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“So, what do YOU remember from this day, nine years ago?”

That simple question was posed on my Facebook page this weekend.  Knowing this was the quickest way I could gauge peoples’ recollections of this infamous day, feelings which seem to boil anew each time the calendar returns to those haunting numbers: nine eleven.

Here’s a snapshot of people’s responses ( unedited, straight from the sources, w/specifics removed).  Kinda haunting…

Me – Just a month after returning from Manila, I was housesitting at a condo I woke up to the Canadian radio DJ’s repeatedly talking about how all the airports & borders were shut down after “the events of this morning.” Which left those of us late sleepers asking aloud, “WHAT EVENTS??” Then, as they explained, I had the same “Holy Crap!” moment that each of you had.
Later that day,I was channel surfing, watching whatever sad news coverage I could find, and was surprised to find a live WWE match being shown. They had little comment snippets from the wrestlers; you can pretty much imagine what courses of action they were all suggesting.

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M – Was woken up by the phone ringing and the answering machine kicking in. I could hear my roommate’s girlfriend leaving a message – I couldn’t make out words, but she definitely sounded worried. By the time I came out of my bedroom, my room…

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A – I woke up to the same thing – was glued to the news until I had to go to teach (my first full time at (middle school) covering for (science teacher)) When at school I remember listening to the radio reports and watching the internet coverage!
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K – I remember a friend coming to tell me at my office in Nebaj and then seeing the news with my Guatemalan family. Then, I realized my parents were also flying the friendly skies that day and I had no idea where they were, so I tried calling them on my cell phone, but the signal was so bad in Nebaj way back then, I couldn’t get the call to go through. They didn’t get any further than Idaho.
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J – Just graduated USC. Living and working downtown LA. Rumor that we could be next. Everyone vacated for the day. Gave Blood. Knew it would not do any good. Feeling helpless. Los Angeles skies so quiet. Surreal. Got through it all with Peter Jennings, a calming presence I still miss at every major public moment in life.
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L – very pregnant with child number three, up very early and feeling very sick that morning, C (husband) called in to work to stay home so he could help with the other two kiddos. We were listening to (radio station) when the announcement of the plane hitting the first tower was announced. We sat and watch the rest live on tv, shocked and weeping as we witnessed the towers falling, one, then the other. I will never forget the deep sadness and prayers that morning. C (husband) became a firefigher shortly thereafter. Less we forget.
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K –  I had just arrived at work and there was all this commotion. There weren’t any TVs immediately available, and at first I thought it was some kind of joke or something. Then somewhere we located a TV and the room was dead silent. Don’t remember much else from that day except disbelief and thinking “this can’t be real”.
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C – Walking through the usually loud and boisterous dorms and hearing nothing but the sound of radio news programs. The whole campus was so quiet that day.
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E – We were camping with several homeschool families and without radio or tv missed most of the initial news. When we did hear about it I sat in my car listening and reporting back to the others what was happening. It was a couple of days later before any of us saw actual news footage/photos. For me it will always be a JFK moment (for those old enough to have those) where you remember exactly where and what you were doing when you first heard the news.
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R –   I never watch TV in the morning, so it was a fluke that I happened to turn it on before heading to work (teaching.) Remember all the stories that were rumors that were reported, turned out false, and instead of addressing rumors that they’…d reported on, you simply never heard about it again. Remember the very first reporter trying to tell the major news anchors and she was breaking up, getting more and more upset and then hysterically crying trying to report. It had happened only seconds prior. She wasn’t on after that. Trying to talk to my students, fearful 8th graders. I knew nothing, and they were looking at me for direction and hints on how they should think and feel about it, and I felt I didn’t know enough. Worried all day about my baby daughter in daycare, wondering if she was safe; if there would be attacks on the west coast and if so, how would I get to my daughter, yet I was still responsible for someone else’s children.
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D –   I remember driving into the work parking lot – I didn’t listen to the TV or radio and phone was battery dead. The parking lot was filled w/ folks, some of the ladies were crying – the first thing I heard was that the WhiteHouse had been des…troyed along w/ the Towers and Pentagon.
The moment I remember vividly is watching the replay of the news broadcast as they were watching LIVE the 2nd plane hit. There was 5-8 sec of confusion on their faces before one them asked “what are we watching?”
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H – I was working at (timeshare managing company) then and I had the radio on all day. We all huddled around my desk that morning listening in disbelief. I remember driving home from Redmond to Mukilteo that day and not seeing a single plane in the air. It was very irrie. And then for the next week with no planes in the skies. Watching the news and showing people jumping and then falling out of the two towers will NEVER escape my memories…..
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K – I was in cambodia with (relief & devel. organization).. and the staff told me that a ‘Shopping center had been bombed”. Oh how wrong they were. And wouldn’t you know it that a few days later, tshirts in the market showed up with prints of the planes hitting the buildings. really horrible. I had been there for like a week when it happened!
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T – Woke up to my roommate screaming from the horror that she was seeing on T.V. I went into work for a couple of hours, but then went home and stayed glued to the T.V. That evening, my roommates and I put out candles in front of our porch.
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Some things you just never forget.  Let’s hope we never do…
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