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We'll never forget that moment

Updated on September 11, 2012

Turn on the TV

I'll never forget that moment. I was asleep and my mom called. She said oh my God, I can't believe what's happening. I said What? What's happening? She said the famous words "Turn on the TV". She said we are under attack.

My heart jumped into my throat. I said, what do you mean? She said it's terrorists. They have flown two airplaines into the world trade center. I was shocked. I remember turning on the TV and saying Oh my God. I can't believe it. We said our goodbyes and I hung up the phone. I watched in horror as they showed the latest plane crashing into the trade centers, over and over again. I started crying. I was horribly afraid and didn't want to be alone. I took a super fast shower and decided I would go to work 4 hours early. There was a cashiers meeting at walmart in 2 hours, and So I left home.

I remember driving listening to the radio, going slowly, taking it all in. The streets were pretty much deserted. Everyone was with family watching TV. Everyone wanted to be with someone.

One of the things that struck a nerve in me that day, I saw an older man, he must have been around 65 or so. He had his truck pulled over on the side of the road. He had his door open and he was just sitting there sideways, as if it were normal to sit on the side of the road like that. He had his head in his hand and you could see the pain on his face. I realized at that moment that I was witnessing something that I would never forget. That no one would ever forget. I was witnessing the grief of a national tragedy. It's like when you watch on TV the peoples reaction to the assassination of JFK. The people were so grieved, so lost as what to do. That's how it was in 2001. It was pure tragedy.

I got to work and the store was empty for the most part. The few people who were there plus the employees were all gathered at the service desk around a radio listening. I had never in my life been so relieved to see a familiar face. I stood there with everyone just listening. No one knew what to say, people just shook their heads. People Just didn't know what to do.

I remember when they said the plane crashed into the pentagon, I remember thinking how did they ever get to washington. I remember hearing the passengers had taken down the flight in pennsylvania. I remember no one was focused on work that day. Everyone was just focused on the people we loved, on the country we loved.

God help us to never forget that day, as if that were really an option. God bless the people who lost loved ones, the heroes that saved lives, the firemen and policemen and Paramedics, the Doctors and Nurses and good samaritans. Lets remember always those who lost their lives in the attack and in the recovery. Remember the families. God bless each life who was touched that day by tragedy. God Bless America.

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      Mary Mahorney 5 years ago from H'vegas TN

      Yes, for one day, we were all of the same mind set I think. Thanks for your comment.

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      Margaret Van Dyke 5 years ago

      Wonder how many time those words, "Turn on the TV", were uttered on 9/11? We all shared the same emotions, same fears and spoke the same words. There were no strangers in America on that horrible day, we truly cared about each other. Thanks for sharing your personal reactions.