Friday, September 10, 2010

Where were you on 9/11?

I am curious where people were, what they were doing, when they heard about and followed 9/11. Please feel free to share stories, thoughts, and prayers here.

Where was I:
I was in Montana, pregnant with my second kid, getting ready to go to a Welfare appointment, LOL. My best friend at the time was listening to the radio quite intently but I was so caught up in what I was doing, I didn't hear what they were saying on the radio. Then when I came out of my appointment he was like, listen to this, and he turned up the radio. The radio voice was describing exactly what was going on, the plane hit, the people, everything. It was so creepy, like War of the Worlds.

We went straight to his parents house where I frantically started calling my Aunt every five minutes for hours. Of course I couldn't get through, the phone lines were jammed, which only made me worry more since she lived in Manhattan. We watched it play out on TV and it was so surreal. I felt horrible for all of the people who were there, in it, around it, watching it, anyone who was involved. It was so scary to think of how they felt. I finally reached my aunt and she was okay. She was, of course, shaken up by the whole thing, since she has been in NY for over 30 years, it's all her home to her.

I had been at the top of the WTC three years prior to the attack having lunch with my aunt and my foster sister. It was crazy to think that only three years separated the events. I am forever thankful for the people who got out, and saddened for the ones who didn't. God Bless everyone who was involved.


  1. I was getting ready for work, had the news on to listen like I did every morning....I caught a few words and stopped what I was doing and went to the TV....saw what was happening and my heart dropped. I gathered myself, finished getting ready, got my daughter ready to go, got in the car and tuned in the news station. I was about to pull into work lot when 2nd plane hit...I thought my heart was gonna jump out of my chest. I got to work and they had placed TVs so we all could see what was happening..I had NEVER heard our office so quiet. I was in the travel industry at this time...not the place to be when this knew what was coming next. The phone were quiet, I imagine that the whole country was watching, later the phones just exploded...mind you, our office had about 150 reservation agents and we had a LONG hold time..due to the amount of calls we were getting. It was hard to focus but it was something we had to do to help our clients. I will never forget this day or what I was doing.

  2. Hi, me and my team (10 persons) were in a IT training in south of France. At the afternoon break, one of my colleague read the news and said "hey we've lost one NY tower". We all thought it was a fake news until we discovered the reality. Our company network failed few minutes after due to all people trying to get news. They sent a global note stating that they were posting all CNN news in the biggest auditorium we have. Everyone stopped working and went back home. I spent the full night with my husband looking at the news and crying - it was too sad and it is still. None of us can forget that day.

  3. I was in boot camp. I was taking the second of four tests. When we went in and started the test, nothing had happened, and by the time they collected the tests, the second tower was already down. The test proctor collected the tests and then announced "I have to tell you that there's been a terrorist attack, and the World Trade Center has been destroyed" It was so outrageous, we all thought they could have done a much better job with the scenario for this training evolution. Once we were formed up on the grinder and our Chief told us, it started to get real. PO2 Seins felt that the best way to get us ready to face the threat was to maintain discipline and carry on as if nothing had happened. This meant that I didn't get to see any of the video while in boot camp, and by the time I graduated on the 18th of October, the news networks had stopped showing it. It was funny how it affected us, because we didn't get to watch it, and in a lot of ways, the routine stayed the same, but at the same time, it really changed everything because there we were in the process of getting into the military, and all of a sudden we were under attack. There were a lot of people who had joined just for the college money, they had to figure out where they stood. I know several people who pulled the Conscientious Objector card, and for those who did so right away, fine, I hope things work out for you. Those who waited until the government had dumped 10's or 100's of thousands of dollars before dropping their chit, y'all are jerks!

    September 11, 2001 changed the world, and it has defined my career. Good question honey, I think 9/11/01 is going to be the Kennedy moment for our generation.

  4. "Kennedy moment" is a good way to describe it. There have been several such moments in my lifetime, where the moment that it happened is frozen in time and remembered in detail in full living color. My first one was Sputnik and watching it pass overhead. The second was the Kennedy assassination. Third was the assassination of Bobby Kennedy. Fourth was watching live as the first step on the moon took place. Next was the Berlin Wall coming down. And most recently it was 9/11. So what's next?

  5. I was actually homeless at the time,but non the less that didnt change the impact of the devastion b I saw in everyones eyes that day

  6. At the time my wife and I didnt have any television so we didnt know what was going on. We were waiting at the hospital for my wife to have an ultrasound for our first child together when the first Tower fell. All I could think of was my wife about to bring a child into a world where we let terrorists get away with stuff like this. She was suppose to go on a plane the next day to visit family.

    My thoughts today go out to the families that lost members to them on that day and to every soldier who has put themselves in the way of danger to prevent this from happening again on any soil, foreign or domestic.