Skip to comments.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.
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.
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.
In my car driving to work.
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.
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.
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.
>>>>>>>>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.
I was still in bed (LA) but I had just gotten of a transcontinental flight from New York six hours earlier.
Coulda been me.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
Everyone starting clustering around computers pretty quickly after that.
Prayers up for the loved ones of the victims.
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.
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.
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.
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.