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Old 09-11-2010, 03:55 AM   #1
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Remembering 9/11

For all intents and purposes I was on my way to the bank early in the morning to first union bank right off of Prince William Parkway in Dale City VA. While standing in the bank line I got the news...at first they said that a helicopter had crashd into the Pentagon.

I was at home on leave at Birchdale Ave. I was in between duty stations from Ft. Stewart GA. heading to Hanau Germany. At the time my father worked at the Pentagon. I wanted so bad to go back to my unit and deploy with them to Afghanistan,...but I could not. On Sept 18th I flew from BWI to Frankfurt Germany. On the way we passed over NYC. The pilot turned hard right and banked hard left so that we could see ground zero on the left. The smoke was still smoldering from the disaster. I wept...and I swore that from that day forward I would do everything I could to prevent from that happening again...
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I'll never forget it. I was in 8th grade Language Arts class, Spaugh Middle School. My teacher was told to turn on the TV and bam there it was. Just too many innocent people taken away from their families for no reason. Makes me think of the opening line of Freebird. "If I leave here tomorrow, will you remember me?" And yes we will never forget.
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I was in 10th grade, some sort of computer class. Most of what I remember that day was sitting in front of TV's all the while going about a normal class schedule. I still remember learning about Osama Bin Laden for the first time. Some people actually fell asleep. We had football practice that day, our coach assured us that while what happened was a horrible tragedy, we still had to go to work. Looking back it was probably the right decision, if for nothing more then to get our minds off what had happened that day.

Coincidently we had friends from the DC area that were stranded in Atlanta thanks to all flights being grounded. Horrible day.
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Ironic that you would say that EQ. I was sent to the schools to pick up my brothers and sisters from schools that day. Up until that day I had never seen such a massive withdrawling of children from the schools. I took them all home so that we may be together and feel some sense of security.
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I watched it unfold on a TV in the breakroom where I was working. I was to stunned to even respond.
The events must be happening in a some far off foreign land as they always do, to be dismissed as terrorist violence that would never invade our lives or breach America's shores. Much changed that day.
Forever changed is the skyline of NYC and the hearts of Americans.
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Old 09-11-2010, 10:59 AM   #6
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I was in the 7th grade at a private school about 10 miles from the Pentagon, right off Edsall Road in Springfield. We were sitting in class doing our regular work when a teacher came in and told us that two planes had hit the WTC and another plane had hit the Pentagon. I didn't get to see images of it because we didn't have a tv in class but they sent us home early and I remember watching it on the tv when I got home. I was so pissed about it, being as young as I was (13 years old) I didn't truly understand the impact about it until I got home and saw on the tv.
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I was living in Colorado at the time, and had just gotten up to get ready for work. Turned on the TV to start the day, and saw it. Stunned and shocked I just sat down. I was also in the midst of a huge personal tragedy and all of that week just blurs, If there was one week I could simply erase from time it would be that one. Eventually I made it to work, where the owner set up the main conference room as a prayer/meditation room. People were in there constantly through the day, with tv's and news reports heard in every office and cubicle.

The most positive thing I remember, was waiting in an hour and half line of people in colorado springs, all of us waiting at a red cross donation center, giving a few dollars, or whatever. The red cross had set up certain collection points and lines stretched out with US citizens waiting to help people they had never seen, never knew. Truly awesome emotional outpouring and support. I am tearing up even as I remember that time.
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I remember waking up early just before 9 that morning because it was my 21st birthday and I was so psyched for going out that night and living it up. I turned on the tv and saw some news report on espn and knew something was up and then a few minutes later the second plane struck. I remember watching in horror as the events unfolded further with the attack on the Pentagon as I have an uncle who worked there with his office only about 100 or so feet from the area hit. I remember giving my family the biggest hugs possible the next time I saw them especially with a handfull of them being in the military and not knowing if they might be sent out in the near future to find the scum who orchastrated the attacks.

Our country bonded in a way I never imagined and it'll never be the same in our lifetime as far as being at peace and feeling safe because we've been shown that at any moment you never know what could happen. My thoughts and prayers are with anyone who lost someone that day and with those who have lost loved ones in the attempt to bring some semblance of peace and stability back to the world since that day.
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Old 09-11-2010, 11:36 AM   #9
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I was working at CompUSA at the time. Someone came into the back office saying a plane flew into one of the towers. We went out on the floor to see what was going on. I think a bunch of us, customers included, stood there for hours watching everything unfold. We were watching live as the 2nd plane hit, I remember everyone's jaws dropping to the floor and some people started to cry. I just remember feeling like it was the end of the world or something. I mean you guys know how it was, it was just so unbelievable that it almost didn't feel real.

My Dad at the time worked in DC at the Dept of Agriculture so I was very concerned when I couldn't get through to him as all the phone lines were jammed up. (I found out later that day he was out of town on business and ok.)

I think when the towers fell, that's when reality really hit home. Wow, 2 skyscrapers have literally been reduced to rubble. WTF is going on?! Even to this day the footage amazes me. I remember the reports of the jumpers and literally getting sick to my stomach about it.

And I remember the confusion of the day, reports of multiple planes in the air unaccounted for, you were literally just waiting to hear the next report of another plane hitting something. What sticks with me is the bravery and courage of the first responders that day. Those that so unselfishly gave up their lives in order to try to save someone else. I don't think I'll ever look at a policeman or fireman the same. Especially whenever visiting NYC. Those are the true heroes.
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I woke up at 10ish, went on the computer to check my daily internet sites and then go to class. There was some reference to the both towers being hit and I immediately turned on CNN. They were playing footage of the towers smoking and then heard them the first tower fell, then what seemed like an hour later the second tower fell. I cried that day. I will never forget it.


RIP to those who perished in the attacks.
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Old 09-11-2010, 12:35 PM   #11
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I remember every minute of that day. I was in school at UF at the time and waiting tables on the side. I had classes on Mon, Wed, Fri. 9/11 was a Tuesday. I didn't have to work that day, so I had the whole day off. I was sleeping in, and my phone was just ringing off the hook. All my good friends knew my brother was in school in Manhattan and my family all lived in DC. I kept on ignoring my phone, but then my roommate came bursting into my room. She was in class, and they told all the students to head home and take the rest of the day off. She was like "get out here and look at the TV!!"

I'll never forget when I first saw that tower on fire. And then when the towers fell... That may be the hardest I've ever cried in my life. I was just weeping.

Like CRedskins, I'm getting a little teary just typing this. We will never forget. I can't believe it's been 9 years already.
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I was working at CompUSA at the time. Someone came into the back office saying a plane flew into one of the towers. We went out on the floor to see what was going on. I think a bunch of us, customers included, stood there for hours watching everything unfold. We were watching live as the 2nd plane hit, I remember everyone's jaws dropping to the floor and some people started to cry. I just remember feeling like it was the end of the world or something. I mean you guys know how it was, it was just so unbelievable that it almost didn't feel real.

My Dad at the time worked in DC at the Dept of Agriculture so I was very concerned when I couldn't get through to him as all the phone lines were jammed up. (I found out later that day he was out of town on business and ok.)

I think when the towers fell, that's when reality really hit home. Wow, 2 skyscrapers have literally been reduced to rubble. WTF is going on?! Even to this day the footage amazes me. I remember the reports of the jumpers and literally getting sick to my stomach about it.

And I remember the confusion of the day, reports of multiple planes in the air unaccounted for, you were literally just waiting to hear the next report of another plane hitting something. What sticks with me is the bravery and courage of the first responders that day. Those that so unselfishly gave up their lives in order to try to save someone else. I don't think I'll ever look at a policeman or fireman the same. Especially whenever visiting NYC. Those are the true heroes.

Seriously. That was never even a consideration for me when I was watching that day. I mean as it was it was an unfathomable tragedy...but not once (until it happened) did I actually think the towers would fall... just crazy and so sad.

Again, the police, firemen and everyone else... like you said, can't look at them the same....
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Old 09-11-2010, 03:09 PM   #13
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Was working on a bid response in my home office and was on the phone with one of my sub-contractors. He told me to turn on the TV. As soon as I turned it on, I had a terrible feeling this was no random incident and that all our lives were changing right before our eyes. I watched the 2nd plane hit, the footage of the Pentagon disaster, the Towers fall. I went and picked up my son from elementary school, just to be safe.

God Bless all those that were murdered that day and all that have fought and given their lives to keep us safe since. My parents, although they were young, remembered Pearl Harbor and never forgot. It's our duty to never forget 9/11/01.
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Old 09-11-2010, 05:11 PM   #14
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9th grade, I was walking into the locker room to change for PE. One of my teachers had the radio on and we heard all about it. It seemed horrific to me at the time because I couldnt see it, it was all just chaos over the radio. I have family with offices in the Pentagon, quite a long day. They were all safe, but it was certainly a trying day.
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Making America Safer | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

ok, not the solemn memorial from theOnion, but still the fear and paranoia that took over for a lot of people is a side effect of that day.

Hard to believe and remember as a kid going with my mom to the airport and just walk straight to the terminal with her and watch the plane take off, no security, that was for Europe. (this was the 70's and early 80's). We would sit at the Dulles observation deck and watch her plane taxi and fly off. Just amazing the different era.
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