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Where were you when the world stopped turning?
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Author:  Iowawolf [ Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:15 pm ]
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Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day many years ago for me I was living in Iowa didn't even know it happened until I went and turned on the tv couldn't believe this had happened on our shore.

Author:  Teigan [ Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:11 pm ]
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I was in college, living on campus. I woke up late, so didn't turn on the radio for the news, and rushed out the back door of the dorm that didn't lead through the tv lounge, and off to class. This was, remember, before cell phones were such a thing. The news and the world wasn't at our fingertips. At that point, the planes had already had crashed. While I was in class, taking notes about chemistry, the towers fell. I don't think anyone in class knew what had happened because everything seemed normal. I took the long way back to my dorm after class, savoring the perfect fall day. It was bright, sunny, just a little chilly. The sky was that luminous blue that you only see in the fall. The leaves were starting to turn. When I walked in the front door of my dorm, which opened in to the tv lounge, there was a huge group of students huddled around the tv and and they were dead silent. On the tv screen, there was the New York City skyline covered in smoke. I asked what had happened, and a young man turned to me and said numbly "the World Trade center is gone."

I watched the news with them for a while, and then used the old rotary phone bolted to the lounge wall, and called my mom. My dad answered, and I was so confused because he should have been at work. He was a scientist at the USDA at the time, and the lab had been shut down because no one knew if the attacks would continue and the threat seemed so great that even a small USDA lab in the middle of the Great Plains seemed to be at risk. It felt like the world had gone mad in an instant.

A friend came to find me and we sat outside the dorm, smoking cigarettes and staring at that blue, blue sky, wondering if the world was ending, if there would be more attacks, what would happen next. We didn't understand what was happening or how it could have happened.

Author:  cowmuflage [ Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:24 pm ]
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I dunno. All I remember was seeing it on the news. I can't say it affected me all that much I mean it was an event on the other side of the world, I do remember thinking to myself "if something like this happened here would they of cared and would they of had it on their news? I'm not sure they would of"

I mean I was 11 at the time.

Author:  Wain [ Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:16 am ]
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I was up late in the evening, online, and a friend in the USA announced over the line "omg a plane just hit the World Trade Center". Everyone just figured it was an accident and nobody had any idea of the enormity of it at that time.

Author:  TĂ„rnfalk [ Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:18 am ]
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We lived in Sweden at the time and watched it on the television. I remember yelling out to husband who were in another room that something really bad had happened. I remember crying even though at the time I did not know anyone who lived in the Us... but the thought of so many ppl dying were terrible.. still is

Author:  Niabi [ Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:04 am ]
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My husband and I had just woken up to get ready for work. We often turn on the news at this time so we can receive traffic updates before we walk out the door. A plane had just hit one of the towers. The news reporters had very little information to work with. Was it an accident? Did the plane malfunction? Was the plane hijacked and why? How were they evacuating the people from the buildings?

Once we found out there was a high possibility of this being an act of terrorism, I grew deeply concerned as, at the time, my husband and I both worked at a highly popular, world-recognized, tourist destination. We made the drive down to work, listening as new information came and facts were presented. Once we arrived at work, there was a lot of confusion and uncertainty as to whether or not we would open to the public that day. We learned that the Pentagon had also been hit and I grew more and more uncomfortable at the idea that my husband and I were dab smack right at the center of what could very well be another potential target.

My superiors (my husband and I worked in different departments) insisted we prepare for the day as though nothing out of the ordinary was going on. At some point though, the head honchos of the company decided the risk was too high and that we would not be opening to the public. Everyone in my department was sent home and everyone who had yet to come in for their shifts, were called and told not to come in. My husband however, was not so lucky. He was a manager for his area and despite everyone else being able to go home, he was told to stick around and "let any tourists who show up know that we are closed for the day"! I was livid (not at him but at the situation). I knew them having him stay was bullshit! What!? You don't think the visiting tourists are going to be able to figuire it out on their own when they see the closed gates and lack of employees!? My husband is a lot nicer than I am about these kinds of things and stayed without much fuss. I also stayed and hatched a kidnapping act out in my mind should there be any sign of danger heading our way.

I think it was around this time I saw the second plane fly into the other tower. I watched helplessly as people from the top of the towers jumped to their deaths. I cried for them because I knew as they did, that jumping to their deaths was the only, possibly kinder, alternative. We knew that help could not reach them or would not come for them in time. I begged my husband to just leave ... that no job was worth the risk of his life. I didn't want us to be there if something sinister should go down. He just went about his activities, trying to keep himself busy while having nothing at all to do. I believe it was two or three HOURS later, he was told he could finally go home!

I spent the rest of the day watching the news and crying. My husband sat on the couch with me, consoling me as needed. We called out sick for the next couple of days so that I could recuperate. Our workplace was never hit with anything other than an occassional worded threat here and there (and still does every 9/11 since then). I still think about the what ifs of that day. I still think about all those people who lost their lives. I still wonder if anything like that or worse will happen again in the future. It gets easier to not dwell on these thoughts as much as more and more time passes by. But still, what if time is all that is needed to let our guard down again? It still affects me even to this day.

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