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Where Were You on September 11?

Patch is compiling a list of stories from readers on what they remember from Sept. 11, 2001.

 

I remember Sept. 11, 2001 was a sunny and warm day. I was in the fifth grade at Stackpole Elementary School in Upper Southampton. The school day began like any other but curiously many of my peers began disappearing from class; their parents were picking them up only minutes after the session had begun.

Students began to question the teacher about why our friends were leaving so unexpectedly. She looked up from her computer monitor, wiped tears from he face and told the class that it was a beautiful day and my peers parents had all decided to take them to the shore. At such a young age, I believed my teacher.

Little did I know, just a few hundred miles to the north, west and south that groups of terrorist were orchestrating the most devastating attacks on the American homeland since Pearl Harbor.

By late afternoon, we were told during a special assembly that New York, Washington D.C. and a part of our state were bombed by "bad people." Our school's principal then dismissed us to our buses.

Once home, I was glued to the TV news coverage of the attacks. 

In the days following Sept. 11, our classroom and playground discussions focused on the attack and their lasting impacts. I remember sitting at the playground and looking up and seeing for the first time in my life a sky devoid of all aircraft.

That's my story.

Now, it's your turn.

Where were you on Sept. 11, 2001? How did it effect you? Tell us your story in the comments section below.

 

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Krby September 10, 2012 at 07:22 PM
I just started high school. My teacher turned on the tv because we were going to watch something and the news popped up. We saw that a plane hit the building but they didn't know what kind or how bad. As we sat there we saw the second plane hit. It was so confusing and scary. The tvs were on all throughout the school and in the cafeteria. My father traveled a lot and I knew sometimes he went to the WTC. I was scared and worried. It turns out he was traveling but was stuck at an airport the whole day since they grounded all of the flights. I stayed at school all day and everybody was glues to the tvs. I saw the towers coming down and I cried. I remembered the 1995 bombing in Oklahoma and thought it would be like that...they could rescue a lot of people. I think because I saw the whole day unfold on tv from the very beginning, it haunts me.
Mike Shortall Sr September 10, 2012 at 09:47 PM
See my story at www.crankymanslawn.com.
Maria September 10, 2012 at 10:17 PM
I was on vacation in Maryland. My husband & I were getting ready to go around the town for the day. At that time I was working for an airport. When my husband called me over to the TV to tell me that a plane had crashed into 1 of the twin towers I said that wasn't possible - I knew that was not 'cleared air space.' We thought something had gone terribly wrong - mechanically. Then we watched in horror as the 2nd plane crashed, we looked at each other and said we are at war.
Trudy Posner September 11, 2012 at 10:59 AM
I had a strange feeling that morning that something was going to happen to an airplane, but my since my husband was flying to DC that morning, I felt it just had something to do with that. I was at work when the first plane hit, and someone announced that a plane had hit one of the towers. I was working in a nursing home, and we would glance at the client's t.v.s, and then I saw the 2nd plane hit. I suddenly became extremely scared, because I knew my husband was on a plane to D.C. I tried to call him repeatedly, but all circuits were busy. My boss told me I could go home, so I could keep trying to get hold of him. I lived just across the river from Indian Point, so all the talk was about whether or not they were going to try to bomb that next. I kept also having flashbacks to OKC, where I had been just 11 blocks north of that bombing, and couldn't decide whether or not to get my children from school or leave them where they were all on lockdown. I finally got hold of my husband that afternoon (he said his was the last plane to land before all others were grounded.) I watched off and on throughout the day, because i didn't want my children to be emersed in it (I remembered how bad that was for children in OKC to be watching all the time, so I didn't want a repeat.)
Tom Sofield September 11, 2012 at 05:23 PM
From Carl Brown: "Tom, I was delivering in New York, however I was out of the area before the attacks. As a food-service company, US foods had to send multiple trucks up to Seacaucas NJ. We went late at night, early in the morning. What stands out the most in my mind was driving along Newark airport the next morning, and instead of seeing 4 to 5 planes lined up for final approach, and dozens moving on the ground, there was nothing- no movement of any kind, and not a plane in site. Even from across the Hudson, you could smell the dust, and see the huge cloud that covered lower Manhattan. There were no trucks allowed to cross into New York AT ALL. Every truck had to be inspected in Seacaucas and escorted- it was crippling to our commerce in the area."
ingrid September 11, 2012 at 08:19 PM
I was coming back from grocery shopping when I got a call to turn on the TV. There I saw what was going on. I decided to call my son's elementary school to inform them and they had just been alerted by the District as to these events. While parents were rushing in to get their kids from school, I decided to let my son stay knowing he was safe and join the assembly that the school had planned to explain to the kids what had happened.

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