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Where were you on 9/11?

By Oz_Media ·
I looked at my watch last night at 2:30AM and noticed the date. I instantly thought of 9/11 and where I was that morning as it all came back to me and I remembered the sheer terror of it all and the confusion as to WHAT was actually Happening in New York. First I heard America had been bombed and was at war, then more reports came in that it was a bomb in the WTC, then the seminar was stopped and a live feed brought into the conference room.

I felt for the men who were conducting the Macromedia seminar, most were from the USA and simply didn't know what to do, being away from home. Shortly after, the room dissipated and everyone ended up in one of the many local pubs.

I went and watched with friends at the Jolly Taxpayer (great name for a Canadian pub)it was some time before anyone really knew what had happened and I think that was the hardest part, how do you react to something you just don't have a clear grasp of in the first place, what do you do when you don't know what's going on?

I don't have a memory of where I was when JFK was shot but I know how it is said everyone remembers where they were, I never understood the true significance on this until last night when I had a mental flasback of that morning after realizing the date.

My deepest sympathies go out to all those who lost on that sickening day in world history, the way the American people came together was an example to all of how underneath all of our outward differences, we can all find a common heart.

With all my arguments and complaints aside, I think that today of all days is certainly a day for Americans to be proud and show their pride and strength.

Hold you heads high, God bless America

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I forgot about that part.

by mrafrohead In reply to sitting in front of a com ...

I remember now after reading your post. That was also something that freaked me out quite badly. My last daughter was born almost a month after the WTC incident. I can remember freaking out about the whole thing and thinking to myself, why bring a child into this type of environment...

Granted, looking back now, I'm glad all worked out and as of yet, my kids are relatively immune to the world around us, but at the time, I was freaked.

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Interesting

by Oz_Media In reply to I forgot about that part.

I hae often had those moments, "What made me think that bringing a new life into THIS world was a good thing?"

then I remebered WWII and the BOOM shortly after. People seemed to take the absoluate opposite reaction, instead of sayig "It's not worth it" they were saying "We better keep building our race." (Mind you there wre a LOT mroe people lost in WWII and many countries has their needed population minimzed a great deal).

So when you start to wonder WHY you brought a new life into this world, just remember, it's in these times that we need to keep our population strong and our hopes of a bright future in ou hearts.

The comments on this thread have been GREAT to read so far.

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Eerily similar.

by admin In reply to sitting in front of a com ...

My son was young and there I was at work watching that video in disbelief, over and over.

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I was in.....

by rize79 In reply to Where were you on 9/11?

When i heard about the incident i had just waken up and my friend came over to my house so we could go to school. He came in and said "did you hear what had happen?" I had no idea what he was talking about. he told me that a plane had just crashed into some building in NY. I heard of the WTC but i didnt know what they really looked like until i got to school and thats all we watched that day.

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I had just gotten to work

by mvelazquez10 In reply to I was in.....

I was picking up a bagle in the buildin'g cafeteria, when the cook inside tells me that a plane just hit one of the towers. Although I sympathized with who ever was on board the plane, I wasn't surprised, as nothing surprises you in New York. I thought that a small plane was probably flying too low, pilot was maybe drunk or stoned, and wham! he flew into one of the tallest buildings in the world. And then, the second plane hit. Okay, now something is up, something really synister is happening, this was no accident. Then we all became overwhelmed with fear upon learning about the Pentagon and Pennsylvania crashes. The best way to describe it is to imagine Godzilla and King Kong both running rampant through the streets. We felt completely helpless, over ridden with fear, shock, and grief. I remember riding the subway home later on in the afternoon, when I got off the subway, and began walking to the exit on the outdoor platform I saw the long trail of smoke from where the towers once stood, and there were Blackhawk helicopters everywhere. It was hard to sleep that night, I kept thinking about the next day and what it would bring. September 11th is a day that I will truly never forget.

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Isn't it sad that the bad things leave such an impression?

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to I had just gotten to work

When I was younger the most memorable thing was Man Walking on the Moon all those years ago and it is something that I still vividly remember. Those grainy B & W photos that where hardly discernible by todays standards where an obsolete turning point in history for me.

Then along came 9-11 and other related items and I began to despair that we as a race had actually grown as to me actions like this reek of children in kindergarten not sharing their toys.

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getting ready for an election

by misscrf In reply to Isn't it sad that the bad ...

It's always seemed significant to me that we were attacked on the day of the primary election. I was helping a candidate pass out door stoppers to remind people to vote.

We all planned to meet back at the candidate's house for breakfast. While talking, someone came in and said a plane hit the towers. We turned on the tv and saw the 2nd hit and knew right away that it wasnt a mistake.

We went back to party headquarters, and waited to receive word that the primary was cancelled.
In that, the terrorists won something that day. They stopped our free election. Nobody ever says anything about that. I think it is because so many died that day. I just think how big this is, that we lost 3000-5000 people that day.

In the last year, the Sudan lost 10000-15000 people from genocide. Colin Powell is asking for a resolution from the government foreign relations committee to do something about this. If we are to honor what happened that day, we have to stop if from happening all over the world.

That is what I remember about that day.

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Started off as an ordinary Tuesday

by bjennings59 In reply to Where were you on 9/11?

Was on my way to work, I heard on the radio that a plane hit the WTC. I thought to myself "OMG, what a horrible accident!" Pulling into the parking lot at work about 20 minutes later the 2nd plane was reported. I sat there stunned, couldn't move, couldn't get out of the car. It was so incredibly quiet at work all day, everybody talking in hushed tones. It was so difficult to get through to family and friends back East as all the lines were busy. I lived at the time SE of Denver near Buckley Air Force Base. By the time I got home that afternoon of course there were no flights airborne but the fighter jets from Buckley were circling all around up and down the Front Range. If you've ever lived close to an air force base you know how loud those jets can be. And they were flying REALLY low. I couldn't sleep all night -- but the sound of those jets overhead was very comforting.
Having grown up in NJ not far from NYC it is a shock, on my visits back to see family, to look at the NY skyline and not see those tall towers any longer.
God Bless America.
God Bless ALL who believe in Peace and Kindness toward our fellow mankind.

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An odd day remembered, but not forgotten

by jkaras In reply to Where were you on 9/11?

Well at the time I was working for UPS at night and a call center for dialup support during the day and late afternoons. Being a very busy person if I wasnt at work chances were I was asleep, life seemed to pass me by back then never keeping tabs on what going on. I remember getting off at the typical 4 a.m. and needing to be at work at the other job by 1:00 p.m. I woke to the sound of the phone ringing from my roomate calling me to inform me of what happened at about 10 something in the morning, "Jeff, you might want to sit down for what I am going to tell you. Me; "I'm laying down in bed so shoot." (being very groggy) "They got us, they bloodied our nose!!!, Who? Al queda, Al who? Terrorists they flew our own planes into the World Trade Centers, Pentagon., what type of planes? Jetliners that were highjacked full of passengers!!!!" Well?" I dont know what to say, I guess it looks like another holiday that we will have to celebrate. Jesus, Jeff your humor is rather sick at times, this isnt funny." I wasnt trying to be funny, I just dont understand what exactly you are saying, I'm dead tired and your calling about planes and buildings? We are under attack, Jeff, this isnt me kidding with you on a prank call, this is serious you need to turn on the tv." I hung up and passed out from only a couple of hours of sleep till the alarm went off as usual. I jumped in the shower and got ready for work. The problem was I didnt have any time to watch tv. When I got to work there was a big sign warning employees not to go to news websites on the attack. Instantly I put two and two together as I walked through the call center with everyone talking about it or downloading streaming video clips. That was where I first saw it on a 2"x2" clip off the internet and even at that small I knew how awful it was and felt probably the worst I've ever felt about joking the way I did in irratation to my roomate. When someone tells you to sit down I was expecting to find out that my family or friends died horrifically, people died but none that I knew, I never heard their laughs, there cries, seen their smiles, or any advice that they could have given me before their deaths. It is a profound feeling to be upset and effected by someone's death, let alone thousands of lives lost that you have no connection to. That day people were calling our tech support line, not for issues but a need to talk to someone to make sense of what had happened. It was a very difficult day getting my info from people needing someone to talk to. I didnt get to see the news till the next day early morning after UPS. I was absolutely glued to the news like I was with Desert Storm. Realizing the economic impact I bought more stock in Southwest airlines rather than Dell to help out, I also bought a big screen tv and broke it in on the covering news and families telling tales of their beloved that were murdered. It was a trying time that made me fear Bush's retaliation. I didnt want to be the next Nazi's trying to exterminate another race because the type of warfare needed to win. If Bush didnt win the presidency would there have been an attack since every news bite said Al queda calimed Bush first, America second in their threats? So many emotions, so much uncertainty, and we are still a ways away to finish this issue. If Bush doesnt win the election, do you think the attacks are going to be more or less since Bush cant attack them back? You asked what I remember about that day, and always the first thing is regret on saying the most horrible thing that ever came out of my mouth.

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