Where Were You on Sept. 11, 2001?

Share your story of that day.

We all have a story of where we were, who we were with and what we were doing at the moment we learned our nation was under attack Sept. 11, 2001. 

Tell us yours. 

Karen September 11, 2012 at 11:12 AM
I was out jogging and planning my day as a health club manager. Upon returning home, I opened my front door to see my TV on and the first tower had been hit. I thought it was a movie trailer at first. I wondered if this was going to be a nation-wide assault and I could not bear to leave my dogs at home alone, so I took them with me to work. I noticed almost nobody under the age of 50 used the gym that day or came to work, and I chalked it up to the experience of the generation that had been through wars and big losses before. They seemed to understand we must go on.
Justin Farnsworth September 11, 2012 at 11:16 AM
I was serving on-board the USS Harry S Truman CVN 75 in Norfolk, VA. The morning started out just like any other, but then I distinctly remember passing through the crew mess decks on the way back to our office, and seeing a crowd of sailors in front of the TV's we had out there. Seemed unusual, so we stopped and starting watching right after the first plane had hit. The next 5 or so days were a blur between being told to evacuate the ship, get back to the ship, prepare to get underway, not to prepare to get underway... My thoughts and prayers are with those we lost 9/11/2001, and the heroes who gave everything to help.
Jonathan Edwards September 11, 2012 at 11:37 AM
I was on my way to Biology class. I remember my gym coach saying that terrorists were attacking New York and I thought he was joking...until I got to biology class and we turned on the tv. From there we all watched the second plane hit the trade tower and heard the report of the pentagon crash. We had lunch after that class and there was a pervasive feeling in the lunchroom of fear and uncertainty. We will definitely never forget that day.
Lindsay Street September 11, 2012 at 11:40 AM
I was a senior in high school. During our special senior meeting that morning, one of my classmates said a plane had hit a building in NYC. I remember the teacher saying it was just a hoax. A few minutes later, I went to the computer lab to finish some homework before next period. I walked past a huge projector of the two towers on fire — completely absorbed in doing my homework. I sat at a computer and started work. Not sure what made me suddenly realize the projector, but I looked over just in time to see the first tower collapse. I watched until the second tower collapsed and then ran out to tell my friends. An hour or so later, they called a school-wide meeting K-12. Before that, all of us upperclassmen were standing around talking, trying to reach parents etc. A few of us had family in NYC that day (my dad was down there but safe, I didn't know that until that afternoon). At the school assembly, I remember the upperclassmen walking in solemnly, and the younger kids skipping and laughing and happy to be out of class. And I remember thinking they had no idea what had just happened and how awful it was going to be for them to realize why they were called into the auditorium. I don't remember what the principal had said. But I do remember no one was laughing going out. They let school out early. My friends and I went to the nearest store and all bought American flags before returning home to make sure we could show our solidarity.
NCFamily September 11, 2012 at 12:11 PM
My husband was evacuated from his building in lower Manhattan and watched the planes strike the tower. He came home covered in ash. I sat home and prayed that he was alive. Our concern was smoke-inhalation. With no phone service, we did not know that he was o.k. until he came home. He walked from the tip of Manhattan to Grand Central Station. He had to return to work 2 days later with the streets filled with debris. The stench in the streets and outside was unbearable.
Glad_i_got_out September 11, 2012 at 12:50 PM
I was working in Newark NJ and my entire department went to the roof and we all watched in horror as the second plane hit. No one spoke it felt as if the world stopped we all just stood on the roof of the building hoping to wake up as if we were dreaming. We all just stood there some were crying, some were cursing but we were all in shock. Never forget those who died that day.
Shawn Drury September 11, 2012 at 03:42 PM
When we turned on CNN in our office to see the first building in flames I realized almost immediately that this was no accident. I called my sister, who was living in Brooklyn and she was on her roof describing a city in panic. My mother was on the runway at Newark Airport waiting to fly to Germany. I called her and she was annoyed that her flight had been delayed until I told her what was going on. She had no idea. I have to confess, as the day unfolded, I thought, "This is how the world ends." I can't imagine I was the only one who thought that. I also remember the Concert for Heroes and Bill Maher being fired. And my neighbor at the time, who was Muslim, buying American flags and putting signs in his yard, to make it absolutely clear to everyone that he did not support the hijackers. Mostly though, I think Osama Bin Laden must be proud of his work. I’m not sure we’ve recovered from that day, though it’s not because of him. The country has lost its confidence and is motivated more by fear and cynicism than by hope and honesty. Our country is more divided than ever, and the venom spewed across computer screens every day in the name of Patriotism would break our forefathers’ hearts. Maybe we can start finding what’s good in our neighbors instead of finding what’s bad. We want our leaders to do it for us, but we need to start with ourselves.


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