Sunday, September 11, 2011

Do You Remember Where You Were on 9-11-2001?

Good Morning,

Today is 9-11, ten years later after one of the worst terrorist acts on our country.  Do you remember where you were on that day? 

On 9-11-2001, I had just finished breakfast for my husband and myself, cleaned up the dishes, poured myself another cup of coffee. I turned on CNN to catch up with the news while warming up my computer before starting to write.

In moments, I learned about the hi-jackings of at least two planes and there were thought to be more.  I watched the first plane hit the first tower in shock, and I yelled at my husband to turn on CNN. A few minutes later, I saw the next plane hit the other tower.

Stunned by what we were seeing, we watched and listened to the news in silence. We heard about the other planes and our fear grew not knowing where they were headed.  By then loved ones were getting calls from their family members on the hi-jacked planes.

We heard about the plane that crashed into the Pentagon and the brave people on flight 93 who gave up their lives to save others.  For days, I watched the news and heard about the brave firemen and policemen who helped to save others and all of the many people who came to help.

I wept at the scenes I saw.  I asked why like many others.  I was proud at the way the people of our country pulled together.  I pray, we never have anything like 9-11 happen on our soil again. 

Already, our children are being taught about the date 9-11-2001 in our schools.  This date will be a part of our history forever.  

Bless our country, The United States of America.

Sandra K. Marshall  


Sylvia Rochester said...

Yes, I was driving back home from my son's, passing through the town of Maurepas, LA, when the news of the first plane came over the radio. My stomach knotted, and I feared the worse. Immediatley, I called both of my sons.

Linda LaRoque said...

Hi Sandy,
I was at my daughters in Mesquite, TX, upstairs on the computer. She was teaching school that day. My son was down stairs watching tv and yelled up, "Mom, you need to come down and see this."

LM Preston said...

I was somewhere that I was afraid would be hit next. I work in DC and was watching the episode unfold as my co-workers were vacating the building.

Isis Rushdan said...

I was in Air Force officer technical school training (can't say for what or I'd have to kill you) in a small, small town in TX many people have never heard of. I was about to take a test, when the door to the classroom was wrenched open and someone shouted "A plane just crashed in one of the Twin Towers in NY!"

Door slammed shut, we all looked at each other, then raced downstairs to the common area where there was a TV. Just as I arrived, I saw the second plane go in. We ALL looked at each other and whispered the same thing, phrased differently. "That was no accident. We're under attack."

I ran back upstairs to get to a phone to call my family in NYC. All lines into the city were down or overloaded. Even in my memory that day was so surreal.

The base was locked down and no one could leave. We watched the footage for hours and heard about the attack on the Pentagon. It was agonizing! When I got home, I finally cried. Remembering it now, I get teary.

Sandy said...

Oh Sylvia, that had to be scary.

Thanks, Linda.

Oh my gosh, LM, that had to be terrifying.

Isis, I don't want where that small town is in TX, so don't kill me. Smile. I get teary when I think about it now, too.

Anonymous said...

I'm a travel agent and I was at work. We heard the news, same as everyone else, and we started getting calls from clients in airports. We had to tell everyone not to turn in their cars. Once they grounded all air traffic, that was the only way people were getting home.

I came home from work and watched TV for hours that night, just in shock and crying. 5 days later I was outside and heard a plane for the first time. Such strange feeling to watch it cross the sky and know that the skies had been silent for almost a week.

I've been crying off and on all week with the specials on tv, and even got tears in church this morning. I, too, hope we never have to go through something so horrible again. I wish no country or people had to go through terrible things like that again.

Stacey Joy Netzel

Sandy said...


I understand how you're feeling. I did the same thing, and I'm still weepy over the memorials today. You're right that no one should have to go through such tragedies.

Beth Trissel said...

Excellent post Sandy and I deeply share your emotions. My experience was similar with one difference, I saw the place that hit the pentagon when it flew over Harrisonburg in the Shenandoah Valley were we live. I was in town getting gas and looked up, remember saying to myself, 'there's something about that plane.' Something not right. It was big, its bottom shiny white, and I now realize it was flying far closer to the ground than a plane that size ever does in order to stay below radar.

Celia Yeary said...

Sandy--I, too, saw the two planes hit. I was watching Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer, and like all other news channels, had turned the cameras there because of the alert that an unidentified plant was in restricted air space. The first place did look like a small one, and Diane thought, yes, that looks like a Cessna....blah. I stayed glued and watched the towers falls. Horrible. Celia

Sandy said...

Thank you, Beth. I know you didn't think you were seeing history.

Celia, thank you for sharing your memory.