Skip to comments.My Memory of 9/11
Posted on 09/11/2013 9:43:42 AM PDT by lotr01
On 9/11/2001 I did not wake up to this when terrorists flew jet liners into the twin towers. My day had already begun at 0500 hour while serving in the USAF undergoing advanced SRT training at Ft. Leonardwood.
By 0615 hour, we were prepped ready to rehearse in taking down a building. This morning exercise was the result of the previous evening lessons on terrorism. My class was filled with Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force. Read the rest here My Memory of 9/11
What was your 9/11 experiences?
I remember reading about a plane that had hit the WTC, right here on FR. There was speculation as to the details, especially how large a plane it was. By the time people figured out it was commercial, the Internet bogged down, as did the FR servers, and I had to get the rest of the info from the MSM.
thanks for the different perspective... it matters
Here is mine....
I was in my office, logging the previous days shipments.
A friend sent me a link about a plane hitting the WTC.
I was composing my smartassed response about poor navigation when the second plane hit.
Never sent that smartassed response.
I wa living in a sober living house during my stint in rehab One of my housemates must have been a bed wetting lib was watching it and said it was an accident even before the second plane hit I said Bull chit it aint over and this is going to change the world and the US forever he laughed it of then the second one hit
Shock, devastating sadness and fear. Hours later after all planes were grounded my husband and I went to the gas station for fill ups. It was lined with cars and people were out talking, it was eerily silent because for some reason everyone was like whispering. Suddenly, someone said, WOW! Look up! There in the sky was AIR FORCE ONE being escorted by at least four fighter jets. To this day, I still get goosebumps when i think of that sight. I remember feeling the greatest sense of pride I have ever felt for this country. But most of all I felt safe because I knew who was in that plane......COWBOYS! I also knew what was coming, REVENGE. As far as I am concerned Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld were Gods gift to this country on that day in history, nothing will ever shake that belief, and I despise liberals for what they did to those true Ameican Heros.
I was living in NYC, working in Manhattan, and had a front row seat.
My 9/11 experience?
I was sitting in a meeting room which faced the WTC when all of a sudden smoke started coming out of the North Tower. My Operations Manager was on the phone with his sister who worked at Cantor Fitzgerald. The phone went dead.
People started coming into the conference room and looked out the window at the WTC. As we speculated on what happened, someone came into the room and said a plane crashed into the North Tower. My Ops Manager quietly sat down and started to cry.
At that point we were all transfixed on the smoke coming out of the North Tower. A little while later we saw the smoke come out of the South Tower. At that point we knew what was going on.
People came and left the room to make calls. My wife told me what happened and that the school called for her to come and pick up the kids. That was the last outside communication I would have for the next 12 hours.
We were instructed by senior management to go to our uptown office. While there plans we’re being made for people who couldn’t get home that evening. After a while I went to Citicorp Center to donate blood. Waited on line for a couple of hours before we were told to leave.
Went to the piers on the West Side to volunteer. The police told me to leave. They weren’t looking for anyone to help out. Standing there you would think it was the zombie apocalypse. People were walking aimlessly through Manhattan, not sure where to go or what to do.
As day turned to evening, I heard there were ferries going to Jersey. I made my way to the ferry, stood on line for a couple of hours and finally caught a boat to Jersey. They were telling us that all people below some downtown street which I do not remember we’re to go to the front of the boat. Those were the people that would go through decontamination.
I got off the boat and made my way to the path train. They were only going westbound. Got off at short hills, I was trying to get to the Hilton, hoping to call someone to get me. A woman walking her dog saw me milling about and brought me back to her home. Had a drink, called my wife and told her to meet me at he Hilton. The woman was kind enough to drive me there.
My wife picked me up about 3 hours later and brought me home. At the Hilton people were sitting around drinking in silence. I joined them.
Next day I went to pick my car up in the garage where I caught the bus to Manhattan every day. There was one chalk mark on my tire. The man driving around putting chalk marks on tires saw me, shook my hand and said “welcome home.”
I was at a clerk’s counter filing some documents when another clerk came out from behind and shouted that a jetliner had just hit the upper floors of the World Trade Center. I patently explained to the clerk that there was nothing to be worried about, since the WTCs were enormous and a jet plane was comparatively small it couldn’t possibly do much damage. LOL! Just look how wrong you can be!
I had rushed home from dropping the kids off at school to start baking a birthday cake (procrastinating on that right now) when my best friend called, as she usually did every morning. She was a work and they had heard it on the radio. I turned on FOX news and told her it was probably done by that Bin whatshisname. Then the second plane hit. We were on the phone all day about what was happening. She died of a long term medical condition some time later but I always miss her most on 9/11.
thnx for sharing!
I was a university student doing a co-op with an oil company in Calgary (MST - 2 hours difference to NYC) and turned on WPIX before going to work, saw the North Tower on fire. Just as I was leaving to catch the train to work, I saw the second plane hit.
At the office, most everyone was in one of the two lounges on that floor, watching the coverage. I did not feel right about spending so much time watching the news while being paid, so I went back to work, checking in every few minutes.
I recall going back to the lounge, seeing only one tower and asking, “Aren’t there two towers?” The response was, “Not any more.” Reporters were talking about upwards of 20,000 injured, so I quickly call the Canadian Red Cross, to schedule a blood donation. My thinking was that 20K casualities State-side will draw down bloodbanks in all Eastern Canadian cities, so they will need resupply from the West.
Later that morning, a number of US oil company buildings in downtown Calgary were evacuated and shut down and the streets blocked by police. As Calgary is the energy capital of Canada and hosts the largest number of Americans in Canada (65,000), it was considered a prime target. Because of this, I believe that a couple of CF-18s were scrambled from 4 Wing, CFB Cold Lake to fly CAP over Calgary. CAPs were also flown over Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver at least until all civilian aircraft landed.
the idea that our President wants to be the allies of the people who did that.... *sigh*
I was NOT at a trade show on the 104th floor of the North Tower that I was scheduled to attend as a representative of Compaq, since on Saturday I had been redirected to support a presentation in the Reagan building in DC. We watched on convention center TVs until BOOM we heard the Pentagon strike. I called Jesse Helms’ office and said we should never again pay these people not to fight each other. His aide said “We are trying to pass a law against that.” When we got out of the Reagan building DC had been transformed. almost every other car has some kind of flashing light on the dash. Took me 4 hours to get home to Alexandria. Spent the next two years helping businesses in NYC recover. My sympathies today are definitely with those who lost loved ones, and in admiration - Go Bikers!
I was stationed in Arizona, seeing patients at 0500 local time.
My front desk clerk said a plane flew into the World Trade Center. I thought about the plane that flew into the Empire State building years ago and kept working.
Then she hollered that the other tower was hit.
I opened FR to see what was happening. Called my wife at home and told her to turn on the TV (We didn't have one at work) She asked what channel? I told her it doesn't matter. She turned it on and I heard her gasp. After a few seconds she asked what should she do? I told her not to leave base, because she'll never get back on.
I emailed a former boss who was assigned to DC to see if she was OK. She finally got back to me a couple days later and told me she had just the Pentagon just before the plane hit.
When I got home that afternoon I sat in front of the TV til well after midnight. Finally went to bed and got up at 0430 to go back to work. I was about two blocks from work at 0500 and the country music station I had playing in my SUV played Lee Greenwood's “God Bless The USA.” I pulled over and cried like a baby.
A couple days later, because lines getting onto base were backed up a mile or so, we found a family who lived off base whose children went to school on base who would meet us at the gate. They would take our kids to their off base school, and we took theirs. Kind of like a Cold War spy exchange.
The good news is that 0.00bama is so 'conflicted', having to side with the Israelis against the Russians and Chinese communists. Does he care about the dead kids? Only insofar as it keeps him from more pressing affairs of state, such as golf!
I would love for the UN inspectors to find the gas was from Saddam Hussein-era Iraqi shells and Saudi shells! His response to such an announcement would be worth seeing.
But would the inspectors be able to determine that?
I remember telling the kids nothing would ever be the same in America but even then, I didn't realize how MUCH things would change. We've lost so much since the attacks; freedom, blood, lives, innocence, money and now....our Country as we knew it.
It boils my blood when I think about the political elite in America bending over backward to accommodate the barbaric Muslims. We should be treating them as enemies, not working toward changing the hearts and minds of Americans to accept them and their uncivilized hoards. I wonder, on the anniversary of this horror, how many Muslims have come to America since then. I never saw a Muslim before the attacks, now I see them everywhere.
I was at work in 18th FLTS, AFSOC, Hurlburt Field, FL. My supervisor came down the hall and asked if an airplane had ever flown into a skyscraper. I told him a light twin engine bomber flew into a skyscraper about the time World War II ended. They were flying in fog and low ceilings.
Then he asked me stupid question # 1 - What about clear weather? When I asked him to repeat the question for a stupidity check he realized what he had just happened; we both wore USAF wings.
When the second one flew in I turned him and said we are at war. He then asked him how long it would last - I told him between one and two Presidential election cycles. It would take that long for politicians to decide how to take advantage of it.
I would think that if they found shell casings, they could test for evidence of gas. That said, how many rounds would have been fired in a two year civil war? It could be like finding a needle in a hay stack. The gas shell casing(s) could also have been melted down to destroy the evidence.
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