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« on: September 11, 2006, 05:10:36 PM »

It's hard to believe that it has been five years since the September 11, 2001 attacks. :cry:

I am asking all the forum members to share where they were and what they were doing as all of this was happening.

I joined the awful events of that morning late.  I woke up at 7:04 a.m. Pacific time.  By this time, three of the four plane crashes had happened and one of the World Trade Center towers had collapsed.  The first thing I remember seeing was a split screen of the WTC and the Pentagon.  Meanwhile, the late Peter Jennings was narrating the events.  As with everyone else, it took me a while for my mind to begin to understand what happened.

I watched the North Tower collapse.  This was huge.  These two 110-story towers that had defined New York City was no more.

Also, word had come of the fourth plane crash, in rural Pennsylvania.  At first, I could not understand why this had happened, and thought that it was unrelated to the terrorist plot.  Only later did the story of the heroic passengers emerge.  It was the only good thing to come out of one of America's worst days.

For some reason, I flipped the TV to ESPN.  When I saw the same footage I saw on ABC, and the words "You are watching live coverage from ABC News," this is when I first realized the enormity of the day's events.  Later, I learned that dozens of non-news networks either simulcast news or shut down completely.

I worked at South Bay Vocational Center back then, and I called the office to see if I had still had to go to work that day.  When I was told that I had to, I was extremely disappointed.  I wish I could have stayed home all day.  As it was, the TV was on in the office, both that day and the next.

On this day, please put your politics aside and remember the victims and those who are fighting to preserve the freedoms we no longer take for granted.  Thank you.

Buddy Wayne Barefoot, unhappy with Baby Brian's handiwork, finds his true passion.Smiley
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2006, 08:54:04 PM »

Being on the West Coast just like Desmond, I awoke just after it all happened.  It was total disbelief and I thought Don was watching a movie until I saw his face and heard the news person.  I don't know what channel he was on.  I think, Fox News or MSNBC.  I was in a state of shock and it seems like the whole day, and many thereafter, went by in slow motion.  Since that day, I know I have made a point of always letting people know I care; and the flag has become much more important around our house.  I don't fly it but I have it in a place that I see it every day when I wake up.  Although one cannot compare it to anything else, it brings a similar response in my heart that the Mt. St. Helens eruption brought, as well as the day I watched President Kennedy get assinated when I was in a room full of pre schoolers sleeping on mats while I was watching tv.  

My heart and thoughts are still with those people and everyone who loved them.
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« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2006, 09:16:45 PM »

I remember driving into work listening to the radio and they stopped right in the middle of a song with a CNN breaking news feed saying that a plane had just hit one of the towers.  I was almost at work so once I got in, myself and the other 5 employees (and two bosses) were all listening to a local AM radio station here.  I remember us trying to keep checking CNN's website but it was so overloaded with traffic we couldn't get through very often on the "refreshes".  We were listening live when the second plane hit and when the plane crashed in PA and into the Pentegon. It was utter disbelief as we all stood there dumbfounded wondering what the h*** was going on.  We kept hearing stories about other aircraft that were possibily "missing" which all turned out to be incorrect reports..  We had a small black and white TV on and caught the towers fall.  Truly mind numbing.

My wife and I were married Sept. 11, 1999 and ever since the attacks in 2001, we never "celebrate" our anniversary on this date. We save it for a few days after in memory of those who lost loved ones.

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