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Subject: 9/11 Memories

Written By: ocarinafan96 on 09/11/15 at 12:36 pm

Since its been 14 years since that tragedy.  :\'(

So I would like to hear your stories from that event. I was only 5 at the time, so obviously my memories from the event are a bit limited. But from what I do remember is a somewhat vivid.

I remember living in Brooklyn at the time and my elementary school going on lockdown that day. My mom, amongst a big crowd of parents, picked me up early that day and not understanding why. I remember we went to my aunts house nearby because she had cable and the connections from our tv at home were out, we had standard attena tv at the time. I remember watching the replays with my parents and siblings the rest of that day & my mom explaining to me what happened, even though at 5 I didn't fully understand what terrorism meant. I also vividly remember a pre 9/11 world, Summer of 2001 is a summer I get very nostalgic about along with Summer of 99 & 00. And I vividly remember the post 9/11 pride, heck I remember my kindergarten teacher having us draw American flags and Twin Towers to honor those that have died.

So being very young at the time, & of course learning more about the event as I got older, I would like to hear your guys memories from that time

Subject: Re: 9/11 Memories

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/11/15 at 12:42 pm

I was stuck all afternoon (5 hours ahead in the UK) watching the unbelievable sad events live on BBC News. I could not believe what was happening.

In 2013 I visited Groundzone and was deeply sadden with the memory of the site.

Since, I cannot bear to watch the documentaries on television.

Subject: Re: 9/11 Memories

Written By: ocarinafan96 on 09/11/15 at 1:05 pm


I was stuck all afternoon (5 hours ahead in the UK) watching the unbelievable sad events live on BBC News. I could not believe what was happening.

In 2013 I visited Groundzone and was deeply sadden with the memory of the site.

Since, I cannot bear to watch the documentaries on television.


Thats crazy! Do you remember how your country was affected?

Subject: Re: 9/11 Memories

Written By: mqg96 on 09/11/15 at 1:14 pm

I'm one of the last to be in elementary school when 9/11 happened and one of the last who could possibly have memories of it. From my perspective I didn't know how bad it affected the country because I was so young then and I couldn't get the grasp of politically/worldly events. However, I do have some vague images of what was going on. Here in Georgia school begins in August every year. So I was already adjusted in Kindergarten for about 4 full weeks before the tragic event happened. I remember being in class and the teachers were reacting like something bad was happening. I do remember my mom picking me up early because she had some family up in New York, and I have some vague memories of the tragic event being reported on the news with buildings showing a lot of smoke. It looked like a movie to me at the time, but again I was so young back then that I couldn't understand how much of an effect it impacted the country. One thing that really helps me know that 9/11 happened during my 1st semester of Kindergarten, is that those were the last days my dad had his old 1990? Geo Prism car right before he replaced it with a 2002 Ford Ranger truck in Christmas of 2001. I remember when it was brand new like yesterday. The day 9/11 happened my mom picked me up from school early I know my dad still had his old Geo Prism because he would come home from work with it. It's strange though how it feels like I've somewhat known about 9/11 for most of my life, but at the same time I don't remember learning about it in school at all.

Subject: Re: 9/11 Memories

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/11/15 at 1:15 pm


Thats crazy! Do you remember how your country was affected?
Shocked is the keyword, I think public buildings went to shutdown. During the course of the day all planes were grounded, and as those planes fly over to come in to land at Heathrow the end of their flights, hearts were pounding.

Subject: Re: 9/11 Memories

Written By: Arrowstone on 09/11/15 at 1:17 pm

I was 9. I saw it happen on tv after the first plane hit. When the towers fell, I remember my knees trembling. I had to go to sports that evening and was afraid planes would be here too.

Subject: Re: 9/11 Memories

Written By: ocarinafan96 on 09/11/15 at 1:19 pm


I'm one of the last to be in elementary school when 9/11 happened and one of the last who could possibly have memories of it. From my perspective I didn't know how bad it affected the country because I was so young then and I couldn't get the grasp of politically/worldly events. However, I do have some vague images of what was going on. Here in Georgia school begins in August every year. So I was already adjusted in Kindergarten for about 4 full weeks before the tragic event happened. I remember being in class and the teachers were reacting like something bad was happening. I do remember my mom picking me up early because she had some family up in New York, and I have some vague memories of the tragic event being reported on the news with buildings showing a lot of smoke. It looked like a movie to me at the time, but again I was so young back then that I couldn't understand how much of an effect it impacted the country. One thing that really helps me know that 9/11 happened during my 1st semester of Kindergarten, is that those were the last days my dad had his old 1990? Geo Prism car right before he replaced it with a 2002 Ford Ranger truck in Christmas of 2001. I remember when it was brand new like yesterday. The day 9/11 happened my mom picked me up from school early I know my dad still had his old Geo Prism because he would come home from work with it. It's strange though how it feels like I've somewhat known about 9/11 for most of my life, but at the same time I don't remember learning about it in school at all.


Same I never really learned about it from school, the teachers would have discussions about it every year though.

Subject: Re: 9/11 Memories

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/11/15 at 1:22 pm

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Subject: Re: 9/11 Memories

Written By: ocarinafan96 on 09/11/15 at 1:23 pm


Shocked is the keyword, I think public buildings went to shutdown. During the course of the day all planes were grounded, and as those planes fly over to come in to land at Heathrow the end of their flights, hearts were pounding.


Yeah it must've been scary being an adult at the time when it happened. I've always wondered how different geopolitically the world would be like if 9/11 never occurred.

Subject: Re: 9/11 Memories

Written By: mqg96 on 09/11/15 at 1:23 pm


Same I never really learned about it from school, the teachers would have discussions about it every year though.


Every year my teachers kept reminding us of how bad 9/11 was and how the tragic event affected everybody, but it's the definition of 9/11 itself that I don't remember learning about.

Subject: Re: 9/11 Memories

Written By: ocarinafan96 on 09/11/15 at 1:23 pm


I was 9. I saw it happen on tv after the first plane hit. When the towers fell, I remember my knees trembling. I had to go to sports that evening and was afraid planes would be here too.


Wait they made you go to a sports practice that same day!?  :o

Subject: Re: 9/11 Memories

Written By: mqg96 on 09/11/15 at 1:25 pm


I was 9. I saw it happen on tv after the first plane hit. When the towers fell, I remember my knees trembling. I had to go to sports that evening and was afraid planes would be here too.


What state did you live in when you had to go to sports practice?

Subject: Re: 9/11 Memories

Written By: ocarinafan96 on 09/11/15 at 1:25 pm


Every year my teachers kept reminding us of how bad 9/11 was and how the tragic event affected everybody, but it's the definition of 9/11 itself that I don't remember learning about.


Yeah same here! I don't think I ever had to have been taught about 9/11. However I know my little cousins and nephews/nieces born in the 2000's have/are going to be taught about this

Subject: Re: 9/11 Memories

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/11/15 at 1:27 pm


Yeah it must've been scary being an adult at the time when it happened. I've always wondered how different geopolitically the world would be like if 9/11 never occurred.
It is hard to imagine. When traveling around the US you cannot be helped to notice the increased security at the airports, with shoes/boots/belts to be taken off and no small sharp implements.

Subject: Re: 9/11 Memories

Written By: ocarinafan96 on 09/11/15 at 1:27 pm

One thing I just noticed is that the Challenger Explosion took place in January of 1986, on 9/11 that was 15 years before the attacks. This same time next year we will be about the same distance time wise from the 9/11 attacks as 9/11 was to the Challenger Explosion...

Subject: Re: 9/11 Memories

Written By: ocarinafan96 on 09/11/15 at 1:29 pm


It is hard to imagine. When traveling around the US you cannot be helped to notice the increased security at the airports, with shoes/boots/belts to be taken off and no small sharp implements.


That is true! I do vaguely remember going on a plane once in 1999 and the airport not being as amped up in security. Sometimes I wish I grew up more in the pre 9/11 world before this terrorism bull crap

Subject: Re: 9/11 Memories

Written By: Arrowstone on 09/11/15 at 1:31 pm


What state did you live in when you had to go to sports practice?


Ah I live in Europe, so it was further away (still close enough though,  since I was fully aware that the West had been attacked). Did you all have special cancellings going on?

Subject: Re: 9/11 Memories

Written By: ocarinafan96 on 09/11/15 at 1:33 pm


Ah I live in Europe, so it was further away (still close enough though,  since I was fully aware that the West had been attacked). Did you all have special cancellings going on?


Well from what I remember living in NY at the time, the school ended earlier that day and went on lockdown until our parents came to pick us up

Subject: Re: 9/11 Memories

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/11/15 at 1:35 pm

I went to a sporting event the following day and there was an one minute silence held before the match started, after traveling 100+ miles to reach there and talking about in the car, we were still in shock.

Subject: Re: 9/11 Memories

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/11/15 at 1:40 pm

A news report of "Paul McCartney Recalls 9/11 On Tarmac at New York's JFK Airport" of one story I recall back then

"Paul McCartney was on the tarmac at New York's JFK airport on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. He was waiting to take off after a visit to the city.

“Out of the window on the right hand side of the airplane, you could see the Twin Towers. First there was a plume of smoke and then there was a second,” recalled McCartney. “I said that’s an optical illusion. It’s probably just some sort of little fire. Finally the steward came over to me and said, ‘Look, something serious has happened in New York and we’ve got to get you out of here.'”

They took McCartney off the plane first. “I don’t know why,” he said.

Unable to get back into Manhattan, he ended up on Long Island, in a hotel near the airport watching news footage of the terrorist attacks."

Subject: Re: 9/11 Memories

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/11/15 at 1:42 pm

Another news report of an event I recall http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/story?id=102496

"Sarah, Duchess of York, is among those thanking their lucky stars they weren't in the World Trade Center as planned on Tuesday.

The former Sarah Ferguson, ex-wife of Britain's Prince Andrew, had an 8:45 a.m. meeting scheduled that day for her Chances for Children charity, which was based at the World Trade Center, but was running late, reports columnist Cindy Adams.

Her staffers were gathered downstairs in the lobby to greet the duchess and escort her upstairs. Just seconds after the first plane hit, Sarah's car arrived at the door. After whisking her employees into her limo, she sped off to safety, Adams reports.

The charity's offices were on the 101st floor, according to wire service reports, although it's not clear which tower they were located in.

"The Duchess of York is desperately upset for everyone involved in this terrible tragedy," said her spokesman. "It is unbelievable, she was just a few minutes away when the explosion took place."

Meanwhile, Prince Andrew was flying to America when he heard the news of the terrorist acts in New York.

The prince had boarded a British Airways flight to Atlanta and was halfway across the Atlantic when the plane was ordered to turn around and return to Britain."

Subject: Re: 9/11 Memories

Written By: Shemp97 on 09/11/15 at 1:42 pm

Remember hearing about it for a few weeks, then life went back to business as usual. The planes hitting the tower was a shock as I had never seen such destruction in the west at the time. That was until I learned about the '93 WTC bombings, the Lockerbie disaster, Air india bombings, Ethiopian airlines hijacking, and whole slew of other terrorist attacks before and after 9/11 and have realized that September 11th was a terrorist attack in a long line of terrorist attacks over the past 30 years. Undoubtedly the worst, but still had enough warning and it frustrates me how terrorists got through cockpit doors after numerous previous cases evidenced that locks should've been in place ages ago, not to mention the being WTC bombed... twice. It was a terrible event and my heart goes out to the victims and their families, but it's really sad that it took such and event for  the FAA and the forces(not including the wot) to revise security after decades of warnings, foreshadowing and complaints. One things for sure, I'm glad the Paul Martin made the right decision and stayed out of iraq when Bush went all trigger happy on the "terrorists" .

Subject: Re: 9/11 Memories

Written By: Catherine91UK on 09/11/15 at 1:45 pm

I was nearly 10 and I got home from school (5 hours ahead of New York) to find that my mum had the TV on, which was very unusual so I knew she must have been watching something important. Apparently she found out about it when my dad phoned her from work. I didn't pay much attention to the early reports, as I had never heard of the WTC and didn't really know what terrorism was. I think I was even slightly annoyed that it was the only news story!

Our teachers didn't tell us about the events during the afternoon, but I remember my class sitting in a circle a few weeks later and our teacher discussing it with us.

Subject: Re: 9/11 Memories

Written By: Baltimoreian on 09/11/15 at 2:36 pm

I don't really remember the attacks at all. I learned about 9/11 when Osama Bin Laden was killed in 2011. But besides that, I was only a year and eight months old (I was born in December 1999) when it happened. I didn't even start remembering stuff until 2002.

Subject: Re: 9/11 Memories

Written By: Howard on 09/11/15 at 4:15 pm

Ocarina, I was in a vocational program I believe the address in Manhattan was 229 W.28th Street (I don't know how far that was from World Trade Center) but we were all sitting in our workroom till the teacher had said to all of us "The World Trade Center has collapsed" and we were all in such shock most of us were either scared or most of them just cried, some of us were panicky, we all tried to form a straight line for all of us to go home and for me, it took a couple of hours to get home in one piece, thankfully. My Parents were worried and so was I. Maybe it was just weird that they had sent me to a vocational program in Manhattan.

Subject: Re: 9/11 Memories

Written By: #Infinity on 09/11/15 at 4:28 pm

I was still asleep in bed when the planes hit the towers, since it was before 6 AM in California.  At some point when I had come down for breakfast, my sister casually told me that the Twin Towers had been taken down.  Not knowing any of the geopolitical context behind the attacks, and having already grown familiar with the idea of city destruction from general kids media, the first thing that came to my mind was "the Empire State Building is the tallest skyscraper in New York again." (I was fascinated by skyscrapers at one point in my life, and even had a book about them) For the rest of the school year, I remember 9/11-related stuff being on non-kids television everywhere I looked, and our class had to sing God Bless the USA as part of a talent show.

Subject: Re: 9/11 Memories

Written By: Eazy-EMAN1995 on 09/11/15 at 5:56 pm

I remember coming home from school and hearing about what had happened!! :\'( :\'( :\'(  I saw the evening coverage of the buildings collapsing, and I was shocked, horrified, and saddened by the attacks on the twin towers! :\'(  At first I didn't know what to think due to me being 5 1/2, then my grandparents and teachers at school taught us what the tragedy meant as a whole. I still felt a bit innocent after the attack. But I can still safely say that apart of my innocence was indeed lost after seeing that.

Subject: Re: 9/11 Memories

Written By: ocarinafan96 on 09/11/15 at 6:45 pm


I remember coming home from school and hearing about what had happened!! :\'( :\'( :\'(  I saw the evening coverage of the buildings collapsing, and I was shocked, horrified, and saddened by the attacks on the twin towers! :\'(  At first I didn't know what to think due to me being 5 1/2, then my grandparents and teachers at school taught us what the tragedy meant as a whole. I still felt a bit innocent after the attack. But I can still safely say that apart of my innocence was indeed lost after seeing that.


Yeah while the post 9/11 world had its times that were pretty bad, I still think enjoyed my childhood. Heck I don't really think I lost all of my childhood innocence until I saw my first porn magazine when I was 12. But I will admit, 9/11 did make me much more respectful of life and how we need to make the best out of it

Subject: Re: 9/11 Memories

Written By: mach!ne_he@d on 09/11/15 at 7:13 pm

Even though it's been fourteen years, I still remember it like it was yesterday.

It was already a changeful enough time in my life as it was, because I had literally just started my freshman year of high school a few weeks earlier. My first class of the day ended at 8:50 that morning, which was just a few minutes after AA Flight 11 hit the North Tower. I went to my locker and talked to my friends, totally oblivious to my what was going on. At just before 9 AM, I walked into my Language Arts class and the teacher had the TV set turned to CNN. We asked what was going on, and at that time, before the second plane hit, she just assumed that it was some kind of tragic accident and told us that. Not thinking much else about it, she flipped the television off probably no more than a minute before the second tower was struck. Because of that, I went through that whole class, still not really aware of the magnitude of the attack. When I got out of 2nd period at about 9:50 AM, students were buzzing in the hallways about the World Trade Center being hit, the Pentagon being hit, and all kinds of rumors about the White House and Capitol being destroyed. I walked into my next class at almost exactly 10 AM, literally just as the South Tower of the WTC was collapsing to the ground right in front of me on my history teacher's television screen. It is still to this day the most incredible thing I have ever seen.

The rest of the day after that is kind of a blur. I remember kids in the lunchroom whispering about the country being at war, invading the middle east, etc., and I was worried because, at 14-year-old, I was thinking about whether or not I could actually be drafted into the military when I turned 18 if the draft was brought back, which is what some kids were saying might happen. I remember my algebra teacher in last period watching the television with the set turned towards his desk so only he could see, and being angry because I felt like I had a right to know what was happening.

One thing that's still struck with me after all these years is, after I got back to my house that afternoon, turning on the TV and seeing every single channel (including MTV and ESPN) showing news coverage, or, in the cases of some channels like HGTV, just cancelling their programming altogether and putting up messages of condolences on the screen. I think it was then that the magnitude of what had happened really hit me.

I also remember the one year anniversary commemoration on September 11, 2002, when all us students went to school wearing red, white and blue, and put up custom made tributes in the hallways.

Subject: Re: 9/11 Memories

Written By: CatwomanofV on 09/12/15 at 12:14 pm

Carlos was at work. His youngest daughter (who was around 14 I think at the time) was visiting with us. There was an article that was in our local paper that I thought she would be interested in. I also thought it would be a good reading lesson for her (she was home schooled). I had her read it aloud. As she was reading it, the phone rang. It was a friend of mine who told me that we were under attack. She said the WTC & the Pentagon were hit. Then she asked, "Can I come over?"

When I put the phone down, I said to my step-daughter, "Come on. Sh!t's happening" and we went into the living room and turned on the t.v. My friend came over and the three of us pretty much were glued to the t.v. for the rest of the day. Well, the two of them went to pick up a pizza for lunch. When we turned on the t.v. the first tower was already down. I went into the other room to use the phone when my step-daughter said that the second tower collapsed. It really was like watching some disaster movie. I kept thinking, this really can't be happening.

I called my mother. She was watching a movie and didn't hear about it. She asked me what channel. I said, "All of them!" I was especially worried about my father & my step-son because they lived in D.C. I told my step-daughter to call her brother. She couldn't get through. I tried to call my dad and couldn't get through. All calls going in & out of D.C. were pretty much stopped-or it could have been the the lines were overloaded.

We were able to reach my step-son about 6 that evening. I asked him to call my dad to tell him that I have been trying to reach him. A short time later, my dad called me. I breathed a sigh of relief. 

The next day when I saw my friend, she said something to the effect, "I know today is pretty much like every other day but yet today is different." She was right.

What was really weird, even though all planes were grounded, we had MORE air traffic than usual-actually it was A LOT of air traffic. It was the Air National Guard. I heard many people say that it was eerie not having the air traffic but for us it was scary because they were military air craft.

A few days later, they had a nation-wide candle vigil. We went outside with a lit candle. We looked down the street and saw others standing on the sidewalk with their candles. Not ALL our neighbors participated but almost all of them.

On the one year anniversary, our newspaper listed all the names of the casualties. I sat at the table and READ each name. I did not skim over them. That was my way of honoring those lost.


Last night, MSNBC played their news coverage of it AS IT HAPPENED. It wasn't a documentary-just raw footage that they showed on that tragic day. Even though it was late and I knew how it ended, I still couldn't stop watching it.


Cat

Subject: Re: 9/11 Memories

Written By: 97er on 09/13/15 at 3:49 am

As horrible as this sounds, I wish I could remember it. It happened 6 days before my 4th birthday and I was in preschool by then. It's weird though cuz I remember my 4th bday party but not 9/11 and they both happened the same month.

Subject: Re: 9/11 Memories

Written By: CatwomanofV on 09/13/15 at 3:27 pm


As horrible as this sounds, I wish I could remember it. It happened 6 days before my 4th birthday and I was in preschool by then. It's weird though cuz I remember my 4th bday party but not 9/11 and they both happened the same month.



No, that doesn't sound weird. To a 4 year old, a birthday party is the most important thing in the world. It could also be that your parents was trying to shield you for the horrors of that day. A lot of parents did that.



Cat

Subject: Re: 9/11 Memories

Written By: yelimsexa on 09/16/15 at 11:26 am

Ironically, I was in US History class the moment I got word the pincipal over the PA announced how "America is under attack". Despite that, we soldiered on in school and only had a half-hour delay the next morning despite being just 35 miles from the Pentagon. It also led me to understand how religion matters, and that penance followed by prayer and belief can make yourself overcome all of the tragedies and provide hope for a better, more promised land. It brought a shift from the liberal '90s into a somewhat more conservative tone until Obama was elected in which he has made the '10s another liberal decade.

On these boards itself, the day after the attacks, one poster lamented fear that the attack may have trigged the start of WWIII. I sort of felt that way too, since there were a total of four hijackings, and knowing hat Congress could be declaring war at any moment. The feeling didn't start to die off until around the time the Christmas holidays were approaching, and even then it had a bittersweet feeling. 

http://www.inthe00s.com/archive/inthe90s/bbs1/webBBS_1512.shtml

This thread a few days later is a good unofficial benchmark that already makes you appreciate how different the '90s were and how the innocence that preceded has faded away:
http://www.inthe00s.com/archive/inthe90s/bbs1/webBBS_1526.shtml

As Hairspray said on that day over on the '80s board, "I'm crying. My prayers and thoughts go out."

This thread is a must-read: http://www.inthe00s.com/archive/inthe80s/bbs20/webBBS_20602.shtml

Subject: Re: 9/11 Memories

Written By: Howard on 09/16/15 at 3:00 pm

It was just a day that will never be forgotten in history, a lot of people were screaming and crying and just wanted to get home in one piece to their families.

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