Where Were You When… Tragedy Struck on 9/11

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  1. Meagan M. Greenan Liani says:

    Wow, this really struck me…I had never imagined the additional domino effects of this enormous tragedy. I will certainly never forget that day. I had been sleeping for most of the day after working and came up from my room in the basement to hear that we were at WAR…I thought I was dreaming!! Such a surreal experience…

    • Athena says:

      I have been overwhelmed since I started hearing some of these stories recently. Many years later these persons lives are still devastated and they will not recover. They have suffered spiritually, mentally, physically and financially. It is so tragic.

  2. Maria says:

    It feels like not long ago that we were all devastated by this. Sending prayers for the loved ones even if it was years ago. Tragedy is such a hard thing to get over but people do.

  3. The stories of the loss and the struggle to move on from such a devasation must be tremendous. The impact of loss is a huge feat on its own without the enormity of what happened, totally unimaginable., its heartbreaking.

  4. Michele says:

    I was at work up in Connecticut on that fateful day, 2 days before my birthday. If it had been a different day of that week–I would have been ringing the bell at the building I worked in as the first building was hit-that building was right behind the Twin Towers. I remember my boss and I trying to reach our families-him because his son lived down there and me to let everyone know I was NOT done there. Yes, I knew people in that building-some got out-some didn’t. It is a day that I will never ever forget. It took forever to find that boss who worked and lived down there-luckily he and his family and all their pets got out safely!

  5. I too was at work and word spread rapidly. We had the tv on before the 2nd tower was hit and saw it happen in real time. It was surreal, gut-wrenching, and unbelievable…everyone was completely quiet in what was normally a loud, boisterous atmosphere. I won’t ever forget. It’s odd to me that my children, all born after 9/11 will learn about it through videos, books, and teachers. It was such a universal tragedy in our history. Thanks for your post. It really got me thinking about the inevitable long term effects of 9/11. People are certainly still struggling with the aftermath so many years later.

    • Athena says:

      I agree. My son will occasionally watch the history channel and some of the documentaries about that day and the following days. He watches them as though he were watching a film about WWII. He speaks about it as though it was a lifetime ago. He would have been just a year old – it is not personal for him. And I thank God it isn’t.

  6. KAPP902 says:

    I thought for sure my Aunt died the moment i saw/heard what unfolded on TV. But luckily she survived due to the fact that she decided to go in a little late that day since her boss was out of town. However, she lost many, many of her co-workers and is suffering from Survivors Remorse…she’s just not the same anymore. This was her second bout of luck b/c she was in the Tower the first time they tried to blow it up but since it was in the bottom it didn’t quite make it up to the 80th-something floor she worked on…had she arrived to work on time that day she definitely would have been a victim…hence why I thought I lost my Aunt that day.

    • Athena says:

      She was one of the many unexplained situations where so many were running late. Any other day that tardiness would be considered epidemic. On this fateful day – it was lifesaving and intuitive.

  7. I will never forget. I was driving home from dropping my daughter off at school when the radio announced the first plane hitting the tower. I turned the tv on when I got home and watched the second one hit. I was never filled with so much terror. The event actually sent me into a deep depression that took me a long time to recover from. Whenever I happen upon a story, like yours, it takes me back to that moment immediately. I’m proud to be an American and I’d love to see the memorial in NYC.

    • Athena says:

      So many of us were in a deep depression over it. We (worldwide) were going through the motions of our lives for days. I would get teary eyed every time I looked at my children. Complete strangers would embrace in public while trying to come to grips with this worldwide loss on American soil.

  8. Kimberly says:

    At the time I was a stay-at-home mom and never had the TV or radio on, so I was oblivious until later in the day. I remember feeling torn, like I didn’t want to watch, but being unable to tear myself away. Great post.

    • Athena says:

      The footage kept repeating itself. I am sure it was better not to have seen it all happen “live” with the waiting and not knowing. But either way the aftermath for everyone has lived on.

  9. When the first plane hit, I was in bed sleeping with the Today Show on. I had managed to incorporate the first plane into the dream that I was having… in that dream, my boyfriend was flying the first plane, a small twin engine, and it was an accident. I was trying to convince them that he was not a terrorist.

    I woke up and was watching when the second plane hit.

    I’ve moved on unscathed. Friends and loved ones were somehow inexplicably late that day, but for the man who lost everything, it’s nigh impossible to just move past it.

    • Athena says:

      I totally know what you are talking about. I was in that twilight stage when I heard about Princess Diana. Very similar and so sad when I fully woke up.

  10. I was at work that tragic day and it was all I could think of for quite some time. It was hard to stop watching the coverage. My heart will forever pour out to all of those who died that day and their families forever affected. I will never forget.

    • Athena says:

      I still get emotional when certain things happen and when I heard these stories it struck me to the core. Some people’s lives have never regained any sense of normalcy.

  11. That was such an intesnse day and it as changed our society forever! I was pregnant wit my second child and sleeping in when my hubby burst through the door to tell me that NYC was bombed and I need to get up NOW and see the news. I ran to the living room just in time to see the second plane hit and was flabbergasted by the horrific events. I thought the pregnancy made me emotional but this blew my emotional control right out of the water, I was a complete mess.

  12. Angela S says:

    I was home from work, sick in bed that day. I will never forget it. I guess it was good that I was sick, because it would have been very hard to get through the day at work.

  13. Athena says:

    No one focused on work the rest of that day. Working in schools we had to worry about the kids but the world instantly became a different place. A truly unsafe place. And being close enough to some legitimate possible targets was a real concern.

  14. Jennifer says:

    I was sitting in traffic on I-95 on my way to class. At first, it sounded like a hoax on the radio because they were letting anyone who called in on the air – and there was a prank call or two – but then, once they connected to mainstream media, it was clear that it was no a hoax. Two days later, I found out that my elementary/middle school librarian was on the flight from Boston to LA – one of the planes that hit the tower. She was one of the most kind-hearted people I’ve ever met and I can’t imagine the terror of her last moments before her plane hit the tower. I think of her several times a year, but definitely on 9/11.

  15. Rebecca Swenor says:

    This is so sad. I feel for all who this has affected and for our young soldiers who went to war afterwards. I remember when I see the first plane hit. First thought was we were under attack. I pray all these families know we support them. Don’t know what else to say. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Debra Daigle says:

    I was at work. We were prepping the rig to go out and the Super. called us into the break room. He turned on the TV and we all just watched. We were offered the opportunity to go home or go back to work. I went home, hugged my hubby and kids and went back to work. We had the radio on in the ambulance all shift. I lost a former co-worker/friend and a cousins fiancé who was a firefighter and also a friend. Thank you for the write up.

  17. Heather Wone says:

    I was a freshmen in high school and was in study hall at the time. I remember that entire morning… the study hall teacher went and got a television for the classroom so we could watch the news coverage and we actually saw the second airplane hit the towers on live television. 🙁

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