I Remember Where I Was On 9-11

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    At the time, I worked at AON Corp.

    on the 97th floor of Tower 2. When Tower 1 got hit, my boss told us to get out of the building, which we did. While we were in the stairwells, about the 60th floor, we felt a very frantic shaking. Our tower had been hit. All of my friends made it out. I ran as fast as I could...
    brandonjohnson11 brandonjohnson11
    56-60, M
    3 Responses Mar 13, 2015

    9/11 All things considered,

    actually, I'm pretty fortunate. Once a year, we live another September 11. I remember the morning of 9/11 pretty well. I was in ... another life at the time. I was stlll working out of my home but my Dad and I were partners. At times, I miss those days because he and I had...
    jezwriting jezwriting
    61-65, M
    4 Responses Nov 16, 2015

    I was in a drug and alcohol rehab pretty close

    to NYC, in New Jersey. I woke up and was eating a bowl of cereal in the eating area watching tv and the news was on talking about a fire from a small plane that crashed into the world trade building. I really didn't think much of it but literally as I'm watching I saw a second...
    myreality1 myreality1
    36-40, M
    Mar 9, 2016

    9 11 Remembered through tears

    The following post is dedicated to my SGT. Thank you for being brave enough to stand ready and willing to protect us from the evils of this world. I love you more than I will ever be able to show you in this lifetime. You are more than just "an American Soldier" to me; you are...
    fungirlmmm fungirlmmm
    46-50, F
    1 Response Sep 11, 2012

    i work in a metal fabrication factory in

    scotland ,it was early afternoon when i recieved a call from my then wife ,she said have you seen the news, america is under attack ,i put on the radio and heard about the first plane going into the tower reports where coming up about other planes being hijacked,my first thought...
    iminyourthoughts iminyourthoughts
    41-45, M
    1 Response Aug 12, 2015

    not only do I remember

    where I was but I remember what we were learning and what time the principal announced the news over the intercom. I was in 7th grade at a new school in social studies class learning about the Byzantine empire. the announcement was heard at about 10:15am I believe. after the...
    Viciouspistols Viciouspistols
    26-30, F
    Jan 4, 2016

    September 11, 2001 Eyewitness

    I saw the first plane hit. To this day, nine years and counting, I can see in my mind’s eye the flight path, going down the NYC skyline saying to myself, very quietly in the back of my mind, that doesn’t look right. I was brushing my hair in the rear view mirror; it’s...
    RichieRich78 RichieRich78
    51-55, M
    10 Responses Sep 6, 2010

    I was at my parents house,

    my Dad was on a flight home from Boston, they had to land at the closest airport since the FAA told all the planes to land. He was able to find a place to lend him a rental car and he drove the 8 hrs home. I was so glad he was safe. I remember walking to a neighbors house...
    jdamselfly jdamselfly
    36-40, F
    8 Responses Apr 21, 2015

    I was in the US Navy in port in Lima Peru on

    liberty. We had taken a tour to Macchu Picchu. we spent 3 days there. then on the 11th, we got on a plane back to Lima and the ship. all the locals were trying to tell us our towers were down. we couldn't understand them. then we got to the ship.... we fired her up and were...
    Openhonestnudist Openhonestnudist
    51-55, M
    5 Responses Sep 18, 2015

    just moved in our new house

    when i was married,it was a swicth from a apt to a house,too bad i could'nt enjoy it cuz my marriage was horrible! (sorry)
    snugglebunny2000 snugglebunny2000
    46-50, F
    4 Responses Mar 17, 2016

    I was sitting behind my school bus driver

    (because that's the only place you could clearly hear the radio) when a man announced the twin towers were hit. I didn't know what the twin towers were but I knew it was bad because the driver stopped the bus and turned up the radio. when we eventually got to school, all we did...
    Honesty0214 Honesty0214
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Nov 24, 2015

    I was working outside of Canada,

    watching the news on my computer and thinking the world will never be the same again. It seemed global peace has been erased.
    Quimliqer Quimliqer
    56-60, M
    1 Response Mar 5, 2016

    I was in organic chemistry lab

    when I found out. I lived right across the street from the college I attended and was running late for lab. When I got there, our TA wasn't in the lab. My lab partner told me the TA left to try and call some family in New York. I couldn't believe it.
    CharryICT CharryICT
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Jan 2, 2016
    OsamaBinLadenOG OsamaBinLadenOG
    70+, M
    1 Response Jan 5, 2016

    As the exact moments of 9/11 were unfolding,

    I was sleeping. Three days before 9/11, on the 8th, I flew out of New York, where I was living, and relocated to the state of Washington. Because there is a three hour time difference, it was after 5am Washington time when it happened. I did not know of the events until I logged...
    36-40, M
    Dec 9, 2015

    I was on my way to work.

    The radio announced a plane had crashed into the tower. I remember thinking it was probably some small plane on the wrong course. When I arrived at work, we watched the first burning, then the second one hit. I remember thinking, ''This cannot be happening here''. I was numb...
    deleted deleted
    Dec 29, 2015

    I definitely remember

    where I was on September 11, 2001. On that tragic morning, I was in bed with my husband. I was just about to get up and make breakfast for my family along with a pot of coffee for my husband and me.
    redheadedfemale redheadedfemale
    46-50, F
    5 Responses Jul 28, 2015
    arai12 arai12
    18-21, F
    Mar 1, 2016

    More creepy **** from yours truly.

    A man I met online got into my room and violated me. I felt strange, and wanted to hear my ex-boyfriend's voice. When I called, he thought I had seen the news. I was even more dazed. I couldn't process the tragedy that was occurring. So I drove to where my mom worked and...
    adianoeta adianoeta
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Sep 12, 2014

    14 years ago today, when our nation was

    attacked by terrorists, I was working nights at the Post Office. I had just gotten home from work and was about to go to the bank with a paycheck and vote (our city’s mayor was up for re-election), and then go to bed when I noticed that my mom’s eyes were glued to the...
    TeresaRudolph71 TeresaRudolph71
    46-50, F
    12 Responses Sep 10, 2015

    I woke up early sick to my stomach

    that day and emailed my boss that I was not going to make it in at 5am, hours before I was due in. They responded 'understandable' and I was so confused. Though the Internet video links were a horrible hoax that sysadmin was perpetrating till I turned on the TV.
    teadiva teadiva
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Jan 7, 2016

    On the way to work at the call center.

    I worked for a travel company. When I got settled, woman who was on the phone next to me told me that there was a plane crash. Seconds later, she shouted, "another plane crashed!" I didn't know that the first crashed already, as I took the train into work that day. All I could...
    SailorsAngel SailorsAngel
    41-45, F
    1 Response Nov 15, 2015

    I'm watching a documentary about the attacks on

    the twin towers and I can't help but feel very sensitive about it. I just want to cry my eyes out for every one of those poor people. I also get so angry at the same time thinking that humans can do that to innocent people. I just wish I was there, I would've tried my best to...
    Viciouspistols Viciouspistols
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Jan 9, 2016

    I was in my mother's womb.

    A little over two weeks before I was born. She was home sick and Dad was taking care of her. BTW I was born a day late.
    Termanus Termanus
    16-17, M
    2 Responses Dec 29, 2015

    I was getting an Emissions test

    and the radio had sirens on every station. wth. so went home. mom was crying in the kitchen..asked her why and saw the 2nd plane hit...
    mjfanibe mjfanibe
    36-40, F
    Dec 8, 2015

    It was a Tuesday. I remember

    that Hubs called me and told me to turn on the News. I watched until the second plane hit and then had to go to work. Just as we were closing the door to our meeting the plane hit the Pentagon where one of my GFs husband was at that morning. We closed the door and sang It Is...
    NOWRaptured NOWRaptured
    61-65, F
    Jan 4, 2016
    mentalytwisted mentalytwisted
    41-45, M
    Dec 9, 2015

    I was in boot camp. I had only been there

    for a couple days. When they first told us most of us just thought it was a test.. That they were just messing with us. So one of they guys had to turn on the radio for us to believe what was going on. We listened in silence. At the time we were having our teeth xrayed and that...
    CovertInk CovertInk
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Oct 19, 2014

    Where were you on 9/11 morningI was in New

    Hampshire in a hotel safe and sound.But more importantly I would like to reflect where I wasn't.I wasn't choking in a smoke-filled building trying to decide which way I would die: to burn alive or hit concrete at terminal velocity.I wasn't in a place surrounded by people with...
    stufy stufy
    2 Responses Sep 12, 2014

    Flipped a Coin, Went to Montauk Instead

    I was living on LI, NY. I had moved back to my home town because Grama really wanted me home near her. I knew if she was asking me, after being away for 7 years, and visits would no longer suffice, then it was time. In June of 2001, I packed up my life with my boyfriend and left...
    qazrazl qazrazl
    41-45, F
    3 Responses Mar 28, 2009

    I remember I was about ready to leave

    for the airport to fly to Japan for the Navy. After the reports started to come in, I stayed home.. I think I had to wait about 5 days or so, before I was able to fly to Japan...
    marriedguy67 marriedguy67
    46-50, M
    Jan 3, 2016

    I was in a 5th grade English classroom in

    Pennsylvania. The teacher got a phone call and started crying, she had recently moved from NYC to PA, the entire school district closed for the rest of the day. I don't think I really understood at the time.
    beebeexoxox beebeexoxox
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Mar 8, 2015

    I was driving to work

    that morning. I heard about the first tower being struck and thinking, what a horrible tragedy! And then, when hearing the second tower was struck, I sensed that it was something worse than just an accident -- that it had to be an attack. Just a few years before that the...
    GrandmaNanma GrandmaNanma
    61-65, F
    1 Response Jan 3, 2016

    I was 6 years old at the time.

    I was home schooled by my grandma at the time. We woke up that morning like any other morning and my dad started to drive me and my baby brother over, when it came on the radio that one of the twin towers had been hit. When we got to my grandma's my dad told her to turn on the...
    Countrygirl695 Countrygirl695
    22-25, F
    6 Responses Jan 9, 2016

    My sister who is in the AIR-FORCE

    and my brother and I was moving my mom from CA to AZ. We was in San Francisco at a hotel, my brother turned the TV on and I saw the plane crash in the first tower, I thought at first was a sick joke, my brother told me it was real no joke, my sister was getting calls from her...
    TJR55 TJR55
    56-60, F
    1 Response Apr 11, 2016

    I remember that I was home

    that morning with 3 year old Mandy. I was 7 months pregnant with Samantha. I was getting Mandy ready for daycare and getting ready to head for my first class. James had already left for class having an early class on Tuesday. We lived on campus in family housing. Our...
    southernlady32 southernlady32
    31-35, F
    1 Response Dec 9, 2015

    I was 30 blocks away working.

    Really shook us up. The smell was bad.
    richmond001 richmond001
    56-60, M
    1 Response Dec 29, 2015

    I was on my way driving from Florida to South

    Carolina. I remember listening to radio reports about it during the entire drive. When I finally made it to my hotel room (after 7 hours of driving), I turned on the tv, and it was far worse than the images I'd formed in my mind while driving. Far worse.
    deleted deleted
    Mar 14, 2016

    I was working on a project with a deadline in

    early October that had a lot of work left yet to complete when they sent out an announcement about what was happening and started to send people home. I found news on the Internet, but continued working until I was basically ordered to leave. Then I went down to the local...
    Kerennya Kerennya
    46-50, F
    Mar 9, 2016

    I was at home, watching a tv show.

    The show i was watching got interrupted. At first i thought it was a trailer to a new movie. But immediately i knew it wasnt but needed to confirm it by changing the channel to see if it was being aired on another station. Sad day.
    RichardHertz RichardHertz
    36-40, M
    Dec 27, 2015

    I was nowhere near the site

    when this tragedy struck, but I remember closely following the news. To those who lost somebody dear in that very sad event, may your heart and mind bring to remembrance cherished moments with that person or persons. Peace...
    iCuriousBabe iCuriousBabe
    46-50, F
    7 Responses Sep 11, 2015

    I was in 6th grade in my homeroom

    when my teacher got a phone call. she turned on the tv to the news. we all went home early that day.
    siciliana88 siciliana88
    26-30, F
    1 Response Mar 8, 2016

    I was in training at a retail company

    when an employee came in blurting out bits and pieces of news. I remember walking out onto the call center floor and no one was talking. Very odd silence. Most of us stood in the break room stunned watching the current events on the television. We were all excused at work to go...
    CriticalSpaces CriticalSpaces
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Feb 5, 2016
    snugglybunny snugglybunny
    22-25, F
    1 Response Dec 9, 2015

    I was in the UK, London.

    Otherwise I would have been at my desk and yet another statistic.
    Morganjones Morganjones
    26-30, M
    1 Response Jan 21, 2016

    I was feeding my sixth month old daughter.

    The phone rang and it was my mom telling me to put the news on and I can honestly say I felt like my world just ended. I had family members who worked in the city and I had not yet heard from them. I can remember my words exactly it went a little something like this OH CFUK...
    LAsuperstar LAsuperstar
    70+, F
    5 Responses Jan 13, 2015

    I was visiting my mother with my two year old

    daughter on a rare trip without my husband. We had flown, even though it was only a five hour drive because my daughter cried so much in the car. My mom woke me up sobbing hysterically that we were under attack, I could hardly understand her. I had to calm her down(and then calm...
    lovevolves8 lovevolves8
    41-45, F
    1 Response Mar 19, 2015

    My mom told me I was just a baby

    when this was going on. My dad worked at the World Trade Center during the time. He remembers that he was at the bottom floor of the building so when the building started getting attacked he was able to escape quickly out. It's just sad because when he explains that day he was...
    iAteYourCrayon iAteYourCrayon
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Aug 28, 2014

    I was 7 in my first grade class

    when it happened. We sat there in silence while my teacher was telling us.
    bluelover97 bluelover97
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Aug 6, 2015

    letter4u letter4u
    22-25, M
    Dec 10, 2015

    I was at Snead State Community College

    and was between classes. I went to the cafeteria to get a snack and noticed there was a huge group of people gathered around the tv. Someone said "the Twin Towers are gone..."
    OrSuze OrSuze
    41-45, F
    Dec 29, 2015

    ...remembering The Trade Centers....

    ...I was getting ready for work & had the TV on in the living room...I remember seeing the first "hit"...smoke pouring out, and thinking, "oh, a fire, they will get it out soon"...and then remembered when I had gone to the top of the trade center on one of my visits to Manhattan...
    seagoat2 seagoat2
    56-60, F
    1 Response Sep 12, 2012
    DrowningInRed DrowningInRed
    4 Responses Jul 1, 2015

    I was in bed. My wife called

    and told me that the World Trade Center had been hit and one of the towers had fallen. I ran over to my neighbor (we don't have cable, just a setup with a dvd for movies) and the second tower fell just as I got there. Talked to my mother-in-law and brother-in-law who just did...
    emperornorton47 emperornorton47
    56-60, M
    5 Responses Aug 6, 2015

    My Doctor Told Me....

    I was a freshman in high school. I had a regular check up appointment with my family doctor at 9:00 am. I remember the nurse called me back and I was waiting in the exam room. I was pissed off, because the doctor was taking too long to come back. 30 - 40 minutes went by before he...
    Blackbarbie1987 Blackbarbie1987
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Sep 11, 2011

    I don't as I was only a couple weeks old,

    but the incidents in Paris and all around the world have been so devastating :/. So though I was only a baby during that time, things like this remind us that we need to stick together more than ever. Pray for humanity 💜
    SophieMew SophieMew
    16-17, F
    3 Responses Nov 15, 2015

    I was at work in a small room,

    no windows, on the third floor of the building. I was on phone triage duty. The news started circulating throughout the office. It was very surreal. All I wanted to do was go pick my children up from school and go home.
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses May 31, 2015
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