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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 10:12 AM
---when you first heard of the attacks on New York and Washington?

I got to wondering where everyone was. Found most folks at the television monitors and asked what movie they were watching.
I then saw the "LIVE" logo on all the channels and heard the different news people talking about the "terrible accident" of a plane flying into one of the World Trade towers.
Heard the announcement of the plane hitting the Pentagon and watched as the second tower was hit.
When the first tower fell, we were so closely gathered that we moved as one to back away and take a deep breath, with a collective "oh damn" coming from the crowd.
We actually had to "break ranks" to let one of the females go to the restroom because she had become physically ill.

When the second tower fell, it was if the reality had finally hit home and the questions started to fly about what could we do, and how do we protect ourselves.

Many thought that since it was a terrorist attack, that military bases would be next. With Robins AFB close by, many were concerned that the Macon area would be affected.

Those of us who were formerly military were singled out and asked what to do in the situation. Our main response was to make sure that on the way home you filled your gas tank, got some batteries for your flashlights and radios, buy some bottled water/drinks and canned food, and to fill any container you have at home with water, including bath tubs.
Since we didn't know what could happen next, it was best to be prepared as if for a natural disaster.

So, where were you when you heard the news?

 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 10:14 AM
walking up a flight of stairs at work when someone told me.

 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 10:25 AM
At work. Looking at the pics on the new sites all day.

 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 10:31 AM
Was working as a bartender in Chicago, I worked until 4am, my then-girlfriend-now-wife worked corporate, 8-5. She called me and woke me up after the first plane hit, turned on the TV and spent the next 20 hours with Peter Jennings. She joined the mass exodus from downtown. We had just bought a case of wine and we put it to use. Ordered delivery food for two meals. I couldn't leave the TV.

 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 10:39 AM
At home getting ready for work - watching the Today show as I ironed my shirt. It absolutely stunned me then took everything I had to finish up and make it into the office. When I did get to work, there was a TV set up in the foyer and a group of people surrounding it, watching the news coverage with stunned (some tearful) looks on their faces and in cubicles, people frantically calling family members who lived and worked in NYC. Many were not yet aware of the extent of the attack - that the Pentagon and Pennsylvania held more tragic stories.

 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 10:39 AM
I was at a meeting when our VP came in to tell us. We went to another area that had a TV and watched. Our boss told us to go home around 11:30. Picked my daughters up from school and watched more of it unfold on TV.

 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 10:41 AM
I work in Jersey City , directly across the Hudson river from downtown Manhattan & the WTC. My desk had a window view of that. I had just gotten to work when someone came over to our side of the building saying the WTC was on fire. We would keep our window blinds down in the morning as the sun would be flowing directly into our windows at that time of the day. Within a few minutes we had several people from other areas that did not have a view coming over by my work area. People I had worked with in California called me asking what was going on ( I had moved back from Cali to NYC the previous year ) as I had told them of my window seat with the grat view of downtown NYC. As I was talking to them , I looked away from the window for a moment and one of my co-workers , who NEVER utters a "curse" word exclaimed "Holy Sh*t !!" as the second plane plowed into the WTC. I turned to the window to see the fireball exploding from the building. Just before 10AM we got the word to leave and as I got to the street outside I just stood there for a moment staring at the disaster unfolding across the Hudson. It was then that the first tower collapsed , with a frightening noise that was / is indescribable. I had no way to get home to Staten Island as they had the Bayonne Bridge closed , so after stopping in a diner in Bayonne and eating breakfast , I went to a local tavern and watched on the TV what was happening while waiting for the bridge to open so I could make my way home. Not one of the better days of this life.

 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 10:49 AM
I was at home working and my wife called and told me to turn on the television. It was a moment of disbelief and suspense as I saw the second tower fall.

I tried to explain it to my children this morning. I told them it was a very very important anniversary. My son asked what kind of bomb was used. I told him I would tell him when he got a little older. I couldn't explain to them that the terrorists used planes full of people that flew out of Logan airport--an airport we also use--to blow up the buildings.



 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 11:19 AM
Preparing for my wedding. I woke up that morning and my dad told me that NYC was bombed. This was before anyone knew exactly what happened. Not believing him I went into the living room to watch CNN. I got to the TV just in time to see the second plane hit.

 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 12:21 PM
I was at work watching it on TV in our breakroom.

 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 12:21 PM
Me and a friend were on a weekend vacation up at Lake Placid. The New York Islanders were holding their training camp there and it is God's country up there as far as scenery. Well we went to the early morning practice and were having a conversation with Islander Hall Of Fame goaltender Billy Smith when the first plane hit. What we heard at that point was that it was an accidental crash and we assumed that it must have been bad weather down in NYC.

When the practice ended we went across the street to a little tourist tee shirt type store to buy a shirt or two. While we were browsing the store owner got a call from his wife and said "Holy cr@p, we are under attack, the other tower has been crashed into. We made it back to the cabin about a minute before the first tower collapsed and my heart just sunk. Our vacation was basically over and we spent the next three days sitting in front of the TV watching the horror unfold.

 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 12:32 PM
We had just gotten internet access at our desks at work. One of my coworkers saw a photo and a story on msn or yahoo after the first plane hit. Like many other people we thought it to be a small plane accident. When we heard the second plane hit there was total disbelief at what was happening.

The call center had a rarely used TV that we turned on. Many of us were away from our desks watching the news coverage. It was a Tuesday, normally a busy day on the phones, but they had almost all gone silent by that point.

We watched the first tower fall on TV. I walked away and went back to my desk. Nobody was talking. No phones were ringing.

 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 12:40 PM
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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 12:42 PM
I was in my office listening to Howard Stern when he suddenly shouted "what the hell was that?" and someone on his staff looked out the window and said the Tower is on fire. Howard went to the window and reported live as the second plane hit. I called my wife and told her turn on the tv and told everyone in the office what just happened. We were all in disbelief and shock.

 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 12:46 PM
Teaching in my classroom, obviously we watched in horror that day. What can you say to students when something that evil takes place. I just let them express their anger and horror.

 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 01:19 PM
Driving to my office, i could see it. When I got to my office we went to the pier in Hoboken and watched them fall...It was really **** ED UP. I will never forget that site.

 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 01:50 PM
I was in the same GA office I am now. My sec'y had a TV on her desk, and told me that a plane had crashed into the WTC. I went to her desk to take a look, and saw the 2d plane hit live. I knew what it was then, and after the Pentagon, closed the ofc and headed home to watch the coverage for hours.

I can still recall the feeling of powerlessness all I knew to do was call the Red Cross to help. And I had a US flag I had been meaning to screw in a mount for on the front of the house. It was up by dusk that day.

 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 02:01 PM
I was in 8th grade at the time and a teacher told my teacher to turn on the TV. I saw the second plane hit live and was stunned. I didnt understand what happened. Went through the rest of the day just wondering why someone would do that. Went home and watched a little news coverage but got sick of hearing the same thing over and over so I turned it off but was still sick to my stomach and am today just thinking about it.
 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 02:01 PM
I was living in Reno. I heard on the radio driving to work a plane had hit the WTC. I thought it was a small plane, and an accident. When I heard about the second one, I knew something bad was going on. We listened to the radio all day long while we worked, and I saw the first footage that evening when I got home. The thing I remember most was that no planes were flying that day.

 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 02:07 PM
I had dropped my sons off at school that morning. I came home and turned on the Today show. When the first plane hit, I thought it had to be an accident. Total disbelief. When the second plane hit, I was in fear. The stories were switching back, and forth from Washington, New York, and Pennsylvania. I called the school to see if they were dismissing early. I was told no. I wanted to be close to my family. There was several days just staring at the TV unable to sleep just hoping there would be more survivors. All of my gigs were canceled. I could not entertain people, and really didn't even listen to music for a few days. In my home there was lots of prayer. I knew that day changed my life forever, but my concerns were my sons. What was the future from that day on. The first normal thing I remember after that was baseball resuming after days of empty stadiums.

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 02:27 PM
Strange how our minds can remember so vividly the accounts of that tragic day. I was feeling bad that morning and was running late. I can remember sitting in my chair at home in front of the TV lacing up my boots with my red tie getting in the way of tying my shoe laces. CNN just had announced that the World Trade Center was on fire. I sat back, like everyone and just could not believe what I was watching. The questions being asked by the anchors, of what actually was happening. All I thought about was the folks in the building hoping they would escape the fire safely. But in the back of mind, a fire like that in a building that size was a disaster in the making.

Then the shock and horror of the second plane slamming into the 2nd tower. Old my God I thought. What is going on. Then all the reports indicating that planes were being hijacked and were being used to attack us. Then the telephone rings. Its my sister, asking if I had heard what was going on. I told her yes, WOW. Then she asked if I had heard from our Mother and Father. I said know, and then realized they were flying home from Boston that morning. We were so worried about them. About a hour or so we got a call from them saying that they were safe. They never boarded. They were at Logan trying to get a rental back to the Cape. They new they were not going anywhere soon. What a frightening thought about our parents possibly being on one of those planes. Thank God we were one of the lucky ones.

For all you folks that eye witnessed this tragic event first hand, it must have been a tough time settling it in your memory. Reading some of the accounts above, what a terrible event to witness. I would compare it to being at Pearl Harbor if not worst. Dealing with that memory must be very tough. Prayers out to you all.

My son and I went to NYC on NYE (2003)to see Govt Mule at the Beacon. We visited Ground Zero. It was the only place we visited while in NYC. I can remember standing there looking in to that big hole in the ground. It was such a quiet, somber place. It was like you could still hear those building crashing down. You could still see some evidence of the disaster. I remember standing there, my son and myself with tears running down our faces and my son saying, Lets Roll. Man, we both just about lost it. We had to walk away. I do not think we said a single word til we got back to the Milburn Hotel near the Beacon. What an experience. Just so Sad. My son grew up and matured quite a bit that day. He was around 15 at the time. Actually I grew a little wiser and maturer that day too. He told me a year or so later, thanks for taking him there. He didn't want to go to Ground Zero at first, but now is glad I took him.

 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 02:33 PM
I was at work in training, my now Ex wife was on the 4rth floor when it happened. We had coffee that morning together and thought of what we were going to do for my parents 30th anniversary that night

 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 04:10 PM
I was in my company truck on a jobsite listening to The Big Show and John Boy and Billy were relating the stories as they unfolded to their listeners. I sat there in my truck, feeling totally helpless, totally defenseless, with a strong desire to get my children out of school and lock us all up in my house. I don't remember what time I actually was able to leave work and go home. Life, and my outlook on life, certainly changed on that day. Within two months, I had my conceal carry permit, a 40 caliber Smith and Wesson and a Remington 870 Express shotgun. I made it a point to go by Ground Zero when I was in NYC for Beacon 2007. It is hallowed ground now. A truck driver at my then job lost a sister in the towers. R.I.P. to all the victims.

 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 10:31 PM
I want to thank everyone for keeping this thread intact, as a place to remember what you saw and how you felt through that day.
Some may have gotten a new perspective on what went on, some have found out how it hurt others.
If anyone else wishes to add to this, please do. We want to help folks heal, to let them know that as the song says, "you'll never walk alone".

Prayers for all those who were lost that day, and continued prayers for those left behind.
May you always remember your loved ones with gladness, and let the pain of their passing fade away.

 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 10:43 PM
I can still recall the feeling of powerlessness all I knew to do was call the Red Cross to help. And I had a US flag I had been meaning to screw in a mount for on the front of the house. It was up by dusk that day.



After it was all starting to sink in after a day or so, I remember the potent desire of wanting to put a flag on the front of our house. When I went to get one, there were NONE to be found anywhere.

 

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