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    Re: 9/11: What Do You Remember?

    I too first believed it was a small aircraft that struck the tower. Then wondering how on earth a jetliner could have made such an error. Of course, the real truth was horrifying.

    My oldest daughter had just started her first year at Dayton and worrying about her. I knew that while all commercial traffic was grounded, that planes would be flying in and out of Wright Patterson.

    My wife had gone to an employment seminar that morning and she didn't know until around lunch time when one of the other participants came in late and told them. She didn't fully understand the gravity of the situation until she got home.

    My son was still in grade school and the school chose not to inform the kids, so they didn't know until they got home.
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    Work stopped at our office. We sat watching the news coverage, before we told everyone they could go home, before noon. I felt numb.
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    Re: 9/11: What Do You Remember?

    Quote Originally Posted by 919191 View Post
    I remember a post about it written by letsgojunior. I'd provide a link, but I can't find it.

    Yeah, her dad works in Manhattan and watched the whole thing from his office window, IIRC.
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    I remember coming home and being greeted by my brother at the door. He told me to go in the living room, where they had CNN on.

    I remember watching the replay of the plane hitting the second tower, and just hoping that people made it out before it fell.

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    I was sitting in school that day.
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    I was in 8th grade. I had come back from the bathroom and saw that everyone in the class had eyes glued to the tv, which I thought was very odd. Then it came out what had happened. And the teacher allowed us to watch and follow it because she felt it was important. I speculated with my friends who would have done such a thing.

    And from that point the staff tried to make it seem as normal a day as possible. And sent us to our next classes. At that point, my older sister came and took me out of class to go home early because she was worried. We drove home and the whole way I looked out the car windows with paranoid eyes toward the skies, which seemed disturbingly empty since I happen to live within minutes of the Columbus Airport.

    I watched tv pretty much the rest of the night following all the coverage.

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    I remember a comment I heard on the radio. A retired airforce pilot was being interviewed and he talked about walking the streets in DC that day and looking up. He said, "I looked up and I saw fighter jets and realized, my god, we are flying cover for the capital."

    That was a clarifying moment for me, understanding the level of fear that existed in the nation's government at that point.
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    Re: 9/11: What Do You Remember?

    ----I remember it being a cloudless, beautiful day here in Columbus, OH.
    ----As someone stated earlier, I too first heard the news on the Howard Stern show, they originally just chalked it up to somone flying a small plane into the first tower and couldnt believe someone would make such a mistake on such a sunny day.
    ----I remember hearing about the second tower being hit as the bus I rode took me into work.
    ----I remember being glued to the TV at work and my boss crying and telling me about an hour and half into the coverage to turn it off; she "couldnt take it anymore". (I refused).
    ----I remember leaving work early and actually stopping to get a haircut on the way home...it was amazing hearing all the rumors and speculation amongst patrons and the staff while I was there. (The coverage they were watching showed replays of the second tower collapsing---they continued to think it was other towers being destroyed live.)

    In the days after, I will never forget the paranoia and fear that engulfed myself and others---the cringing whenever you would hear something in the sky; false alarms in Downtown Columbus---City Center Mall and the Rhodes Tower were evacuated on separate occasions during the next few days. I also remember the uncertainity of whether we should go back to work; when would it be ok to return to our normal way of life??

    The other lasting memory I have is of a memorial service that was held at Ohio Stadium about a week later----sitting there somberly with about 20,000 others just trying to pay our respects and make sense of it all.

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    Re: 9/11: What Do You Remember?

    Does anyone else remember reports of a truck bomb outside of the State Department?
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    Re: 9/11: What Do You Remember?

    Quote Originally Posted by guttle11 View Post
    But more than anything else, I remember the sonic boom late in the afternoon in the south Dayton Area. To this day I can still feel the beat my heart skipped, and I can still sense the few seconds of sheer panic that went through me right after.
    Holy crap, yes. And I don't know about "few seconds." I mean, a few seconds of actual panic, but the confusion and nervousness lasted a good half hour, as I recall.

    Channel 7 was even cutting into the national CBS feed to talk about it, and briefly perpetuated a story about a bombing at a VA Hospital or something, and then clouded the story further with details of a brush fire that might be a downed aircraft, and for at LEAST 30 minutes nobody freaking knew what was going on.

    Turned out -- in the end -- it was just Air Force One's security escort making an unauthorized jump to warp speed over a populated area.... but man alive did that brief period of confusion take a memorable day and make it even more so.

    Other memories:

    * Having my bedroom door pounded upon at what (at that time in my life) seemed the unreasonable hour of 10:30am. I wanted none of it. Then the phrase "It's war. They attacked us. They got us." made it through to my brain enough to spark me awake. And then spark me to wonder "Wait? Who's they? Who's us?", which led directly to....

    * Watching way too much TV for about 3 days straight, surrounded by my housemates and various visitors (hey, we had the big screen TV, and we had the bar in our basement, it was only natural to congregate) who'd only return to their own residences between the hours of midnight and 10am. Otherwise: communal TV viewing and brainstorming.

    * Trying to put on a brave face and do some "normal" things right afterwards, but having it all feel very weird. I remember going out to our favorite bar the very Tuesday night (well, Wednesday morning by the time we got there) it happened, and thinking "there's way too many people here for it to be this quiet." Also that night: let's just say I'm not a "hugger" (I subscribe to the Seinfeld theory that outside of a sexual relationship, there are some things that are just stupid and pointless, and awkward public physical interaction with a vague acquaintance is one of them).... but if you were a dude and you wanted to do that stupid "half-handshake, then pull it in to bump shoulders and pat each other on the back" deal, I didn't mind that night. And ladies needing a nice long hug? I was open for business. Really weird. For me anyway.

    * Then, finally, I think I did get the feeling of "normal" back about 4 days later. The Friday of that week. It was a combination of things, but mostly, it was a realization that the world WAS continuing, and almost as before, and that it'd be really lame to continue feeling so out of sorts when the truth is this really was a small and petty act ring-leadered by one small and petty wannabe tyrant and his even smaller and pettier henchmen. He doesn't deserve the distinction of putting me out of sorts, he doesn't have the stroke to change the direction of a nation, much less the world. Of course, things have changed, but I think my overall catharsis that Friday was the right basic idea: don't give the bad guys too much credit, and instead put that mental energy into appreciating how life around you is quickly bouncing back to the way it always was.



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    Re: 9/11: What Do You Remember?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rojo View Post
    Does anyone else remember reports of a truck bomb outside of the State Department?
    Here's a link to a good article on that. I found it pretty interesting.

    http://www.fair.org/extra/0111/rather.html

    It may be a little biased though.

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    I remember watching the 2nd tower collapse from across the Hudson at my office in Jersey City. Everyone just got the hell out of Dodge at that point.

    It was a very surreal experience. No one knew what was going on. But when the second one went down, it was time to go.

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    Re: 9/11: What Do You Remember?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoReds33 View Post
    Here's a link to a good article on that. I found it pretty interesting.

    http://www.fair.org/extra/0111/rather.html

    It may be a little biased though.
    Thanks. I hadn't thought of the report until this thread.
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    Re: 9/11: What Do You Remember?

    Quote Originally Posted by FlightRick View Post
    Holy crap, yes. And I don't know about "few seconds." I mean, a few seconds of actual panic, but the confusion and nervousness lasted a good half hour, as I recall.

    Turned out -- in the end -- it was just Air Force One's security escort making an unauthorized jump to warp speed over a populated area.... but man alive did that brief period of confusion take a memorable day and make it even more so.
    The sonic boom heard over the Dayton area was from a pair (I think) of vipers out of Springfield. As you mentioned, they were in full blower to meet up with Air Force One. One of the pilots who scrambled that day is a co-worker of mine. The details of that sortie are rather haunting in that he went from living his normal life to doing "whatever necessary" to protecting that 747 in a matter of a few minutes.

    I don't remember hearing the sonic boom.

    A few weeks later, I was playing the sectionals golf tournament at a course in Springfield when I saw a four-ship of vipers scramble. All I could think about was "Oh no, here we go again."


    I found out about the events on this website (I was a junior in high school and working on a chemistry project). Like most, I thought that it probably wasn't any more serious than the plane that crashed into the Empire State Building. Five minutes later, my class was ushered across the hall into another classroom where there was a TV. When the second tower fell, it was obvious (at least to me) that the events were an act of war and that Bin Ladin was probably behind them. It was just a few weeks before that we discussed how Al Qaida "declared war" against the US and how funny we all thought it was.

    When lunch came, everybody reluctantly got their food but nobody ate more than a few bites. Nobody spoke other than our principal who came up to us and told us to be sure to remember the date.

    That afternoon, the local paper interviewed a few of us students and asked us about the prospect of a draft. I think most of us had already begun preparing ourselves mentally for the inevitable call. I also remember a female classmate asking what a 767 was. I've always been an aviation nut and could visually ID any airliner since I was probably the age of 7. I gave her a quick description of the plane in a very crass tone (wish I could have had a redo on that one).
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    Re: 9/11: What Do You Remember?

    Driving to Wrigley when I still lived in Kentucky, hearing the games were cancelled and being so friggin mad. The reality of the situation had not been relayed well on radio, and I was just shocked beyond belief when I got home after turning around.
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