Sunday, September 14, 2014

Where Were You On 9-11-2001?

Twin Towers
On 9-11-2001, I was listening to CNN news at home when the breaking news came on about the first tower being hit.  I was stunned and sat in shock watching the plane hit the tower.  I couldn't believe what I was seeing.  It seemed so unreal, and I just sat there and stared at the television.  I felt like I was in a stupor. Finally, I ran into the bedroom where my husband was watching television and told him to watch the news. 

I went back to my television on the big screen and kept watching; still shocked. Then, a short time later, I saw the second tower hit.  It finally hit me when the towers came down; this is really happening.  A short while later, there was news of the pentagon being hit, and then a plane in rural Pennsylvania was prevented from reaching its' destination by heroic passengers and crew members.


Flight 93 in rural Pennsylvania
As I sat and watched these events I was so sad and full of disbelief.  How could anyone hate so much?  What is wrong?  We try to help so many and look what it gets us.  I couldn't take my eyes off the television all and for several days after.

By the third day, I was becoming angry.  I paced up and down in front of the TV ranting and marched into the bedroom to rant some more to my husband.  I was so pissed that this had happened in our country.  I wanted to reciprocate what they did to us even though it doesn't make sense to lower ourselves to their level.  Yes, I was that mad. 

Today, I'm still angry, especially, as I see Americans being beheaded by these fanatics.  Religious wars go thousands of years back, and they have always been barbaric.  I hope we can get through this period in history and still retain our humanity.

Here are a couple of sites to visit if you want to know more about 9/11. and

Leave me a comment about how you heard the news of 9/11 and how it made you feel.  Have a great week, and I'll see you next Sunday. 

Sandra K. Marshall, Author
@Eirelander Publishing
Twitter - @AuthSKMarshall 


Melissa Keir said...

I was in the classroom where we didn't have a television or any idea of the scope of what was going on. Parents swarmed the school to get their children home. Fear began to invade the walls. We snuck to our computers to keep track of what had happened and then still had to teach as if the world wasn't going crazy outside. Our students never knew what had happened that day until they went home. Our school took the stance of being a safe place, so we weren't allowed to talk about it with students and went back to teaching the normal items of letters and numbers the next day.

People do bad things to each other, to us. I'm more disappointed in the people who are mad that we couldn't do more, yet our own people are freezing and starving. The USA is a leader but can't be the only ones out to save the world.

Sandy said...

Melissa, I agree with all your points. We do have people freezing and starving, and it is disappointing for people to believe more could have been done. There is only so much we can do to protect ourselves.

It's sad the teachers in your school had to pretend everything was normal for their students. I'm sure they felt the fear from their parents when they went home. Something like that can't be hidden.

Kari Rogers Miller said...

I remember this event very was a double whammy for me and my Boeing team. I was in the Boeing office at the American Airlines Overhaul Base so not only was it horrific for all was horrific for American Airlines as the airplanes belonged to American. When Engineers at American came into the Boeing office for any news....I called the Boeing office in New York to see if they had any idea what had happened. (this was before there was any video) they said it was a clear day and no reason for an airplane to crash into a building. It wasn't until later that the circumstances finally came to light. Meanwhile, every airplane in the sky was being set down at the nearest airport and the huge runways outside the overhaul base had every airline represented as we watched each and every airplane land and park. Passengers were shuttled away as quickly as possible...I will never forget the look of all those airplanes in one place....believe me when I say...a normal running airport's airplanes (even the largest airports) were nothing like all those aircraft from all over the world lining up outside our hangars. They were landing and did a taxi....all lined up... one after the other with no time wasted in between. Yes, I cried for those poor innocent people in the towers...I was angry and in shock at the scenes unfolding on the news. But as with all horrific events in our history...we must never forget all the sacrifices that have gone before us,right up until this very day. Our flag was at half mast and prayers were said at home and at church.
Yes, that was a very sad time in our history. thanks for a time of remembrance, Sandy.

Carol Ericson said...

Since I'm on the West Coast, the events of that day were almost over by the time I woke up at 7:00 AM. My husband called and told me to turn on the TV, and like everyone else, I was shocked. My boys were 3 and 5, my older son had just started kindergarten a few days before. I didn't watch the events unfold on TV because I had my boys watching Sesame Street while I got ready for work. Dropped off my oldest at kindergarten and he had a sub because his teacher had relatives in NYC. Dropped off my younger son at daycare where they had us leave all of our phone numbers. I drove to work, literally glancing up at the sky every few minutes expecting another plane to crash. When I got to work the TV was on and all we did that day was crowd around the TVs. My company developed software for stockbrokers and most our customers were on Wall St. One of my co-workers was having breakfast across the street from the WTC. He was able to rent a car and he just started driving across country. He was in St. Louis by the time flights were back on schedule, so he flew back to L.A. from there. I live right next to LAX with planes taking off over the ocean all the time. I'll never forget how quiet it was that week. I was angry, afraid for my kids, and heartbroken for everyone who'd lost loved ones. I was proud of our country in the weeks that followed and proud of President Bush.

Sandy said...

Kari, I'm understand the anger and sadness you felt. I worry about what can happen in the future. All these beheadings happening to humanitarians trying to people is just horrible.

Sandy said...

Carol, I can't believe your boys were so young then. I've listened to you talk about them as they have grown and now they're nearly grown.

I'm always proud of our country and our President no matter what party they are with. It's a difficult job they do and none of us know what all is involved.

K.T. Bishop said...

on my way to the office.