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Where Were You on 9/11?

On September 11th, 2001 I was homeschooling my kids – so I had slept in a tiny bit. I woke up and as I came down the hall to make my coffee, the p hone rang. It was my Mom, telling me to turn on the TV. I turned it on, adjusting my eyes still, and my breath was knocked out of me. “We’re under attack!” she told me.

I had chills. Nothing like this had ever happened in America. In my dad’s days of serving our country, in WWII, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, it was military against military, not cowardly terrorists harming innocent men, women and children in the name of a religious war. The image of dozens upon dozens of people jumping out of the towers still haunts me today. The thought of all those children on one of the flights that crashed into the Trade Centers makes me furious with the terrorists.

While we saw the worst of what humanity has to offer in the terrorists, we also saw the best of humankind. I have never seen such unity and love – I recall hearing how even prisoners had raised money for victims of 9/11. As our fear and sadness subsided, anger and revenge built up in me.

I was proud to see our President, George W Bush standing atop the rubble and reassuring me that our great nation was not going to take this lying down. I love our country and its citizens – Republicans, Democrats and even non-political. I love our economic policies where each one of us has the ability to soar if we want to. I love America and I remember those precious lives that were lost or ruined that day by the hatred and evil that descended on us.

Thank God for our soldiers out there fighting to keep the war off our ground. America has always been and always will be great – and no amount of attacks can lessen that.

9 Responses to “Where Were You on 9/11?”

  • Shaun VanDeLinder says:

    You said it Tiff!!!!!

  • Adrian says:

    I was standing on Mrs Turners doorstep collecting the Kleeneze (google it) Catalogue. She told me that a plane had hit the WTC. She didn’t have any further details.

    I imagined that a light aircraft had gone off course. It wasn’t until I had collected all the catalogues and reached home that I found out just had bad it was.

    Without seeing it you just couldn’t get your head round a jumbo jet being deliberately flown into a building.

    Now ten years later do we really know what happened and how. I’ve watched the conspiracy programs and lots of ‘experts’ have raised questions that have not really been answered regarding the collapse of the towers and the size of the hole in the side of the pentagon as well as other issues.

    In the days, weeks and months our thoughts and prayers were with the families of those who perished. Now it seems our prayers are needed by those who so selflessly waded in to the rescue effort at the time who are now dying from various illnesses cause by the toxic cloud created when the towers came down.

    Here in the UK were hear stories of rescue workers having to go to court to fight for medical care expenses. I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know all the facts but doesn’t it just seem WRONG?

    For me 9/11 seems like a lifetime ago. The twins weren’t born and I still had my own business. Yes there are reminders everywhere of the horror of that day. 9/11 seems to have become a fixed point in time. A point of reference for all manner of occasions and occurrences since 9/11.

    Let’s pray the like never happens again.

  • I was in my “Big-Truck” on the way to get an empty trailer at the old train lot. I saw another Truck Driver there so I got out and walked over to talk to him for a minute.

    As I was leaning into his passenger-side window talking to him, someone on his two-way radio said that a plane had crashed into the world trade center. Ziff and me (we called him “Ziff”) just looked at each other and assumed it was a small plane and continued with out conversation… but then the guy on the two-way radio said “…It was a Jumbo Jet…” So…

    I got back in my own truck and immediately turned on my FM radio to see what the news might be saying.

    As I was driving on my way to my own warehouse near the “Tennessee Eastman” plant (Eastman Kodak), less than two miles away, the people on the FM radio said “ANOTHER Jumbo Jet has just crashed into the other tower… we might be under attack!”

    When I arrived at the warehouse, I ran inside and spoke loudly “Did you guys hear the news about the big planes crashing into the world trade center?!!” (those guys were always listening to the radio). All the guys inside the warehouse looked at me expecting a punch-line, coz I’m a playful kinda guy.

    I screamed “Turn the radio to a different station!” (they were always listening to grunge rock stations that didn’t get into news too often), and then I jumped into my truck to make another round.

    When I got back again, about 20 minutes later, ALL THOSE GUYS in the warehouse, including the boss, were glued to the FM radio… and we listened for a few minutes… but I had work to do that could not wait so I drove my truck the rest of the day listening to the news on the FM radio.

    I had NO access to a TV until I got home at about 6 pm later that day. After seeing the “Video Replays” of the crashes on my TV it was like I just seen and heard it for the first time all day! It was weird! FFWD…

    It amazed me at just how FEW Democrats and Republicans there were the next day… EVERY American was “Just American”, plain and simple!

    Obviously I could say much much more but it would sound much like Tiffany has already wrote in this blog post.

    Good Job Tiffany!

    Gary.

  • Desmond says:

    I was at a bar and i was looking at tv (overseas)….and then i saw what happened I thought I was drinking too much then realized it was real….then headed back to our military base and had to wait like 3hrs to get back inside. The days following were really really long work days for me and my shipmates, and changed we way handle business….each disaster is bad and each one will affect everyone differently before 9/11, Katrina etc….before that it was the Oklahoma City bombings…but haven’t heard about that in ages….its just so crazy how people would want to harm innocent people.

  • Kater says:

    I listened to an NPR broadcast yesterday about an upcoming HBO show chronicling the background history of the Taliban,the education of some of the men who gave rise to the precepts espoused by this group. I didn’t hear the entire thing and haven’t seen the HBO show, but there were a couple of things that really struck me.

    I don’t know much about the Koran so I learned that the Koran teaches that anyone that commits suicide will NOT go to the promised land as a hero-as Osama and Taliban espouse. In fact, the Koran says that those that commit suicide will experience their death over and over. Reliving it again and again forever. Sounds reasonable to me-especially in the when you take out others with your own pathetic death.

    Commentator went on to elaborate on this notion that killing yourself leads to eternal salvation and a seat next to Allah is really a new thing developed by Osama and his Taliband.

    These young men (mostly men)that carry out these atrocities are so wretchedly depressed that they really want to commit suicide, but their Koran teaches that this is not what Allah wants and you will be sorry you did it.

    So this is how The Osama wins over these wretched men, he says “NO, Allah will reward you with blessing so go carry out this heinous act.” This gives these guys the perfect excuse to follow through on their own suicide not really caring at all about the residual carnage. They are going to find relief from their internal torment and be loved by Allah, finally they will be at peace.

    I don’t know how to end this post. I cannot imagine how one can be so hopeless.

    It is not in me. In my deepest, darkest moments,there has never been any inclination to strap on a cache of plastic explosives and send myself and others to kingdom come.

    So today

    -I thank my Grandparents for immigrating to the US a century ago,
    -I thank the US for welcoming them into this country even if the intention was to put them to work for pennies,
    -I thank my father for surviving a war when his best friend didn’t,
    -I thank my life partner for retiring from the Army early after smelling the stench of corpses burning inside Iraqi tanks,
    -I thank my brother for discovering a hidden talent for disarming mines and surviving it,
    -I thank those who return from war with their minds and bodies mutilated only to face another battle of survival
    -I thank those who move forward into the dark, scary places to rescue our loved ones without once stopping to ponder their own ranking in eternity

    Kater

  • Dianne says:

    I was a flight attendant for American Airlines and had flown into Seattle the night before (9/10).

    The next morning (9/11) I was getting ready for our pickup to the airport when I got a frantic call from a friend of mine wondering where I was. I told her I was in Seattle but asked why was she so upset? She said have you not heard? I said “Heard what?” Remember…the west coast is three hours behind so it was about 6:50am and I had not turned on my TV yet for the morning news shows that start at 7am. Well, I don’t have to tell you the shock I felt when I turned on the TV.

    Family and friends started calling me one after the other. My daughter was frantic wanting to know where I was and if I was OK. As the other crew members made their way to my room we couldn’t take our eyes off the TV. We didn’t know what was going to happen to us as we heard that all planes had been grounded no matter where they were.

    We called crew scheduling and they said that we were definitely not flying anywhere and they would let us know when we were leaving. We were in downtown Seattle from Monday evening until 12:00 am Friday night when we took off on a red-eye back to our base in Dallas. Seattle was a ghost town for most of the week and they thought that the terrorists might try to destroy the Space Needle.

    Me and the other crew members were hungry and couldn’t watch any more TV so we decided to try and find something to eat and got ready to venture out (around noon). When we got on the elevator, there was a couple with all their suitcases, etc. I asked them where they were going. They said “To the airport to catch their flight.” We all looked at each other and I said “Have you not been watching the news this morning? You are not going anywhere.” When we told them what had happened they were of course in shock. Unbelievable…

    By Thursday I just wanted to get out of there and go home (my parents were ready to drive there and come get me) but crew scheduling asked that we please stay there because when the planes start flying again they needed everyone in place to fly/work the planes.

    I can’t tell you how scary it was to put that uniform back on and have to fly that red-eye (12am) flight back to Dallas. When I arrived back at DFW around 5:30 am, it was virtually a ghost town. One of my Flight instructors happened to be wandering around the airport and I ran into him. I asked him how I could get to my car because the tram had been shut down that takes you back out to the employee parking lot. He said “I don’t know.” I found a kind worker outside by the taxi stands to take me out to my car.

    On Sunday morning, I was scheduled to work a flight going to Newark, NJ. Can we say terrified? The flight was probably the most quiet one I had ever worked. This was the first time people were going home to NY. As we were landing and after I got off the plane, you could still see the smoke trail coming from the sight. I can still picture it in my mind like it was yesterday.

    This whole event still makes me angry. I just returned from New York last night and had been at ground zero on Thursday. When I watch the shows about this I get even angrier especially since the place is still a big whole in the ground. Yes, they are doing construction but it has been 9 years!! Come on people…this is America! We can do better than that! We could have had this site built in a year!

    I know I will never forget and I hope the American people never forget although sometimes I think they have gotten complacent and a lot of people have forgotten.

    Not this girl. I will NEVER forget. God Bless America.

  • David says:

    Hi Tiff –

    Thank you for your personal comments on 9/11. I also enjoyed reading everyone’s response.

    With so much fear and anger clouding almost every issue we discuss, this year I felt compelled to resurrect my reflections on September 11, 2001, that were written in December of that same year, and post them to my site. They are here, if your readers are interested.

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