I was watching George Bush go through the motions of acting dumb about it in a school in Florida rather than running for cover into Air Force One, Dick Cheney taking his time to bring down the fourth plane over Pennsylvania, and Donald Rumsfeld ferrying bodies across the Pentagon lawn rather than being available to take decisions.
In my living with the TV news on. My youngest daughter was still at home getting ready for high school. We were sitting for a minute and the news caught our attention. It was horrible and we sat and watched - mouths open as the second plane hit the tower.
This is similar to where I was, my daughter at the High School was my biggest worry. I was on the way to the HeadStart Office in the town where I went to High School, and I heard it on the radio, not getting the full effect until I went to the office
I am considering doing a Hub on this since I don't have enough room to tell the whole story
I was at work. I was working for a big marketing corporation at the time. We were all in shock and frightened. OMG! Poor people in the Twin Towers. Are they all dead? Are they going to hit Toronto next? We were all glued to the radio waiting for more news. Well, all but one. My heartless boss. He came around and said "Ok everyone, go back to work. Let's get us some sales!"
I was in a school in Scotland and our technician ran in and told me to come to his office and watch the TV - it was just after lunchtime. We just sat silently and watched as the appalling events unfolded. Later I tried to get hold of friends in NYC and when I did eventually, one of them told me her abiding memory was of streets full of shoes which people had lost when fleeing. She worked at the time on Madison Avenue.
I was at home in Paris. It was afternoon here and I hadn't heard anything yet. The phone rang and it was a friend from N.Y.
"I just wanted to let you know I'm okay" she said.
"Uh, gee, that's nice" I replied.
"Haven't you heard?"
"Oh my God! They've just hit the Pentagon!"
The line broke.
As an American, my place became HQ for watching the events, and I ended up feeding French friends and watching the towers fall over and over and over again all night long. It was like they fell once for each person in them. Fortunately, my friend in N.Y. was not in them, and came out unscathed.
I was an esthetician(skin care specialist) at the time and I was waxing someone's eyebrows. The door to my treatment room was closed and after my appointment we sat and watched as the second plane struck the other tower. The nail technician, who was only 19 at the time, asked "Is this bad?" I replied "Yeah, we're gonna go to war over this". The rest of the day was surreal as clients called in to cancel appointments and other cosmetologists left to be with their families. I remember praying for all involved and being glued to the TV the rest of the day.
I was in my classroom (in Somerset, England), preparing for the afternoon's lessons, when a colleague rushed in to tell me that she had just seen the news showing two planes crashing into the towers; there were no details and much speculation. The whole school was aghast and there was a hush about the place which echoed fear, sadness and apprehension as to what would happen next. I rushed home later to find out what it was all about and remember the re-run, time and time again, of those few terrible minutes. Even now, seeing it takes me right back to the initial feeling of shock and disbelief - like seeing a scene from a film.
Please do follow up with your story Diane - there are so many different angles and the jigsaw will never be complete.
On my way to work at Community Health Partnership in Wisconsin where I was the Quality Improvement and Compliance Officer. I heard on the car radio that a plane crashed into the WTC and I thought how stupid a small plane was flying that low in NYC. When I arrived at work, the medical records clerk poked her head in my office and asked if I'd heard. I said 'yes,' and she said a second plane had hit. Then we found a TV and gathered in a common area of the office to watch the events. I remember the Contract Specialist covering her face with her hands, sliding down to the floor against the wall sobbing.
I was driving to work on Cape Cod, and the F-15s that were scrambled from Otis AFB to try and intercept the planes in NY flew directly over my car. I didn't think much of it, as jets often took off from Otis. When I got to work a co-worker told me what had happened. My boss, realizing no work was going to get done that day, sent us home.
After that day, anytime I heard jets scramble from Otis, I'd get a sick feeling in my stomach.
I was in my chemistry A-level class at school, when a friend text me to say a plane had hit the World Trade Centre. My teacher caught me with my mobile in class, and asked me to read out the message to everyone, so I did. It turned out one of my friend's dads was supposed to be at work there that morning. He'd managed to get an email out to say he was running late, and was lucky not to be in the building at the time. It was very surreal.
I was working at my job in the office when I overheard a coworker say to another coworker, "You are never going to believe what just happened. You will just never believe what just happened........"
We were all in shock those first 2 hours and I don't think the seriousness of the event really sunk in until the next day. Tragic.
I was at home at that time of day since I had been laid-off for over one week's time as a Coordinator within a Verizon Call Center - I had TV on while I was washing dishes - and I checked in the other room and saw that unbelievable sight - at first I thought it was a movie. I called my dad immediately - thinking of the day's date September 11th - and all the fireman and police - I told him - it's a 911 call to America - look at the television. It scared the holy hell out of me.
I was at school. 5th grade I believe. Class had just started and by 9:30 other kids were being called out of school by their parents. I had no idea what was going on until I got home that evening and saw the news (my parents had it on). Had I been 18 at the time, I would have enlisted into the military that day.
I was young at the time, but I still remember it vividly. I was at my grandmothers house with my family. I was home sick from school that day and my grandma was watching the news. I remember everyone was panicking but I didn't know why until I turned around and saw what was happening on the television.
I was in my 8th grade language arts class...I was the teacher. My daughter was at home and had seen it happen . She called and called and called school and finally they got me out of class to take the call. She said that something really awful had happened...at that time only the first plane had hit. It was a day I will never forget.
I was sitting in my senior english class when we received the news. My entire school spent the rest of the day watching the aftermath on the news. It's hard to believe it's been so long ago.
by harmony155 7 years ago
Where were you on sept 11, 2001?
by fivehorns 11 years ago
What were you doing the morning of 9/11?
by Ryan 10 years ago
Where were you when you first heard the news about the tragedy of 9/11 attacks?Im curious to know where you were and what you were doing when the tradegic history was being made? lately alot of tv programs are reliving the history.I remember i was sleeping about to get up for work when my mom...
by Holle Abee 8 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 kmackey32 11 years ago
A couple friends I know lived up the street from me. There kids are friends of my daughter. I talk to the mom all the time and they have been out camping for weeks. One of there kids stopped by today, which they have three, all in there teens, he said they lost there apartment and that's why they...
by Kenna McHugh 10 months 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...
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