facility for upper east Tennessee.A very peaceful and serene expanse of 450 acres where many come to jog, walk or just enjoy the peaceful scenery, wildlife and atmosphere.My wife and I enjoy having our breakfast in this tranquil environment each morning thru the week.We ate in complete abandonment sharing our time together as we have many, many times before, but then for some reason, and somewhat out of the ordinary, I casually turned on the radio and began to search the stations for something interesting unaware as to what was unfolding hundreds of miles away.There was music and talk shows and then I stopped on one station that had sirens blaring in the background and I heard this man’s voice saying, “Oh my God, they flew right into the building…” It was just past 0845 as my eyes automatically shifted to the clock on the dashboard as we were now casually finishing our coffee and in the process of leaving, heading back toward home.There was silence from both of us as I hurriedly started the truck and rushed out of our seclusion eager to get back home, both realizing that we must see the rest of this tragedy unfurl live on TV.

the air was stifling...
the air was stifling...

A shoulder to cry on...

We couldn’t believe what we witnessed as disaster upon disaster occurred right before our eyes.Both towers of the World Trade Center had been attacked.I remember that neither of us could sit down but rather stood, grouping in utter disbelief as one event after another methodically transpired that day and I’m sure that we all recall certain actions and attitudes commemorative of this circumstance and this dreaded day in our history.I needn’t continue on in my story as if it was anything more outstanding or superlative than anything you might recall personally on this date, but there were some specific things I remember happening as a direct result of this terrible day.As a nation, we realized we are not as secure as we thought we were.America could be attacked and lives could be lost because of an outside power.Up until 9/11 many Americans felt we were totally safe and our borders were impregnable. We also found that our government could not save us.Many citizens realized for the first time that America is not loved by all other nations.Some people and beliefs would actually make martyrs and heroes of those who sacrificed their lives attacking this country and the freedoms we enjoy.Amidst that awfulness we also found that we could rely on each other, people caring for each other.Time after time we all heard of our citizenry stepping out to help those around them in need either with supplies and/or materials or maybe something as simple as a hug, a loving gesture letting those that were hurting know that someone else was there for them even if it was no more than a handshake of encouragement and friendship or a shoulder, welcome to shed a tear on.

God help us...
God help us...

May God Bless America again...

We re-affirmed we are Americans.We have suffered hardships before and came through and praise God we can do it again if needs be.Americans are proud of our heritage and resolve to hold true to our country, our freedoms and to each other.My God richly bless you on this solemn anniversary and reminder of that awful day in our history and may God Bless America again…

© 2011 SamSonS


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  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks so much DDE for stopping by and commenting. I further think the event was so ominous and unbelievable that it is forever etched in our memories...

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    Devika Primić 

    6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    I am not an American but I remember it like yesterday, I saw on Sky news and was devastated

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Tennessee

    thank you so much davenstan for sharing your thoughts and feelings during this horrendous time in all our lives...

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    Katina Davenport 

    6 years ago

    Such a hurtful time in my lifetime. It took me years to get over the tragedy. I was in college during this time. Everything happened right before my organic chemistry class. I was at home taking a nap before class and I woke up to the news.

    I will never get that day or the lives lost.

    Great hub!


  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks Susie for your share. Yes, it was a terrible day and we are all so sorry that it happened and for the lost of innocent lives. Thanks again for responding...

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    7 years ago

    What a terrible tragedy! I was at work and my boss brought a television in and set right in front of my desk. We watched the news and tried to get our work done, but I doubt that any of us were concentrating on what we were doing. Thanks for sharing!

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks Will for your fine share. I'm like you, at first it was so unreal and bizarre, I didn't want to believe it was even possible much less happening. Our eyes were certainly opened that day and the country has not been the same since nor do I believe it will ever be. Yea, the 'jumpers' seemed to seal the reality of it all...

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    7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    My wife had left for work, my daughter was getting ready for school, and I was reading my paper and having coffee when my wife called and said, "Turn on the TV! Something's happening at the World Trade Center."

    The TV came on just seconds after the second plane hit the second building. It's odd how the brain refuses to accept the truth when the truth is so horrible. It was obvious that this was deliberate, but it was so evil that I could not believe that anyone would deliberately do something like that.

    Then I saw a jumper, and it all became very real.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Tennessee

    *Hey Rolly, it'ss sure good to see your face in the comment section of one of my hubs again and thanks so much for sharing what you were doing on that dread day in our history. I appreciate hearing that our 'friends to the north' were likewise stunned by this cowardly act of violence on our homeland. Was somewhat amused though that the coverage you mentioned was that of such liberal bias-- Do you guys not receive Fox News in Canada?

    *and thank you prairieprincess for your fine comments. I read in your Hub yesterday of your account of the happenings on that sad day. I likewise feel it would be hard to explain to 2nd grade students and I'm sure you did a good job. Thanks for the share and also the fine ratings you seem to always leave.

    blessings to you both...

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    Sharilee Swaity 

    7 years ago from Canada

    Samson, this was a good read and I'm glad you shared it. The details are what make it seem real and you shared those details, showing how this was just an ordinary day like no other day and that's why it was so shocking. Voted up awesome and beautiful. Take care!

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    "Quill Again" 

    7 years ago

    Hi Brother... lovely tribute to the day that changed all our lives. I was working a high steel project when the news arrived here in Canada. It was a day we shut down and took the day to watch this all unfold. A sad day for us all, many were lost. I was watching yesterday the coverage on CNN and NBC and the one thing I pulled off both affiliates was the healing that has taken place.

    Blessings and Hugs

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks Dave, I've been here and a few other places and I've likewise wondered what's happened to everyone...

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    Dave Mathews 

    7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

    samsons: It has been months since I read anything from you. I thought you dropped of the face of the earth. Ha Ha Ha! As a matter of fact, I do remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when this happened that fateful Tuesday. Noce to see you are still with Hub and still writing. You have been missed.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks bizzymom for being the first to respond and for sharing your thoughts and comments...

  • bizzymom profile image


    7 years ago from New York

    Yes, I remember vividly what I was doing on that day. It is a day that I do not think anyone who was old enough to remember, could ever forget!


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