09-11-2010 08:30:24 AM
Where were you on 9/11? I think everyone has very clear memories of where they were and what they were doing. I was working at a vet clinic in Sterling, VA at the time. We had a radio turned on because a few of our clients said something was going on in New York. I had to be in at 7:30am to prep animals for the days surgeries. By 9-9:30am we are calling everyone to pick up their animals, no surgeries were going to happen and we all just want to go home. Everyone is nervous and no one knows exactly what is going on. I called my husband and asked him not to go to work. I called my Mom and Dad and asked them to go home from work. By around 11am we had gotten all the animals home, and everyone was terrified. The Pentagon had been hit and there were rumors flying around on the news that the FAA headquarters in Leesburg (10 minutes away) had been bombed (this was untrue). I went home and my husband and I watched the TV all day, mostly in shock and disbelief. We lived less than 5 miles from Dulles airport and right in a flight path, it was extremely odd for the next week to have silence and not see a single plane in the sky.
It was a traumatic day for the entire country.
09-11-2010 09:36:09 AM
I had just came home from the hospital the day before after having a hysterectomy. I was staying with my parents in Idaho while recovering. I had woken up that morning and was laying in bed watching the "Today" show. I saw the news report and went and woke my mother up. We immediately called my father who was at work at the INEL -which was a nuclear reactor site. They had went into immediate lockdown and no one was allowed to enter or leave the premises. Arturo 11 am my father was finally allowed to leave and come home.
I spent my whole time during recovery glued to the television -watching the rescues, the news reports, all the specials- 24/7. Not a good thing to do while recovering from a hysterectomy- I ended up diagnosed with PTSD afterwards.
I will always remember that day..Remember the tears that I shed, the dread that I felt and the helpless feeling that I felt not being able to help. I wasn't even able to donate blood and being an EMT I felt really helpless while watching the rescue efforts.
I believe that Alan Jackson's song " Where Were You" is the best song- It captures everything that everyone was feeling that day.
09-11-2010 09:50:55 AM
The mother of one of the guys on the crew called him on his cell phone. We were on break at Chik-fil-A. The day and week went downhill from there. As bad as the event was all the people that jumped in to help was and still is up lifting.
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09-11-2010 10:38:58 AM
It is still amazing and shocking to see the pictures. IMO, they should be shown regularly to remind us of that horrible act. There was a special on National Geo channel the other day that presented the day from Rudy Guiliani's perspective. In addition to Alan Jackson's song, I like Darrel Worley's "Have You Forgotten?"
09-11-2010 02:10:39 PM
Had arrived home from vacation the day before. Woke up to news wondering why they were showing the old World Trade Center footage from the first attack years ago. Then realized it was not the old footage it was live and happening that day.
09-11-2010 03:28:42 PM
I was at work, but staff and patients were all watching the reception room TV as events unfolded. The shock and anger we all felt must have been similar to what people felt when Pearl Harbor was attacked. My thoughts remain with the victims and their families.
09-11-2010 03:35:03 PM
Had the day off and saw it on TV, shocked and in disbelief.
I do have a problem with the media wanting us to forget. Spiderman even digitally erased the 2 towers from the move when it came out on DVD!
Would really like to see them rebuilt, same design, but stronger; would send a message, IMO.
Sad, and hope I never see anything like this again.
09-11-2010 05:49:18 PM
Was working in a park with a bunch of the guys when the Ranger came up and told us about the 1st tower being hit.
Didn't really believe him at first but we all went to the shop to watch TV. Saw the 2nd plane hit the 2nd tower and then the buildings collapse. We were all dazed and confused while sad/mad.
Went back to the job site and I wrote the date in the still wet concrete.
I'm sure the date is still there and will have to revisit someday as a remembrance.
09-11-2010 06:14:53 PM
I was getting fuel at a Ryder in St. Louis and the fueler came up and told me about it, at the time it was still in the 'accident', 1 plane hit one tower mode, shortly thereafter the 2d plane hit and everyone knew it was no accident then. Remember how sad and afraid I felt listening on talk radio after getting fuel and driving, not quite knowing what/where was happening. I know I'll never forget 9/11/01.
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