This is the place to share the memory of where you were on September 11, 2001. This has nothing to do with politics, nothing to do with wars, nothing to do with citizenship. It's only to share a snapshot, a moment in time, of where you were when you heard. Are you a pre-teen and 9/11 is one of your first memories? Or are you old enough to remember Pearl Harbor? I hope to hear from all walks of life. Write your story in the "comment" area below, and pending review, your story will be posted here.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I was preparing for work when we heard about the Pentagon.
I have a brother who works there. When I got to work my friends met me and took me into an empty office to pray for my brother. I finally got a call about 45 minutes later that he was out of the building and unharmed. It was an unnerving morning. My brother lost a great many colleagues that day.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Caitlin Kelly, Journalist
Judith D. Schwartz, Writer
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Director, Victim Assistance Program
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Without hesitation, my husband and I both set out in different directions to get the kids home.
Jude Brooker, Artist
Friday, August 14, 2009
I was at my Uncle's home in Brooklyn, ironing my clothes, getting ready to head into the city. My uncle called and said to turn on the TV. While talking to him on the phone, I watched the second plane hit. He started yelling, "Did you see that?! Two planes! It's an attack!"
The feeling of intense fear was instant. It became my constant companion for the entire year I spent in New York. I'm still doing the work to move out of fear; still learning to trust that there is beauty in the world.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
At work, we went next door to the glass shop with a customer to watch the news on TV. Then our shop manager told us a plane crashed in Pennsylvania. We thought "what a weird coincidence."
Several years later the same customer came back to our shop and asked if we remembered watching together.
Pamela Meyers, Auto Repair Shop Owner
Friday, July 31, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
My little brothers were in middle school near Langly Air Force Base, and mom sent me to go pick them up. I remember thinking I wasn't going to make it there.
Patricia Lauren Shaffer
Virginia Beach, Va.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
As we watched the towers explode, one of my coworkers burst into tears. We found out later that two of her cousins died in the towers.
But that night fighter planes ran routes over Miami.
Later I was in a Hollywood fitness center. 150 TV sets were all tuned in to the news channels. I sweated and watched.
I worked out until my body was pushed past the limit.
The next morning, I saved all the newspapers with their screaming banner headlines. Those papers are now wrapped in plastic wrap and stored in a box in the garage.
David Groves, Magician and Writer
Los Angeles, Ca.
Ellyn Kingsley, retired teacher
Virginia Beach, Va.
Friday, May 8, 2009
I turned on the radio in the car, which I remember was hard to do because of my wet nails. The NPR news came on about the first plane. By the time I got to my desk at work, the second plane had crashed.
I called my boyfriend in downtown Boston to warn him to come home. He told me not to panic.
In town and in our building, every TV was on. We began making phone calls to friends: "are you okay?" Not everyone was. My parents lost two friends that day.
Chelsea Lowe, Journalist
Monday, May 4, 2009
I worried about my Egyptian family, most of whom live in the United States.
Kathy Brobst, Professor
Virginia Beach, Va.
My office closed. I went home and started calling people I knew in New York or had family there. I also called my family in D.C. I think I was in shock. It felt something like a hurricane day, where you go home and batten down the hatches.
Sarah Henderson, Educator
Sunday, May 3, 2009
I will never forget that day - it's as clear to me as the day President John F. Kennedy was shot. For me it was also the beginning of a few years of Post Traumatic Stress and depression.
Lisa Russell, Artist
Friday, May 1, 2009
At lunch break, Lara from year 5 told us all that her mum had texted her and that planes had crashed in New York.
I got home that afternoon to my (American) mother, who was sobbing and had the TV on at full volume. The clip of the first plane diving into the first tower was on repeat. I wasn't really aware at the time of what was really going on.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Next, I drove to Chicago to visit two teenage girls in juvenile prison. They told me stories of terrorist attacks and burning buildings that had fallen down. I paid little attention, because they tended to stretch the truth. But later I called a co-worker who confirmed it. I was in shock! i couldn't believe they fell.
Reverend Clay Boyd
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
All the online newsites were jammed, as were all of the phone lines to the USA. My sister in England called. She was crying so hard she couldn't speak. She held the phone up to the tv, tuned to the BBC, and I heard it that way.