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9-11, Where were you 5 years ago?

Old Sep 10th, 2006, 10:15 PM
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I had the same experience as MelissaHI...woke up semmingly for no reason. Went out to the kitchen to make hot chocolate, but still couldn't sleep. Finally turned on the TV, and the news was showing a smoking (first tower). I thought it must be an anniversary of the earlier WTC bombing, until the second tower was hit and I realized it was LIVE! Sat there in shock and tears for a while, then my daughter woke up. We watched for a while more before waking DH, as we agreed to let him sleep peacefully in ignorance for a bit longer.

Older sister from San Diego called- she was on a plane to DC and they were being offloaded. Our younger sis's husband was working in the Pentagon that week, and we couldn't get thru to her for about 8 more hours.

I spent the day at the parent's office at my kids' school, since many of my good friends had kids in NYC. Found out several were missing, and so we sat quietly all day sharing fears and comforting each other. In the end, two alumni, from this school 5000 miles away, out in the middle of the pacific, had died. Amazing how many it affected, and continues to affect worldwide.
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Old Sep 10th, 2006, 10:19 PM
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On Sunday night the 9th a local man went on a killing spree in the area where I work. He apparently knew our building rather well. He tried to escape there with the police in pursuit. There was a shootout and he was killed and police were wounded. On Monday we had to pass by windows and drive by areas that were littered with those yellow numbered markers all around our building. It was an emotionally draining day. That next morning I was driving into to work hearing something that was totally incomprehensible. I called my DH to turn on the news. It felt like everything was out of control. As I was almost to my building I saw what appeared to be a tornado coming right at me but there were no clouds in the sky. I didnít know what to do. I parked my car and the door was nearly torn off from the wind. I made it to the entry just as the event passed over the building. The dirt and wind picked up my clothes and though I could see through the lobby I could see nothing but blackness through the window on the opposite side. I walked to my office covered in dirt and turned on my radio to hear the horror that was going on elsewhere. Our company was good enough to station TVs throughout the building so we could monitor what was happening. It was completely unbelievable. There was never anything in the news about what it was that passed over our building that morning. There was too just much other sadness and misery to cover that day.
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Old Sep 10th, 2006, 11:16 PM
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My husband watches a show on stocks every morning while he has breakfast and I was still in bed. He came upstairs to tell me that something was going on in New York, two planes had hit the WTC... I sat up in bed and he turned on the tv and was stunned. At that time I was working as a airline reservation agent. I called work immediatly and they told us to go ahead and come in which was really hard. We had tickets booked for Sept 13th or 14th to fly to MN for my cousins wedding which we didn't make it to. I figured too many people were still stranded and it would just be too hectic.

Every time I see the footage of the planes and the towers coming down, I still cannot believe it.
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Old Sep 11th, 2006, 02:14 AM
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I live in London. I had just come back from lunch with my now husband and a colleague told me that 2 planes had hit the World Trade Center. My blood ran cold because, well, you knew it wasn't an accident. The internet was down and one of our analysts said that 10 planes were in the air, one had hit the Pentagon. It was chaos. I rang my brother, who was watching the whole thing live. He is not the most emotional person in the world but he just started crying and screaming. The South Tower had collapsed. Many of us left work and decamped to a pub around the corner with a TV to see this colossal disaster for ourselves. Needless to say, it seemed like the whole of London was in one pub or another. People wanted to be with each other.

My father worked at WTC when I was a child and we lived on Long Island. I remember looking for them, glinting in the sun, whenever we drove into the city. I asked him for his recollection of that time and this is what he said:

I worked in that building from 1972 to 1979, on the 13th floor of the north tower. We were one of the first tenants, I think number 5, it certainly was unfinished when we went there. We were at one stage walking on planks. There were no shops and only one restaurant called the 'Eat and Drink ", which was made out of old contractor's material, rough planks for tables and plank benches and stools. It became a great building to work in and to me there will never be anything like it. I spent a fair amount of time in the bar on the 101st floor and of course ate in the "Windows on the World" restaurant a fair number of times.

He is not a sentimental man but I know that for a working class Welshman, it was a big deal to be working in the World Trade Center in New York. For me, I guess I feel that had it been another time, I could be a grieving daughter right now. I am so very sorry still for everyone who died that day and their families. The whole day lives with me still and will never go away.

I don't know what to say about the terrorists other than that I make no distinction between them and a playground bully. They are one and the same to me and one should always stand up and fight back no matter what...

Sending you all PEACE from across The Pond.
Old Sep 11th, 2006, 02:22 AM
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Last night (it's now midday on 9/11 here in Germany), I practiced my German by watching a program they were showing about the WTC. It was a little frustrating every time they talked to Americans because they of course did a voiceover translation. Nevertheless I was glad that they were showing it, as the 5-year anniversary is otherwise not very noticeable over here. My husband is on a business trip in the U.S. so I am feeling a bit lonely today.

Five years ago today I was listening to the radio while driving to a meeting in a suburb of Detroit. The woman DJ had a hard time explaining what she was seeing on TV - she said a small plane had accidentally hit the tower. I was envisioning a Cessna or soomething that had gotten lost in the clouds. I immediately called my co-worker back at the office, and my husband, and told them to find a TV. I was in that meeting for two hours and no one bothered to come and tell us what was going on. I have always been upset about that. I didn't find out exactly what had happened until I got back to my office several hours later.

Three weeks later, I flew with my parents and husband to France for a long-planned two-week vacation in Burgundy and Provence. We've never felt safer.

Today, my in-laws are flying to NYC for my FIL's business trip. My MIL said she figures it's the safest place to fly today.

My heart goes out to everyone everywhere who was touched by 9/11.

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Old Sep 11th, 2006, 02:44 AM
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Working at Standard Airport, and not knowing anything till 18:00 the same-day when I saw the video footage on the News.

May they all rest in peace...

(I still don't believe the twin towers came down on there own???)
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Old Sep 11th, 2006, 02:53 AM
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We had just moved to Cairo, Egypt a few months before and were having trouble with our cable setup. The kids had just gotten home from school and were bummed out because the cable wasn't working.

The cable people were actually in our flat when I got a call from a friend. She said that both her cable and phone line (hence, internet) were out but that her landlord had just told her about a plane crashing into one of the WTC buildings. Evidently the landlord's daughter lived in London and called her mother with the news.

My friend was convinced it was a hoax, and asked me to check it out on the computer. But it took me over 10 minutes to get connected - giving me a hint that something was up.

About that time, the cable was back on and we were able to catch the news and see what was happening. My husband was particularly concerned when he got home since he has family near the Pennsylvania crash site.
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Old Sep 11th, 2006, 02:53 AM
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I remember the day like it was yesterday, as my sister worked in tower 1, as did my cousin's husband.

I was at our local NJ hospital for a checkup following successful cancer surgery 4 months previous. While waiting for my followup schedule from the nurse, another nurse I know walked by crying, said a plane had hit the WTC, and her son worked in the building. I flew home, listening to the car radio during my 20 minute ride. Got home, turned on the TV and was horrified by the images.

I had a message from my best friend in the Cayman Islands, asking if my sister was ok. No way to know, I drove about 70mph to my parents home, a distance of about 8 miles. We silently watched TV together, not knowing my sister's fate. At 11:30 am the phone rang, it was a friend of my sister's who had seen her - my sister had exchanged with her a list of people to call - this exchange was going on everywhere, as cells were not working and no one knew when they coud get word to loved ones. She was safe, having exited tower 1 20 minutes before tower 2 fell. The best phone call I ever received.

A few hours later we heard from my cousin. Her husband had returned the previous evening from a business trip, was tired and took a late train into NYC that day. That delay arriving to work saved his life.

Fly your flag today - mine is out! And remember to tell those you love how much they mean to you.
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Old Sep 11th, 2006, 04:11 AM
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I was at the bus stop here in suburban VA and had no idea what was going on. The kids had Nickelodeon on or something. One of the moms mentioned that a small plane had hit the WTC. I thought no way. I proceeded to take my morning walk when I started thinking about how strange that a small plane would crash into the trade center on such a beautiful day. I ran home and flipped on the tv. By this time, the second plane had hit. I did not leave the couch for the rest of the day.
My brother worked down there and I waited all day to finally hear that he was alright. He was alright physically, but mentally not for a long time.

I used to walk through the trade center every day for about ten years going to my job on wall street. I cried a lot on 9/11. I think I will probably shed a few tears today too. How sad and twisted these terrorists are.
God bless all of the families that lost a loved one in this tragedy.
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Old Sep 11th, 2006, 04:13 AM
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I was in Chicago, watching the news in a friend's living room. We sat there completely stunned as we watched the second plane hit the tower live on CNN. I was planning to leave shortly, but after hearing the Sears Tower might get attacked, I didn't want to be anywhere on the highway. We watched the news all day and I left the next morning to go home.

I just watched United 93 the other night - gave me chills to experience it all over again. Because of that, I'm not sure I will be watching all the news coverage today - will you?

Kind thoughts go out to everyone who lost someone in this disaster, and may all of you take a moment to be thankful for each person in your life. You never know how long they'll be here.
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Old Sep 11th, 2006, 04:35 AM
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My children were in a small private elementary school about 2 miles from the Pentagon in Northern VA. I dropped them off at 8 a.m. that morning, and drove back home, as I was on a leave of absence from work, trying to decide if I was going to continue in my job in a D.C. firm of 17 yrs as a medical-legal nurse or go out on my own as a consultant.

As I did every morning on this several month leave, I got home and went out on a 4 mile fast walk. When I was at the farthest point from my house, 2 miles into the walk, I heard on my radio headphone that a small private plane had hit the WTC. I thought that was odd. About another 1/2 mile the real news broke on the radio, and I heard about the Pentagon. I threw off the headphone and ran as fast as I could back to my house, in a total panic. I called my husband and told him I was going to get the kids. I had enough sense not to take 395 north, as it goes to the Pentagon- I drove the surface strets instead.

At the first red light I got to, I was crying so hard that the man next to me in his car rolled down his window and asked if I was ok. I told him I was going to get my kids close to the Pentagon and he told me his wife worked at the Pentagon. He offered to drive in front of me so I could follow him. When we got to my kid's school, he waved and kept going. I often wonder who he was and what happened to his wife.

The school prinicpal told me that I was the 1st parent to get to the school. I must have driven fast- I know tha man and I ran some red lights after stopping at them. Mt kids had no idea what had happened, and they were freaked that I showed up sweaty and in shorts to drag them out of class. They were in 3rd and 5th grade and I had to tell them what had happened.
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Old Sep 11th, 2006, 04:42 AM
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Bless your heart,emd! To have had your children so close to all of that, I can't imagine what you were feeling. So glad you made it safely to pick them up and all was well with them.
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Old Sep 11th, 2006, 04:54 AM
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emd, your story made me cry. I'm so glad your kids were ok.
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Old Sep 11th, 2006, 04:58 AM
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A few wks ago I was at Total Crafts, a craft store close to my house, picking up pictures I had had framed. There was a woman at the picture counter who had a piece of paper that was clearly a rubbing of some sort. I looked closer and saw that the rubbing was the name of a man and there was a round emblem on the left side of the rubbing that said something about 9/11 on it. I started talking to her, and it turned out her husband had died at the Pentagon; apparently there is a private memorial inside the Pentagon w/the names and the fmailies can make a rubbing. She was getting her young duaghter's rubbing of her father's name framed.

9/11 really hammered my community, just like it did in NYC.
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Old Sep 11th, 2006, 05:37 AM
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When you go through a divorce you have good days and bad days. Mostly bad days, so you tend to do everything in your power to enjoy the good ones.

9/11 was supposed to be a very good day for me. It's my birthday(40 today). I had gotten cards from my family and talked to my mom early on. Took a shower so I could spend the day with my dogs playing in the back yard.

My brother called, I thought to wish me happy birthday, but after the pleasant wishes, he asked if I was watching TV. I don't normally and wasn't that day. He told me to turn it on.

I spent the rest of the one good day I had been looking forward to for weeks, watching TV. We never did play in the backyard.

Everyone tells me to go ahead and celebrate my birthday, but when I do I get looks like I was one of the hijakers. So today is just a Monday for me.
Old Sep 11th, 2006, 05:39 AM
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emd, that is touching story. It really feels like yesterday

I was at a breakfast meeting for wrok off site in a lovely country club. As I was pulling into the lot I heard a local disc jockey o the radio say a small plane hit. It seemed odd, but it could happen I thought.
An hour into the meeting notes were being passed around about the situation. It seemed like the end of the world. The speaker found out what was going on and immediatley dismissed us. As we were exiting - one young woman screamed they were bombing cars all over the country and to pick your children up becasue schools were the target next....Pandamonium broke out...all the mothers just ran..

as I got back to my car I thought which one of my kids do I pick up first! Horrible day for our country,...well all countries.
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Old Sep 11th, 2006, 05:44 AM
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Happy Birthday b_in_D!!

You should celebtate your special day. Dont' let the terrorists take that away too.
It is a somber day, but it is your birthday too.
God Bless America!
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Old Sep 11th, 2006, 05:51 AM
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B_in_D - Happy birthday!! You're turning 40 today and you should definitely celebrate. Screw those terrorists!! Show them they can't get you down, and if anyone looks at you funny, just tell them you're turning 40 and you want to have fun!!
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Old Sep 11th, 2006, 05:59 AM
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I was where I am right now - sitting perched inside the tallest building in Dallas. At about 10:10 am they evacuated our building.

There is one thing about it that always makes me smile. When they said that our building was being evacuated, a bunch of people from our office and others walked down the stairs - 45 flights, in our case. Duh! It wasn't a fire, it was an evacuation. I took the elevator and was out in no time.
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Old Sep 11th, 2006, 06:04 AM
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I was teaching in a high school in central NJ. Our classes started at 8:25 so I was in Spanish 3. My class ended as usual about 9:12. My second period was my prep time and I went downstairs toward the library. Swarms of kids were around a TV watching the news. Our principal knew but did not want to announce anything. Our town was a train commuter community to NYC and as more students found it panic erupted as the kids tried calling their parents' offices.

I remember being told to continue teaching as usual aand wondering how in the world as I was going to do that. Mainly we just talked quietly and inwardly I prayed that no one I knew was killed.

Unbelieveably only one student lost a parent at the high school where I taught. In the town where I lived several people were killed while at work in NYC. I was part of our church's committee which helped with the memorial services..some months after the fact.

My brother-in-law was going through financial difficulties at the time and had planned on attending a conference in the Twin Towers on 9/11 but then decided he didn't have the money to attend. We thank God he didn't go.
I have had no desire to visit Ground Zero and have since moved to Florida. Last night's CBS program and today's news shows have brought back those terrible feelings and deep sorrow for the families directly effected.
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