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Posted about 7 years ago

 

With 9/11 here, I wanted to know where you were when it occurred. I was getting ready for work and was watching the news. I saw the second plane hit and thought I had accidentally changed the channel to a movie. It was sureal. I think I had to lift my jaw off of the ground when I realized it wasn't a movie. Once I got to work we sat down for briefing and were told that we were on standby in case we were hit somewhere in California we would be shipped out. Reality really set in there. God Bless everyone of that day. Stay Safe.

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On patrol when the first plane hit. The streets were empty shortly there after.

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At home, on a day off. I was flipping through the channels on TV and thought it was a movie. When I realized what was happening, I called work and prepped my uniform. Then spent the rest of the day feeling sick.

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I received the most touching, awesome tribute to the military this a.m. from my sister. I will try to cut and past it in here. you guys need to see this. It's beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. So give me a few minutes to try and figure this out.

When this tragedy happened, I was at home getting ready for work and saw it on TV and tears just started rolling down my cheek. Couldn't believe what I was seeing.

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I was working hanging drywall in a hospital they were adding on. We were listing to KBPI 106.7 rock when the station put out an alert . saying a air plain hit the first building. one of the guys that worked with up his mom worked there. she came out ok. she now lives in colorado.

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I was in the basement of a nursing home in Atlantic City. There were several workers gathered around a TV. I asked what happened, and was told a plane hit the WTC. I responded, "that was inevitable. There are 3 major airports in the area". Then the second plane hit, and I said, "this is no accident". I spent the rest of the day listening to the news reports while driving. I was horrified, and mad as hell! One of our saddest days in our history. We will never forget the lives lost. And now 6 years later, the health of the heroes who worked in the rescue and recovery efforts is suffering. I don't know if we'll ever know the real toll from this attack.

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Normal day,,normal routine,,,saw everything on TV,, Felt totally numb,,,
as if watching this happen somewhere else,,not to us,,,not to our people,,our family's,,,
Then helpless set in...wringing of the hands,,,,wanting to act , help,,, could do nothing..but watch...
Then sad,,,,just so so sad,,,,,for the family's of the lives lost
Then in the days to follow,,
Proud,,,these are Americans...
our husbands, fathers ,sons, wives, daughters,sisters and brothers
with tear stained faces,, sweat on their brows
relentless in their efforts,,,,,giving all they had to give and then some....
Our vulnerabilities exposed,,,the strength of our country shined through....

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I was in my truck on the way to a bar that i was in the process of buying. I sat at that bar all day long glued to the tv, I don't drink but I did that day. well i nursed 1 warm beer for 6 hours. All I know is that there was not 1 dry eye in the entire room.

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First of all, got major goose bumps just thinking about that day. I was just getting off graves and was saying goodnight to the dispatchers, who were watching it on t.v. At that time I don't think it was known what exactly happened. Went home and slept for a few hours, turned on t.v. and then cryed. Brings tears now just thinking about it.

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I was at work in the middle of training when it all happen... I remember very clear as the guy who was training us had his wife killed in tower one. It was hard to see this wonderful person happy go from that to his knee's.... Later where got the option of staying at work or going home on pay I went home.... Stay safe everyone I will never forget that day what I was doing what car I had ect....


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Home sick...had an attack of pancreitis (or something spelled like that). Didn't know a thing until a buddy of mine called and said to turn on the TV.. Did so just before the second tower was struck. One of the worst feelings of my life!


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Totally embarrased to say, I don't remember if I had just woke up or just got home from work, but I do know I was sitting in my chair, turned on the tv in time to see the first plane imbedded and the second circling arround and then hitting. I was stumped, the reality didn't hit home because I didn't know if this was a movie, news, computer graphic, or what. I was glued to the tv and I think it took about 30 minutes of news cast for the reality of the situation to sink in. At that point, all I could think of was why, are we now at war, what happens next. I felt numb, sad, confused, violated and weak at the same time. I really don't think the whole thing totally sunk in until a few days later after I had had time to digest it all. To think we could be attacked in that manner on our own soil still hasn't sunk in. It was a tragic day for all Americans and my prayers then and now still go out to the victims and survivors. I loath those who used this as an opportunity for political platforms and profit to this day and will always. Stay Safe


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I was still in bed when my husband called me and told me to turn on the news, he was at the station and they were surrounding the TV, it was shift change.. then a panic came over me and told him Greg was suppose to leave to come to california today.. Greg is married to his sister... i called and called Boston all day, and finally that night we heard from his sister and found out his plans had changed and he was headed to Florida. he was on the plane for many hours on 9/11 but sitting at the airport not taking off, of course he was let off.. and he was safe.. but just a week prior his family all flew the same flight plan to california.. so that was scary and Greg was suppose to be on the plane that crashed in the tower..

then i got my oldest ready for school and just watched the tv for more news and to just sat there just so sad.. crying all the time i was watching, then i just couldnt watch it anymore, so then i put cartoons on for my son who was 2 at the time. i was also very pregnant at the time.. so i couldnt watch much of it, cause it would cause contractions... so i would sneek a peak ever so often.. may God be with the families who lost everything that day.....

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I was at my dad's visiting when he told me the first plane hit....I went to his TV and watched in horror as the 2nd plane hit and if that wasn't enough watched as both towers fell.....and knew we were under attack. God bless the families......never forgotten.

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I had just gotten home from the night shift and was asleep when the first plane hit....desk officer called and ordered me in, said he didn't have time to say why, but to just turn on the TV. I watched as the second tower got hit and I knew the world had changed from that day forward! May God Bless America and THANK YOU to every soldier defending us against the evil at the gate....

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I was standing in briefing when someone brought a TV in and said you need to see this.

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I just walked into my house after a long night and caught it on the TV before I went to bed.

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I was just waking up when the first plane hit. I was working second shift on light duty as I was 6 mos prenant with my 2nd daughter. I remember turning on the news to watch it as I drank my tea. I thought what a tragic accident and went to the kitchen to start coffee for my hubby. When more news came in about the other planes and the second tower was hit, I remember just being horrified and afraid and so very small. I woke my husband and told him. We sat there spellbound and watching in horror and sadness as the events unfolded. I still cannot fathom the evil that was at work that day. My brother told me a month later that he wanted to join the military. My beautiful golden little brother wanted to go and fight. He told me it was because someone had to make sure my unborn daughter could grow up in the land of the free. God bless the men and women who protect our nation.

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I was at the local Sheriff's Department working for co-op for my internship, almost to the squad room when one of the deputies was going to the sergeants' offices to tell them. The deputy immediately was saying that Osama Bin Laden did it. We got to the TV about 1 minute after the second plane hit. Mind you, I was 17, so I kind of had a hard time fully grasping what was happening, and it all seemed like a dream. My reaction wasn't what it should have been because it seemed like something from another country. 9-11's one of the reasons I joined the military.

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Thank you littlecopamy

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I worked my midnight-8am tour and went to the gym after I got out. I was watching CNN on the 20 TV's in the gym as the second plane hit live, the entire gym stopped, a word could not be heard but the sighs and crying in the gym.. I then went back to work that night at midnight. Since there was a 'no fly' in effect.. I so not one plane as I sat on the hood of my cruiser in the middle of a baseball field drinking a coffee thinking about my brother and sister firefighters and officers who had perished..Then, at approx. 3:30am, I see one small red light coming across the sky from south to north, no noise, just a light.. The hair stood up on the back of my neck, I had goose bumps up and down my body, I was a bit nervous but then my fear turned to anger. I immediatly radioed in to my Dispatch Center what I was observing.. They radioed back the the Air National Guard out of Otis Air Force Base was patrolling the sky in fighter planes for any more terrorist who may try to hit again.. A MOMENT I'LL NEVER, EVER, EVER FORGET!

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I was in the property room at the PD working on a weapons destruction list when the first plane hit. No TV in that office but one was quickly brought in as we sat there dumbfounded and crying the rest of the day. It seemed like the world stood still as we waited for the next attack to occur. Our current Chief (who was my LT. then) was in Washington, DC near the pentagon when it was hit. We didn't know where he was but knew he was in D.C. I remember praying that he and his family were safe when the phone rang and it was him! I remember the relief I felt hearing his voice!

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I was in San Francisco awaiting my plane departure to Hawaii. I was called by my brother who was at the Pentagon and in a bomb shelter at a memorial site. To say the least, I didn't get on the plane and was riveted by the television for the following four days until I could catch a bus to Oakland, a train to Los Angeles and a train to Chicago. On my train ride from Oakland to Los Angeles, I saw a body fly by my window and the train came to a halt. Apparently a college student tried to run in front of the train and didn't make it. So, We were ushered off the train and had to wait in Fresno for a bus to get us to LA. Once in LA they had to hold the train for me and I was ushered on a golf cart to the terminal. It was earily quite on the train. I was on that for two days and finally home. Very crazy trip but obviously it could have been much worse.

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Sad to say I can remember that day as if it just happened: I was a police Officer for the City of Pittsburgh at that time. I was at the city garage getting the oil changed in my cruiser when the breaking news came in about a plane hitting one of the towers. Everything stopped and all eyes were fixed on a little 13 inch black and white TV one of the guys has sitting on his tool box. Not even a hour later I was out doing traffic because people were leaving the city after hearing about flight 93 heading back over PA.

What a memory! Something none of us should have to remember from this short life we have, But one that lets us remember what we do out their is important and it's not always putting the bad guy behind bars. We lost a number of brothers and sisters, and even know we have fun with the fire folks we lost alot of them as well. Why? because it was a caree they took on and were there going thier jobs and trying to protect life and liberty.

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I was working a detail, because the Govener of SC was in town. I was waiting for his motorcade to come in. While i was waiting it happened. I then escorted him out of the city on his way back to Columbia

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I spent the rest of the day trying to get in touch with family and friends, who still lived in NY. My cousin and his wife worked in Tower 2. As a matter of fact My cousins wife was preganent and that morning she had morning sickness and she decided to take the next train into work. She was in Penn Station when the plane hit. Everyone in her office was killed. If not for that abay my cousin would have lost his family. On that same day my cousin was called out for a meeting acros town. He spent most of the day looking for his wife.

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My wife and I were on a 3-week driving trip touring the national parks. I think that she had wanted to go to Egypt that year on vacation but I just wasn’t up to the long flight and all the hassle of traveling overseas, so she relented and we did the driving trip instead.

We had spent the night in a crummy hotel in Pagosa Springs, CO. We got up early and I turned on the TV while Michele was in the shower. When she got out I told her that a plane had hit WTC-1 and that I had just seen a second hit. Like all of you, I wasn’t able to believe what I was seeing.

We cut our trip short and headed back to San Diego. Every evening we’d find a hotel and she’d check us in while I watched the news in the lounge. All of the radio stations had become “talk radio,” and that’s what helped us cope on the long trip home.

For weeks I kept a scrap of paper in my pocket. It was a running tally of lost firefighters and cops.

My cousin was a career Army officer. He knew almost every person killed in the Pentagon as he and his wife had both been stationed there.

God bless them all. Gob bless out military that still sever to keep us safe.

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On the phone with Kreamer to find out what time we were supposed to be on duty. In a very monotone voice he said, "Turn on your TV." I asked him what channel. In that same, unusual voice he said, "It doesn't matter." I turned on the set in the living room just in time to see the second airliner hit...

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I had just got out of the shower getting ready to go to work..my wife told me that a plane had just crashed into the World Trade Center. I finished getting ready and went to my office. I was Chief of Police in a small East Texas town. My office was located in the City Hall building..I had the only TV in the building so all the city workers from the Mayor on down camped out in my office that day watching the news

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I got off duty at 6am that morning. I remember the phone ringing, I answered it, and the voice on the other end said turn CNN on. I did, and I became sick. I sat staring at the television unitl my wife got home for lunch. She said what is going on, I told her, she took the rest of the day off. I went to work that night with a totally different outlook on things. I also called all my military friends, because the writting was on the wall that they would be heading out.

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