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I Remember Where I Was On 9-11

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    I was six, and playing with my cars

    and dolls when my parents turned the TV on to CNN and I saw the buildings being bombed. I thought at first it was a movie, but my mom started crying, and I knew real people were dying. It felt so unreal. I couldn't believe it.
    allonsyalexa allonsyalexa 18-21, F Apr 15

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    On 9/11 I was in 2nd grade

    but i remember everything from that day. In the morning a lot kids were getting early dismissals..me and this other black boy were the only ones left at our elementary school. I remember the teachers were talking low about stuff and one teacher was crying. I remember my mom...
    kottonkandiexo kottonkandiexo 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 26

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    I'm kind of embarrassed to say this but.

    .. I was asleep. My radio came on in the morning and I heard the morning drive-time show hosts talking about how the President was about to speak so I turned on the TV and learned what was going on that way.
    utahwriter utahwriter 36-40, M Apr 26

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    I was a funeral director at the time based in

    Virginia. Started off a calm morning (suppose to report at work at 2PM) - eating breakfast when 9-11 happened. My work called me within 30 minutes and asked me to take supplies to DC. About a two hour drive for me so nothing big. I grabbed body-bags and some other supplies...
    daveredding daveredding 36-40, M 1 Response Apr 15

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    :( I was sitting in my first grade classroom,

    and we were getting ready to watch a movie. The teacher turned the tv on so we could put the movie in and it was on the news channel, so the teacher asked us what we wanted to watch and everybody in the class said this.
    Belieber4Life Belieber4Life 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 16

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    My Favourite Movie Was Home Alone-lost In Ny.

    I was at school. The teachers came to the classrooms and told all their students what happened and that school will be closed for the rest of the day. So we all went home. I still didn't kno what the WTC was. So my mom said to me "The twin towers!.. Those very tall buildings on...
    Deesha89 Deesha89 22-25, F Nov 14, 2013

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    I was in an early morning meeting

    when someone came in and said that a plane crashed into the world trade center. What I didn't realize at the time was that someone with whom my wife had graduated high school was on that plane. I left the meeting to see if I could find out of the information was true, and...
    sinkem sinkem 51-55, M Feb 16

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    Worst Day I Ever Lived Through

    I woke up that day mommy and daddy took me out of school to go into the city we got up a little early that day to get into the city early. I was 8 by the way so I knew what was going on. So we were going to the Twin Towers so we can like see them up close because I've never been...
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Sep 10, 2012

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    Stunned Disbelief

    I can remember that morning clearly...I was fast asleep when my girlfriend came into the bedroom and said in an odd tone that we were under attack. I sleepily replied "That's nice...so what else is new?" not thinking for a second she meant it was happening on US soil.A few...
    FordPrefect42 FordPrefect42 36-40, M 3 Responses Sep 7, 2011

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    Too Close For Comfort

    I grew up right across the Hudson River in NJ. I was still in high school. When the first plane hit, I was in science class. The teacher mentioned something about a plane crash, but we all just kinda shrugged it off. Next period was Health class. When we got there they turned on...
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    School

    I was in eighth grade at the time. I was in my social studies class when our principal came in and told us that plane had hit the WTC. I didn't realize how bad it was at first, I thought it had been like a small personal plane, not a commercial airliners. I thought it was just...
    JonFurniss JonFurniss 18-21, M 2 Responses Apr 13, 2008

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    in my windowless pre-algebra class - i couldn't

    believe it at first when i heard the news
    lavandelune lavandelune 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 27

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    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

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    I had been out of the country

    for about a week and just a few months prior, I flew around the Statue of Liberty as well as the Twin Towers. I was standing in a game room playing Foosball when CNN showed the first plane hitting the tower. My world turned upside down at that point. I was in charge of a...
    brian29715 brian29715 36-40, M 2 Responses Jun 7

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    Omg, I remember this day!

    I was like 3 or 4. My school wasn't too far from it either! So, I actually seen the smoke and stuff from a far. My mom came and picked me up from school, and we later met up with my dad, who also worked in lower Manhattan. People were crying and stuff, everyone was in the...
    Rosieeeee Rosieeeee 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 17

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    I was at my desk working at a local insurance

    company. All of the sudden, I get a text on my computer from a friend who was watching CNN. She told me that a plane hit the World Trade Center. I quickly switched over to the CNN web site. It showed the picture of the smoke coming out of the side of the building. At first...
    Steve21048 Steve21048 51-55, M 1 Response Apr 26

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    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 4 Responses Sep 11, 2011

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    My Uncle Jumped

    I was very young.... I remember being pulled out of school and watching the news and realizing my uncle was there ... He wasn't blood related... I cried and cried but I realized that they would catch those evil men who planned it and did it. I miss my uncle!!! That day was the...
    Model129 Model129 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 8, 2013

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    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 41-45, F 1 Response Sep 11, 2012

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    I wasn't ready. A couple of years into the job,

    and my boss's daughter was taken long term ill. A quick shuffle of timetables and I was in the hot seat. At least I had an office. Lunchtime, so I put the radio on and sat back. The news told of the terrible events that were unfolding, and in an instant I had a sense of...
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    In daycare when I was 2 years old.

    I don't remember seeing anything on the news, or how things were like the next day. But I know a relative took me out of daycare that day and told me my parents were trying to get home as soon as possible (they were in NY, 40 minutes away), and then they briefly explained what...
    in7te in7te 13-15, F 2 Responses May 24

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    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

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    I was working as a agent at a rent a car

    company by the airport everything stop we had over two hundred cars n all of them were sold out n a matter of hours people were frantic n I remember one guy yelled n the crowd n told every one to calm down it was crazy n scary
    Boolove135 Boolove135 36-40, F Mar 1

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    Tuesday Morning, 8:00 Am

    It was the second week of my Senior year of high school. I got ready for school just like normal. When I got to school, everything was normal. People were talking a bit, but I didn't really pay much attention. Then I got to my first period and my teacher had the news on...
    sweetprofanity sweetprofanity 26-30, F 2 Responses Jul 21, 2012

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    I was on my way to the local gun shop

    when I heard about the towers going down in a controlled fashion. I was pissed too because I had to wait an extra week to get the shot gun I wanted. So is life.
    Jericho7 Jericho7 36-40, M 2 Responses May 14

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    I was in my 3rd grade classroom

    when we were told about it. My teacher had a very tough time trying to explain the situation to a bunch of eight-year-olds. I didn't quite understand what she was talking about until she brought the TV in and we watched the news. My innocent mind couldn't really comprehend the...
    JustAnotherHuman34 JustAnotherHuman34 18-21, M 1 Response May 24

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    In bed, hung over. I was 21.

    My mother called me very upset. I spent the next two days in front of the tv and praying. I won't forget.
    letitbe13 letitbe13 31-35, F 3 Responses Feb 2

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    5th Grade. Teacher was watching the news on the

    smart board. I didn't realize what was happening until I got home.
    d3groat d3groat 22-25, M 2 Responses Apr 10

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    I was in high school.

    I went to a vocational school and it was my grades week to be in our shop class. We had a sub that had no clue what he was doing so we weren't doing anything. We were all sitting around a big table in one of our classrooms when the teacher wheeled in the tv and said that a...
    LadyCNote LadyCNote 26-30, F Feb 26

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    That Day

    When word spread that the WTC was attacked, I was actually in Art Class in High School. The burning smell wafted all the way from Manhattan all the way to Brooklyn. My thoughts were like who could've done this and why. I though my city was going to be destroyed on that one day. I...
    fgsZERO fgsZERO 26-30, M 1 Response Apr 6, 2012

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    Was driving to class at my university.

    Heard about it on the radio and thought it was a joke. My first class of the day my insensitive teacher said those people are dead regardless of what we think so we will have class as normal. My other classes got canceled. Still can't believe 911 happened.
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    It Will Never Be Quite the Same Again

    I was in my local coffee shop getting coffee for my 2 hour drive to work.Work was about an hour from NYCity. At the checkout...a casual comment...did you hear about the small plane that crashed into the WTC? Not too ominous...I wasn't terribly alarmed. Later in the car, "a...
    frito414 frito414 56-60, F 7 Responses Jun 14, 2009

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    It was a tuesday so I was in school.

    Junior kindergarten. I remember my mom came to pick me up even though I lived in Canada and when we got home she was crying and I thought I made her sad so I started crying and she wouldnt let me watch tv and I was so confused why
    LandonS LandonS 16-17, M 1 Response Feb 11

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    I was home. Watching on TV.

    I went out to feed the horses and came back and the first tower had fallen. It was very surreal. I cried but at the same time it hadn't sunk in and didn't feel at all like reality. I think it really hit me when their were no planes in the sky. I don't know why but the one...
    TKD1 TKD1 46-50, F 1 Response Feb 17

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    I Was Driving to Class.

    I in the parking lot, trying to find a spot for my class. It started at 9:30, and I was early because I needed to talk to some people about a project we were working on. As I was driving, I was mostly tuning out the radio, and the guy was talking about the plane. I only heard...
    onceandfutureglow onceandfutureglow 31-35, F 3 Responses Apr 12, 2008

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    Driving to work. I was in the left turn lane

    about to turn from Kingsley onto Garland Rd. My wife calls me on my cell hysterical that a plane had crashed into a building and her work was sending everyone home. It took a minute to calm her down enough to explain that it happened in New York, not Dallas, where she worked...
    vanillavodka vanillavodka 41-45, M Mar 3

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    Smelling The Smoke From The Pentagon

    I live and work near DC, and was at work on that day. I got a phone call from one of our staff people who was coming in late that day, shortly after the first plane hit one of the towers, and we figured it was just some sort of pilot error . . . maybe he had a heart attack, or...
    TimeTrvler TimeTrvler 51-55, M 3 Responses Apr 5, 2013

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    I am Canadian. I was finishing up a seven week

    trip in Nova Scotia and driving through New Brunswick, Maine, Vermont, etc. it was September 10. I asked my wife if she would like to go down to New York since we might not be this way again soon. We hummed and hawed about it but she decided she would rather visit with some...
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    The Year My Sisters Were Born

    I know this isn't big, but the year actually the month after the twin towers were lost my younger twin sisters were born I thought that was kinda something how we lost twin towers but also gained to twin lives :D
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    I Miss You....mommy....daddy....andrew

    I lost my parents and my big brother, my whole family. All I had left was my big brother Alfie. Who I soon lost in the foster care system. I lost everything by the time I was four, so I remember. But I have a new family now, the Doherty family. But I will in my heart, always be...
    CorallineKirkland CorallineKirkland 13-15, F 2 Responses Dec 27, 2012

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    ajz4569 ajz4569 13-15, F 3 Responses Jun 16

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    I was working labor and delivery in ATL

    and delivered a baby girl named Summer who was born between 9 and 10 a.m
    SilverLiningAZ SilverLiningAZ 41-45, F 1 Response Feb 4

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    Thought It Was An Accident, Didn't Feel Real.

    I remember coming in to my english class with my teacher glued to the TV that was rolled in. we were sitting there waiting for our teacher to unglue herself, none of us really knew what to say to her, so we said nothing. We all watched quietly. We all sat there mindlessly...
    racecarjimmy racecarjimmy 22-25, M 1 Response Sep 27, 2012

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    At Work

    I had not been at work very long (a credit union) when I walked into the break room and the TV was on and the were talking about a plane hitting one of the towers. At first I thought it was a small plane....and then as I stood watching as the second tower was hit. I could not...
    weather1965 weather1965 41-45, M 2 Responses Mar 28, 2008

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    I Was Tired

    I woke up one morning to get ready for school (10th grade), and my mom was on the couch and she had this look of horror on her face. She didn't even speak. She had the news on. I went to sit next to her and we watched it. I ended up going to school but we didn't even do anything...
    Warmthoughtsofyou04 Warmthoughtsofyou04 26-30, F 1 Response May 20, 2008

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    I was in pre-school,

    and things were going normally. All of a sudden, the phone rang and the preschool teachers told us that we were all going home early. They didn't tell us why. When i got home, the news was on. My mother (who was 8 months pregnant at the time) kept telling me that everything was...
    whitemiddleclassteengirl whitemiddleclassteengirl 16-17, F Apr 9

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    I was young. I was in 2nd grade.

    I remember my teacher being called out of the class room and another teacher coming in to watch us. Her eyes were puffy like she had been crying. My teacher came back and called one of my classmates out and said to take his stuff he can go home early. Through out the day kids...
    GuiltyThorn GuiltyThorn 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 2

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    I was 20 years old, going through AIT (job

    training) in the Army. We had just finished PT and gone to the D-FAC for breakfast when one of the civilian cooks walked into the dining area and said, "Some airplanes just crashed into the World Trade Center and pentagon. They think it's terrorists". We all scarfed down our...
    Booyeah80 Booyeah80 31-35, M Mar 2

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    I was in 3rd grand and I had no idea what was

    going on... Hard to believe it was some many years ago.
    TeethTheSizeOfPianoKeys TeethTheSizeOfPianoKeys 18-21, M 3 Responses May 31

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    ...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 2 Responses Sep 12, 2012

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    I Was

    I was at work and the Manager Of the store came over the PA system and ask all the associates to go to the receiving area. Where a television was begin set up and I could not believe my eyes. and I could not believe that someone could hate this country So much To take all those...
    CMA1234 CMA1234 46-50, F Nov 19, 2011

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    On this morning, I was heading to school

    and I decide no to go in just yet, so I sat down on the bench listening to my headphone and I hear a plane really loud in the distance, as it gets closer, I see how low it's flying. I thought nothing of it until a few seconds later, I hear bbbboooooommmmmm. With a large echo...
    BrOOklYnBaNdiT718 BrOOklYnBaNdiT718 26-30, M 1 Response Feb 5

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    I Will Never Forget...

    I was working in Center City Philadelphia at the time, as an auditor, and our department was recently placed under the direction of an outside consultant (I guess to find better ways of doing things, etc...) I rolled in to work probably a few minutes late that day (on time was 8...
    ambroseguy80 ambroseguy80 46-50, M 1 Response May 30, 2013

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