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NEVER FORGET: Where Were you on 9/11?

Posted on 09/10/2009 9:48:39 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger

Seeing none from this year, I would like us to share our memories of 9/11. Like Kennedy's assassination or Pearl Harbor, few can ever forget where they were on that dreadful day. Please share your memory of 9/11, where you were, and also tell us in a few sentences how it changed you.


TOPICS: Breaking News; US: District of Columbia; US: Maryland; US: Massachusetts; US: New York; US: Pennsylvania; US: Virginia
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To: Bushbacker1
I was watching Fox and Friends and drinking coffee. My husband had already left for his engineering job on the northeast side of Indianapolis.

I saw the fire they showed on Fox and listened to the speculation about some sort of mistake of the pilot. I was watching when the second plane hit.

I called my husband and told him what had happened and told him to turn on the television in the break room. They watched everything from up there.

I watched as both towers fell, and was sure at least 10,000 people had been killed.

Feeling like things might get worse (by then the Pentagon had been attacked and I also saw people running from the White House) I went out and filled my car and bought some bottled water. (I guess I thought they might have to evacuate Indianapolis or something). People were talking about it and asking me what I knew at both the gas station and the drug store. Very little traffic on the road.

I will never forget. I tell my grandchildren about it from time to time, because the two oldest were too young to know what was happening and the youngest hadn't been born yet. None of them remembers what it was like to live without the nation at war, and they ask me from time to time why and how long it will last.

I will never forget. Never.

251 posted on 09/11/2009 5:41:12 AM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I was at work on the FreeRepublic thread. Soon after the first plane hit, and we knew it was not a small plane, I knew there was going to be another.


252 posted on 09/11/2009 5:42:04 AM PDT by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I was at work. One of our paralegals was listening to the radio in her office, and she announced a plane had hit one of the towers. I assumed it was an accident. Later, a secretary (also listening on the radio) told me a plane had hit the second tower, and that “they’d also hit the Pentagon.” My response was, “They who?”

By the time I left work that day, many of the secretaries and paralegals were openly stating they didn’t see what the big deal was, and weren’t really concerned with what was happening in New York and DC. I, on the other hand, thought this was going to be the beginning of major changes for the country and the world as a whole. I really thought this was going to lead to the end of several trouble spots in the world.

Now, these years later, it looks like our paralegals were more correct than I was. I’m embarrassed at the state of the country now. Instead of steeling our resolve, it looks like 9-11 has only made us weaker (BO elected, the continuing rise of multiculturalism, elected officials embracing Islam and illegal immigrants, etc.).


253 posted on 09/11/2009 5:43:39 AM PDT by LanPB01
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I got to work late. As soon as I stepped in the door, one of my co-workers grabbed me and pulled me into the main conference room where everyone one was there watching the TV. The second plane had hit the WTC. There was another report that something crashed in DC too. It was happening all around us. I was scared.

By lunch, the entire airspace over the US was closed to non-military traffic. I remember going home and looking up in the sky. Clear blue sky but NOTHING. It seemed that even the birds were not flying. It was surreal.


254 posted on 09/11/2009 5:44:31 AM PDT by TMA62 (TMA62)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
I was at work at an auto supplier plant. I had a pager that displayed brief news items, and I saw it say something about a 'plane hitting the WTC.' I figured it must be some drunk in a Cessna or something. Then a little later it said a 2nd plane had hit the WTC. That made the hair raise on the back of my neck. Two planes on one target in a short timeframe = planned attack, not accidents. (i.e., a simple example of how we recognize intelligent design (including malevolent design in this case) versus random chance.)

Everyone starting clustering around computers pretty quickly after that.

255 posted on 09/11/2009 5:47:29 AM PDT by Liberty1970 (Democrats are not in control. God is. And Thank God for that!)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
At work, watching it unfold on the Internet.

Prayers up for the loved ones of the victims.

256 posted on 09/11/2009 5:48:46 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The President has borrowed more money to spend to less effect than anybody on the planet. " Steyn)
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To: SunkenCiv

I was living in California at the time with my alarm clock set to the local talk radio station to wake me up.

I awoke to Peter Jennings saying that the South Tower of the WTC had just collapsed. I sat bolt upright and ran to the TV and still can’t believe what I saw.


257 posted on 09/11/2009 5:49:29 AM PDT by Betis70 (Never Forget)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I was out of work... the eve before I’d been at the Horseshoe Pub until closing. I woke late, showered, a little hung over, and was just dressed when my brother called and said to put on CNN right away (we didn’t have Fox News on cable then). I put on just when the 2nd plane was approaching the Tower. I asked if this was a tape and he said it was live. What a hellish day.


258 posted on 09/11/2009 5:50:31 AM PDT by theDentist (fybo qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I was standing on the train platform, waiting for the 7:55 train to Chicago listening to Don and Roma on WLS. Heard of the first hit as a small plane, then yelled out HOLY S**T, when they saw the second plane hit, and explained to everyone else what had happened. Kept a close eye on the Sears tower on the way in, and worried because the downtown station was right next to the tower.


259 posted on 09/11/2009 5:53:30 AM PDT by sharkhawk (Always love your country¬óbut never trust your government--Robert Novak)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
I'll always remember the beautiful blue Ohio sky that morning, and how the road in my little town were emptied as people went home to watch the news.

And I'll always remember seeing two fighter jets headed somewhere, very fast, that afternoon, and how there were no other contrails in the sky.

The world seemed barren under the beautiful sky. It was.

260 posted on 09/11/2009 5:54:06 AM PDT by TonyInOhio (Fight!)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
I was 7 months pregnant at the time. I had just been released from a week long stay at the hospital for severe toxemia. I couldn't stand the hospital and the nurses were making my blood pressure rise even worse than what it had been. I begged the doctors to let me stay on bed rest at home. I knew I could be more relaxed there. That was September 10th.

On the morning of the 11th my husband ran into our bedroom. My sister had called him. He was yelling, “We are under attack! We are under attack!”

I'll never forget being on bed rest and having every channel on the tv dedicated to this horrible event. I was supposed to stay calm... so I tried not to shed a tear. There are some images from that day that I will never forget. A man throwing up in the streets on New York covered in ash. That Palestinian woman celebrating the attacks while eating nachos.

My daughter was born a month later on the day the Operation Enduring Freedom started. I so badly wanted to name her Liberty, but my husband didn't want to. A few days after her birth I was really able to let go of all of those tears I held onto. I mourned for all of those people. I mourned for America. I still do.

261 posted on 09/11/2009 5:55:37 AM PDT by Mrs.O'Strategery
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To: Mrs.O'Strategery

8 years ago and it’s like yesterday.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/520260/posts


262 posted on 09/11/2009 5:58:45 AM PDT by unixfox (The 13th Amendment Abolished Slavery, The 16th Amendment Reinstated It !)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I was driving back home from an overnight business mtg in Indianapolis (I live near Cincy) when my late DW called me to tell me what was going on. She gave me a “play by play” as I drove down I-74 towards home.

Haven’t thought about that phone conversation in a while, but I remember it vividly.

Thinking about it now, I’d like to send out prayers for the families of those killed on 9/11, and I’d also like to praise God that I know without a doubt that my wife is now with Him and knows no cancer, no pain, no paralysis, and no fear.


263 posted on 09/11/2009 5:59:49 AM PDT by day10 (Integrity has no need of rules.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

At the office. I watched the second plane impact on TV, then the collapse.


264 posted on 09/11/2009 6:00:21 AM PDT by Little Ray (Obama is a kamikaze president aimed at the heart of this Republic.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I had just driven the kids to school. The rest of the day is a blur. Waiting to hear which one of our neighbors would not come home. Worst day of my life.


265 posted on 09/11/2009 6:02:44 AM PDT by Neverforget01 (Never, ever, ever, ever, ever....)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
At home. Hadn't turned the TV on yet. When I did finally get to watching it, the second plane hadn't yet hit. I sat there open-mouthed and shocked that this was happening to our country.

One of my co-workers lost one of his twin daughters that day. Each one had worked in one of the towers. One got out, the other died. Living and working in central NY State, I never would have guessed that I'd have known someone who lost a loved one that day.

One thing that I've never forgotten is that Mass. Rep. Marty Meehan criticized President Bush right after the attacks. Questioning why the President hadn't immediately returned to Washington, he said: "I don't buy the notion Air Force One was a target ... That's just PR. That's just spin."

Every year on the anniversary of the attacks, President Bush, Mrs. Bush, Vice President Cheney, and Mrs. Cheney stood on the lawn of the White House for a moment of silence. This morning I saw Obama and his wife, but missing was Biden and his wife. I now see he's in NY City making remarks at the memorial service.

266 posted on 09/11/2009 6:05:28 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

My buddy and I were out salmon fishing. Did not know what happened until past noon.

I want to extend a sincere and prfound sense of gratitude to fellow Freepers who are in the business of coming to our rescue and making us safe.

Thank you and God Bless you.

Prayers to all those who have lost loved ones.

I wish you all well.

May God Bless America!!!!


267 posted on 09/11/2009 6:07:19 AM PDT by Voter62vb
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I was at work across from the Sears Tower, watching it unfold on CNBC until we were told to evacuate.


268 posted on 09/11/2009 6:07:29 AM PDT by Rutles4Ever (Ubi Petrus, ibi ecclesia, et ubi ecclesia vita eterna!)
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To: TonyInOhio
One more memory:

The thrill I felt hearing PM Tony Blair speak of Britain's solidarity with America, and the tears I shed a day later when they played The Star Spangled Banner and raised our flag at the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.

269 posted on 09/11/2009 6:08:24 AM PDT by TonyInOhio (Fight)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

at work in Tyson’s Corner VA, very lucky to not be stuck in DC like everyone else. Made it home before 11 am, which isonly a couple of miles from the Pentagon taking back roads. We walked to a nearby bar and found solace in the company of other people in shock. Could smell the Pentagon burning. No cell phone service.


270 posted on 09/11/2009 6:08:44 AM PDT by RDTF ("I'm pretty sure this is a 2 man job once the shooting starts")
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Washington, DC. In my office. We heard the news, turned on the TV. I went out the back door of our office and saw the smoke rising from the Pentagon. I felt an anger then that I had never felt before. It does not take much on this day to get in touch with that anger.

I will never forget, and I can never forgive.

God help us now with what we have as leadership.


271 posted on 09/11/2009 6:11:46 AM PDT by alarm rider (Live free or die.)
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To: Miss Marple
I will never forget, either; No matter how others attempt to change the meaning and import of that day.

I was at work, in the same office in which I presently sit write these words. I overheard someone say something about a plane hitting a building in New York, so I pulled up Free Republic and instantly saw the thread that today is perhaps the site's most famous.

We were speculating on what had happened and why when the second plane hit and removed all doubt.

I felt cold and sick, and not yet enraged as I would soon become. Some 15 years earlier, I had worked on the 79th floor of World Trade Center #2, the South Tower, and those long-forgotten memories began to flood back to me about the enormity of those buildings, the way they'd sway and creak in the winds, the powerful thrust of the elevators, the incredible panoramic views of Manhattan, all of those people, now trapped and burning.

As everywhere else across America, all activity had ceased in the office except for small huddles around computer monitors and TV screens. I left the office when the first building crumbled into that terrible cloud of gray smoke bearing steel and concrete and flesh and bone.

My daughter was in pre-school at the time, and I went to pick her up and bring her home with me. While driving there, I often glanced up at that perfect blue sky, devoid of clouds or airplanes, with only the sun shining down through the crisp New Hampshire air. When I got to the school, many other parents had clearly chosen to do the same thing as I.

I recall my daughter's curiosity at my presence. "Why are you here so early, Daddy?". It was only then that I felt the tears well up in my eyes, and I heard my own voice quaver as I told her "Sweetheart, something very bad happened today. Some bad people attacked our country, and a lot of people died". Her eyes widened, and immediately asked "Is mommy all right?" I quickly told her: Yes, yes, she was just fine, and it had happened in New York City, where I had once lived a long time ago; when I knew people who worked in those buildings, now all consumed in an evil cloud of dust. And that is when I began to get angry.

I haven't truly stopped being angry ever since.

May God bless and protect the United States of America.

272 posted on 09/11/2009 6:12:17 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I was at work, and we watched the news on TV. Then I got this email. He was right, something did happen.


From: karl@zzz.net
Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2001 11:11 AM
To: rlinn@zzz.com
Subject: Terrorism

Dad-

I’m typing this at school during lunch. I went through the webmail backdoor, because the school isp blocks most communication sites. If you don’t already know, a bunch of planes, passengers and all, were hijacked and made kamikaze runs. First one plowed into the World Trade Center, causing one tower to collapse. A second plane, looked like a 737 or something slammed into the second one shortly thereafter. A little after 1030 we got to a classroom that was picking up the news, and right after that we saw the second tower go. Titus pulled the cable, doesn’t want the school panicking, but word is moving faaaaast. Also, a commuter plane hit teh pentagon, all key government officials are being evacuated, bush is on his way home. Unconfirmed reports state that a car bomb went off outside the state department. FAA has grounded everything and fighters can be seen scrambling. A few hijacked planes are still missing, another jet crashed earlier in the day a short distance from the airport, but no one is sure whether or not its related. 1 palestinian group has so far claimed responsibility, but they all try to be proud and stupid. The real perpetrators would know that once the US finds out, they would be incinerated into the stone age. This is an amazingly well coordinated attack, focusing on the major symbols of the free world, all within 1 hour. All the history teachers have studied and have known that there is gap in recent years that should be filled by a war, not just a little gulf war. Even I knew it was coming, but I never expected such a violent and unprecedented attack. This could easily erupt into a holy war if there are enough zealots in palestine and elsewhere, and could cause a huge conflict that could spell the end of the muslim faith. I hope it doesn’t get that global, but you can be sure the world will not let this one go unpunished. This is without a doubt the biggest, most vicious act of terrorism (if not an act of war) in modern times, if not the history of mankind. Looks like Bush and the military will be getting those funds to finish research on all those new weapons and fighters scheduled for the next 8 years. Well, I’ll see what’s going on when i get home, most of the news sites here are normally blocked anyway by the school isp. Just let you know that we heard it too. Now that I’m done, there could have been another attempt at something, although national security forces probably would’ve intercepted. Nonetheless, the nation has been really jarred, and while I fear what’s going to come, most of it is channeled into anger in knowing that something will happen. Take care, and buy more ammo.

-Karl


273 posted on 09/11/2009 6:14:41 AM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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I was at home (EDT), working behind my computer screen - heard excited voices on teevee capture card and pulled up picture. Heart sunk. Called to wife, who was reading to youngest son in the next room. "Honey, look at teevee, something big is going down." I watched with a mixture of sadness and anger that was a first in my (then) 40+ years. That sadness and anger has not been lost.

I knew, immediately, that "this changes everything," and by that I mean I knew individual freedom was going to take a hit, for the rest of my lifetime. My children will never know or experience the freedom that I had. That really makes me angry.

274 posted on 09/11/2009 6:15:06 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I was at college at St. John’s University in Queens, NY.

I was lying in bed and heard lost of sirens off in the distance, that seemed never ending. As I had a 9:30 a.m. class I was about to get out of bed when I turned on the television very shortly after 9:00 a.m. just in time (i.e., not 5 seconds after I turned it on) to see the second plane hit.

Needless to say, classes were cancelled that day and the next.

Around 11:00 a.m. that morning, me and a bunch of my friends walked a few miles to New York Hospital - Queens to see if we could donate blood.


275 posted on 09/11/2009 6:16:20 AM PDT by CT-Freeper (Said the frequently disappointed but ever optimistic Mets fan.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I had just dropped off my kids at preschool/Kindergarten when I heard on the radio about the first plane. Everyone seemed to think it was an isolated thing...perhaps a small plane?

I got home and turned on the TV to see what was going on and within minutes witnessed the second plane slamming into the other tower. Immediately—what is going on? We’re under attack!

My phone rang—my neighbor across the street—her husband at meetings in New York and mine in the Middle East on military orders. We decided to stay put in case our husbands called but we both wanted to be together—not alone. I called my parents who live out West—they were still asleep—and gave them the terrible news.

I was transfixed—the Pentagon! Another plane! The towers collapsing. I remember feeling so helpless, so sad, but so angry and resolute. Who the hell are they to think they could get away with this?

Later my husband was able to get a message to me that he was fine and my neighbor had made contact with hers at well. I went to pick up my kids not knowing if panic would ensue and I wanted to have them with me....

The rest of the day I remained transfixed witnessing the horror and becoming more outraged. Our church conducted a prayer service that evening...you would have thought it was Christmas with the crowds out the door. I located some friends there and we stood hand in hand, crying and praying.

My husband was due to return at the end of the month...he did and was promptly deployed on November 1 for a two year tour of duty. My family was not directly affected by the sacrifice of a member on 9/11 or thereafter, but we were changed and we remain at the front lines of the Global War on Terror from time to time.

As I wrote this I just heard Glenn Beck’s audio tribute. I am crying again, but not just about what happened and those brave and innocent souls lost that day, but because our country seems to have lost its way so quickly since then. At least from a leadership perspective, we are no longer the strong, proud and free nation that we were on 9/12. But I think we will soon prove them wrong.


276 posted on 09/11/2009 6:16:59 AM PDT by GatorGirl (You do not liberate one man by enslaving another)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I was in Newport, Rhode Island. I will never forget that day.


277 posted on 09/11/2009 6:17:13 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: DaveLoneRanger

At work. My assistant called out that she just heard an airplane crashed into the World Trade Center.

I asked if it was a small plane, or an airliner.

She said, “Big plane, I think.”

I said it was no accident, then, and shortly thereafter the second plane hit — and we knew. I spent the rest of the day swinging between moods of uncontrollable anger to weeping.

I’ll never forget, and every anniversary I feel the same way.

God Bless America!


278 posted on 09/11/2009 6:17:38 AM PDT by AnglePark
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To: DaveLoneRanger
I was getting my daughter ready for school, and had the news on. I watched as the second plane flew into the WTC.

We were frightened, horrified, and overwhelmed with sadness. I thought on that day that we would be fighting a war on our own soil. I just didn't realize that it would be a war so different from any we had seen before.

At this point, I am saddened that our military is still in the trenches, and our soldiers are still dying, simply because they have not been allowed to fight this thing the way it should be done.

279 posted on 09/11/2009 6:17:46 AM PDT by teenyelliott (Soylent green should be made outta liberals...)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I was sitting in my cubicle inside the Federal Land Bank Building in downtown Columbia, SC, settling in for another day’s work of programming. One of the loan clerks walked by and said matter-of-factly, “y’all heard that a couple planes flew into the big twin towers up in New York?” Well, we hadn’t. My next-cube neighbor turned up his radio while I dove for the Internet.

CNN, down. Fox News, down. CBS, down. PMSNBC, down. The ONLY site that I could get any information from...was Free Republic, which was ironic considering that my employer had blocked it a month before as a “hate site.” But for whatever reason, on 9/11/01, it was working. It was slow, it was overloaded, and half the pictures wouldn’t load, but I was able to follow the unfolding attacks in real time here on FR.

In the early afternoon we got word that they were sending us home; as my employer (AgFirst Farm Credit Bank) was a government-sponsored enterprise, for whatever reason, somebody thought it’d be safer if we left. Plus, all the government offices in downtown Columbia were shutting down as well. They were even sending home the computer operators and telling the overnight guys not to come in, the first non-holiday in years where we weren’t going to do overnight processing. My wife of two months, who worked at a law office two blocks down the street, didn’t get sent home early and she was stuck at work until 5.

I got back to our apartment about 3 and turned on the news, and actually got to see what happened for the first time. When my wife finally left the ghost town of downtown Columbia and got home, all we could do was just hold each other for a few minutes. We watched the news, we saw 7 World Trade Center come down live, and then my wife begged me to turn it off. I didn’t watch much more (at least, not with her in the room) until we sat and watched President Bush’s speech to Congress days later.

Oh yeah, September 11, 2001 was my 35th birthday. We ditched our plans to go celebrate that night.

9/11 is not some bullcrap “National Day of Remembrance and Service.” 9/11 is not a day to paint houses and seed gardens and “green blocks.” 9/11 is the day where we MUST re-dedicate ourselves to seeing that this twisted, corrupt strain of fundamentalist Islam is ERADICATED from the face of the Earth, FOREVER.

I will not forget. I will not forgive.

}:-)4


280 posted on 09/11/2009 6:21:37 AM PDT by Moose4 (Ted Kennedy: "If they bring up Camelot, we get to bring up the lady in the lake.")
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I was at home. My wife was having her satellite dish installed and I stayed home to let the installers in. Clicked the tube on to see what was happening in the world. What a way to wake up. Like others, I was glued to the tube watching the events unfold. Probably the single most surreal day I’ve ever had.

I FR will indulge me this one time, Here is a letter from Frank Culbertson, former NASA astronaut, and commander of Expidition 3 aboard the ISS. He was the only American not on planet Earth on that day. His crewmates were Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Tyurin and Vladimir Dezhurov. It is a lengthy read but very touching. So please allow me this.

September 12, 2001; 19:34 hours
The following is the text of a letter from Expedition Three Commander Frank L. Culbertson (Captain, USN Retired), reflecting on the events of September 11.

I haven’t written very much about specifics of this mission during the month I’ve been here, mainly for two reasons: the first being that there has been very little time to do that kind of writing, and secondly because I’m not sure how comfortable I am sharing thoughts I share with family and friends with the rest of the world.
Well, obviously the world changed today. What I say or do is very minor compared to the significance of what happened to our country today when it was attacked by .... by whom? Terrorists is all we know, I guess. Hard to know at whom to direct our anger and fear...

I had just finished a number of tasks this morning, the most time-consuming being the physical exams of all crew members. In a private conversation following that, the flight surgeon told me they were having a very bad day on the ground. I had no idea...

He described the situation to me as best he knew it at ~0900 CDT. I was flabbergasted, then horrified. My first thought was that this wasn’t a real conversation, that I was still listening to one of my Tom Clancy tapes. It just didn’t seem possible on this scale in our country. I couldn’t even imagine the particulars, even before the news of further destruction began coming in.
Vladimir (Dezhurov- Russian cosmonaut) came over pretty quickly, sensing that something very serious was being discussed. I waved Michael (Tyurin – Russian cosmonaut) into the module as well. They were also amazed and stunned. After we signed off, I tried to explain to Vladimir and Michael as best I could the potential magnitude of this act of terror in downtown Manhattan and at the Pentagon. They clearly understood and were very sympathetic.
I glanced at the World Map on the computer to see where over the world we were and noticed that we were coming southeast out of Canada and would be passing over New England in a few minutes. I zipped around the station until I found a window that would give me a view of NYC and grabbed the nearest camera. It happened to be a video camera, and I was looking south from the window of Michael’s cabin.

The smoke seemed to have an odd bloom to it at the base of the column that was streaming south of the city. After reading one of the news articles we just received, I believe we were looking at NY around the time of, or shortly after, the collapse of the second tower. How horrible…

I panned the camera all along the East Coast to the south to see if I could see any other smoke around Washington, or anywhere else, but nothing was visible.
It was pretty difficult to think about work after that, though we had some to do, but on the next orbit we crossed the US further south. All three of us were working one or two cameras to try to get views of New York or Washington. There was haze over Washington, but no specific source could be seen. It all looked incredible from two to three hundred miles away. I can’t imagine the tragic scenes on the ground.

Other than the emotional impact of our country being attacked and thousands of our citizens and maybe some friends being killed, the most overwhelming feeling being where I am is one of isolation.

Next day....

I guess the fatigue and emotional strain got the best of me. I couldn’t stay awake and continue to write. Today was still difficult, but we started getting more information, plus we had the honor of talking directly with the Center Director, Roy Estess, who assured us that the ground teams would continue to work and ensure our safety, as well as the safe operation of the Station. We also heard from our Administrator, Mr. Goldin, who added that the partners in the Program are all totally committed to continuing safe operations and support. These were never questions for me. I know all these people! The ground teams have been incredibly supportive, very understanding of the impact of the news, and have tried to be as helpful as possible. They have all been very professional and focused though I can’t imagine the distraction of this type of news coming in and the thought that government buildings might be at risk. They never skipped a beat, even when relocating control centers. And a group of senior personnel and friends gave us a pretty thorough briefing on what was known and what was being done in the government and at NASA on Tuesday afternoon, which was very helpful and kind of them to do in the midst of all the turmoil. The Russian TsUP has also been supportive and helpful, trying to uplink news articles when our own assets were inoperable, and saying kind words...
My crewmates have been great, too. They know it’s been a tough day for me and the folks on the ground, and they’ve tried to be as even keeled and helpful as possible. Michael even fixed me my favorite Borscht soup for dinner. And they give me plenty of room to think when I needed it. They are very sympathetic and of course outraged at whoever would do this.
I know so many people in Washington, so many people who travel to DC and NYC, so many who are pilots, that I felt sure I would receive at least a few pieces of bad news over the next few days. I got the first one today when I learned that the Captain of the American Airlines jet that hit the Pentagon was Chic Burlingame, a classmate of mine. I met Chic during plebe summer when we were in the D&B together, and we had lots of classes together. I can’t imagine what he must of gone through, and now I hear that he may have risen further than we can even think of by possibly preventing his plane from being the one to attack the White House. What a terrible loss, but I’m sure Chic was fighting bravely to the end. And tears don’t flow the same in space...
It’s difficult to describe how it feels to be the only American completely off the planet at a time such as this. The feeling that I should be there with all of you, dealing with this, helping in some way, is overwhelming. I know that we are on the threshold (or beyond) of a terrible shift in the history of the world. Many things will never be the same again after September 11, 2001. Not just for the thousands and thousands of people directly affected by these horrendous acts of terrorism, but probably for all of us. We will find ourselves feeling differently about dozens of things, including probably space exploration, unfortunately.
It’s horrible to see smoke pouring from wounds in your own country from such a fantastic vantage point. The dichotomy of being on a spacecraft dedicated to improving life on the earth and watching life being destroyed by such willful, terrible acts is jolting to the psyche, no matter who you are. And the knowledge that everything will be different than when we launched by the time we land is a little disconcerting. I have confidence in our country and in our leadership that we will do everything possible to better defend her and our families, and to bring justice for what has been done. I have confidence that the good people at NASA will do everything necessary to continue our mission safely and return us safely at the right time. And I miss all of you very much. I can’t be there with you in person, and we have a long way to go to complete our mission, but be certain that my heart is with you, and know you are in my prayers.
Humbly,
Frank

September 14, 2001; 22:49
An update to the last letter... Fortunately, it’s been a busy week up here. And to prove that, like our country, we are continuing on our intended path with business as usual (as much as possible). Tonight the latest addition to the station, the Russian Docking Compartment will be launched from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. On Saturday night (US time), it will dock with us, at a port never used before on the nadir side of the Service Module. This new module will give us another place to dock a Progress or Soyuz and will provide a large airlock with two useable hatches for conducting EVA’s in Russian Orlan suits, which we will do a few of before we come home.
The problem before in dealing with this week was too little news. The problem now is too much. It came all at once when email was restored, and there’s not enough time to read it all! Plus it’s too hard to deal with all of it at once. But I appreciate getting it, and I really appreciate the great letters of support and friendship I am receiving.
We are doing well on board, getting our work done, and talking about things. Last night we had a long discussion over dinner about the significance of these events, the possible actions to follow, and what should be done. After dinner, Michael made a point of telling me that every email he received from friends in Russia said specifically to tell me how sorry they were that this happened, extending their condolences, and asking how I was doing. Vladimir taught me the Russian word for “condolences” after talking to the previous CDR, Yuri Usachev, on the phone in Star City. (Both the Russian and the English words are much too long to pronounce easily.) Very kind people.
For the last two days, the Russian MCC has been good enough to transmit live broadcasts of radio news about the event and associated stories, to make sure I was well informed. Every specialist who has come on the line to discuss a procedure or a problem has at some point extended greetings to me with kind words. Tonight the Russian capcom told us that because of the special day of remembrance in the US, all day people had been bringing flowers and lining all the walls of the US embassy in Moscow, and this evening they were lighting candles in the street outside the embassy. How the world has changed.
People everywhere seem to recognize the senselessness and horror in this attack. And the tremendous loss. Moscow has dealt with these kind of problems in the last few years with apartment and subway bombings, so they are as anxious to get rid of this threat as we are. But the bottom line is that there are good people everywhere who want to live in peace. I read that a child asked, “America is so good to other countries, we always help everyone, how can they hate us so much?”
I hope the example of cooperation and trust that this spacecraft and all the people in the program demonstrate daily will someday inspire the rest of the world to work the same way. They must!
Unfortunately, we won’t be flying over the US during the time people are lighting candles. Don’t know if we could see that anyway. We did, however, see a very unusual and beautiful sight a few minutes ago: the launch of our Docking Compartment on a Soyuz booster. We were overtaking it and it came into view about three minutes after its launch from Baikonur as the sun hit our station, so it was still in the dark. It looked like a large comet with a straight, wide tail silhouetted against the dark planet beneath. Despite some bad lighting for a while as the sun hit our window at a low angle, I managed some video of it as first we passed the rocket, and then watched it begin to catch up as it gained altitude and speed. I filmed until main engine cutoff and booster separation occurred just as we approached sunrise on the Himalayas. An unforgettable sight in an unforgettable week...
Life goes on, even in space. We’re here to stay...
Frank


281 posted on 09/11/2009 6:22:01 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (ON 1-19-09 GAS WAS, ON AVERAGE IN MEMPHIS, $1.43 A GALLON.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I saw the second plane hit on TV, knew we were being attacked. Decided to go to work anyway and heard that the first tower had gone down on the radio on the way in.

It was a clear beautiful day in Albuquerque, and I work about a 1/2 mile from the airport. THere was a line of planes, very close together, approaching the east-west runway for as far as you could see.

Closed myself in my office and stayed on FR all day, the folks here kept me sane.

Where the nation has gone in a mere eight years is shameful when I think back to where we were on 9/12.


282 posted on 09/11/2009 6:22:07 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: pollywog

Our company shut down shortly after the towers came down.

I went up the street to St. Mary’s, walked in to an empty sanctuary, knelt at the Lord’s alter.......and cried.


283 posted on 09/11/2009 6:23:09 AM PDT by servantboy777
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I was here at work for a major telecom. I watched with stunned horror at what was unfolding. Some folks went home, unable to face what they saw. I still cannot get the image of the people jumping from their windows out of my head to this day.

I also saw the worst of people that day, many of our customers had data circuits in that area that were down, we were told that they didn’t care about the dead they wanted their service fixed.


284 posted on 09/11/2009 6:23:15 AM PDT by NCBraveheart (Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing it's Idiot)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I was at work and someone had turned on the TV in the conference room. Most of us saw the second plane attack live on CNN. My partner at work that day was in the National Guard and immediately called the armory. They were planning a recall formation at 6 PM and had set off the phone tree. The armory had an Air Guard base beside it and he told me that the full-time guys had all ran out of the offices and was launching everything they could fly. He got a call later in the day that the recall was called off after everything settled down. The military was ready to go that day, but had no where to go too.


285 posted on 09/11/2009 6:24:45 AM PDT by ClayinVA ("Those who don't remember history are doomed to repeat it")
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I was at work when I got the news. People were gathered around the TV in the conference room down the hall watching the coverage.

It was about 2 weeks later when I learned that someone I had worked with, LTC Jerry Dickerson, had died in the basement of the Pentagon (where his office was). I don’t know if he burned to death or from the collapse of the structure.

He left behind a wife and two children, one of whom is a special needs child.

RIP Jerry.


286 posted on 09/11/2009 6:25:48 AM PDT by sauropod (People who do things are people that get things done.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
I had just gotten home from the morning school carpool run. Got a cup of coffee, sat down in the office with the tv and FR on when the first reports trickled in. I sat in horror. I talked to my husband who was at work and we agreed we'd all stay where we were.

For some crazy reason after the plane hit the Pentagon I left the house and topped off my gas tank and bought bottled water at a nearby convenience store. No clue what thought process drove that.

We lived about 3-4 miles from Crawford as the crow flies. I don't remember how many days later this happened, but 2-3 days later I was outside thinking how eerie it was we didn't see airplanes anymore when a fighter plane just barely above rooftop level (or at least it seemed that low) came screeching overhead. I could see its missiles. My first reaction was terror. What was this doing flying over our suburban neighborhood? I quickly realized it was going to be a permanent part of our landscape as the military kept Bush's Crawford ranch safe. That really brought home the reality of the new world we were living in. Although eventually they started flying at higher altitudes, those planes were always up there, a vague background noise,anytime Bush was in residence in Crawford.

287 posted on 09/11/2009 6:25:51 AM PDT by McLynnan
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I was right where I am now ... at my desk at work, reading FR trying to find news on what was going on. FR was practically the only site I could get on due to high traffic on the news sites. Thank you, FRiends, for keep the cubicle-bound up to date on that day.


288 posted on 09/11/2009 6:25:53 AM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I am searching for a poem that I am sure I read here on FR (probably in 2001).
it is about the firefighters who perished in the towers on 9/11 as they climbed up the stairs.

it progresses through the ranks Lt to Capt to Chief and ends with the angles calling the firefighters to continue upward.

a link, the title... I appreciate any help in finding it.


289 posted on 09/11/2009 6:26:29 AM PDT by lack-of-trust
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I was just about to pull into the parking lot at work when I heard of the first plane hitting. After I got to my desk I immediately logged on to FreeRepublic to see what was going on, and this is where I heard of the 2nd plane. I can’t remember which Freeper it was who posted very early that this was the work of Osama bin laden. I am so grateful that GW Bush was President then not Barry!


290 posted on 09/11/2009 6:26:37 AM PDT by KansasGirl ( Obama's heroes have always been left-wing radicals.)
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To: SunkenCiv; shibumi

My dad, my husband and myself were just finished the last piece of siding on the house.
The neighbor had gone back to his house but came running back to us, yelling “They blew up the towers and the Pentagon!”

I just stood there, looking all around me at a day so agonizingly beautiful...suddenly aware that no birds were singing and no bugs were buzzing.

Just beautiful azure skies, fluttering turning leaves, huge pure white clouds...and dead silence.

My dad just turned back to the house, got ready to pound the last nail in and said nothing at all to anyone except me...”This is it, runt. Get right with God.”

We packed up tools and everybody went home.

I spent the rest of the day watching the replays of the videos.

NOTHING has ever been the same.
The Friday before, we’d been across the road at the campground listening to our friend’s bluegrass band play the most transcendent version of “House of the Rising Sun” I’d ever heard.
My chair was turned away from the stage and I watched the fat, orange full moon rising over my mountain and a deep sadness washed over me.
I KNEW that I would never feel that kind of peace and pure serenity, again.
[I’d been “having bad dreams” that “made no sense” for months]

I don’t have “good enough” words to express how I feel today so here’s the lyrics to a BOC song;

“The Horsemen Arrive”

Forgive me if my laughter sounds cracked
Forgive me if I smile badly
It’s only that I’ve run off the track
Derailed by the irony

Forgive me if my laughter sounds cracked
Forgive me if I smile badly
It’s only that I’ve run off the track
Derailed by the irony

Can you hear the hooves, can you hear the riders coming
On presidential roofs listen to the sinister drumming
Can you hear the hooves, can you hear the riders coming
On presidential roofs hear the sinister drumming

They warn of Armageddon, they warn us of apocalypse
The future’s as a fool’s invention
Of choking skies and computer chips

(There’s a nightmare) civilization
(There’s a monster) industry

Four horsemen have already arrived
I see them above us, already here
Four horsemen with hooves like knives
I say again, already here

(There’s a nightmare) civilization
(There’s a monster) industry
(There’s a devil) human corruption
(There’s a vampire) human greed

Can you hear the hooves, can you hear the riders coming
On presidential
roofs listen to the sinister drumming
Can you hear the hooves, can you hear the riders coming
On presidential
roofs hear the sinister drumming

(There’s a nightmare) civilization
(There’s a monster) industry
(There’s a devil) human corruption
(There’s a vampire) human greed
(There’s a nightmare) civilization
(There’s a monster) industry
(There’s a devil) human corruption
(There’s a vampire) human greed


[IMO, what they started 8 years ago, 0 was sent to finish. That he DARES to speak there today is an insult beyond bearing]


291 posted on 09/11/2009 6:28:07 AM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away.........)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
I had come down with a bad cold day before. Was not working anywhere at the time and had a college class at 9:15 am on 9/11. I had taken Nyquil so I could sleep and had overslept and didn't wake up till sometime after 9:00. I can't remember exactly what time it was. But by then both towers had been hit. I leave my TV on all night and I had been watching Fox News when I fell asleep so it was on when I woke up.

I fixed some coffee and it took me a little time to understand what was going on. Not too long after I woke up the Pentagon was hit.

I lived north of Pittsburgh and have often wondered if I would have been able to see Flight 93 flying by if I had gone outside. According to the flight pattern of that plane, it may have passed very close to the area I live in. At some point that morning I switched to a local station and heard that Pittsburgh offices were closing and sending people home.

I spent the day in front of the TV - Fox News. It was hard just to break away to take a bathroom break or fix some meals or walk the dog.

I stopped breathing when the first tower went down. I could not believe what I was seeing. I cried when the 2nd one collapsed.

I remember very distinctly how quiet everything was later in the afternoon when I took my dog for a walk. No airplanes flying overhead. Barely any traffic. No one mowing their lawn, trimming hedges, kids playing outside.

At some point that afternoon in the midst of the quietness I did hear jet fighter planes streak by.

I do remember that day very well. As clearly as I remember the day Kennedy was assisinated.

Prayers up once again for the families of the victims of that awful day, President Bush, VP Cheney, the Cabinet, Guiliani and all those who bravely tackled the enormous tragedy. And prayers up for those who fought on the battlefield afterward in our military, and who fought silently in the CIA and FBI to successfully keep our country safe for 8 years.

And yes, prayers up for the current administration that God will change their hearts so that they will continue the safekeeping of our great country that the "previous administration" put into place.

292 posted on 09/11/2009 6:28:11 AM PDT by 3catsanadog (If healthcare reform is passed, 41 years old will be the new 65 YO.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
We were sitting in bed watching the 1st tower burn on the morning news when we saw the 2nd plane hit the 2nd tower. I will never forget how I got goosebumps all over my body. I remember feeling very helpless.
293 posted on 09/11/2009 6:29:10 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I was at work but surfing on Free Republic when I saw a post about the first plane hitting a tower. When I saw that it had happeded again, it was clear that these were no accidents. I left to get my daughter from school and went home to watch on TV.


294 posted on 09/11/2009 6:29:45 AM PDT by Capt. Jake
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To: MestaMachine; All
To Everyone,

Mesta has a FANTASTIC Homepage Rememberance of 911 here (WELL worth a look):

“My one and only vanity”

As far as I know, this is the most comprehensive set of images from New York, September 11, 2001, anywhere on the web. There are 4 slideshows and over 300 images. This album is not in the public domain. Anyone who would like specific images, or all of them, please FRmail me and I will give you the urls on a person by person basis.
Barbara Olson, Flight 93, The Pentagon, and The Tribute in Light are NOW here.
It's time to remember!!!”~~MestaMachine

http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/

295 posted on 09/11/2009 6:31:07 AM PDT by 444Flyer (May God Bless and protect our Boots on the ground!)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
The night of the 10th, I had fallen hard while horsing around with my sons and cracked a bone in my wrist. I met my doctor (my bro-in-law) at his office early the next morning and was being x-rayed when one of the nurses said that a plane had hit the Trade Center tower. We started talking about the bomber that had hit the Empire State Building and then heard that the second tower had been hit. It was then that we knew it was terrorist related. We wrapped the wrist, and I drove to work where I helped arrange to broadcast video over our ip network.

For the next couple of hours, I watched the news reports and then decided to be home with my wife and baby daughter. We only live 35 miles from Manhattan and are on the shore of Long Island Sound. On a clear day, you can see the NYC skyline across the water from certain locations, so we went to the beach. Sure enough, we could see the smoke from the burning rubble.

My wife and I knew four business acquaintances who worked at Marsh McLennan and Aion who were killed, the mother of my son's schoolmate was killed, the son of a friend at church died of a heart attack during the recovery effort the next day. Our next door neighbors owned a day care a couple of blocks away from the towers. Although none of the kids lost parents, a disembodied arm and hand hit the window of their business, and ultimately, they lost their business as it was inside the closed zone. I know of two other men who made it out of the building in time as they were both on lower floors. Lots of people moved either jobs or homes from Manhattan to my CT town and occasionally you hear one of their stories.

296 posted on 09/11/2009 6:31:11 AM PDT by Ol' Sox
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Watching FOX in my kitchen. Called my sister and told her to turn on her tv....where we watched the 2nd plane.

Called my husband in downtown Dallas and told him to get home. Went to three schools and picked up all my kids ASAP. Sat in my yard and listened to dead still of the skies. Horrified, numb, angry and still am.


297 posted on 09/11/2009 6:33:09 AM PDT by bonfire
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To: henkster

I remember the “no fly” period being put into place but planes were flying around, here.

[As the crow flies, I’m not far from Shanksville]

I reckoned they were military craft of some sort but they had no markings at all.

The first one that went over after the no-fly order scared the living hell out of me.


298 posted on 09/11/2009 6:33:58 AM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away.........)
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To: b4its2late
I had the same feeling. I kept telling the people around that the other tower was in danger and that the people needed to evacuate. I also knew immediately that OBL was behind it. BTW I was at a seminar in Nashville. Four of the attendees were from NYC. Their phones started going off. They were freaked out because their offices were in the area of the WTC. They thought all of their employees were dead. Turned out that the guy they left in charge had evacuated everyone immediately after the first plane hit.
299 posted on 09/11/2009 6:33:58 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Nemo me impune lacessit The law will be followed, dammit!)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Arlington, seeing smoke rise from the Pentagon. Screaming at my wife to escape the region. Must be WWIII no one hits the Pentagon? Not even the Japs and Huns nor Ivans got to the Pentagon.


300 posted on 09/11/2009 6:34:15 AM PDT by steve0 (My plan B: christianexodus.org/)
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