Where were you?

11 September, 2011
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Seems like everyone remembers.

While I don’t remember where I was the day JFK was assassinated, I do remember watching the funeral on TV with my dad and being completely terrified of the flag-draped coffin pulled on the caisson. The memory of that feeling has stayed with me my whole life.

I remember exactly where I was standing and what I was doing when John Lennon was shot. Another indelible memory/feeling.

On this day in 2001, I was at school on a beautiful, sunny morning. I had just left the office and was on my way back to my classroom at the beginning of 2nd period, when the band director met me in the hallway and said, “I’m not sure what’s going on, but I just heard that someone bombed the Pentagon.” From there, it all went south.

I didn’t have a television in my room, and since 2nd period was my prep, I decided to walk down the middle school hallway and see what was going on. I ended up in the history teacher’s room, where his class sat in silence, watching. When I left at 9:30, it was chaos. When I returned at 10:30, just in time to watch the second tower fall, it was all too clear. It was Pearl Harbor all over again.

Where were you?

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BoomR
BoomR
11 September, 2011 9:48 am

I was driving to work when plane #1 hit. My spouse at the time called me just as I was pulling into the Nokia parking lot in Irving, TX and was almost hysterical. I hurried into the building & up to one of the conference rooms that had a TV set. There were already others gathering & watching that damage already done by plane 1, when here comes plane #2… I was just sick to my stomach. From my cube at Nokia, I have a great view towards the north entrance to DFW International Airport. On any OTHER day, one… Read more »

PKPudlin
11 September, 2011 11:57 am

I had arrived for my Tuesday morning voice lesson – first year of grad school. My teacher met me in the hall and said, ‘Somebody flew a plane into a building in NY’. I scoffed, thinking, ‘What an idiot!’, but we sat in her room listening to the radio as it all unfolded. I emerged still not completely clear on what was going on. Classes were cancelled so I went home, still unsure. We didn’t have a TV, and had some errands to run so hubby and I went to the mall, which was completely deserted. I saw and bought… Read more »

Meg's Mom
Meg's Mom
11 September, 2011 2:19 pm

I was teaching a group of jr. high students when a colleague came to my room to say the first tower had been hit. I didn’t think much of it until the second tower was hit. In my mind, the 1st hit could have been a horrible accident. The 2nd hit was something intentional and horrendous. We turned on the television and watched the live coverage for some time. I particularly remember watching either Tom Brokaw or Peter Jennings. The live view of the towers was showing behind him as he spoke. As the 1st tower fell, he continued to… Read more »

Hannah K.
Hannah K.
11 September, 2011 3:26 pm

I was in Kindergarten at the time….
I didn’t actually see the attack but I remember that night we were eating Cameo pizza in our living room of our trailer and watching it on T.V. It was a weird thing as a 6 year old to see happen…. I kind of wish that I was older when it happened because I feel like I have no idea what people are talking about when they talk about it….

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