Where were you when you heard about the bombing on Sept 11, 2001?

United States
September 10, 2011 11:44pm CST
One last time. It was a Tuesday so I had the day off. At the time my mom was still alive and she was getting ready for her daytime job. G-d bless her , she let me sleep through it! I got up around 9am EST , so both planes had already hit. she didn't go to work obviously and spent all day and night watching CNN and our local news. See we live about 8 miles from D.C. and a few ,miles from the Pentagon. I remember thinking , It is the end of the world! And them so loved as many nations , who's peoples go through this almost every day sent support . It was like America was everyone's spoiled baby sister and she was hurt and they were there to comfort her. days later when I got to go back to work , I remember the one thing I decided to do was to greet Every Muslim American Woman I saw. These b@stards were not going to make me turn my back on my Muslim cousins , because that's how I see them as cousins! In fact that is one of the main things I have noticed that has changed. There are more Muslim Americans of Every shade! Before I didn't notice them , I believe there were less! So here we are 10 full years later.Still here! Still spoiled. Still can and will be united when it matters most. So one last , painful time, where were you on Sept 11, 2001?
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32 responses
• Canada
11 Sep 11
I was in elementary school, age 12. We really didn't know what to say or think about it. We were young kids, and we were not into the news then. It was announced at our school intercom, and the principal dedicated herself to updating us about the current situation. When I got home, all I see on the news channels were replays, and media coverage of the current situation. We were young, but we weren't stupid, we could easily tell that all the adults had frustration and sadness on their faces.
• Canada
11 Sep 11
Also, just to fix your title, it wasn't a bombing in a way. It was terrorist hijacking a plane, but nonetheless I understood your idea, and it was a very very sad day.
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• United States
11 Sep 11
My bad. Here in the States all we have to say is Sept 11th . But I wanted all of My Lot to respond, not just Americans. I totally forgot that there are young adults that were just mere children whn this happened. Thanks for your response.
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• Canada
11 Sep 11
I was into the second day of a course at the community college, and my mother was out buying a new coffee pot. My prof left the room to take an urgent phone call, and then came back and told us exactly what happened. Mom was at the store, and there was a "traffic jam" into the electronics department, because the TVs were on, and people were crammed in there to see what was up.
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• United States
11 Sep 11
Were you with Hubby? I have lost all track of time.
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@winterose (39932)
• Canada
11 Sep 11
yep I agree there are many decent muslims, they should not be persecuted because of the 2 percent who are crazy radical terrorists
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• United States
11 Sep 11
And that 2% isn't Truly Muslim or they wuld want and cherish peace. I'm glad that for the most part Us Americans didn't fall for the lie that All Muslims are terrorists!
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@winterose (39932)
• Canada
11 Sep 11
I read an article by a fellow writer colleague and he posted a reported that about 62 percent of Americans blame all muslims for the events. It is sad
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• United States
11 Sep 11
They didn't pole me! There are many who don't think that way.
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@stealthy (8189)
• United States
11 Sep 11
I was unemployed as I have been for 20 years and living off of my own investments. Being in a time zone that is two hours later, I was awakened by my radio alarm and heard the report that a plane had crashed into one of the World Trade Center buildings and not much else was said at the time. I thought, like so many, that a small plane must have been what happened. By the time I was up and getting breakfast, I was in time to learn it was a full size jet and in time for the second plane. I was glued to the TV from then on and was watching when the first tower fell; I noticed it at least a full 30 secs on the screen over the news reporter's shoulder before he noticed it.
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• United States
11 Sep 11
Wow!
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
11 Sep 11
I was a Principal in a small school and just happened to step into the library where the librarian was taping a show for a teacher when the news bulletin came on and announced that a plane had struck the WTC. I spent most of my time after work watching the TV and trying to figure it out.
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@kiran8 (14223)
• Mangalore, India
11 Sep 11
Hi sarah, I was at home in my kitchen and normally keep the radio on listening to music.Suddenly the music was interrupted and there was an announcement about the bomb blast in the US and I ran to switch on the TV .It was one of the most shocking events all over the world...But here in India we have such events almost every other month and so many innocents die , with our government doing precious little.In fact even the terrorist Afzal Guru who was caught , tried and proved to have been the mastermind behind the Parliament bomb blast is still in the jail, with our politicians debating whether he should be pardoned..they are of course catering to the muslim vote banks and looking after their interests.It is however unfortunate that no prominent muslim leader or citizen ever condemns any of these terror attacks...
• United States
11 Sep 11
I am so sorry that you have your own Sept 11th Monthly? Daily?I can not imagine it. And I know many saw us Yanks trying to deal and thought Why all the fuss , this happens all over the world! That is why when nations sent theor support , it moved me so . and it does to this day. I hope you are safe and remain so. Thanks for your response.
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@kiran8 (14223)
• Mangalore, India
12 Sep 11
We are unfortunate in that, the nation supporting terrorism happens to be our neighbor and is constantly sending terrorists trained and armed there into our country to create havoc here...
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• United States
12 Sep 11
I hope you remain safe. Take Care.
@tech2d (338)
• United States
11 Sep 11
I was living in Buffalo NY at the time of the attacks. I was at work...we were customer service reps for Sony so we had televisions all over the place. We were stunned. They sent us all home that day. I lived in a neighborhood that had Muslims in it. I felt bad for the Muslims because people started attacking them. Part of me felt the same way as the attackers and part of me did not. Those Muslims who lived here had become Americans. They should not have been attacked. It was a bad time here in the U.S. Let us hope that we have gotten over that and continue to accept people here no matter where they come from. Unfortunately, that is not the case.
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• United States
11 Sep 11
In some places it has. I live 8 miles away from D.C. and each day I see Muslims Americans Of every color! And they are not bothered!
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@tech2d (338)
• United States
11 Sep 11
I am proud to be an American regardless of what happened!!!
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• United States
11 Sep 11
Me too.
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@QeeGood (1214)
• Sweden
11 Sep 11
I was at home living in Sweden. I remember when I was watching the news when they were showing how the airplanes were flying in the buildings.It was quite a big chock watching the terrible disaster and pain for people to endure. It was a serious threat for humankind that action.
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• United States
11 Sep 11
I think the terrorist thought this would tear the world apart but it brought us together.
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@QeeGood (1214)
• Sweden
11 Sep 11
The terrorist really awakened the security department to create new strategies how to prevent any further other terrorist's attacks. Yes, thanks to internet we can stay in touch worldwide.
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• United States
11 Sep 11
Agreed!
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@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
12 Sep 11
although not american, this day has touched the lives of the whole world. i personally was at the hospital getting an allergy test after dropping our now 18 year old off at school with our now 14 year old. the next day she started junior kindergarten.
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• United States
12 Sep 11
What is junior kindergarten?You child went he/she was 4?
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@agent807 (715)
• United States
11 Sep 11
I was stuck in Canada when the news came down that the towers were hit. I went to a friends house the night before, and was on my way back when the tunnel and bridge were shut down to re-enter the United States. Because of the gridlock, I left my car at the tunnel and walked back to my friends house. We were watching the news, and while I was trying to call my mom, a plane struck the second tower. I was stuck in Windsor for at least six hours. Finally word came out that Americans stuck in Canada were allowed to return to the U.S. There was so much pandemonium. I have never seen anything locked down so badly like that before. Before between the U.S. and Canadian border, we were freely able to cross it as we pleased as if we were going on the other side of town, let alone another country. It frightened everyone because no one knew if I was able to get across to the U.S. For a moment, I thought I would end up being a Canadian citizen. Everything was different afterwards since we no longer had the freedom to cross the border as we pleased. Because of where I live, there is a high Middle Eastern population, which never bothered me, and still doesn't. I dated a girl from Iran, so it really does not bother me at all. But it was a shame about how they were being treated afterwards. I helped a friend and their family get to other side of town because of threats made against them. At that time, I saw the best of people, when everyone reach out to one another, and the worst of people with the threats and profiling. I don't like thinking about that day because, and the amount of media coverage today is I think a bit much, but it is probably me.
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• United States
11 Sep 11
Thank G-d for cable t.v. and the DVR and having to shop! I didn't see any of the coverage.Wow. I'm glad you got back home and I am so sad to hear that your friends were harassed and that it is harder to visit your friends in Canada.
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@jillhill (37354)
• United States
11 Sep 11
I was on break at work when the boss came in and told us the news....I made it fine through the day then came home...laid on the couch watching what had transpired and cried. With my two SIL's both military.....I knew it was going to affect my family...and it did.
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• United States
11 Sep 11
Wow. Part of me wishes they were in different professions but another part of me Knows this is what they trained for , what they Want to do. So All I can say is I will always hope they are safe.
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@gk655321 (236)
11 Sep 11
I was a freshman in my high school geography class when they announced what had happened. It was very bizarre. The rest of the school day was carried out like nothing had happened. No one was allowed to go home, nothing was dismissed. This was very shocking to me because I know some of the kids had lost some family members and it seems disgusting that they weren't allowed to go home to be with their families.
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• United States
11 Sep 11
Wow. I can understand if your school was in the mid west or in the west but if your school was in the east, it makes no sense!
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@la_chique (1499)
11 Sep 11
Well, I didtn hear about it all at once, so I dont think it really hit me as hard as it hit other people. I was at college at the time, and I had heard a couple of people talking, but wasnt too sure what had happened at all. Then when I got home, my dad and my brother were talking about a plane having crashed into a building. I only heard about it properly when I watched the news later, and it still wasnt until a couple of days later that it sunk in. I was looking for Enrique Inglasis' new song, hero, and the only one that was around was a 911 special. It had all the telephone footage, and sounds of people screaming and running around crying. I'll never forget that. I struggle to listen to that song now, as it has a totally different meaning for me than I think it should have. I watched Fahrenheit 911 earlier, and I cried when the lady was reading the letter from her son. This was nothing to do with God or religion. It was to do with greed, politics and scaring a whole nation into submission. Muslim teachings do not teach that people should go around causing tragedies like this. Those who believe they should have simply been brainwashed.
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• United States
11 Sep 11
@telmesh (1793)
11 Sep 11
I am British living in a place called Bristol. I was just out of bed after working night shift for Airbus at Filton. It was about 1o/c in the afternoon, turned the TV on to see what I thought was a preview of a film like Towering Inferno, the first plane had already gone into the first tower. Then the talk was of this terrible accident and at that moment the second plane hit, I could not believe what I was watching. After finding out that there were two other aircraft used in this terrible assault, I began to think what makes people do this to others as you put it, our cousins. We have many Muslims in the UK who don't agree with those that do these acts, but there are a few here who support it, the authorities are doing there best to find them. They have achieved part of there aim by keeping us on our guard, so the world is a more watchful place but hopefully more caring.
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• United States
11 Sep 11
We have a Bristol in New England! It is hard not to paint All Muslims with the terrorists paint Unless you get to meet them and see , they are just like us. We have many Muslim Americans who would never , ever hurt others, especially in the name of Islam! What I hope we all learn is terrorists will use anything. Thees b@stards used Islam . No True Muslim would kill! I had my hope return when I saw how many nations offered their support.
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@Simon1223 (901)
• China
11 Sep 11
Though ten years has passed since the occurrence of Sept 11 event, I still remember the moment when I heard about this shocked news. At that moment, I was doing morning exercises with schoolmates in the playground of high school. Someone told me that the buildings of World Trade Center in New York collapsed due to the impact of aeroplanes. I just regarded what he said as a joke and didn't take it seriously. Only after I watched TV news did I believed the truth. I felt that the world we lived in would change a lot from then on. I totally understanded the mood of American people and felt sympathy for the victims. But in my view, the US government should have done better to handle the threat of terrorism.
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• United States
11 Sep 11
You have to remember , us Yanks have never been through this. and most of us Still can't understand Why. See most Americans are not into politics Or news from abroad. And believe it or not , many didn't know a Muslim . So Why would we Want to protect ourselves from attack. Terrorist attacks wouldn't happen here! Wrong! I meant it when I wrote the U.S. is the world's spoiled baby sister!
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@veejay19 (3592)
• India
11 Sep 11
I live in Mumbai,India and i was at home sitting in my verandah reading the newspaper when my downstairs neighbour called me and gave me the news that an aircraft had crashed into the WTC in New York.I immediately switched on the TV and saw the collapse of the 1st tower on the tv news. In a few minutes i saw the 2nd plane crash into the 2nd tower and a little while later the 3rd plane crashing into the Pentagon.In 1983 i had visited New York and was staying on Mercer Street in Manhattan quite near the WTC towers and i felt a sense of loss when i saw what had happened.Every news channel carried the visuals of the incident for over a month and there was nothing else in the newspapers but this.Yes, there was outrage all over the world against the Muslim community but this was the handiwork of some devils who have tarnished the name of a peaceful religion.Most Muslims are normal people,only interested in doing their everyday duties but fanatics and fundamentalists are responsible for all the killing that is going on in the name of the religion.You are right in not making it an issue and carrying on with your friendship with American Muslims because they are not to blame for what happened.
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• United States
11 Sep 11
After Sept 11th Our leaders , mayors and others , said to go back to what you usually do. That is the best way you can fight terrorism.And then I thought how scared Muslim women must be. They can't hide, You see a women with her head covered and Everyone knows she is Muslim. So I thought the best thing to do is show them They are ok with me.
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@bagarad (7657)
• Paso Robles, California
11 Sep 11
I was also still in bed, since I live in California, and listening to the radio. As soon as we ate, we rushed to my mom's house, since we didn't have a TV and needed to watch hers. We stayed there almost all day, hardly able to believe this had happened.
• United States
11 Sep 11
That's right in the west it was Real early morning!I know my sister called her son who was living in Long Beach at the time but I can't remember what time. the things you remember.
• United States
12 Sep 11
I remember being in my Senior year of highschool in my morning class,not sure which subject. There was an announcement over the intercom about safety and then my teacher turned on the TV to see the news covering the event. Everyone was silent and there were some people in my class trying to call family members that lived in the area ( I was in Orlando at the time.)I know it was the first time where I found myself thinking that this must be what it feels like to be in the midst of warfare. It is not the common thing for Americans to witness an intentional attack on American soil. Normally, you see it in a different country. I guess that day I woke up.
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@Hooch12 (12)
• United States
12 Sep 11
I remember when I heard the news. I was in kindergarten and when I went in my classroom, my teacher was very sad. She told me about some attack, but I didn't know what she was talking about. 10 years later, its so weird looking back at my experience as a high school student.
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@kry893 (222)
• Canada
11 Sep 11
I was rushing for my last year of studies in university on that morning to class when I saw alot of people hustled and bustled about. I thought to myself that it must've been a very busy day and quite unusual. Then, I went to the building where I was headed for classes and they had these 2 tv screens showing back and forth of images of the incident. Everyone had gathered there and I was curious and I asked one of the students what had happened. Only then did I knew about the terrible incident. The whole day, tv stations and radio stations were reporting about it. It was unbelievable and tragic.