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I Remember Where I Was On 9-11

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    I was at work, no tv

    or radio and then the office secretary got the tv from the break room and had it set up for us all to see. my heart goes out to those tat had family/friends there. our lives changed that day.
    mrsrshaw mrsrshaw 46-50, F 2 Responses Jul 13

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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 51-55, M 3 Responses Mar 13

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    I was in Indianapolis

    when it all went down. I got to spend 3 more days in a lovely hotel trying to figure out how to get home.
    sirfarmer sirfarmer 36-40, M Jul 13

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    DoorMattress DoorMattress 13-15, M 2 Responses Jun 30

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    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 Aug 12

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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 1 Response Sep 12, 2012

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    tornbetween2 tornbetween2 26-30, M 3 Responses a week ago

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    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

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    I was in bed sobbing over my breakup 3 days

    before. it was a horrible day ... I thought this was from a movie or something ... Oh my god i still get chills.
    rb47 rb47 36-40, F 2 Responses Jul 1

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    First day of kindergarten.

    I lived and still do in NYC when this happened.. I can't remember anything else besides first day of kindergarten though
    Scorpiobabyy95 Scorpiobabyy95 18-21, F Aug 16

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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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    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 51-55 3 Responses Sep 12, 2014

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    lets see...headin to gym i believe

    and I was in 5th grade.
    DML2451 DML2451 22-25, M 1 Response May 21

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    I went in to work that morning

    and wondered what was up with all the nurses crowding around television sets in the ICU pods, and then to see another TV in our Administration office. I saw what looked like a movie reel re: both the planes and the twin towers, and my manager told me it had happened only...
    mumof2plus mumof2plus 41-45, F 2 Responses Jul 14

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    I had a medical appointment,

    then suddenly it was 'the breaking news' live on tv
    Bez1 Bez1 26-30, M Jun 30

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    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.
    Southerncharm67 Southerncharm67 46-50, F 2 Responses May 31

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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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    This ******* *****. "People

    who jumped off the building on 911 commuted suicide" And she was serious. Like how stupid are you? What were they gonna do burn in the flames?!?!
    LovelyDeadly LovelyDeadly 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 14, 2014

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    I was 7 in my first grade class

    when it happened. We sat there in silence while my teacher was telling us.
    bluelover97 bluelover97 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 6

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    I was in school in the first grade.

    My mom was 5 blocks down from the WTC. She left the office to get a donut from the stands in the street. Then she looked up and saw the hole in the first building. She was shocked, so she ran up to her office at DC37 to get her coworkers to leave. They were so scared, they didn...
    Jene95 Jene95 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 6

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    I had been having a very rough time in the

    weeks leading up to that day. I was still recovering from my break up with the high school girlfriend but I also moved on enough to invest in a long distance relationship with a girl in Florida that I met close to a year before that. That relationship was pretty nuts and left me...
    oncemoreuntothebreech oncemoreuntothebreech 36-40, M Jun 30

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    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 10 Responses Apr 21

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    In a pram in Eccles UK

    as a 5 month old
    TWHITE222 TWHITE222 36-40, M 1 Response Jul 14

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    I was 10, in the living room waiting

    for dad to take me to school. Our TV was on and the news came on with that story and I stood their in shock as I watched the towers come down. We talked about it a lot at school for a while.
    rhoswenv rhoswenv 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 6

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    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...
    FantasticWreck FantasticWreck 31-35, F 3 Responses Oct 19, 2014

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    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 16-17, F 4 Responses Aug 28, 2014

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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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    I was just 15 blocks away from the towers seeing

    that first plane going into the building the way it just circle around it the way it went into the tower I just froze shocked saying to my self is this true when the second plane hit the other tower that is something that I will always remember the rest of my life
    LouV569 LouV569 46-50 4 Responses Jun 30

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    Me too. I was at school,

    and I led my friends in prayer.
    maemae208 maemae208 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 8

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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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    On board my ship in the Navy.

    I thought it was a movie we deployed later that day on our way to help.
    scizamps scizamps 31-35, M 2 Responses Aug 11

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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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    my mom actually told me we were at home

    and I was 2 weeks old. that 9/11 was so sad,its still scary to me about how tall they made the twin towers. there's a limit to when I'm afraid of heights and that was the limit.
    heartcoaster1 heartcoaster1 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 6

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    I was only 1 at the time

    but I remember it at it was only a week ago. So, I was sitting with my mom and watching my favorite show at the time, Sesame Street when my nanna called telling my mom to turn on the news. in about 30 seconds she was crying, and I was all confused about what was going on. This...
    Endertamer0928 Endertamer0928 13-15, M Jul 14

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    2nd grade. In a classroom watching terror

    unfold on a small tv screen.
    ZER0RPHEUS ZER0RPHEUS 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 9

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    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 41-45, F 5 Responses Jul 28

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    I was in bed while still living at home with

    parents because I was still a recent high school graduate. I woke up to the news of the attack on the World Trade Center.
    jmmoosey jmmoosey 31-35, M 1 Response May 30

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    I wasn't born yet, I still had a month to go.

    But my mom was getting an altar sound for me and my twin sister and she passed out the exact same time that the first plain hit. Pretty creepy but cool
    purplekittycat122 purplekittycat122 13-15, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I was in school. Seventh grade German class.

    We all got called in to see the replay of the first plane hit. And then the second came in before the news station could react and turn it off. I remember hearing the other kids scream and the footage cut out, straight to the news anchors... every one was in shock, and I...
    biscuitstiq biscuitstiq 26-30, T Jul 1

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    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 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 8

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    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 Mar 19

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    DrowningInRed DrowningInRed 13-15, F 3 Responses Jul 1

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    eman2012 eman2012 31-35, M 1 Response Jul 4

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    Rincon Puerto Rico, my two boys sat on the sofa

    ready to watch some early morning cartoons. I began switching channel's and there before my eyes I see a plane or what looks like a plan crash into and severe the side of a building. At the moment I had no idea what I was seeing or where this was occurring. Just the simple and...
    Borinquen Borinquen 41-45, F Jul 13

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    I was about halfway between Chicago

    and Little Rock when Air Traffic Control made the broadcast "attention all aircraft, find your nearest suitable airport and land immediately..." Something I had never heard on the radio before and hope never to hear again. ATC doesn't tell pilots where or when to land, we tell...
    bighornman63 bighornman63 51-55, M 2 Responses Aug 6