Where were you and what were you doing 9.11.01?

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  1. Hoot Owl

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    I was at school and planes were flying all over the place crashing into buildings in NYC & D.C. I didn't get to see anything until I got home but I know it was scarey. The only reports given to us were by a few who had connections to the outside world and they were almost hysterical. My P had some aides park their cars to block the driveways to the school so we couldn't leave and no one could get it. Isn't that crazy??? I didn't mention what was going on at all to my kids in the classroom. The teacher next door did & her kids were squalling and bawling. Where's common sense? Recess was canceled all day. It was a scarey time.

     
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    I will heading out of the door to go to school (I was a senior in high school). My mom had the TV and we were watching them talk about the first tower and then we saw the 2nd plane hit the other tower on live TV. I will NEVER forget that day.
     
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    I was also a senior in high school. I was in a Women's Changing Roles class, and I saw one of my friends in the hallway after the class ended and she told me what had happened because I guess the class she was in had gotten the news. Some of my teachers let us watch the news on the T.V.'s in the classrooms, and some of them didn't and just kept teaching. I live in CT so we were pretty close to NYC and some of the kids in my high school had parents working in NY. It was scary. I went home after school and watched the news all day.
     
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    I was on my commute to school (I was in university at the time). Breaking news came on the radio that a plane had hit the one of the twin towers in NYC and, being totally oblivious to any previous terrorism events I automatically thought: "Wow, the pilot must have had a heart attack!" I kept driving and listening and soon after they reported that the other one was hit and it was then that I knew that it was something bad. They were scrambling grounding all the places here in Canada and I remember wondering whether I should continue my drive to Ottawa because if there was terrorism going on, they would want to hit major centres and at the time, we didn't know who did it or who the specific target was. I continued on to school and no one knew because they had not hear the radio in the last 30 minutes. I had my classes and went home. My husband had been sleeping all day (he works nights). His buddy had gotten a hold of him and told him and when I got home he was watching it on TV. I couldn't believe what I was seeing and I remember being obsessed with CNN for at least a year after that. I couldn't seem to tear myself away from it.
     
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    I was volunteering at my daughter's school then I was asked to sub. So, I called my husband to let him know that I would be at school for the day and that is when he told me. At this time the second crash had just taken place. The school was frantic.
     
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    I was a sophomore in college and I turned on the tv while I was eating breakfast just as the second plane hit the towers. Scary day.
     
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    I was a senior in high school and we just finished singing the national anthem in chorus class when our principal announced that the towers had been hit. We watched the news the rest of the day, and I couldn't wait to get home and just hug my dad (he's a firefighter).
     
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    I was skipping classes...driving around...heard it on the radio.
     
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    I was getting dressed to go to the doctor. In a rare mood, I decided to turn on the t.v. and for some reason I stopped on the news channel I was on. I never watch the news. The first plane crashed. I didn't think too much of it at first but was very curious. By the time the second one crashed and all the drama started I was dumbfounded. I went to my appt and came straight back and watched the news for the rest of the day.
     
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    I was in college at my part-time job in the Economics building. A professor came running down the hall and turned on a radio after the 1st plane crashed. We all gathered in a small office and listened to the radio while checking for updates online. I called my dad on the west coast & made him get up and turn on the tv. He was also giving me info from what he was watching to pass on to my co-workers.
     
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    I was teaching and our VP can on the intercom and said what was happening. We turned on the TV and saw the 2nd plane hitting. My husband was out of town in Atlanta at a Microsoft conference. He NEVER drives anywhere that her goes because he hates to drive. He decided to drive instead of flying so that he could catch a Braves game while he was there. He put in a request for a company car and was mad that he could only get one of the mini vans that they have because all the cars had already been reserved. Up to the point that I got him out the door on Sunday morning, he was debating whether he was going to take the van or his personal truck and decided to put the miles on the company car. This turned out to be a great choice because not only what he not have been able to get a flight out but he filled the van up with extra passangers to Louisiana.
     
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    I was at home working on online classes for teaching degree. My two year old was running around and just happen to let me know the planes were on the tv. When I turned around and seen the planes my husband was calling me at the same time to let me know what was happening. I will never forget that day ever.
     
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    I was getting ready to teach (I was teaching at KU at the time). I got an IM from a friend that read "turn on your tv." It was just after the first plane crashed. I was glued to the tv.

    But, I had a class to teach. I went to campus and about half of my students came to class. I told them to go somewhere they felt safe. Some of my students hadn't heard anything about it, yet.

    TVs were set up all over campus.
     
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    I was in high school. Junior year. One of my friends ran up to me during passing period and said, "They're attacking New York!" I walked into my geography teacher's classroom and saw the towers on fire. We were allowed to watch the news during homeroom. I watched the towers fall to the ground. After school I had to go to work at Applebee's. I remember the gas prices shooting up and lines at the gas stations. I still remember the weather and everything. It's such a vivid memory.
     
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    I was on my way to a college class. When I got there, they had the news on so we just sat and watched the news. Then I had to go to work at a restaurant where we had the news on throughout the day. We didn't get many customers that day, and when we did they were on their way back home from the airport.
     
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    later that day I had to go work at my part-time job at vet clinic...we had the radio on and the owner said to turn it off b/c it wasn't making for a cheery clinic! I wanted to punch her! ugh!
     
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    I was a junior in high school and they made an announcement during my math class. I didn't really find out anything about it until I got home.
     
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    I was talking to my sister (her birthday) when the second plane hit
    I then went to school and used the internet to show my students where it happened what I knew about the area (being a former NYer ) My dad worked just 2 blocks from the WTC and We lived just 52 miles from NYC
    I used google maps other internet sites to show my students what was going on The VP came in my class and later gave me an award for teaching "the day" and not teaching shop that day.
     
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    2001 was the year I started grad school & working on my 2 credentials. On that particular day, I think I had a free day & was at home because I was flipping channels & stopped on the news where they showed the plane crashing through the Twin Towers.
     
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    I had an odd schedule that semester (only had classes 2 days a week), so I was at home. My husband was in the ARMY still, and had went to post to go to work. It took him almost 8 hours to get on base, and he didn't get to some home for over 2 days. Less than a week later, he was deployed. He was in the first group over there.
     
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    I was waking up to the TV as my alarm because we had just moved and were sleeping on the living room floor while new flooring was being put in upstairs. It was my hubby's birthday and we both woke up to the TV and just stared for a very long time, not really believing it was real (didn't it look like a Hollywood movie?) and finally realizing it was really happening. We just cried and cried. I said, "Wow, happy birthday, honey."
     
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    I was in U.S. History class. I had just finished a test and a student from the next room came into the room and told the sub what had happened. We turned on the tv and watched all day long in every class. We didn't do anything the rest of the day. I called my mom and dad asap after school.
     
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    I heard the news as I was arriving to school. My teacher aide kept the radio on very low and when the kids were in PE, we turned up the volume and listened intently. When I couldn't listen anymore; I walked over to my son's 1st grade classroom (with intentions of pulling him out and taking him home). I knocked on his door and went over to him and gave him a big hug and kiss. This was his world, I thought, and it was never going to be the same again. :(
     
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    It was my 1st year teaching. The teachers were told to step into the hallway for an important message from the VP. She told us what happened and said if we knew anyone in the towers that we could leave and attempt to make a phone call. I live in Northern NJ not far from NY so we all knew someone in the City at the time. We could also see the skyline of the city and it was just terrible.
     
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    It was my sophomore year in high school, and I was in anatomy. The AP (who was a real witch) called for a girl in our class and told her to bring a friend to the office with her, so we all knew something was up. When the girls walked into the office they could see the news and after they watched for a few minutes, the AP walked up to the girl she had called in and said "Your mom called and said your dad's in the Pentagon. She's on her way." She then sent her back to class to wait! I know it was a horrible day, but there had to be a much better way to break that news. I found out about it when I got out of that class, and we watched the news in every other class I went to that day. One teacher organized a prayer circle and a lot of students, teachers, and administrators stood outside holding hands and praying for a good part of the afternoon.
     
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    I was in my MAT methods class which was held in an Elementary School. One of the teachers on the hall told our class and our professors drove out from the university. We watched it all day and helped with the schools dismissal time. Almost all of the students got picked up by parents that day. (We were near a military base)
     
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    I am going to show how young I am. I was in middle school 8th grade,. I think Math. We quit our work and turned on the tv. We pretty much had it on all day and did little work if any. I got home and my mom explained what happened. She then told us we could not go to church(it was a wed). Maid me and my sister sooo mad.
     
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    I was working part-time at the middle school as a computer specialist the year before I started teaching. My husband is a stockbroker and works on NY time, so he always had CNBC on in the bedroom while he was getting ready. The CNBC studios are across the river in NJ, and they had a live shot after the first plane hit. When the second plane hit, I remember covering my face with my hands and saying to my daughter, "We're under attack," because then it was obviously no accident.
     
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    I was teaching a class of juniors, and our 2nd period class had just started. Our school subscribed to "Channel One", and it came automatically on each day between 1st and 2nd. The broadcast started right after the 1st tower had been hit, so Channel One was preempted by CNN. The whole school watched the second plane hit and both towers fall.

    Mass panic hit our school. The school is located right next to a major airport, and people were terrified that planes everywhere were being hijacked, etc. Parents stampeded our school to take their kids home. By 11:00, less than 1/4 of the student body was still on campus.
     
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    I was just leaving home to go to school when I heard the news on the radio. At school, I did watch the news until the kids arrived. We were told not to have tv's on (they are in all the classrooms) while the kids were there. I watched lots of news for several days then had to turn it off. As I was teaching first grade at the time, there were some questions/talk but not much.
     
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    I was in college. I had AM classes- done by 11AM. I got into my car and heard it all and was in shock. I was barely 18. My parents were on vacation in Niagara Falls- Canadian side. I was watching my little sister. It was very scary because we did not know when they'd be able to get home (since they had to get back in the US). They had driven and it took almost 48 hours to get through customs. No where to eat or go to the bathroom- just sitting in their car and moving a little bit every few hours.
     
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    I was teaching my classes. I didn't know anything had happened until between classes when I heard people talking about it.

    I was also sick as a dog. I was seriously ill that year, and I was making myself go to work as many days as possible.
     
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    DH and I had fallen asleep in the living room the night before watching a movie. DH got up early and restarted one of the movies and fell asleep during it again, he started to hear about planes and explosions and thought to himself that "this isn't in the movie" and woke up, he got me up right away. I sat there in shock and praying for hours. I went to a prayer service that night. DH was out of work at the time, but was still a reservist. I told him that he didn't have to worry about getting a job because "20 terrorists with 4 planes and 10,000 dead (the number talked about that day) has made that decision for you"

    He left for a year long deployment to provide security for a vulerable american base on October 11th. He was part of the first group to deploy in our state, and DH and I were front page news in three towns (our pictures, the whole page, trust me! LOL) People started to talk about moving on from Sept 11th a few months later, and I was so offended, it was my daughters teacher. She told my DD that she was focusing on it to much and to get over it, while her Dad was still gone. It profoundly affected my children, they changed a lot during that year, and they still feel the time they lost with dad. 16 months after he got back, DH left for a year in Iraq.

    My family was changed forever by that day, I will never forget it.
     
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    I had just started my first day working in the cafeteria in college. We had TVs on, and I saw it on there. I was shocked. I went to my Thai language class after that, and the class hadn't heard anything. It pretty chaotic after that. We had a lot of NYC residents at our college, and they were going crazy trying to contact their families. All our cell signals were down, and classes were canceled. I remember trying to put together my boyfriend's loft that night, and everyone was watching the news instead of working.
     
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    My son called me that day screaming about it.

    He wanted to join the Navy since the age of 0 (well really 10 years old) and decided to Join a week earlier than he was going to (on his 18th birthday) so his mother and I had to Fax the permission form from two different cities because she was out of town and I was not in the town she and my son lived in.

    I with a heavy heart I realized that my "baby" son would be going to war. To tell the truth I was scared. It is a lot different when it is your family serving their Country in harms way.

    When My son went to the Gulf he was an Ordnance Airman On the Kittyhawk I sent Markers so they could sign the bombs. He signed my dads name on one and it was dropped on some important target (Dad got into 2 wars)
    Now My DIL with be going to Iraq as a Navy Corpsman with the Marines.
    This is 7 years since 9/11
    I hope McCain or Obama ends this war with Honor.

     
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    I was a sophomore in college and there was a ceremony that morning celebrating the founding of our college and also honoring top students. I was in the choir and we were performing. We had to be in the choir room by 8:30 for the 9AM ceremony. One of our members left the room to use the restroom and came back to say that someone told her a plane crashed into the WTC. I remember thinking how odd that was, how sad that it happened; I was picturing a twin engine type of plane where only a couple of people died. The ceremony began, and after everyone is seated, the president of the college is informed that the second tower was hit. When he made the announcement, I remember leaning over to my best friend whispering, "what in the world is going on? This seems awfully suspicious to me!", to which she replied, "you think?!?" We RUSHED through the ceremony and by the time I got back to my dorm, news broke that the Pentagon was hit. I stood there, frozen, when footage went to NYC and showed the first tower collapsing. I went down to see my boyfriend (now my husband) where a group of us were watching the rest of the events happen.

    It's so nuts, because I remember everything that happened that day so very clearly. I remember thinking what a beautiful, clear day it was-- there wasn't a single cloud in the sky, the sky was this amazing shade of blue, and there was no breeze. I cried pretty hard that day-- at 19 years old I didn't realize such evil existed in our world. I couldn't believe that thousands of innocent people were killed and my heart broke for their families.
     
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    I had just arrived at my parents house to drop of my kids (then 2yrs and 3mo, and the little one wouldn't be concieved for another month and a half) with my mother and pick up my grandmother to take her to an appointment. I was still a SAHM. My Dad came running out of the house to tell me the first tower had been hit by a plane. I, like a previous poster, imagined a small commuter plane or a prop job. I loaded my grandmother into the truck and headed to her appointment. A few minutes later my dad called to tell me the other tower had been hit. I turned on the radio as we drove. My grandmother is a WWII vet and she was glued to the radio, as was I. We were in the VA hospital all day and the atmosphere was very tense and sad the whole time. As the day wore on and we began to have some clue of what was really going on, people started to realize that this was an attack on the US, on US soil. I was surrounded by war-time vets. The old men (for the most part, there were very few women) realized that we would be in a war soon, and every single one of them began to tell their own war time stories. I wish I had a tape recorder that day. The stories I heard from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the first gulf war, and even WWI (there was one very old WWI vet there that I spoke too) were riviting. The old men in wheelchairs were itching to stand up and go back to war to protect their country. I have never been prouder of the men and women who serve our country as I was that day.

    Here's an amazing story from my uncle. His daughter, my cousin, worked only a few short blocks from the WTC. Of course, the moment he found out what was going on he attempted to call his daughter, even though the news kept saying don't try to call into NYC since all the circuits were jammed. Of course, as a father, he would have none of that and called anyway. Her phone rang and she picked it up. She assured her father she was okay and had managed to make it a dozen or so blocks farther away from the WTC. She was in the cloud of debris when the towers fell, but she was unhurt. She, and everybody else, had to walk home, which for her meant crossing one of the bridges (I forget which one) on foot. My uncle called her several times that day and she never failed to answer his calls. Every single one of them went through. Later on, she told him that everybody else she knew told her they tried to call her and couldn't get through...all the circuits were busy, yet her father got through...every time.
     
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    I was in my college English class (in the library computer lab) working on a paper--when the professor was called out of the room. When she came back in she said that the WTC had been hit; and wasn't sure what was going on. She also told us to keep working because there was nothing we could to to help and after all our papers were due in 2 days.

    After this class I walked to my art appreciation course and on the way everyone was talking about it. When I got to the classroom door there was a note on it that said...CLASS CANCELLED...GO HOME......PRAY....and tell your family you LOVE THEM.

    I will always remember this because of the two very different reactions of the professors.
     
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    Was her dad ok?

    Oh my, I have sat here reading all of these post with tears rolling down my face. It seems like yesterday, all these memories so clear and vivid. We're doing a PTO program tonight and my class will be singing "God Bless the U.S.A. We rehearsed yesterday morning and I couldn't keep the tears from flowing. Sweet, innocent, little voices singing...
     
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    Sorry, I should have mentioned that! Yes, her dad was fine. He was on the other side of the building and was able to get out.
     

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