9/11/20 – QOTD
I was in the office at church and the secretary came in. Turned in the radio to listen and went home at noon as the boss said to go home, its history and gonna be a long week. Sat in front of the tv the rest of the day.
Flying was weird from then on. I remember touring with in college and flying to do gigs. I will never be able to drive on the tarmac to the belly of a plane with a rental van and directly offload our Instruments and sound equipment right onto the plane.
Flying has never been the same since and personal, I can’t think of flying without thinking of that day and always wondering if it’ll happen again or something else like it. Of all days, I’m flying home today. If I could’ve, I would’ve flown tmw.
I was at my parents with my toddler and infant. My dad was watching the news when I had come out of the bedroom. My husband was a few hours away at our home. I called my sister who lived nearby, because the anxiety was building in me, and talking to her as we were watching things kept me calm.
I still recall when my husband came to pick us up to take us home a couple of days later and seeing the huge blue sky without a single white streak from a plane. It was surreal.
I was at work. It happened during our weekly “team” meeting. When we got to a restaurant later, it was on all the TV’s.
My son was young. I remember thinking about how it might change his life. I was concerned about if he’d have to go to war. I figured I was too old even then. I remember the rapid uptick in security issues. Being in commercial food production, we were especially impacted. Of course nothing has been the same. I predict it will be the same thing after this current COVID situation. And like 9/11, I figure some changes will be good, but many not so good. Not much good happens when politicians start reacting out of fear and political influence.
Headed to class which wasn’t canceled. Prof and class were in a daze.
Worried about my dad the rest of the day until he let us know he was OK (was supposed to fly).
Hard to know how life changed as I was young and only recently returned to the US. In my friends and family, I saw the seeds of the current extreme political divide begin to be sown and watered.
I was at breakfast with my parents and then went to do an estimate for my dad’s construction company. I don’t know if I can 💯 contribute the events of that day
for my change of career, but 3 years later I became a police officer and have been for the last 16 years.
We had the news on during breakfast when reporters broke in with the news of a Twin Tower being hit by an airplane. No one knew the facts, then we watched as the second plane hit the other tower. Reporters were stunned as they realized the first hit was not an anomaly.
That morning I was to be in Manhattan, but business plans had changed. We look back and marvel at God’s protection yet mourn for those families that lost loved ones.
A year later, at an alumni gathering, one of my teammates (college football) shared his still raw emotion. After serving in the military as a pilot during the Vietnam conflict, he became a commercial airline pilot. He captained a crew that alternated with another crew on a regular coast-to-coast flight from Boston to LA to Boston. His crew flew on even days. He watched in horror as the other flight crew (his colleagues and good friends) crashed into the Twin Tower on their scheduled odd day to fly – 9/11.
I was a Junior in High School. We were settling into our first period class a little after 8:30 am when a friend of mine said that she had heard a plane had hit the WTC on the radio when her mom dropped her off at school. As we were talking the intercom came on, which was odd considering morning announcements had just ended about 15 minutes ago, it was our school Principal. He announced that 2 planes had hit the WTC and that we would continue with the school day. He encouraged our teachers to allow us to watch news coverage and turned on every TV on school campus. ( No TVs in our classrooms, but several in the cafeteria, media centers and library) He said that this was a historic day and that our country would never be the same. I remember just sitting with other students and talking about the news though 1st period. In my 2nd period History class, my teacher had his computer wired in to the classroom projector. We watched the coverage live online all period long. At lunch, I remember wolfing down my food so I could go to the library and sit quietly with other students to watch on the 2 TVs in there. It continued on like that for the rest of the day. I remember driving home and throwing a tape in my VCR and recording hours of live footage while I curled up in my bed watching. Wishing someone would reassure me that everything was going to be ok.
Nineteen years and I remember it like yesterday. I was dropping my oldest two kids (only two at the time) off at school/daycare and heard the announcement of the first plane hitting. I was at work when there remaining planes hit and flights were grounded, then the Pentagon and PA. Walking into a meeting when I heard that the second tower had collapsed. My husband and I could not believe it. We worked at a financial institution and were put on lockdown even though we were in a minor area. We had friends in the City that day (and every day prior). It’s because of 9/11 that my oldest joined the army – was 5 at the time.
I was sitting in the living room with one of our babies. DH and I didn’t have TV than. My BIL called when the first plane hit. We were still talking when the second plane hit. He didn’t have TV either, so as we were talking, he was being informed by his BIL who did. That’s all I remember of the day.