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Diva305  (Level: 152.6 - Posts: 1655)
Thu, 10th Sep '09 3:21 PM



1mks  (Level: 219.5 - Posts: 5925)
Thu, 10th Sep '09 3:23 PM

I will be proudly flying my flag tomorrow.

Ladyvol  (Level: 212.1 - Posts: 5648)
Thu, 10th Sep '09 6:31 PM

As will I...My son Tim is part of a special ceremony at the local firehall in memory of 9/11...No one should ever forget!

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Thu, 10th Sep '09 7:38 PM

I'll never forget a second of it, or the terror of how I felt, or the shared grief with my best friend as we talked while watching the news coverage. We knew things would never be the same again.

I remember thinking about whatever people were bickering about the week before and thinking how lucky we had been to have the luxury of those little things being our biggest problems. They shrunk to practically invisible in the light of 9/11.

My son's wedding was scheduled for 9/15 in Connecticut. It was a very difficult week - and yet the people in New York were so inspiring and strong and resolved.

I'll never forget a second of it.

Lodi  (Level: 106.0 - Posts: 2144)
Thu, 10th Sep '09 7:53 PM

What an awful day. I sat in my office and cried most of that day.

Caramel1  (Level: 135.0 - Posts: 21587)
Thu, 10th Sep '09 8:03 PM

I certainly remember and will always-surprises me how some seem to have forgotten

Bobolicios  (Level: 119.6 - Posts: 1745)
Thu, 10th Sep '09 8:07 PM

I have not forgotten or is that something else you want to harp on. I remember and I will never forget it was a tragic day in American history, don't start something tomorrow is for remembering and not political fighting. United We Stand.

Bigbird  (Level: 249.1 - Posts: 3337)
Thu, 10th Sep '09 8:18 PM

My husband is very excited that he was accepted to be one of the Red Cross volunteers at the World Trade Center site tomorrow when the names are read. It makes you feel that you can play a small part in the remembrances of the day.

I'm sure that day is etched in everyone's mind. I well remember watching the second plane hit live on TV. And I remember the odors which hung over the city for days.

And then, I remember everyone wearing red white & blue clothing for a month afterwards. And flags flying from every highway overpass - and out every car window.

I don't know how you even go about explaining the day to kids who were too tiny then to know what was going on.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Thu, 10th Sep '09 8:20 PM

I'm sure that's how my parents felt about Pearl Harbor. How could they impress their children with the horror of that day?

Gypsylady  (Level: 148.2 - Posts: 6097)
Thu, 10th Sep '09 8:54 PM

I also saw the second plane hit live as they were still discussing why the first plane may have hit the tower. In that instant, I knew, although I couldn't seem to believe what I was seeing, or quite put it all together, and definitely didn't understand it all at the time, but it changed the way I look at life forever. At that time, no one knew how many planes there were or where they would hit next. Somehow New York didn't seem that far from Tennessee anymore, and the whole world seem to come together, and it seemed like days of watching what seemed like a movie, only it wasn't a movie, it was real. I don't even remember hearing of Osama Bin Laden or Al Quaeda before 9/11. I know it's a day I will never forget.


Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Thu, 10th Sep '09 9:06 PM

I remember when the second plane hit the 2nd tower, I said "We are at war."

Mplaw51  (Level: 184.4 - Posts: 1581)
Thu, 10th Sep '09 9:43 PM

I may have written about this last year, I don't remember:
I was on a train going into NYC that day. I looked out the window right after we stopped at Newark Penn Station, about 8:45AM, and there was a cloud around only one tower. I thought it might be on fire and said so. The gentlemen sitting next to me called home and his wife put on the TV and said a plane had run into the World Trade Center. Everyone began to speak of it, thinking it was perhaps a Cessna, pilot error, etc.
We arrived in Penn Station, NY and made our way to the subway to ride uptown to our final destination for the day. On the subway platform a woman turned to me and said, " A plane just flew into the other tower." I knew there was no mistake. We couldn't fathom the depth of this tragedy just yet. We continued on to The View, our final destination. We were going to see the show taped live. Needless to say, no taping that day.
It was so odd to walk back towards Columbus Circle and see big trucks pulled over, their doors open and small crowds gathered around to listen to the news. Strangers commiserating with each other everywhere you turn. We were in the city where this terrible tragedy was happening, but we didn't know a thing. Suddenly sirens began to wail and police and emergency vehicles began to swarm the streets, all heading downtown. We still didn't know why. There was no public transportation, no buses, no taxis, no subways. The streets were pretty quiet. I was trying to make my way back to Penn Station with a stop at my brother's office. On my way, we gathered with a group in front of some office with a TV in its window. A young man looked at me and said, "they're gone." I didn't know what he was talking about. It took me a few moments to grasp that he meant the World Trade Centers had fallen. I couldn't wrap my mind around it. Surely this must be a mistake. How many loved ones had we lost? The mood on the streets that day was sad, somber and one of disbelief.
After awhile, we started to see the people who had been at ground zero. They trudged along and were covered in white dust looking shocked and dazed. One woman clutched my girlfriends arm and cried piteously saying she just looking for her husband.
The hustle and bustle of NYC was absent that day. The feeling was so eerie, it was visceral.
It took us five hours to make our way back to Penn Station. Only God knew when we were going to get to go home. All bridges were closed. All transit was shut down. We figured we'd stay close to our gates and be ready. We had my mom with us that day. She was 80 at the time and this was quite an ordeal. Such a long walk, such shocking news, so much for her to take at her age. We were settling in for a long wait when a train was called for NJ. It wasn't any was OUR train. God knew that my mother couldn't bear another moment of the stress and strain and He answered my prayers.
It was standing room only on that train and it emptied out in Newark. It was the only train to leave NYC that day. I can't go to the city and not miss seeing those towers. It will make me angry all the days of my life.
Each of us has a strong reaction to this attack on our country. For me it will always be anger and I would like to see someone's head on a pike for it, no matter how savage that may sound.

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Thu, 10th Sep '09 10:39 PM

I had just dropped my daughter off at school and headed over to my employee's home for the previous day's deposit. I switched radio channels, and heard something about billowing smoke and fire in New York. When I arrived at her door, Amy insisted that I come in her home at once.

She had a morning show on. I'm pretty sure that it was Katie Couric describing what was happening in an uncertain voice. We were watching the first tower. Then shortly afterwards, the second. Neither Amy nor I could speak. It was horrifying.

I remember driving in a daze to my shop that morning. Absolutely nobody came in, and I didn't have a television there. After an hour or so, I put a sign on the door and simply left. I'd never done that before. My plan was to drive home and watch the television, but I learned from the radio of the horrors that had occurred.

A handmade sign saying "Please Come In" had been placed on the highway outside of a church I'd never been to before. Think it was a Unity church, but not even sure. Something compelled me to go inside -- some basic human need to connect with others. Inside, there was a circle of chairs with a bowl of floating candles in the middle. Many people were there, all silent. It was exactly what we needed -- a place and the time to reflect. We all sat in the circle and shed quiet tears.

I never went back to that church, but I'll remember it.

Although far from New York, Alabama grieved. America grieved. All of us grieved. We're still in mourning.

No, we'll never forget! Nor will we allow our children or grandchildren to fail to remember.

Bobolicios  (Level: 119.6 - Posts: 1745)
Thu, 10th Sep '09 11:03 PM

I watched on TV horrified while the second plane crashed into the tower. It was dream like and I was stunned, my boyfriend was stunned I wondered if I should call school and pull my children out. I will never forget that morning and watching with horror that a part of all of us had died. We realized that we are naive we thought we were safe, not from terriorism it can strike at any time in any place. It united us as Americans and I saw patriotism on the rise everywhere, we should never forget it or our fellow Americans who perished that day.

Pennwoman  (Level: 161.8 - Posts: 2476)
Thu, 10th Sep '09 11:17 PM

The phone rang, waking me, it was my daughters best friend Nicole, who decided she wanted to go to school after all....she was famous for missing the bus, but knew if I was around, I would take her. I flipped on Regis and Kelly and saw the coverage. I was in shock. I went to get Nicole, listening to the radio. On of the hardest things I have ever done was to let that girl out of my car..... I wanted her to stay with me, I wanted my children home. But, I let her off and made my way home. Then I heard Robin from the Howard Stern show, say "omg the tower has fallen".
I went home. I sat in horror. Then they said a plane had crashed in Pennsylvania. The plane had literally flown over my house. The crash site is about 35 minutes from us.
I went and got my children, I could not bear being seperated from them another second.
It was the most horrible day. It is the reason my son went into the Air Force. It is the reason, I always stand for the Star Spangled Banner.

Madamec8  (Level: 85.9 - Posts: 897)
Thu, 10th Sep '09 11:18 PM

I slept late that morning, and my son called to tell me about it. I couldn't grasp the enormity of it until I turned on the TV and I thought it was all a mistake. I kept watching, hoping the next time the plane would miss the building ... by the end of the day I was drained. I was home alone, no one to watch it with me, and it was surreal. The worst part (for me) was the way some people I know shrugged it off by the next day, calloused in a way, and made me wonder how their hearts had become so numbed.

Fudypatootie  (Level: 205.8 - Posts: 1302)
Thu, 10th Sep '09 11:30 PM

I was at school and I had left my small senior English class to make copies. The principal came down the hall and told me, "Two planes hit the World Trace Center towers." I just looked at her and after a moment said, "Two can't be an accident." I forgot about my copies and lesson plans, found a TV and fiddled with the antenna until we could see a grainy picture of one channel. Every classroom stopped and had a radio on or came to my room where the TV was. I don't remember teaching anything at all that day, only talking about what was happening and what would happen. It's still unbelievable and brings tears to my eyes.

Surreyman  (Level: 272.2 - Posts: 2771)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 3:31 AM

From afar, I'll never forget that date.
My wife and I were trekking from Turkey into Syria.
We had cleared the Turkish customs and were in 'no-mans-land' approaching the Syrian buildings.
Suddenly all Hell let loose!
All barriers went up and for around a half-hour we were 'stateless'!
We were then ushered back into Turkey, and watched the ensuing events on the border post's TV.
Needless to say, the remainder of our holiday was diverted!
I lost a couple of British financial colleagues that day.

Bigmama60  (Level: 95.2 - Posts: 6644)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 4:05 AM

I couldn't believe it. I was in shock the while day as I watched on TV. Tragedies like that makes one realize how much we take for granted.

Nelly  (Level: 179.8 - Posts: 1167)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 4:38 AM

I remember the horror! I was a member of the support staff with the police at the time and worked 5 minutes away from home. I slipped home and switched the TV on while I prepared some lunch. It was on BBC1 and programmes were interrupted by breaking news, to be followed rapidly by live coverage of the 2nd plane crashing into the tower. I remember being stunned, not quite able to process what was happening before my eyes! I returned to work, saw a couple of bobbies having a smoke break outside the station and shouted to turn the television on. I went in the next building to my unit - everyone was standing in front of the 15" TV in the tiny restroom in shock! It was a very subdued team that returned to work that day with great sadness.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 4:58 AM

From Canada, I would like you all to know that we
too remember that day with extreme Hurt and Outrage

In Toronto - all day people were rushing to the nearest
Red Cross station, to give Blood. That's the only thing
we could think of to do in this disaster. Many went
straight from work to the Red Cross, and stayed in the
line-ups until early in the morning.

Little did we know that there would be so few actual
"survivors" out of those many thousands in the Towers.
Some of the people I knew in the Financial business
were more horrified than others - because they were
actually on the phone to colleagues who were working
in those Towers, when the planes struck.

The whole World remembers....

Jeannette  (Level: 114.5 - Posts: 1735)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 6:36 AM

i remember coming home from work turning tv on and same as nelly the news was interupted by the breaking news of a plane crashing into the first tower then the horror of watching live the second plane crashing into the other one ,i remember thinking this cant be happening .i remember thinking of all the people that worked there and praying for them and there families ,and as i watched events unfold knowing that meny would not return home ,my heart goes out to those who lost loved ones on that day .the sadness we all felt for those is still with us today .we will never forget x

Swiper  (Level: 153.3 - Posts: 875)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 6:47 AM

We have 5 sets of breakers on Winthrop Beach. After 9-11, someone put a huge American flag on the middle breaker. It has flown every single day since then. After each storm I'm surprised to see it there but someone is taking care and making sure it stays. Every day when I hit the top of the street that leads me to the beach I see that flag and I say a prayer for all of those that died that day and all of us that lived through it, and a prayer for the keeper of that flag that reminds me everyday just how much we lost. God Bless America.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 8:00 AM

I'm remembering everyone who lost a loved one that day...especially the children who have had to grown up without a parent.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 9:43 AM

Horrific. Sitting here watching the History Channel with tears in my eyes. Still so sad...

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 9:56 AM

Had worked until 0600 the night before. At about 0830 or so the phone rang, and a friend ordered me to turn on the tv NOW. I watched in disbelief all day, then went to work. Another nurse was leaving as I came in. We looked at each other, and she said something to the effect of, "I had to ignore the thing the whole day so that I could work. She was the head of the ER.
Earlier in the day, around noon, I noticed my neighbor mowing her lawn. I walked over to tell her what had happened. She said "my son works in Manhattan".
Hard to put into words how unreal it was. Totally unreal.

Caramel1  (Level: 135.0 - Posts: 21587)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 11:07 AM

Watched the replay of the whole thing this am as welll as the tributes-cried once again-NEVER forget

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5235)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 11:34 AM

My best friend was part of the emergency team that provided for the search and rescue teams. She fed them, clothed them and helped them with whatever they needed. She showed me her photographs, I have to say that most of us have been hidden from the true horror. I have never seen anything in my life like those photos, I almost wish I had not seen them. I admire her and thank her for helping our men and women to handle such a horrible task.

Marynuala  (Level: 140.2 - Posts: 996)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 12:13 PM

Tragic and nightmarish memories for all of you who posted here, and I think it will be an unreal day for everyone, to remember forever. I watched a television programme on Sunday night about the last telephone calls victims made to their relatives to say “goodbye and love you all“. Some of them sounded hysterical and it was heartbreaking to listen to, others were calmer, with still some hope left in their voices that they would find an escape. The answer phone message recordings have been put on tapes etc., and will always be a sad comfort to play back, for the bereaved. RIP eternally to all who lost their lives because of evil.

Pennwoman  (Level: 161.8 - Posts: 2476)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 1:09 PM

What haunted me about the coverage, was the sounds of the rescue teams, emergency locators --- beeping and beeping beeping to no avail. And all the shots of emergency stations. With no patients.

M48ortal  (Level: 261.7 - Posts: 3826)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 1:14 PM

I can't talk or write about it without tearing up.

Oversimplification of a continuing prayer for all who died too soon, on that day and since.

Spacecat  (Level: 164.5 - Posts: 673)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 6:58 PM

I was off work that day preparing for a small party we were going to have since September 11 is my wife's birthday. After the first plane hit I started recording, waiting to see how they were going to fight a huge high rise fire. It was just the beginning. The most haunting thing i heard that day, that will never be forgotten, was the abrupt end of an interview one of the TV stations was doing with a female eye witness. As the first tower fell all we heard was a her scream OMG and then silence.

Lest we forget.

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