Where Were You On September 11?
September 11, 2001 is one day that no American will ever, ever forget. Whether you were in New York City, at work, at home, at school, you will always remember where you were the moment that you heard about the Twin Towers being hit. Something as traumatic as that is not something that you forget. We asked around at the station to see where people were and how they felt on that day.
“i was drivin in to work that morning and heard john boy and billy saying that a small plane had hit the world trade center and they said it might be a plane off course…soon we found out it was a huge plane…i got to work and all the dj's were watching the tv and then the Mix morning show screamed there was another plane and that's when it sank in that we were at war…we were all glued to the tv the rest of the day and thru the week…i still get chills every time i think back to that day…”
“I was working on the air at Star 105.9 in Portland, OR. When the news broke on the West Coast is was pretty early in the morning. Our morning show, Jamie and Danny, immediately stopped what they were talking about and aired TV feed straight from ABC News out of NYC. Information from coming from them quicker than we could get it.I turned the TV on in our news room and was watching it live as it was happening and I watched that second plane go straight into building and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and my morning show, which was syndicated out of Los Angeles were echoing what I was saying to myself. Then we learned about the plane that went through the Pentagon and the other plane that went down in Shankesville, PA. Those passengers were heroes in that they saved it from heading into Washington, D.C.”
“I was at home with my newborn son. He was just 5 days old when it happened. I was taking my oldest daughter to elementary school that morning when I heard the first reports on the radio.”
“I was in World Geography Class — 9th Grade. At first, we were all confused as to what was actually going on. We went to the library in the school and turned the TV's on. That's the very moment when the fear, shock, sadness, and anger came over me. “”
“I had been married less than one month, and we had just found out we were expecting. I was driving to work and when it happened they said that a missile had hit the Twin Towers. I thought to myself “Wow, that's odd.” As I walked into work, Christie called me and told me that it was no missile, but a plane. And that's when everything went tumbling down. We sat in front of the television all day just in shock. I distinctly remember someone saying “This country will never be the same again.”
I will never forget where I was on that fateful day. I had just gotten back home from walking my sweet daughter Chloe to kindergarten. I came into the house through the backdoor and there was this image on TV the Twin Towers on fire. I called my husband to tell him what I thought was going on, and in that instant I saw the second plane fly into the second tower. That’s when I knew this was not an accident. Two weeks before 9-11, my husband and I had just returned from a great vacation in NYC. On our visit we had visited the World Trade Center.
When 9/11 happened, I was sitting in the parking lot at TJC across from the HPE building in my car studying for an exam. I was listening to the radio (at the time it was Kiss 107 Fm). The morning show broke the story, and I immediately got chills. I then called my parents to see if they were watching the news as I ran to the Student Center. They were describing in detail what was taking place. When I got to the Student Center, the news was on and the aircraft then hit the second tower! I got sick to my stomach. Students were crying and I was no exception. By the time I went to class, a student aid told everyone that the Dean had dismissed classes for the remainder of the day.
“I was at work when I heard about the tragedy. We all rushed to the conference room and turned on the tv to see the horrific images of people falling from the building. Instantly I made a mental check list on the where abouts of my children were if they safe – my older kids were at school and I was assured they were safe. I had to fight the urge to leave work and go pick them up. Trying to explain to my kids why this happened was impossible as I didn’t even understand – in fact I still don’t completely wrap my mind around that level of pure evil. The evidence is apparent that it exists but I truly can’t understand it. I remember tearing up thinking about the kids who wouldn’t get to greet their parents at the front door ever again. That day I realized I didn’t know who the enemy was any more.”
I remember sitting in Social Studies when our principal came busting in the room. He walked over to my teacher and whispered something in her ear. Next thing I know she turns on the t.v. just in time for me to witness the second two be struck. Next thing I know all my friends were getting pulled from class by their parents and everyone freaking out. The school tried to keep the usual schedule but failed.
I know what you're thinking: “Fourth Grade?!”. Yes, I was in the fourth grade, I'm a young'n. I remember 9/11 very vividly and just about every detail from that day. My birthday is 9/12, so its hard forget. I had my birthday party planned for that day, but because of what happened, we had to cancel it. As a fourth grader, that's basically the end of the world. I remember getting my backpack all together and getting ready to leave school, when Ms. Helms got on Yahoo! like she did daily, but this time it wasn't a funny article she told us about. I looked at the computer and saw a picture of the second plane hitting the Tower. I didn't quite understand what the big deal was. When I got in the car, my mom broke the news about the party and proceeded to start crying as she explained to me the events of that day. After watching the news and listening more, I realized just how serious this was, and I realized how much of an effect this was going to have on the rest of my life.