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We Will Never Forget - Where Were You?

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by VegasGroove, Sep 10, 2021.

  1. VegasGroove

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    Today, we give reverence, honor and dignify the memories of all people who lost their lives to the 9/11 Attack 20 years ago. We also pray for and think of the families who are still dealing with this tragedy that entered their lives.

    Thank you to all Fire personnel, Police personnel, Office Workers, NYC City Workers, Hospital personnel, Foodservice people, Newscasters, Film crews - the list goes on and on. You are not forgotten this day.

    To VMB, where were you when you heard/saw this attack unfold? Even though it was 20 years ago, the memory of those towers are still recent in our hearts and minds.

    God bless the USA.
     
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    I was in Manhattan. I had just recently moved into my first college dorm, and used to be able to see the towers from my window. Then all of a sudden... I couldn't. One of my suitemates came rushing in to tell me about it, but he was a lunatic so I pretty much just ignored him, and then ten minutes later my mother called me, and it was suddenly real. I was actually supposed to start a part-time job in the mall in the downstairs shopping area a couple weeks later. This was before cell phones were ubiquitous, so I spent the day on my dorm phone calling everyone I knew.

    We say "never forget", but in a truly non-political way, I never will.
     
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    Had just woken up at about 5:15 or 5:30 PDT and turned on the news. They said a plane had just hit the Trade Center. My first thought was that the pilot was incapacitated. They hadn't mentioned type of plane, so I assumed a smaller private plane. When they announced it was a commercial jet, I couldn't believe it. Hijacking obviously, but at that point I wasn't thinking organized terror attack. That maybe a couple of wackos. You know the rest of the story.
     
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    Boot camp... :blah:

    That was an interesting few years.
     
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    I was in 7th grade. They sent us home from school since we lived in Connecticut and were close to NYC.
     
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    I was in the Navy based at HMS Nelson. I remember hearing the first reports on the radio at work, and I went over to the senior rates mess with my boss to put the news on to see what was going on.

    Just shocking as it all became apparent what had transpired.
     
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    Was on vacation in Pittsburgh with my dad. We were heading to Falling Water before going to a Brewers-Pirates game in the evening. As we were walking out of the motel, the attack was on the TV in the lobby.

    Needless to say plans changed. We were both journalists, but didn't have any way to transmit photos, so we didn't try heading out to the Flight 93 site. It wouldn't have mattered since the tunnels into Pittsburgh were closed. Mostly sat in front of the TV in shock.

    The only open restaurant was an Indian place in the motel, and the family was terrified people would think they were in some way responsible.
     
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    I mentioned this on a previous thread:

    I was in New York City that morning, but safely in midtown a few miles from the WTC.
    16 years later, I was in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017, but safely at the Paris hotel a few miles from the Route 91 Harvest festival.
     
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    I was working for a cable company in Missouri. Watched the news in a customer's living room.
     
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    I was heading home after getting laid off from a job I had just started two weeks before. I was dreading the discussion with the missus, but it gave me a whole new perspective.
     
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    I was at Palm Beach airport waiting for a flight to Chicago for work….was surreal as the news spread thru the airport.
     
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    I was driving home from dropping my kids off at school. I was listening to a morning show comedy team and at first I thought it was some sort of joke or story. Then the second plane hit and I knew. Then it all hit me. I rushed home because my husband, at the time, was supposed to be flying on business that day. Very scary until I found out his flight never left.

    God bless all of those still affected.
     
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    I was at home, somehow had the day/week off. anyway at that time i had the full direct tv (wink) package.
    so I heard the news as i woke up early that day and immediately flipped to the live NYC feeds of tv stations.. saw how big the hole was and said .."This is an attack and that was a huge plane.. not a small one"

    watching live as one of the stations in nyc caught the second plane flying by them (helicopter) and slammed into the other tower.
    that made it 100% a terrorist attack.

    till this day i cry that day, i keep saying i will make it out to ny and see the memorials but i don't know if i will ball like a baby.
    that day changed world history for the best or worst.
     
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    I was in an ATC facility about 300 miles south of Chicago. I remember someone saying Flight Service was looking for info on United 93, which was odd because Flight Service mostly dealt with non commercial aircraft. Saw the second strike on TV. We landed every aircraft in the sky, then sat and stared at empty scopes for days.
     
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    I was getting ready for middle school with my brother. Being on the west coast, we saw the coverage on TV during our morning routine. At first I thought it was a joke, or not real. There's just no way, right?

    After the second tower was hit, and then news of the Pentagon, it felt like a scary time. This would be in the history books. My homeroom teacher had the news on, everyone did, all day, and was a mess because she had relatives in NY.

    I remember the fear, throughout the country. But I also remember everyone coming together to show pride, kindness and compassion for our country. That's what stuck with me.
     
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    I was at Disney World. We spent the day drowning our sorrows at the Wilderness Lodge. We flew back into DCA 3 or 4 days later and I remember seeing all the damage to the Pentagon.
     
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    I was at work in the NW burbs of Chicago when it happened. Everyone at our facility was huddled around the TV in our cafeteria watching the news as things progressed that morning. We were lucky that our colleagues who worked in downtown Manhattan were far enough away so they were safe, but it took awhile before we knew for sure.

    What was really eerie was when I was driving home later that afternoon, it was dead quiet outside. Downtown Chicago was also dead quiet as well, since most of the business were evacuated in case Chicago would also be targeted. Our facility wasn't too far from Ohare International airport and there wasn't a plane in the sky which was really spooky. Apparently, they grounded all flights so the only aircrafts I saw flying around were a few military helicopters.

    Needless to say, I'll never forget that day and I'm sure many of us are reminded of it each time we go to the airport and have to deal with TSA security check points.
     
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    It was a Tuesday morning. The news came across the Bloomberg monitors in the department at my work. We stood riveted watching it all unfold. Then the building alarms went off with a message, please evacuate the building. This is downtown Chicago with alot of skyscraper buildings, murmurs of tall buildings being targeted. Word spread, CFD came ushering everyone out of the building, shouting for everyone to "go to Grant Park, go to Grant Park!". Employees were hysterically crying, leaving the building, me included. I wanted to get my car from the underground garage, that was not permitted. Once I was away from the building, I called my entire family, even though no one was in NYC, I still wanted to hear their voices.

    Once I made it home, I watched the full footage, wept and wept. It was unreal.

    Our company lost 176 colleagues working in the WTC that day.
     
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    I was at my office in Arlington, Virginia. My now ex-wife and I worked near each other and we decided that, once they closed everything down, to take opposite routes home (beltway and through town) to get to our kids as quick as we could. As I drove towards DC, I could see the smoke from the Pentagon while crossing the Memorial Bridge into town. It was "real" to me, but that moment stamped it in my mind forever. It took hours to get home, of course, and I was glad to get their safely. Our neighbors were stranded in Scotland or Ireland and ended up being allowed to come back a week or so later.

    I will never forget and I will never fail to remember 9/11.