Sept. 11, 2001

I still can’t believe it’s been 10 years.

They say it’s an event that you will always remember exactly where you were when you first heard the devastating news.  Pres. Kennedy’s assassination, Elvis’s death, 9/11.

I remember it like it was yesterday. I was driving to work and heard on the radio that a plane had hit the first tower. I rushed into work and went straight for the tv. I worked at a bank and all the tellers were already around the counter getting their drawers ready for the day. I said “turn on the  news, quick!”  We all stood in the middle of the lobby speechless and silent.

I sat at my desk useless. My heart nearly leaped from my chest when I realized my dad might have been traveling that day. He was traveling often for work so I desperately tried to reached and left a sobbing voice mail asking him to call me back! Hours later I finally heard back form him and he was safe at home.

I left work early and went to donate blood. I think it was the only thing I thought I could do but when I got to the Red Cross the line was out the door and I was sent away and told the earliest appointment would be in three days! That night my husband and I huddled around my Brother and Sister in laws tv and we all just staired, shook our heads, and cried.

The footage is forever burned into my mind. People jumping from the buildings, the ash, the look on the people’s faces! I felt such fear for what this meant.  I could not wrap my head around what had happened.

I know it was 10 years ago but it feels like it was yesterday!


What were you doing that morning on Sept. 11th?

May our nation still continue to heal. May we always remember and honor those who lost their lives and I pray that the generations to follow will know the stories and learn the lessons from this tradgic in our history.



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    I agree,,I will always know what I was doing and watching it unfold on TV… a somber day ahead.

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    Elvis died on my 9th birthday, I remember waking up that day and turning on the radio to listen to him (It was all I knew) and hearing Elvis is dead. I cried, I cried and I cried that day.
    On 9-11, I had just gotten home from work and went to bed as I had only gotten an hour sleep the day before after working 12 hours and I was exhausted. My husband called and said turn on the TV. I argued I needed sleep, as I turned it on. I said there is a building on fire……….where is that? He told me NYC. I said I hope there isn’t anybody left in that building what happened? As he started to tell me a plane flew into the building, I watched in horror as a plane took out the 2nd tower. I said correction dear………Terrorists just flew another plane into the 2nd tower. He couldn’t see the TV from where he was and said he would call me back. I told him I loved him to stay safe ( he worked on an Air Force base), that I couldn’t help any of those people at that moment, and I needed some sleep desperately, I would catch up with the world when I woke up, because this was all too depressing and disturbing to watch right at that moment. When I woke up I couldn’t turn off the TV.

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    I was in college and had an early morning class. For some reason the news was on the big screen in our classroom… but when the professor came in he didn’t realize what happened and made us turn it off. Afterwards I went to the student center and everyone was sitting in the aisles of the bookstore watching the news. We watched the news every second that we weren’t in class. In fact, my birthday is the 12th… and we celebrated by watching the news in our apartment!

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    How funny – I was also in my car on my way to my job at a credit union when I heard the news. I remember the CU was virtually empty that day…quite eery feeling! I even remember what I was wearing!

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    I was in bed sleeping. My dad came into my room (I was in high school) panicked and said wake up, the twin towers have just been hit. I remember thinking, what are the twin towers and why did my dad wake me up so early. I watched the news and saw the towers fall. I went to school and in my first period (chemistry) we didn’t do anything but watch the news. I now teach third grade, and shared with my class today about the significance of what happened that day. It is wierd to me that they weren’t even alive when it happened, and they have never lived in a country that wasn’t at war. I shared with them about how things have changed. You used to be able to take a knife on a plane. Then the planes it and they grounded all plains. After that, the military was in the airports with machine guns. We ended it by praying for everyone who lost someone on 9-11 and in the war.

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