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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
KEYWORDS: 8thannivesary; 911; 91101; charliesheen; eighthanniversay; godsgravesglyphs; neverforget; paulestinians; paulistinians; ronpaul; september11
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To: DaveLoneRanger

It saddens me to relive that horrible day, Dave.

I had just pulled up to work when a short report came across the radio about a small plane hitting one of the towers. It didn’t sound serious at the moment, and I passed it off as some small commuter plane that went off course. We had the radio on at work all day, and as the magnitude of what happened sank in, I just went numb. I knew things had changed forever, that we were at war, and we would be feeling the aftershocks for decades afterwards.

May the souls of those lost on this day be resting in the arms of God, and may those who so callously murdered them burn in hell for all eternity.


241 posted on 09/11/2009 5:32:14 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Welcome to the Revolution.)
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To: HAL9000

Amazing Hal, I remember reading about the assissination plot in the paper too - discussing it with my father. Something nagged at me. Too bad I wasn’t on FR back then, I would have seen your posts.


242 posted on 09/11/2009 5:32:14 AM PDT by HollyB
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To: DaveLoneRanger
I was sewing in the den and watching the Today Show. When they reported that a plane had hit the Pentagon, I thought, “We are at war!” I tearfully put my flag up outside. It remained there until they passed the stimulus package.
My elder daughter, a senior in high school, needed to be driven into Dearborn for a class at the UofM. I was really leery of going. My younger daughter and I stopped at a small mall while her sister was at class. The stores were empty.
243 posted on 09/11/2009 5:32:56 AM PDT by stayathomemom (Beware of cat attacks while typing!)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
I was in my office at work when my wife called to tell me she heard on the radio that a plane had hit the WTC. This was only a handful of weeks after some screwball stunt whore got his paraglider hung on the Statue of Liberty, so I figured it was another stunt gone wrong. A few minutes after we hung up, a co-worker who was down in the kitchen area where the TV is came running upstairs telling us that it was thought to be a commercial jet. Just before I could get myself to a stopping point to go downstairs, the second plane hit. I turned on my radio as they announced that the Pentagon had also been hit. Not long after I finally made it down to the TV, the first collapse happened. It didn’t take long for most of us to understand that this was a massive suicide mission by some group. We knew no pilot in his right mind, even if being hijacked, would do such a thing. The events of that day put a massive chip on my shoulder that is still there and will remain forever.
244 posted on 09/11/2009 5:34:38 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (Barack Obama - The wrong man, at the wrong time, for the wrong country.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

In my car driving to work.


245 posted on 09/11/2009 5:35:45 AM PDT by Blogger
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I am a travel agent and just started working fr the day. I always have my little tv on my desk on Fox just in case something happens that I need to know abou. Got news of the first plane hitting the tower. Thought it was a small plane at the time. Then the 2nd plane hit and everyone at that point knew it had to be terrorist. That’s when phones just started ringing non stop all day.
We had so many people on planes that morning that landed wherever they were close to and immediately started booking cars for people to get home, etc. I worked till Sunday getting one of my travelers back home from LAX to DC on a flight because no one knew when flights were going to start up again and when they did everything got booked up quickly. I think we all worked in a fog for a couple of weeks.


246 posted on 09/11/2009 5:35:46 AM PDT by coconut47
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To: rabscuttle385; DaveLoneRanger

Your descriptions are vivid and moving. It reminded me of myself in elementary school when President Kennedy was assasinated. The obvious difference is that you were more closely affected by it.

It still angers me that there was not more emphasis on the fact that the people who lost their lives that day were from ~30 different countries, not just America. I think if that had been highlighted we’d have had more cooperation with the mess in Iraq.


247 posted on 09/11/2009 5:36:08 AM PDT by Froufrou (quality)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

At work. I check FR during compiles/tests and I saw the post. The whole office kinda ground to a halt. People were amazed that I knew so much about what was happening.

I remember the blue skies. I remember several Muslim families went back home due to fears of reprisals/more attacks. They were the more militant Kuwaiti types where the women wore the full shrouds and the men had scraggly beards. Most of the Muslims I know could be described as MINO, Ramadan only Muslims. They were pretty freaked out because they knew how bad it could get. They lived around people like the terrorists. That’s why they were here.


248 posted on 09/11/2009 5:36:17 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Gilbo_3

>>>>>>>>cuple minutes later tom announced [with NO laughter in the background, dead stillness] that the second tower had been struck.<<<<<<<<<<

That was the same thing that happened on JohnBoy and Billy. They said something about the first one, like some accident, “thats too bad”, but still had some usual jovialness. Then when the second one was announced, their voices were stone cold serious.


249 posted on 09/11/2009 5:37:18 AM PDT by envisio (Foxtrot Yankee Bravo Oscar)
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To: pollywog

I was still in bed (LA) but I had just gotten of a transcontinental flight from New York six hours earlier.

Coulda been me.


250 posted on 09/11/2009 5:38:35 AM PDT by beagleone
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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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