Were were you on 9/11 , did you do anything for it today

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Were were you on 9/11 , did you do anything for it today

usmcwife99 usmcwife99
I just figured this would be a intresting one. Were were you on the attacks of 9/11/01. Do you even remember. how did it make you feel? Did it make you do anything out of the ordinary like buy a gun or something? What did you do today, anything special?




I personally went to the VA and there was a big bbq for all the soldiers and findraisers for the families of victums and alot of tears. I have to go back alter on tonight to pick up my husband and help cleanup. On friday one of the local middle schools aranged for a sister of someone who lost there life in the twin towers and then also my husband who was severaly wounded in Iraq and also a few other military personal to go speak to the school. They were given and assignment to write over the week of "what is freedom"


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PLEASE DO NOT TURN THIS INTO A POLITICAL DEBATE

We can by any political party but we can all agree that the events of spetempber 11th were and still are tradgic.
09/11/2010
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Tuesday Tuesday
I remember waking up to a news report about the first plane. Then on the bus my husband called to tell me about the second plane and he kept calling to see if I wanted him to come get me.

I don't think any work was done that morning. Everyone was just trying to get the latest updates. Not long after arriving at work we were all sent home. Spent the day watching the news.
09/11/2010
Kindred Kindred
I remember I was at work that morning in the DC area. We heard about the news and started watching it on tv. It was surreal to say the least. Once I heard it was possibly a terrorist act I freaked. I grew up in NY and my brother still lives in the city. Of course by that time the phone lines were completely jammed so it was impossible to get in touch with him. I spent the whole day not knowing if he was okay until much later that night. I found out afterwards that I did not know anyone directly that died, but there were several from my high school in Brooklyn. My good friend and co-worker also learned he lost one of his friends in the Pentagon attack. I think I, like most people, spent the next few weeks just crying all the time. I was fortunate that I did not know anyone directly, but it still hits hard when I grew up there.

Today, on a beautiful day in the DC area, we went to an open house sponsored by our local fire fighters and police officers.
09/11/2010
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
I was at work the morning it happened and I live in NJ and I worked at a large insurance co. at the time and several staff members had spouses, children, etc. working in the trade center and you could hear shrieks and cries in our office. When we were all leaving our office early once it had been deemed a terrorist attack, we could see the smoke and the towers on the skyline over the highway. I'll never get that image out of my head.
09/11/2010
Darling Jen Darling Jen
9-11-01 was my sweet 16th birthday. I was in 10th grade in high school and in the library for class when my classmates and I turned on the news. We then realized it wasn't a joke nor was it a movie preview and we then split up to run to tell the teacher and the faculty in the office. My birthday was forgotten that year. I was also left at the school that day. And my father, who was (and still is) in the military, was put on lock-down and I didn't see him for almost 48 hours.

And though I want to keep myself anonymous on this site still, let's just say there are other creepy connections I have to the other flights and events of that day too. So even though I knew better, part of my mind kept telling me it was somehow my fault.

It was a horrible day because of survivor's guilt, fear, and mourning. Now my only wish is to re-claim my birthday. (It sucked before 9/11 because hurricanes tended to cancel it too.)
09/11/2010
Chilipepper Chilipepper
I was on the bus to WalMart and the driver had the radio on like she always did. It happened while I was on the bus. When I finally got to WalMart, all the TV's were turned to the live news coverage and the second plane ...

I had to go to the ladies room to throw up. The knowing that people were there, and watching the last few seconds of their lives, was the most horrifying thing I had ever witnessed.

I remember everyone was in a sick speechlessness that day.

When I finally got home, my husband called to tell me that his company lost seven executives in one of the crashes - they were coming back from a conference in Boston. One of my coworkers lost her uncle in one of the towers. I retched every time the damn news replayed the second plane's crash.

Today was a quiet memorial with candle and prayer.
09/11/2010
cherryredhead88 cherryredhead88
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Originally posted by usmcwife99
I just figured this would be a intresting one. Were were you on the attacks of 9/11/01. Do you even remember. how did it make you feel? Did it make you do anything out of the ordinary like buy a gun or something? What did you do today, anything ...
On 9/11 I was sitting at my desk in ... 8th grade I believe? Lol. We were in first hour, and it was 'current event' time. So we got to see everything as it was happening/being covered by the news anyways.

Today I was watching History Channel cover all the events and different things on 9/11. It was pretty interesting. My heart goes out to all the people lost and involved in it.
09/11/2010
Waterfall Waterfall
I was in the 8th grade. I remember our principal said something about it over the intercom and a lot of people were going to call parents who took flights that day. I watched the news a lot when I got home so I could see what really happened. I was very scared that day.
09/11/2010
Tuesday Tuesday
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Originally posted by Darling Jen
9-11-01 was my sweet 16th birthday. I was in 10th grade in high school and in the library for class when my classmates and I turned on the news. We then realized it wasn't a joke nor was it a movie preview and we then split up to run to tell the ...
My husband's birthday is 9/10. He feels the same way you do. Everyone's thought when they hear his birthday is "Oh, the day before 9/11." He feels his birthday is forever linked too.
09/11/2010
Tuesday Tuesday
My husband is flying across the country today, BTW. The airport didn't seem any different than it normally is.
09/11/2010
Persephone Nightmare Persephone Nightmare
I was in 5th or 6th grade and surprisingly they chose not to tell us while we were in school. I guess to keep order, or something, I'm not sure. I found out about it about 6 hours after the first plane hit the North tower. When I got off the bus and came home and my grandma was watching the news stories on the TV. I was a sort of a hard-headed kid when it came to stuff like that and wasn't too happy that the school didn't tell us, lol. I couldn't (and still can't) stand being "treated like a mushroom: kept in the dark and fed bull-crap" as my grandfather says. Lol
09/11/2010
SydVicious SydVicious
I was living in Hawaii at the time and we were 5-6 hours behind NYC time. So when I got up in the morning to get ready for school and my dad was already up and dressed for work (He was in the Army at the time) he was sitting on his bed watching the morning news. I came into the room and her told me to come and watch the news.
09/12/2010
NightNight NightNight
I remember being in Latin in the 8th grade when the principal announced it on the intercom around 9 o'clock. When I got back to homeroom before lunch I tried to listen about it on the radio but everyone was chattering so loudly about middle school drama I could barely hear anything >

It's also my mother-in-law's birthday.
09/12/2010
cherryredhead88 cherryredhead88
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Originally posted by Persephone Nightmare
I was in 5th or 6th grade and surprisingly they chose not to tell us while we were in school. I guess to keep order, or something, I'm not sure. I found out about it about 6 hours after the first plane hit the North tower. When I got off the bus ...
"treated like a mushroom: kept in the dark and fed bull-crap"

AHAHA! Rofl waffles
09/12/2010
Dusk Dusk
I was in middle school, and my teacher turned on the footage for us to watch in the middle of my art class. It was absolutely heartbreaking. I remember tons of parents coming to pick up their kids, and my mum coming to the school to tell me that my brother was fine (he lives and works in NYC).
09/12/2010
PassionQT PassionQT
I had just returned from dropping our oldest off at preschool and had flipped on the tv and saw the breaking news. My husband was working that day across the river from the Pentagon and he said they had heard an explosion but didn't know what it was. My older brother told me he had been having breakfast at the WTC the day prior to the explosions...
09/12/2010
Alicia Alicia
When 9/11 happened I was just starting to date my now husband. It was really into our relationship and he worked for a company servicing machines and some of those machines were in NYC. On 9/10 he had told me that him and his friend at work were driving in to NYC the next morning because there were a lot of machines in battery park that needed servicing. So, on 9/11 when I heard the news at work, I tried calling his cell phone but of course the lines were jammed so I couln't get through. I finally got a hold of him around 3:30pm. He had been running late that morning (thank goodness for that!) and they were just driving towards the tunnel when they saw smoke and turned on the radio and heard what was going on. They were able to take the next exit and turn back around and go back to their office. If they had been on time they would have been in Battery Park at the time it happened. They most likely would have been alright there but the sites that they would have seen would have likely traumatized them for life, it was horrific enough seeing it on the news, I can't imagine being in it.

That night I went over to his house and we had our first kiss, and other things. So while it's the Anniversary of that horrible attack it's also the anniversary of our first step into an actual relationship and not just casually dating. I think seeing what happened made us realize that sometimes life is way too short and sometimes you have to just go for it.
09/12/2010
Darling Jen Darling Jen
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Originally posted by Alicia
When 9/11 happened I was just starting to date my now husband. It was really into our relationship and he worked for a company servicing machines and some of those machines were in NYC. On 9/10 he had told me that him and his friend at work were ...
That's beautiful. I'm going to try to live that way now.
09/12/2010
sexysweetieshan sexysweetieshan
I was in middle school, in 8th grade, in math class like 2nd period when I found out about it.

And no I didn't do anythinf for it today. Other than remember all the lives lost and be thankful for my husband and others who serve this country.
09/12/2010
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
I was at work and we were just going on break when the secretary called us into the owners office. He had a TV in there and we watched as the news/video's were played. We were told to go home and be with our family's/friend's.

I talked to my brother (National guard Alaska) and we said prayers for those lost and their family's and for those still over sea's.
09/12/2010
El-Jaro El-Jaro
I had fallen asleep on the couch the night before and my room mate at the time woke me up to tell me we were being attacked. In a daze, I turned on the tv and watched until I had to go to work. At the time I worked at a radio station and it was sooo busy there! Almost everyone was on site, getting info for this and that, double checking info. I think we even patched through to a news station a couple times. Being from mid-Michigan, I didn't know anyone with connections to the WTC or the plane that went down. The thing that really irked me, besides the obvious, were the gas station owners who gouged the gas prices.
09/12/2010
Selective Sensualist Selective Sensualist
My husband had been a day trader for years. Every weekday morning, he would turn on CNN for the stock market openings and obsessively watch the "ticker tape" running across the bottom of the screen. That day was no different.

He had just turned on the T.V. in our bedroom when I happened to roll over and sleepily look at the screen. I saw the familiar shape of the Twin Towers (they were always shown in the background on that channel -- it was the channel's trademark background).

I asked him why one of the towers had a billow of smoke pouring from it. The smoke looked like that from a rather large chimney, only it was pouring from the side of the building a few stories below the top. My husband said he didn't know. Neither did the newscasters. No one knew why the building had smoke pouring from it at that time. The authorities were still trying to piece it all together.

There was a lot of speculation. The newscasters reported that they had heard unofficial reports that perhaps a small private plane had accidentally crashed into the building, but they were incredulous that even this could have been the case -- there was absolutely no speculation at that point that it could possibly have been a terrorist attack.

I watched the events of that day unfold live before my eyes. I saw seasoned reporters at a complete loss for words. I heard their voices crack and their speech fail mid-sentence. I felt completely linked to them as their professionalism fell away and they joined their viewers in complete shock, raw fear, and deep pain as it became clear that it was a terrorist attack . . . as they reported people jumping and falling from the tower to escape the agonizing heat of the flames . . . as the second plane hit -- LIVE before our very eyes . . . as the first tower fell . . . as the poor people staggered around the streets covered in ashes with a dull dazed and glazed look in their eyes . . .

Before the first tower ever fell, I vividly imagined people scrambling to get out of their offices. I imagined people in wheelchairs and people with disabilities crying because they knew they would unable to negotiate the stairs for even one level -- let alone several dozen. I imagined the heroic people who must be carrying those people down the stairs. It was those people -- and their epic race against time (and against the choking smoke and heat) -- that I was thinking about when the tower fell.

The amount of tears I shed that day could have filled a bottomless well. Since I saw everything live as it unfolded, I felt like I was there. I felt completely traumatized. This makes me feel bad to say, considering how traumatized those who were actually there in the flesh were. I was only there alongside them in spirit. I felt so frustrated that I could do nothing to help them. My tears did nothing to help them.

I will never forget the raw, visceral emotions of that day. It still brings me tears to recall the images I saw and to relive the emotions of that day.

My thoughts and prayers go out to all those who bear the scars of that day. Big hugs and lots of love.
09/12/2010
Envy Envy
All i did was work all day. Didn't really do anything but clean rooms and help in the laundry. Was weird having a slow Saturday, that could be why...
09/12/2010
P'Gell P'Gell
I had seen my older kids off to school, and having been up with a toddler during the night, I went back to bed for a while, until, I thought she would wake me up again. My Man called from work, his voice was cracking and he sounded like he was crying. All he said was, "Do you have the TV on?" When I told him no, he said to turn it on. When I asked what channel, he said it didn't matter. Two airplanes had just hit the Twin Towers and he knew it was a terrorist attack. He than had to go. I turned on the TV and just stood there with my mouth open.

When my baby woke up a little while later, I sat in the chair in my bedroom and nursed her and cried. She was not even two, babies think everything revolves around them. She kept apologizing. I have NO idea why. "I sorry Mama. I be good. No crying." Only that she had probably seen her Daddy apologize for things when I was crying at other times. I kept telling her it wasn't her fault, she was just a baby, but I couldn't stop crying. I had the news on when the Pentagon was hit. My Man knew people there from work. I called him and he was at his bench and answered the phone. I told him the Pentagon was hit, and he talked to me for a few minutes and then said they had to get a TV in their work area, and that calls were coming in from "people" and he was NOT going to get home early that evening. Shit.

There were still planes in the air. We live under a flight pattern to O Hare. All of a sudden it seemed like a plane was going over the house every 2 seconds and I got very upset. I called My Man again, he answered and said, "Honey, they are going to close all the airports and are bringing the planes in, where ever they are. Don't worry." I was terrified. The news said that there could be "up to eleven more planes who are hijacked" in the air at that point and I thought Chicago was the target of at least a few of them. When the planes stopped going over and the sky quieted and they showed the traffic patterns with NO planes in the sky, I felt relieved. At least all the planes were on the ground. Then there was a report of a plane crashing in PA, I knew it was not a coincidence.

I was SO scared. I wanted My Man home, I wanted to go get my other kids from school, but I didn't want to start panic. I panicked and for some reason grabbed a couple of pillow cases and put our wedding album, a few pictures, videos of the kids, our meds, our medical records, and some water bottles and snacks in the bag. I was terrified that if big green trucks came down the street with bullhorns telling us to get out, I wouldn't be ready. (I was in High Anxiety Mode by now.) I was scared that Chicago would be hit next and was terrified My Man's place of work would be hit. He called me and said it was going to be OK and to calm down, he would probably be home by dinner time. He said he was scared the buildings would fall. I've never been to the Towers, but he has, I didn't know if collapse was possible, but I know little about architecture or metal stress or what temperature jet fuel burns at or what temperature steel melts at etc. He knows all these things.

I know about burns and crush injuries and thought "This is going to be a mess. They're going to need to send burn patients and crush injury patients all the way out to here (Chicago) and even maybe Canada, there's no way New York alone can handle all those injured."

I took the baby downstairs, with the filled pillow case and the diaper bag and put them near the door. I left the room to make the baby an other egg (she quietly wolfed down her first one while I watched the news and cried) and when I came back, I was staring at the TV and saying out loud, "Where the hell is The Tower? Is there too much smoke? It looks like there is only one." Then, the announcer said, "The New York Skyline has been changed forever." And I realized the World had changed. I sat there, while my completely silent baby ate her egg and watched Tower 1 fall as well.

My oldest called and said they had simply waled out of school because the teachers were all in shock with the TVs in the classrooms on, and she was scared. I picked up her from a friend, who couldn't get a hold of her Mom at work. We waited until her Mom was on the phone and said she'd be home in a few minutes. I didn't get my older kids, because I didn't want to cause panic in the lower grades.

I don't remember most of the rest of the day, except that the TV was on all the time. My younger ones had no idea what had happened. It was hard to explain without scaring them, NO it was impossible to explain without scaring them. We kept the news on and every hour or so some asshole was calling in bomb threats to buildings in both New York and Chicago. The Sears Tower had been evacuated, and every time they tried to re-open it, they'd get a bomb threat. It ended up being some jerk who worked there who didn't want to go to work, so they said.

I have Muslim neighbors and friends and patients and I was very worried about them as well. One woman's husband didn't let her leave the house for weeks, because he thought she would be targeted because of her head scarf. This broke my heart.

I saw a LOT of raw video footage on 9/11 that I have never seen since that day. Some people had gotten onto the Pile with a camera and were filming the Fire Men, just wandering around, picking up debris and dropping it as if to say, "What the fuck are we supposed to DO?"

For days I couldn't sleep. I kept waiting for the "other shoe to drop." At one point jets were scrambled right over our house (the day they re-opened O Hare) because someone freaked out on a plane, and a Sonic Boom knocked down one of my daughters who had just gone out to get the mail. We were all very scared. For weeks.

One of the saddest parts was I knew lots of doctors and nurses who were ready to go to New York and help with the wounded. There were not enough wounded left alive, after the Collapse for it to be worth any of them to go.

My Man found out the next day that his friends had actually not been IN the Pentagon at that time, but at a breakfast a few blocks away. It's odd when you feel thankful that YOUR own friends or relatives didn't get killed or hurt.

I remember all the rumors and all the talk and people jumping about a foot in the air when someone at the grocery store dropped a metal bar on the floor, a few days after 9/11. Every body looked around waiting for someone to drop or something to explode. It was only someone dropping a piece of metal by accident.

We have a full size flag pole outside our home. My Man went out when he got home that night and lowered the flag to half mast. He said, "I had really hoped I never had to do this for this reason." I made sure he kept our tie dyed Peace Flag just below the American Flag. I hoped it would make an impression on some people. Sadly, it didn't help.

Thanks for letting me get this out.
09/12/2010
Miss Cinnamon Miss Cinnamon
I was in sixth grade and our school was one of the ones that decided to keep students in the dark and to let the parents do the explaining. The first hint I got that something was wrong was when my best friend (who was in another class) told me at recess that "the Twin Towers got bombed." At the time, I didn't even know what or where the WTC was. I thought she meant that someone had bombed the Towers, which was the name for one of the university student housing buildings nearby. I couldn't see smoke or anything, so I just assumed that she was making things up like she usually did. If only...!

After recess ended, the teachers told us that we were being sent home early to our parents. By that time, the news had spread among the students, but no one was sure what exactly had happened, only that it was something bad. They passed out instructional pamphlets to us to give to our parents. I read over the one I received, and it was advice to parents when they had to explain this tragedy to us. The line I remember the best was the one that said "If your child soils him or herself, do not scold them." How bad was the situation, I wondered, that an eleven or twelve year old would pee his or her pants upon hearing full disclosure of what had happened?

When I got home, the television was on and the house was in a panic because one of my parents was overseas at the time. We were afraid that they would keep planes out of the air for a prolonged period of time, or even worse, that more planes would be hijacked on my parent's return date, which was quickly approaching. The situation wasn't explained to me very well, and I wasn't very good at watching the news, so I was still mostly confused about what was happening.

A string of bomb threats at the local high school, where I took math classes, followed in the next few weeks. It got so bad that from that point on, students were no longer allowed to wear coats or bring backpacks into class, whereas before, the policy had been quite lenient, and for at least two whole weeks, there were police officers conducting backpack checks on everyone who entered the building. Airport security tightened noticeably in the following years too. 9/11 changed so much in our everyday lives, even though I didn't know to connect the dots until I was older.
09/12/2010
P'Gell P'Gell
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Originally posted by Miss Cinnamon
I was in sixth grade and our school was one of the ones that decided to keep students in the dark and to let the parents do the explaining. The first hint I got that something was wrong was when my best friend (who was in another class) told me at ...
Cynthia, one of my dds was in 6th grade as well. They told the kids nothing, although my dd said she thought something was going on. She was really confused when she got home. I really wanted to go and get her, she said some parents had come and grabbed their kids, and I felt bad later that I hadn't done this as well.

I don't know how I feel about the school saying virtually nothing to the kids. On one hand, I wish they had called the parents and told us to come and get our kids, I didn't want to just show up and scare people and my kid. On the other hand, my guess is the school would have done a crappy job of explaining it ("Mr.President is doing a great job with this crisis." Or some such crap.) But, she felt really out of the loop and asked about 1,000 questions when she got home. Many of which I couldn't answer, like "Are they gonna attack Chicago?" You don't want to scare a child, but you don't want to lie either.
09/12/2010
LikeSunshineDust LikeSunshineDust
I was a freshman in high school and the first tower was hit in between classes. When I walked into my Spanish class, my teacher was talking to one of my classmates about it.. Saying that when stuff like that happens she always makes a mental note of where all her loved ones are. We put on the news in class then they called an assembly in the auditorium and put the news on the projector screen in there. They were showing replays of the first tower (The whole time I was thinking, seriously We've seen it enough) when the second tower was hit. After that the day was kind of a blur, I don't even remember if school was canceled for the rest of the day.
09/12/2010
aleong aleong
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Originally posted by usmcwife99
I just figured this would be a intresting one. Were were you on the attacks of 9/11/01. Do you even remember. how did it make you feel? Did it make you do anything out of the ordinary like buy a gun or something? What did you do today, anything ...
I found out the first thing I woke up that morning. I found it odd that both my parents were up so early watching the TV, it just never happens at home. It was also my first day of 7th grade. It was also the only day that both my parents took me to school because they thought class might get canceled or something else may happen. Before getting in the car, I just knew that two planes had flown into two big buildings, and I just thought it was a tragic accident. We discussed what happened a bit more in class that day, and our band at school walked around campus playing the star spangled banner. It wasn't until I got home that I knew it was a terrorist attacked, that people actually planned for this to happen. I was mad, sad, and everything seemed fake. I couldn't believe people would actually do this, and I always just stared at the TV, and cried. On each 9/11 I would watch documentaries and shows, but lately, I've been wanting to push all that stuff out of my mind, and I want so much to forget, but I can't. My boyfriend's birthday is also on 9/11, and I try to celebrate his birthday, and still remember this day.
09/12/2010
usmcwife99 usmcwife99
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Originally posted by P'Gell
I had seen my older kids off to school, and having been up with a toddler during the night, I went back to bed for a while, until, I thought she would wake me up again. My Man called from work, his voice was cracking and he sounded like he was ...
Aww, ive heard stories not just on here but many other places.

I canot say what yours makes me feel. The part about the flag, and the muslim neighbor, and just everything. Wow, thats just incredible.

Thanks

and no problem, its my pleasure to let you get this out
09/12/2010
usmcwife99 usmcwife99
I just figured I would add......... when the attacks happened I was in math class. I have a few family members in the military. Some in special forces. I was picked up by my family member, he was getting ready to go. I spent the rest of the day driving to a base were he knew he would have to be on standby soon. He explained some things and well we had a heart to heart talk over the drive that lasted several hours. I dont rember much of what he said. He knew with his job he would be deployed soon. He knew he may not make it back and basicly said take care girl, if anything happens keep an eye on my wife and kids. We stopped at best buy on the way and got a video camra, he went into a bathroom at some gas station in the middle of no were while I waited in the car. He came back out handed me the tape and told me "give this to my wife and kids if I dont make it back, only watch it if I die deffeding the greatest nation ever". He felt so bad because his wife and kids were on vactaion and he didnt get to to see them. He dropped me off at a hotel were my boyfriend was coming to pick me up the next morning.
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