Remembering 9/11

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There are a handful of events in life that are stored up in our minds in striking detail.  For me, there was the assassination of John F. Kennedy (I was in Mr. Stafford’s 4th period history class when a voice came on the loudspeaker announcing the president had been shot). 

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As a high school junior with what I thought were more important issues on my mind, like who I would flirt with after class, I couldn’t imagine how that would have any impact on my life.

The second most vivid disaster memory is of September 11, 2001.  Of all days I wasn’t watching the news as I normally did until Good Morning American went off the air.  On that day, the cool fall weather had me out in the garden doing some clean up chores.

Around 8:45 I jumped in the car to make a 9 a.m. appointment with my CPA when I heard on the radio that a small plane had hit one of the Trade Center Towers in New York City.

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How bazaar, I thought.  It was a clear day in New York too, and some pilot had strayed off course and hit a sky  scraper?

Unbelievable!  By the time I got to T. E. Lott & Company, the second plane had hit and the entire office paused for a prayer. It was just dawning on us what was happening.

In utter horror, we watched the attack on the Pentagon from on Jeff Reed’s little office TV.  I forgot why I was at the accountant’s office and went home in a daze to call my children.  They were living in New Orleans, and I feared attacks on other cities.  The next two weeks had me glued to the television set as the horrific event unfolded.

So, do you remember what you were doing when you first heard about the attacks?  I bet you can also remember the details of what you were doing on the day of JFK’s assassination.  I’d like to hear it.

6 thoughts on “Remembering 9/11

  1. Like you, I was in school when I heard about JFK. I am not sure how I felt, shock, grief, anger.
    For 911 I was working a gift show in Boston. When I heard, my first thought was of Mike in NYC and I started trying to call him. All phone lines were down. Very scary. Then I was worried about Linda Gayle as I knew that she flew American. Wasn’t sure how to reach her as her number was not in my phone at that time.
    Then we found that several of our manufacturers were on that flight out of Boston. We were stuck at the Trade Center until much later in the day as all roads in Boston were closed. All traffic except for emergency and law enforcement was blocked from travel on the roads. There were no TV’s there, only a radio. So the carnage was not seen by us until late that evening when we were finally allowed to return to our hotel. Very hard day.
    Both will never be forgotten.

  2. I was in the air flying back to Detroit from Pheonix. Nothing was said on the plane but the cabin attendant told us that we had an emergency landing in Lake Havasu, After we landed we were told that all planes were grounded and explained. No rental cars available, but I did get and share a room with a fellow passenger at the Holiday Inn. Locals ran a shuttle service for shopping and restaurants. It was ak long week. I finally got home the next Tuesday. A rare week spent trying to work and figure out how I was going to get home.

  3. Emily, I wrote 2 lengthy stories about both of these sad, tragic events and when I posted, your page was “embarrassed” because it could not be found. too tired to begin, but they will be in my memories always!
    I enjoy your blogs and you do have talent to entertain with your various stories. Thanks

  4. During the 911 attacks, I was working at the bank. My boss let me go home and bring back a small television, which we all watched in horror as the events unfolded. When Kennedy was assassinated, I was in the middle of taking an algebra test at Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler, Texas. I recall that it was very difficult to finish the test after our teacher told us about it. We couldn’t believe it happened in Texas. Dallas was just 90 miles from our home. I remember being home from school for several days and watching Jack Ruby kill Lee Harvey Oswald on television as well as the funeral dirge. I also recall going to a football game the following Friday after all this happened and crying during the prayer. There was a pall over the stadium and total silence. Kennedy was not particularly liked in Texas at the time but he was our president, and no one wanted this to happen. Sad that it takes events such as this to bring back patriotism!

  5. JUST FINISHED RUNNING THE DOGS-AND ME—DANNY DUFRECHE WAS IN TOWN—WE WALKED IN THE HOUSE AND THERE WAS THE SECOND PLANE CRASHING IN…..WE STOOD-STUNNED…….NEVER FORGET WHO THESE PEOPLE ARE—SEEMS THE PRES. HAS….SO SAD WHERE WE ARE AS A COUNTRY–WITH SO MANY YOUNG PEOPLE OT PAYING ATTENTION……..

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