Where were you on Sept11?

@joyadalia (1409)
Philippines
September 10, 2008 7:26pm CST
Where were you on that ill-fated September 11 - which is commemorated today? And how did you feel? I was in college that time and we were watching television from the dormitory. Although I am in the Philippines and I am a Filipino, I cried when I saw the destruction and the thousands of people recounting their horrendous experience. What about you? Were you affected at all?
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• United States
11 Sep 08
When I first learned of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, I was in my boss's office, talking to her about the need for me to be with my father that day. The hospice nurses told my mom that my dad was in his final 24 hours of life. I was able to be with him throughout that day. My dad passed away at 2:30 a.m. the next day of emphysema. He was mostly in a coma during 9/11, which I am glad he was. He would have been heartbroken to see the USA attacked in such a fashion. He was a WWII veteran and always remembered December 17th, 1941. I felt like I was in shock for the rest of the week following. Hearing all the news reports and rumors flying about. I was really saddened over the loss of life. Not just for the Americans there, but there were many people of other countries that also lost their life that terrible day.
• United States
11 Sep 08
Oops, typo error! That was December 7th, 1941.
@joyadalia (1409)
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
I'm sorry. Yes, if he is a war veteran then that event would surely break his heart. If ordinary people can be nationalistic, war veterans are many times over.
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
I was a high school student at the time and I was at home watching tv. I am also from the Philippines and am a Filipino but I was devastated when I saw the towers fall and witnessed people dying. We used to live in the US and my dad used to work in New York. Every morning, he takes the subway and the train he takes usually passes under the World Trade Center. We were all glad that he wasn't there.
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@joyadalia (1409)
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
It was really a good thing that he was not there then.
• Singapore
11 Sep 08
Yes, it was so terrible...
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@MOMMASAM (1004)
• United States
11 Sep 08
i was at work in my hospital. the guys were watching TV and screaming ! i could not believe it. and, it kept getting worse and worse and worse. i was a purchasing agent for medical-surgical supplies. my friend worked in somerset county, PA, where the one plane crashed, too. she called to obtain body bags from my supply room. but, when i saw the downed plane on TV, i called to tell her there would be no survivors. i'm 60. i've seen the good and the bad. assignations, war, oklahoma city bombing. the list keeps growing and growing ! every time i think i've seen the worst, i have not. i lived about 40 miles from the lone plane that crashed in pennsylvania.
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@joyadalia (1409)
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
That's really really terrible.
@Amywrites (143)
• United States
11 Sep 08
I was standing in my living room watching it happen on live T.V. My husband was aboard USS Wasp and I did not see him after he left that morning for 7 months. I was scared, and felt very alone and sad for the people and familes that were watching thier loved ones involved in 911 at the moment it was taking place. I can not describe the pain I felt for everyone... All I can say I will never forget and will always pray for the people of 911 That would be the USA it affected as well.
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@joyadalia (1409)
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
That was really scary that something terrible happened and your husband is in the military .
@tparring (108)
• United States
11 Sep 08
I was at high school. In the cafeteria. I was able to see the smoke from the towers because the city is right across the bay from my town. We used to be able to see the towers from there...but now it's just a empty space in the sky
@joyadalia (1409)
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
You've lost your beautiful view along with a lot of people who perished .
@cher913 (25891)
• Canada
11 Sep 08
funny that everyone remembers where they were when there is a remarkable event whether tragic or not. my 4 year old daughter (at the time) and i were at the hospital (i was getting tested for allergies) and then we went to go get her a back pack (she started junior kindergarten the next day!
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@joyadalia (1409)
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
Yes, it's something that is so amazing about the human memory! Imagine that the event happened 7 years ago and we still can all remember what we were all doing!
@youless (91533)
• Guangzhou, China
11 Sep 08
At that time I was at home alone at night. At first I thought it was a movie, but soon I realized that it's a real fact. That's quite horrible. It's a big disaster and it's hard to believe. I became to worry about my American friends and I emailed them. I got their replies later. Glad that they were safe and sound.
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@joyadalia (1409)
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
Yes, I'm glad that your friends are alright, too.
@Jenaisle (3803)
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
I was watching via live feed on TV, It was shocking and unbelievable, No one would ever believe that America could be attacked in its own soil. It was a wake up call for everyone that no one is safe from terrorists and their wicked plans. All the best,
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@joyadalia (1409)
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
True, even up to now terrorists are formulating plans to ruin the world - not dominate - ruin!
@Hastur (101)
11 Sep 08
I was only 16 or so then. I remember being at my boyfriend's house having lunch with the family. After that we started watching the news and we all got glued to the television for long long hours It was devasting.
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@joyadalia (1409)
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
Even us from the Philippines were watching it for several days .
@palonghorn (5486)
• United States
11 Sep 08
I was logging into my computer, to get started on my online classes, when I heard on the radio that a plane had hit the world trade center. The first thought I had was that it was a small plane, not a commercial airliner. A moment later my dad called me and asked if I had the tv on, so I turned it on, just in time to see the second plane hit. I just sat down on my coffee table, staying on the phone with my dad. We were both saying (both of us having construction backgrounds) that there was no way those towers could stay standing. I stopped watching the events unfolding when they showed people jumping from the towers. I knew that if they were choosing to jump, then whatever was unfolding inside those towers was far worse. I was also a member of a volunteer fire department at that time, so the loss of the 343 firefighters touched all of us.
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@bridgetl (14)
• United States
11 Sep 08
My husband and I had just taken my son to school and were on our way home when we heard it on the radio. It was my husband's 40th birthday. What an awful day. I still remember the disbelief, it seemed like it was a movie or something. It didn't seem real at the time. I remember everyone wearing flag pins and being so supportive and proud of our country, and you don't see that as much anymore. How could anyone possibly forget.
@joyadalia (1409)
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
What a terrible day to spend a birthday!
• Singapore
11 Sep 08
Hello joyadalia, That day was a terrible day for so many people and it is hard to believe it has been so long ago already. I remember I was at my computer chatting over Internet Messaging then. Then I flicked to yahoo and saw a news headline about 9/11. I was thinking... is this a joke? Then we began talking frantically via messaging. I went out to switch on the TV and checked out BBC and CNN. I saw those images repeated over and over again... apparently it was real! Though I don't know anyone related to the incident, my heart bleeds for those poor people. I really hope peace reigns in this world and people stop resorting to violence to solve things.
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@joyadalia (1409)
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
That must have been a really terrible experience to experience it as it happened. Yes, we can always ask that question.
• United States
11 Sep 08
I was at work at the local Subway. We watched the towers fall on my bosses' computer he had it on the interent as it happened. I will never forget that day for as long as I live.
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@joyadalia (1409)
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
That's more awful - to see it as it happens (even just on the internet).
@4aps777 (1528)
• United States
11 Sep 08
i was in class at a school
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@joyadalia (1409)
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
• United States
11 Sep 08
At the supermarket buying a court of milk I just heard the clerk say on the phone to her son "they did what?"
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@joyadalia (1409)
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
Are you in NY?
• United States
11 Sep 08
i was in the 4th grade. i remember just a regular day at the beginnin of fourth grade. i was remember a counsilor came to the door brought the teacher out and wen she returned she was crying. having a nice teacher we were all wondering wat was happening she turned on the tv and well she said today sumthing horrible happened u will b leaving early today . today a terroirst attack happened we got a quick lesson on terrisim and went home. it wasnt a good day i went home and watched the news. as probly everyone was doing in my city
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@joyadalia (1409)
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
That's too sad. I'm glad that you were not hit by the terrorist attacks, though.
@nina0220 (73)
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
I just woke up when I heard the news, not from tv or from the radio but from my relatives here in the Philippines. They were particularly concern as to how my parents are doing at that time because they are in NY city visiting my brother. I felt nervous at first because I haven't heard from them either. Then they finally called and said that they were about to visit the twin towers but failed to because of what had happened. My parents were so scared at that time and were overwhelmed at what they saw because there were a lot of fire trucks and ambulance running around the city. Thank God they didn't go there prior to the explosion. It is really sad to think that even the most powerful country could experience such terrorism.
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@joyadalia (1409)
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
Very sad, indeed but they were all lucky somehow - if they were there earlier they would have been part of the destruction.
• United States
11 Sep 08
Man, it seems like yesterday. I was 15 in my sophomore year of high school. And since the school I went to was useless and didn't teach us anything, I was doing nothing. So anyway, I was about to take my daily nap in class when the secretary came in a told us what had happened. At first I was because I didn't know what or where the World Trade Center was. I had never heard that name for the Twin Towers. And yeah I'm still affected by the whole thing. I never really thought something like this would happen in my lifetime.
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@joyadalia (1409)
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
Good thing that you didn't go to school near the area, though.
@Hastur (101)
11 Sep 08
I was about 16 then. having lunch at my boyfriend's with his parents. We got glued to the televsion for hours after the first plane crashed. It was devastating http://thedayifreakedout.blogspot.com/
@joyadalia (1409)
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
I'll check your blog later.