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Where Were You That September Day

Updated on February 12, 2015

Fallen But Not Forgotten

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9/11/01 A Day That Changed America

It was a day like no other. Sitting in my office working on some construction drawings, concentrating on the computer screen, I heard the door open from the radio station, which was next to mine. I was isolated across the hall from the rest of the engineering firm.

Dan, the DJ and manager of the radio station entered my office. In his deep voice, he said to me, "The World Trade Center has been attacked." He continues on telling me about the hijacking.

Turning away for the screen, I stared at him in disbelief. This cannot be real! Is he pulling my leg? It would be a sick joke.

Not sure how long I was motionless. Time seemed to have stopped. This was not a joke. I could see the emotion in Dan's eyes. He continued, "We were told not to put it on the air yet until we got more information."

I finally managed to say something, "Oh my...this can't be real!"

Dan left to continue to inform the remainder of the DJs and our office people. We watch the events fold out on the television in the radio station's office. Shortly after, the events poured out from my radio.

My boss later went home and brought in a TV for us to watch. He then told everyone but me, to go home if they felt they needed to be with their families. I had to stay and get the work done. A couple people left and the remainder stood and watched the TV until the end of the workday.

Footage of the news events played out. The third airline that crash into the Pentagon and the heroes of United Airlines Flight 93, the passengers who prevented the aircraft from reaching the hijackers' intended target. Flight 93, believed the hijackers intended to target the White House or Capital. However, with the help of some passengers who fought back, it crashed into an open field nearShanksville,Pennsylvania.

I sat at my computer working for all those hours, listening to the radio knowing that I would see the footage play out repeatedly at home. At the same time, I could hear the conversations of my co-workers as they watched the news of the events. Knowing that this is what they were getting paid for during the remainder of the day.

Dan, the DJ popped his head in my office a few times during that day, offering a shoulder to lean on. I would smile back and thank him.

Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning

Alan Jackson Lyrics

I am no country music fan. But I do like the lyrics by Alan Jackson of his song, "Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)." Here is the first part of the song.

"Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?

Were you in the yard with your wife and children

Or working on some stage in L.A.?

Did you stand there in shock at the sight of that black smoke

Risin' against that blue sky?

Did you shout out in anger, in fear for your neighbor

Or did you just sit down and cry?"

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Where Was President Bush That September Day

What President Bush was doing during the second attack on the second world trade center tower?

Bush sat there in front of the students with his book upside down listening to the reading of a pet goat. When asked later, George Bush claimed to have seen the first plane hit the World Trade Tower on a television in Booker Elementary School before going into a classroom.

At the time there was no live footage of the first plane hitting the tower. It was shown after the footage of the second plane hitting the tower.

George Bush knew of the attack of the first Twin Tower on his way to an elementary book reading and before the media had broadcast it. He later lied at a Town Hall meeting aired on CNN on December 4, 2001.

"Well, Jordan (ph), you're not going to believe what state I was in when I heard about the terrorist attack. I was in Florida. And my chief of staff, Andy Card -- actually I was in a classroom talking about a reading program that works. And I was sitting outside the classroom waiting to go in, and I saw an airplane hit the tower -- the TV was obviously on, and I use to fly myself, and I said, "There's one terrible pilot." And I said, "It must have been a horrible accident."

But I was whisked off there -- I didn't have much time to think about it, and I was sitting in the classroom, and Andy Card, my chief who was sitting over here walked in and said, "A second plane has hit the tower.America's under attack."

George Bush on September 11th

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    • Sandyspider profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      It is still an unbelievable memory. Something like that just does not happen here.

    • Pawpawwrites profile image


      4 years ago from Kansas

      I was at work. I watched the whole thing in the office of my boss. I can remember it like it was yesterday, but sadly, for many, it is a distant memory.

    • Sandyspider profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks PADDYBOY60 AND zzron.

    • zzron profile image


      7 years ago from Houston, TX.

      Very nice memorial Sandy. I have a hub just like this one. I was in Los Angeles, Ca. on my truck driving job on that terrible day.

    • PADDYBOY60 profile image


      7 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      It was a day I will never forget! I was pulling into a friends farm to pick up some hay for our horses, when his wife came running out and yelled, we were under attack. I ran to the house just in time to see the second plane hit. It is hard to describe all the thoughts that ran through my head. Great hub!

    • Sandyspider profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks for the comments. It is interesting to read where you were at the time of the attacks.

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      Maria Jordan 

      7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA


      Well penned,timely reminder for us to always appreciate those we love and to live each day as though it is truly our last. 9-11 will be forever in my mind as the day our country lost its innocence.

      Voted UP & UAI and have a peaceful night, mar.

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      Diana Grant 

      7 years ago from London

      It was about 2.0 pm in London - I and my daughter had just popped out of the office for a quick snack and coffee, and as we were sitting chatting, a news flash came on the little television at the back of the cafe. We actually saw the 2nd plane going into the building virtually as it happened. After about half an hour we went back to the office and told everyone what we had seen, and I said, very sadly, that I thought this meant war. I watched the news programmes about it virtually all that day and all night, and many times since, and the images are engraved in my mind, especially the bravery of the rescuers.

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      Susan Kaul 

      7 years ago from Michiagn, USA

      I am surpised this footage of Bush has not been destroyed. He looks so foolish. Very sad.

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      7 years ago

      I was sitting up in my bed in my home in Washington DC, on a conference call with a network marketing group I was involved in when we were informed of the attacks. I must have vibed into the collective anguish of the world because all I could do was cry. I literally sobbed!

      My daughter was going to school in Hawaii at the time, and I made the mistake of panicking and calling her to let her know what was going on. The Pentagon (on the other side of the city from me, just across the Potomac River in Virginia) had been attacked at this point. She was in class and didn't get the message until later. I had really scared her and had to calm her down and let her know I was okay.

      Watching the Bush video all these years later, the only reason I can think of that would explain why Bush sat there after being informed of the (second?) plane attack is that he didn't want to or know how to interrupt the lesson and tell the teacher he had to go. Maybe he didn't want to disappoint the class (trying to give him the benefit of the doubt). Or perhaps he didn't want to mess up the photo opp. I can only speculate, but it still boggles the mind.

      Great hub, sandyspider. I was just thinking that I hadn't heard from you in a while. Glad to see you're back to writing. Rated up and interesting.

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      Susan Keeping 

      7 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      I watched it at work. Someone said a plane had flown into the trade centre. Since I was in Toronto I thought they meant ours. I was working in a library at the time so someone got a TV and set it up in the lounge. About 5 of us watched it until the towers fell. I was so afraid that night; I didn't know if this was a one off thing. I went home and logged online. A group of us regularly hung out in an online forum and we all logged on to seek solace from each other. We were really a group, we worried about someone's relative who lived in the city along with them until they got word they were safe. The forum was hooked up with a cable TV show and we all watched it while chatting. We really became a community.

      I cried so much over those days watching the coverage and the terrible loss of human life and hearing the stories of those who died. I was buoyed by the fact that New Yorkers showed what they were made of by helping strangers and putting their own lives in danger to save others.

      Personally it made me miss my family so a couple of years later I moved to be closer to my sister...however that did not work out and I made it back to Ontario the next year. 9/11 changed my life in ways I could not have imagined...I had a good job that paid well but I was miserable so I took a chance and moved out West. It didn't work out the way I wanted it to but that is life.

      Naively, I thought 9/11 might have changed the world for the better, that it would have gotten us communicating more among nations. The opposite happened of course and our various governments finished the work of the terrorist by taking away freedoms.

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      7 years ago from Studio City

      Bush did not set a good example to those children and just embarrassed himself. Politricks... that one did not work.

      The people surviving and those remembered are so much more important and will go down in history as the real heros. The firemen of NY and all of the many volunteers and people in the world that donated are what I remember and as far as Bush, he left a mess for Obama to work thru and is most definitely glib about taking advice from one of his advisors.

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      7 years ago

      I was doing the morning dishes in the kitchen and had the radio on.

      I was shaking like a leaf and I am not even American.


    • Sandyspider profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks Teddletonmr, bgamall and manthy for commenting.

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      7 years ago from Alabama,USA

      Thanks for this awesome hub - I voted it up & useful

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      Gary Anderson 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      This hub does justice to the survivors, and honors them. Many know exactly what happened and the pain must be intolerable, knowing your government was somehow involved.

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      Mike Teddleton 

      7 years ago from Midwest USA

      Sept, 11, 20o1, will be a day not soon forgotton. much like you, many Americans myself included were hard at work when we heard the news.

      First on the showroom TV, then the radio, followed by all the phone calls to loved ones.

      Did you hear, OMG we are at war............

      Best wishes to all..


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