9-11 Remembrance....where were you? What were you doing? Who told you?

Discussion in 'Best Wishes/Remembrances for Loved Ones & Friends' started by cheyo, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. CoxClan

    CoxClan Member

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    We were stationed in Germany at the time, so it was afternoon for us. I was winding down our afterschool Brownie Girl Scout meeting, when one of the parents came in and pulled my co-leader and myself aside and said that a plane had hit the Trade Center, and that the Pentagon was on fire. I looked her dead in the eye and said "so what, people are stealing our planes and flying them into our buildings?" She replied that all she knew from the news at that point was that one plane hit the WTC, and the Pentagon had a fire. She never quite looked at me the same after that...LOL By the time I got home and called my mom stateside, I was watching the second plane hit the other tower.

    My DH was on lockdown on post, pending possible immediate deployment. He did get to come home, thankfully, but was on the rapid deploy list. We spent the rest of that first night packing, just in case. Bags were placed by the door.

    By 8pm that night (2pm New York time) we had soldiers patrolling the streets of our housing with machine guns. The next morning they were still there when we walked our kids to school. They had brought in concrete barricades and razor wire, as our housing was right out in the open - no walls or gates, and they were worried for our safety. (There were supposed Al Qaeda cells as close as Frankfurt - about 45 minutes away, so there were worries we could be a target.) We had a curfew - in by dusk unless on official business or under escort. It was a little like I would imagine martial law must be like. By the second or third day, the children from the nearby German school came and put flowers and candles on the steps of our school.

    It was very surreal being that far from everything, and yet being in the middle of it all. Overall, very hard to explain.
     
  2. Wysiwyg

    Wysiwyg "Failure is not an option"

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    I was teaching my 4th grade class. I had just walked them to the gym for PE and was on my way back to my classroom. I noticed a group of teachers standing in the hallway and I walked up. They asked if I had heard. When they told me that a plane had hit the tower, I asked "on purpose?" I then immediately thought we were going to war. I ran to my classroom and turned on the TV in time to see the tower fall. Our principal decided that no TVs should be turned on and no outside calls were to be made, it was not our place to tell the children. Basically keep them innocent as long as possible. I (against orders) called my daddy and cried. I asked him to go pick up my then 2 yr. old from daycare. I was afraid for her, wondering what kind of world I had brought a child into.
    For the rest of the day, we were on lockdown. No recess, doors locked, even at dismissal, the kids stayed in the classroom until their parents came. Runners from the office would come by periodically to let us know what was going on.
    I can clearly remember standing out on the deck with my daughter in my arms and nothing in the sky. It was so quiet, eerie.
    The next day at school, we just talked. It was amazing the comments my 4th graders made. We just cried together. One boy asked plainly, "Why do they hate us so much? What did we do wrong?" I had them to write a letter about their feelings. I still have those letters and plan to read them to my class this Friday. The world changed.
    What is strange to me now is teaching kids that have no memory of this tragedy. I want to reinforce appreciation of the heroes that day, the firefighters, first responders, and Flight 93. They may not remember, but they should never forget!
     
  3. Hacksaw

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    I was in the warehouse at work.At the time I was a cable guy so the boob tube was always on.There were about 8 of us techs and the 4 ladies from the office. It was on MSNBC (office manager) and they were actually doing a live thing outside in downtown NYC. You could hear the first plane and then after what seems like no time at all they had the video of the smoke and fire.While the anchor reported on the confusion and his belief that it was an accident the second plane hit.We all sat there in awe.One of the office ladies cried. After watching that we all had to go about our day like it was any other day (like most people) with one exception this day at every stop the tv was showing the same thing. We listened in our trucks and discussed it on our radios.After the reality set in that it wasn't an accident the hurt set in followed by anger. I am still angry about that day but at least now I have come to accept that it wasn't Muslims that perpetrated that attack it was an evil man. One of the best days I've had since that day was when the announcement was made that they got him.
     
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    I was at a bakery convention in Las Vegas staying at the Las Vegas Hilton. I remember all the betting lounge tv's were tuned into the broadcast and there wasn't anyone on the gaming floor except a few dealers and some of them were crying. It was eerie when you went outside because being so close to the airport, you are get use to seeing planes flying in and out but there wasn't on to be seen. It is something I will never forget.
     
  5. cheyo

    cheyo New Member

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    Thank you all for sharing your stories.
     
  6. RQQFER

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    It's so odd to read all these postings. I think I've just always narrowed it down to what I was doing, in my own little bubble. I had only been married about a year, and we worked 40miles apart and lived another 40 away. I remember distinctly talking to a Pearl Harbor Survivor that morning...and the sadness in that man's eyes. I have seen a sticker on a truck that sums up my feelings, "Support the warrior, not the war". I've become more passive since having kids, I hate the violence I've seen. I hate even more seeing what has become of people, the injured (or worse) coming home to their kids or parents. Although I cannot condone the war, I appreciate the courage they have, and will continue to support them.
     
  7. BratsMuttsNFish

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    I was in school at LSU-Alexandria sitting in the third seat, second row from the door in Greg's psychology class. This guy, who I didn't know, walked in a few minutes late and said, "Hey you know a plane just crashed into the world trade center." Greg, the teacher, said "okay," and kept on with the lesson. Once the class ended there was just frantic talk everywhere. I went to my next class and no one was there, so I just went home. I got home, turned on the tv and a few minutes later the second plane crashed into the buildings. I was pregnant at the time and I can remember thinking about what kind of world this was going to be for a child to grow up in.
     
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    I was home from work with a sick 3 yo DS. We were sitting on the couch and he had finally fallen back to sleep on my lap. I was afraid to move for fear of waking him up, so I turned on the TV. It was so odd to be home at all during the day and I never see daytime TV. But I turned on Good Morning America right after the 1st plane had hit and they were still thinking it was an accident. They were showing footage of the smoke pouring from the tower as we all watched the 2nd plane hit live.

    It was so surreal to realize that this was no accident. And to watch the rest of the events of the day unfold.

    Hearing stories on the radio today, and reading all these stories here, just brings up all that emotion again so strongly. As well as all the memories of the surge of patriotism and compassion that followed.

    And all of you posters who are/were military and first responders have my undying gratitude!

    (edited because I realized that my patriotic comment may have unintentionally offended...)
     
  9. mdigby

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    Like Wysiwyg I am also a school teacher(high school science). I was in my class room (2nd period human anatomy class) when we got a message by runner from the office. The school was placed on lock down. No one was to leave or enter rooms and we we also told to keep the computer and TV off. I teach about 45 min from Baltimore and there was concern that students would have family at the pentagon or in DC.

    Of course word traveled anyway. Parents began arrive at school to pick up their children, Students began to receive texts. We spent the next several hours attempting to manage the release of students to parents and school buses.

    It was eerie to be outside with no aircraft noise. The world was changed on that day.

    The students I have in class now were in 2nd grade when this occurred. They do not have vivid memories of the events like many of us. I would guess that a historical parallel might be when my parents talked to me about the assassination of president Kennedy. I listened, but I couldn't REALLY understand the feelings and the meaning behind what they told me.

    I agree that we should "Never forget" but If you had to choose what we shouldn't forget... What would you choose?

    • Would you want them to remember the profound shock and sense of personal and national mourning for the victims and families?

    • Would you want to remember the worldwide media coverage, in real time, of the tragedy as it unfolded?
    • Would you want to remember the national ANGER against the criminals who attacked our nation?
    • The patriotism shown in the months and years after the attack?
    • Will you remember the selfless attitude where strangers help each other?
     
  10. Hacksaw

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    I personally think that the things that should not be forgotten are all of the above. They all have their merits and have strong ties to each other. Without the media coverage how deeply would the pain be felt by someone in any other place? Without the anger how strong would the Patriotism be? Without the Patriotism to what extent would the nation have "come together" ? It is intertwined and cannot be separated. To quote singer Daryl Worley

    "They took all the footage off my T.V.
    Said it's too disturbing for you and me
    It'll just breed anger that's what the experts say
    If it was up to me I'd show it everyday"

    In this age of political correctness where it takes a village to raise a child we spend entirely too much time caring what other people think. But that is just my opinion and you are entitled to yours (until they take that right away from us)
     
  11. chrismarques

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    Was working at a Mazda dealer in Orlando. My mom called me after the first plane and was worried about our old neighbors in NJ that worked in the city. She was hysterical when the second plane hit. There was not a working tv in the dealer or waiting room (sorry cheap owners [:(!]) so we had snowy screen and could only hear the reports.
    We had a service seminar that night the manager would not cancel and made us stay at work until almost 10 pm. I met the wife for dinner late that night and there was only a B+W tv with rabbit ears in the diner. Finally saw the first pictures/video in color or clear at almost midnight and don't think I got to sleep at all.
    Remember hearing a guy a year ahead of me from my HS was killed there. Knew him but never really friends, always a nice guy.
     
  12. Mosbyranger

    Mosbyranger Onward, thru the fog...

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    My son, now 21 yrs old and in college said something very interesting the other day as we were discussing the 9-11 incident. He said "Dad, I don't remember what life was like before all this happened" I was stunned, as I had never consider this point of view. I guess this will be his reality as he makes his journey through life. It's a sad and terrible thing. Just another consequence of the criminal acts of 9-11.
    MR
     
  13. MamaK

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    I was at home when one of my daughters called to say she'd heard about a plane crashing into the WTC on the radio, but thought they were just messing with the listeners as often happened. I turned on the TV to check it out and was watching the live coverage of the first crash when the second plane hit. I knew immediately that this was a very bad thing and called to my husband. He worked nights and was sleeping. We both watched in stunned silence as the crawl talked about a plane crashing into the Pentagon and others unaccounted for. I called my mom who lives in another state just to tell her I loved her because who knew what else was going to happen. I don't think we left the room except to answer calls of nature. When the first tower collapsed, it was hard to comprehend and then the second one came down. We live near an airport and often have planes flying right over us, it was so strange to neither see nor hear them, except for the military ones. I remember almost wanting to cheer the first time I noticed one back in the sky. My husband had been a volunteer firefighter for years and had often travelled to NY for parades with his department. They'd often visit with the NYFD and knew people who gave their lives trying to save others that day. It's a day that I will most likely never forget unless I end up with Alzheimer's.
     
  14. electronflux

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    Being in the military, I'm used to complete strangers coming up to me and thanking me for my service when I'm out in uniform (now). So the shoe was on the other foot today when my family and I took Glenn Beck's suggestion to visit the FD at home. We didn't know what to expect when we just "showed up" at the Dept.

    The firemen were out on a call when we got there so the one that was there gave us a tour while we waited for them to get back.

    When they got there they were surprised and happy that someone took the time out to come and thank them. We all recounted our stories about 9/11, finished the tour shook hands and left.

    They said that us showing up was the best part of their day.
     

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