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Where were you on Sept. 11, 2001?
Posted On 09/11/2021 09:03:06 by Altara33606

I don't think anyone who was alive on that date will ever forget where they were, or what they were doing, or even how they heard about the terrorist attacks on 9-11-2001. I know I won't. 

I was asleep when my husband woke me up to tell me something was happening. We sat in front of the television, watching as the first tower burned. I saw the second plane tear into the other tower.  At that point, we had no idea there were other planes in the air, with other targets. But we soon found out. I don't think we did anything other than watching the live news that day.  A long time later, I learned that my nephew, who was in the US Army at the time, was one of the people who pulled bodies out of the Pentagon. I know that must still weigh heavily on his mind. It's something no one would ever be able to forget. 

Over the years, I've watched several documentaries about that attack, including some videos that were taken at the time.  Apparently, someone was producing a documentary about a New York fire department. Obviously, they had no idea how important that film footage would become--or what it would capture. As I watched it, I saw many firemen go out to help, to do whatever they could.  Later, I saw them wondering where their colleagues were, after they had gone to help. They didn't know if all of them would return. It's been years now, but I think I remember that everyone from that fire house did return safely. 

 Another documentary showed first responders entering the tower building, on their way to do whatever they could. I got to the point that I simply could not watch any more documentaries. It was too hard. And I couldn't watch without crying.  I won't even get into all the stories of the aftermath, how so many survivors or first responders ended up with toxic exposure to the debris from the collapsing buildings. But my thoughts go out to them all and to the families of those injured or killed. 

Today, I'm watching the live coverage of the 20th anniversary memorials. And yes, I still get teary. 


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09/11/2021 20:50:24

It's a day for many of us across the country will never forgot.  I lived in Souuth Jersey at the time and was in my office getting ready to do a med pass when someone came to get me to say a plane had crashed into one of the twin towers.  I remember watching in awe as it burned and the news coverage thinking it was an accident then the other plane hit the second tower and we knew it was no accident.  I think eeryone will remember that day and where they were and what they were doing.  We go to a service every year held by a place in town and that has grown with so many people attending   It's held by a local businessman and is just wonderful.  I still get chills thinking about that day so many years ago and so many lives needlessly lost.

09/11/2021 13:23:51

Can't forget where we were when it happened. I worked afternoons at the time and had just gotten up and was having my coffee when I turned on the tv. I was going to watch Family Feud and that was the channel that was on. I see the tower on fire and wondered what was happening. Was this a movie? There was no sound and I thought I had the sound turned down until the voice of Dan Rather came. Shortly after that the first tower came down. I was horrified by it all. It was obvious to me it was an attack because the weather there was like it was for me. Clear blue skies. I watched it until I had to leave for work, in tears yes. I had a 30 or so mile commute at the time. The drive was errie because the skies were silent with no air traffic at all. needless to say it was a solemn day at work.

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