I was driving into the parking lot of the post office to pick up the mail when the news report came over the radio. I first thought I was listening to some science fiction story! As the reality of what I heard finally sunk in I became unable to function for the rest of the day. I just clung to the tv.
I was installing a large drainage system on a home when the owner told me. I jumped in my truck and raced home to see it on the television. First shock, second sorrow for all those families, lastly anger. Great Question!
I remember all the kids sitting in class and our teacher said to crowd around the tv..We watched and saw the towers go down. Seeing that made me think "Wow.." There was no other word to explain my reaction..
My sister was in town visiting my new baby and I. I was watching FNC during the whole thing. I was in a state of shock and glued to the tv all day as I prayed without ceasing!
I was in the hospital waiting to have my thyroid removed. The hospital was located across the river from the towers and I watched most of it from my room. My surgery was delayed because they were waiting for people to come in from the towers. The sad thing was no one ever did.
I walked into my classroom and there was a mess.I walked out with my students and went to the Library while it was being cleaned up. When I walked into the Library, both the Librarian and I went into shock as we watched on TV as a plane flew into the Twin Towers. I had been to New York several times and had visited the area often, so seeing this happening was heartrending. I sat and watched, not daring to move unless I miss something else.The rest of the day was a daze as I had a brother who worked in that area of New York. Fortunately,he was not a 9/11 victim.
I remember that I was in church assembling the bulletins for Sunday worship. I had the television on and saw the news broadcasts that showed the planes crashing into the buildings. My mouth dropped. i couldn't beleive it.
I was at classes. I remember going to my first class and someone mentioning a plane had hit the WTC. Then the next class someone said another one hit. I hadn't realized the full weight of the situation until someone said one of the towers collapsed. I think everyone will remember where they were that day.
I was home having arrived the evening before from LA... up watching the news... the first plane had hit but nobody was sure what was going on!?!? Then at 905am the second plane hit... the fear of the unknown entering your being... it seemed as if everything was so out of control... a few minutes later I could see outside my front window my neighbors gathering... I went outside... they were so relieved to see me as I usually worked a flight to LA in the mornings... when it was finally announced it was United flight 175 my phone rang off and on for hours... I would pick up the phone and there would be a hesitation in asking for me... then tears... I heard from people I had not connected with in years... the worst of that morning for me personally was people jumping out of the buildings... just the horror of it gives me chills... then of course watching those buildings fall... and anxiously in hope of them finding survivors... then the reality later in learning of friends that were on those flights... May They All Be Resting In Peace!!!
I love them and miss them nearly everyday!!!
I was in the army, finished a 5 mile run and was sitting in the mess hall eating breakfast and looking forward to watching sports center. We saw the news updates about the planes hitting the buildings, then we went to the motor-pool for formation. The gates were locked and guarded, we were told to go prepare our ready bags and be back in one hour.
At work at the ambulance service I worked for at the time. I remember the emptiness myself and all my coworkers felt watching the towers collapse all over the top of the ambulances and fire trucks. God bless all the victims of 9/11/2001.
At 9:00am EST, I was in a court room in Gwinnett County, Georgia. I had put a case in to the court that needed immediate resolution. The judge was so distracted and needing to get to a television to see what was going on, she said she would have to "investigate" my case. The case still has not been resolved. It has affected my life ever since. In late 1997, I had prophesied that "cities" were going to fall and "children" were going to be crying. Several pastors told me that kind of thing doesn't happen in the US. I had seen papers flying and smoke billowing from the "cities". When I saw the buildings collapsing on tv... I knew it was my vision and that it had come true. It was a very sad day for all of us.
I was in the 7th grade then. I was in english class, my english teacher made a lot of jokes usually so when he told the class that one of the twin towers were hit we thought he was trying to be funny. Then once the second one was hit the principle came over the loud speaker and cancelled school for the day.
I lived in Hartford, Connecticut at the time and for a moment it was considered to possibly be a target because its a powerful state in terms of money.
I was at work Cory Home Delivery and there was a silence in the air, you almost felt empty inside as Americans found out that we were being attacked in our own country. On U.S. soil these
" Terrorist" blew up the World Trade Center Buildings. I was waiting patiently to exhale ........
I was teaching a class of middle school children, and after I heard what was happening, we watched the tv news. I will never forget a woman waving a hankie from one of the broken windows in one of the towers. Several minutes later, the tower fell and my students and myself were speechless to realize she and the others were all dead. Definitely the saddest day in the history of my country since I have been born. Thank God for the heroes of flight 93, a ray of hope on a horrifying day.
My buddy called to wake me up after the first plane hit the first tower ... I ran to the TV and my hair all raised on my arms - I knew the world had changed!
I was sitting in our church office in Miami, Florida watching the morning news on a little 13" T.V. I had just grabbed a cup of coffee when the secretary screamed, "It's gone."
At the time, I was finalizing a fund raiser for a local children's shelter. It was held at the Fireman's Conference Center in downtown Miami and our main speaker was an active "American Airlines" pilot.
I was at a store buying water for a very sick elderly friend of mine and saw it on the store's TV, it was horrifying.
I was in homeroom at school. My teacher turned on the tv after getting a phone call and what I saw happening didn't quite register at first. But when I realized the true horror of it I was just shocked.
I was waiting for my boss a Colonel who had a meeting at the Pentagon to prepare to leave. She stopped to answer a call from her husband, also a Colonel who told her about the planes hitting the World Trade Center. She told me to sit tight. I went to look out the window thinking about NY and my family. Just then the plane hit the Pentagon.
In shock and waiting for the nightmare to end. It didn't.
I RECENTLY WROTE A "HUB" TITLED "THE SILENCE ALL AROUND ME". I WILL NEVER FORGET THAT DAY. I AM 72 YRS OLD, AND I STILL TEAR UP WHEN I THINK ABOUT IT. PLEASE READ MY SHORT STORY. IT WILL GIVE YOU SOME NEW INSIGHT FROM AN OLDER PERSON.
by Holle Abee 10 years ago
I was teaching Brit lit to my seniors. A fellow teacher/friend came in and told me about the first attack, and we all thought it was a tragic accident. Then he came back to tell me about the second plane. All the teachers turned on their TVs and regular teaching pretty much shut down. Hubby was...
by Tracy Lynn Conway 11 years ago
I was living in Queens, NYC and was feeding my 1 month old baby and watching the news when I first saw footage of the fire in one of towers. So much has changed since then.
by Kenna McHugh 2 years ago
“The head of a company survived 9/11 because his son started Kindergarten. Another man was alive because it was his turn to bring donuts. One woman was late because her alarm clock didn't go off on time. Another was late, stuck on the NJ Turnpike because of an accident and his life was spared. One...
by Tess Deleon 10 years ago
Where and what were you doing the day Sept. 11 happened? How old were you?
by kimback08 14 years ago
I was a junior in high school, and during my pre-calculus class another teacher burst into the room and said that "kamikaze pilots" had hit the World Trade Center. We turned on the television and saw the second tower hit, and the Pentagon. Where were you?
by moonlake 9 years ago
What were you doing the day President Kennedy was killed?We were in California. I was home didn't have the television on. My sister-in-law called and told me what had happened. My husband was in Laguna Beach laying carpet. It was so sad and so scary. We were glued to the television.
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