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I was on a flight from Denver to VA/DC - going home to visit family. Just as we were
crossing into Kansas the pilot came on and said that a national security emergency was
forcing us to land in Kansas City. Needless to say everyone was wondering what was going on,
and the rumors starting swirling about what was happening. When we reached the ground,
the airport was abuzz with commotion and rumors about how many planes had gone down. Some
of the folks on the plane decided to cab and carpool back to Denver. I decided to stay, and
I have to say the people of KC were absolutely amazing. Just amazing.
After being in KC for a few days, the flight resumed and headed to Dulles. I was one of only 12
other people on the flight. The other passengers had all either gone back to Denver or figured
out another solution. When we landed, a huge contingent of United employees formed a welcome
line and welcomed us to Dulles and thanked us for sticking it out. I was so surprised, but in a way not surprised at all.
I'm now living in NYC, and looking out my window at the WTC as I type this note. Every time I
look at the new buildings, it reminds me of how tough this city and country can be when faced with adversity.
I was at work and a lady told me a plane had hit one of the WTC towers. For some reason, I thought of a really small plane hitting it and just thought how bad that was for whomever was flying the plane. Didn't even register to me. It was like I thought a small plane hit it and just bounced off or something. Then a little while later I heard about another plane hitting the other tower and I ran back to my desk. All of the big news sites were down, so I stayed on TSL the whole day getting updates. Even after knowing the towers were hit by large planes and ending up going down and then hearing about the Pentagon and the plane in Pennsylvania, I was still shocked and mortified after the fact when I went home and watched it happen on the news. After hearing about it all day, I still couldn't comprehend what actually happened until I saw it.
I was in 3rd grade during the Challenger explosion and didn't watch it on TV, so this is the only day that is really burned into my memory.
This post was edited by hokieZ71 on 9/11/2012 at 5:09 PM
Welcome to the Terror Dome, baby! Welcome to the Terror Dome!
i was at work here in Jax. as manager of a federal office, i was trying to figure out if we should shut down or what...didn't get any direction on that. i closed shop when it became obvious what was going on. i didn't feel threatened but everyone was very upset and you never know when the idiots are going to come out
my deputy had just broken things off with her boyfriend. he often captained one of the flights from Boston that was hijacked. she was in a panic trying to found out if he was flying the plane. fortunately he wasn't
we later found out that one of our refuge managers from california was on flight 93 (i didn't know him). he was returning home after visiting family in new jersey. he was one of the ones believed to have fought the hijackers. he had law enforcement training and authority. his badge was found in the wreckage
i was in 9th grade...on my way to computerized typing class when i saw people huddled around a tv showing CNN in one of the classrooms. I immediately thought that we were at war with some other country without even knowing the details. I guess i just had the broadcast images stuck in my head of the Gulf War and Bosnia stuck in my head or something. when i walked in my class i remember asking people if we were at war or something when our teacher just came in and told us that there was breaking news and we went into the adjoining room to watch the coverage. at that time, only one of the towers had been hit and the broadcasters were saying how it was an accident. they were saying how it had been a small plane like a cessna or something....but i do vividly remember how they did not mention a commercial airliner. shortly after we saw the second plane hit.
needless to say, there wasn't a doubt in my mind what i wanted to do with my life after that day. I went to school and commissioned in the US Army so i could take the fight to those assholes who dare fu*k with MY COUNTRY!!!! got dam im proud to be an American!
Was home watching TV news channel when the program was interupted and transferred to NYC reporters.Then back and forth to mainoffice. I was in shock. My son in law was a pilot for United and my daughter was a stewardess for NW . It scared the heck out of us.
I was at work, being in the fire-rescue service, it is a memorable day to say the least. I have met many of the fdny that were there, it is very humbling to say the least, I have met men that watched it unfold and lost loved ones and co workers and it is hard to comprehend what they went through. It changed our lives as Americans to say the the least, but god rest all of the souls lost. I think about it every day as I prepare my guys for duty and thank all of our military men and women for helping to keep it from happening again. Hokies/USA
Sophomore year in HS in Pennsylvania. Our class had just come back from having our pictures taken for the yearbook. A teacher popped her head into our class and told my teacher to turn on the TV. That was before the second plane hit. We watched in disbelief as it all became clear. I remember changing classes a short time later, and rumors began to swirl that there were explosions at the Pentagon. I honestly felt like we were experiencing the beginning of WWIII. Scary times.
Soph in college. I was in my old testament class at Liberty. Someone came in and whispered something into the professors ear. He stopped speaking...said "gang, something terrible is happening in NYC." we got out of class. The rest of the day was in the dorm watching TV.
I was in Seoul South Korea in the process of moving into my new apartment. I had a call late at night from work waking me telling me two planes had hit both WTC's and I was told it could be a possible terrorist attack. I thought it was a dream but found out it was not. Early in the morning, I was alerted back to the Army post for a classified National Security briefing and lock down of the post.
In our home office, at first thought it was an accident, after the second one we & most every parent in the area got their kids from school.
That was the first time I have ever been in fear of the unknown, did not like it.
My guys that work for me called & asked what was going on & were we being attacked, the answer was yes!
It sounds pretty goofy now but we live in pretty rural area, lots of firearms, had a lot of calls from family, neighbors, friends, etc. about checking ammo and getting ready for might be what was about to happen. Attack on the US, invasion?
DO NOT want my kids to ever have that feeling we had on that horrible day, cannot imagine how the the people that lost their loved ones cope with such tragedy, a lot of heroes that day for sure.
Just had our boys in NYC on vacation in late July, we can still remember standing under the towers the day before we left, we wanted to go up on a tour but ran out of time, kind of messed with the boys after it all sunk in what had happened & they were right there a few weeks before the attack.
This post was edited by middleguard on 9/11/2012 at 11:10 PM
Had flown to Springfield MA the night before for a business meeting. Stranded in the hotel the first night because of air travel being shut down and then decided to keep my rental car and drive back to Philly the next day to try and get my car out of the garage at PHL. Driving down I95 could still see the NYC smoldering. It was surreal not seeing the towers on the NY skyline.
The sense of loss and how things would never be the same was overwhelming. When 4/16 happened, I felt the same :>(
Pulling into a dump in the tri cities south of Richmond, and the guy in the guard house told me what had happened at the WTC.
At that moment I wasn't sure if he had the facts straight.
This post was edited by HokieSeason on 9/12/2012 at 8:10 PM
Living in Santa Barbara, so I was still in bed. A phone call from my Mom in Maryland woke me up in time to see 2nd tower hit. She was freaked because she knew that I was in NYC the previous week and wanted to make sure that I hadn't stayed over. I had lunch in the WTC 4 days before.
Very weird being on the left coast as I had lots of friends in NYC and DC. Didn't know everyone was safe for almost a week.
Will never forget the towers dropping and thinking (like a civil eng) that it was lucky(?) that they didn't fall sideways and take out 10 blocks of buildings like dominoes.
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