Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by VegasGroove, Sep 10, 2021.
OMG; very happy you are here to share that.
I was a freshman in HS, which was located in the East Village/near the LES. I remember seeing a significant amount of smoke rising about lower Manhattan after leaving my school. My mother picked me up from school and, as her office was somewhat beside/almost in the financial district, told me outside when we walked home in the direction of the bridge that people were jumping from the towers. She couldn’t believe what she was seeing after initially exiting her office and, for whatever reason, walking west with some co-workers, but was telling me it was an absolute inferno and numerous people from the top floors of the North, and later South Towers jumped. To this day I get sick thinking about it and hate seeing these images on tv.
When walking toward the bridge, the South Tower fell. The loudest noise I've ever heard in my life, and while we were far enough away, people just took off running.
My Dad was on a plane from Charlotte, where I ended up moving shortly thereafter, to Newark and was supposed to land right after 9am. We couldn’t get in contact with him but eventually, via an airPhone which for reasons I can’t fathom, don’t exist anymore, called my Mom to say he was fine, however, the flight circled back about 10 mins from landing in NJ, to go back to Charlotte. Somehow they made it on whatever amount of jet fuel the plane had back to the original takeoff location of Charlotte, which I still find remarkable. My Dad later told me that people on the right side of the plane during landing could see the both towers on fire.
I don’t live there anymore, but I now live about a mile and a half from the Pentagon in Arlington.
Everyday to me is a reminder, and I’ll never forget.
My mother, bless her heart, was a very politically biased but unsophisticated person. She was always angry, yet most of the time whatever had angered her turned out to be nothing. Sound familiar? She watched news programs on tv every morning. Mom called me that morning and told me to turn on the television immediately. I figured it was another one of her baseless scares, but I did, just in time to see the second plane hit.
9/11 was one the three most horrific events ever witnessed by many people my age. Visually, it was the worst. I still can't look at it. The Challenger disaster was terrible, especially because my wife and I and many of our friends had gone to school with one of the astronauts. I can't look at that, either. JFK's assassination was the most emotionally wringing event, but at least it was not shown live and we were all in school anyway.
I was on my way to work. Stopped at the convenience store and was horrified watching the TV behind the counter.
We had a trip to Vegas planned for the 13th, usual birthday trip. Got it changed to the 14th which was the first flight out from our local airport after plane started flying. Back then we had two flights to Vegas, 7:30 am or 2:30 pm. We were booked on the 7:30 am flight. Not enough flight attendants showed so they changed us to the 2:30 flight. That flight left on time but had 2 stops. Made it all the way to Phoenix but wasn’t sure they would continue. We had a large group on the plane going to Vegas for a wedding. The flight attendants and the pilots finally agreed to keep going. We made to Vegas late night after a very long day.
We stayed at the Golden Nugget. The people who were there had been stranded for days. I remember standing on the top level of casino floor and saw no one except for dealers. Saturday morning we woke up to lots of sirens and helicopters flying around. My husband absolutely panicked. Looked out the window and it was a parade for first responders going thru downtown. Went to Mandalay Bay that day and saw no one while walking the rows of slots machines. It was a very eerie feeling being in Vegas.
I was at work.
For those who don't know/care my B'day is Sept. 10, and on that day a cow-orker left a spice cupcake with a single candle in it on my desk.
On the 11th. I walked into her office asking "Where's my cupcake?" and the radio was on and we heard that "a small plane has collided with the WTC" and a few seconds later another witness said "it looked bigger to me, like an airliner" and then a while later there was that "OMG! Another plane just hit the WTC" and then we knew it was something major.
So was I.
A co-worker of mine came up to me and said that his wife just called him and said that an airplane crashed into the WTC. At first I thought it was someone in a small plane wanting to commit suicide in a big way. 20 or so minutes later that same co-worker said his wife called him again and said that another plane had hit the other tower. That's when I thought, 'Oh shit. This is terrorists.'
Matter of fact, I had a Vegas trip planned at that time and was scheduled to fly out there the following Sunday. I postponed my trip until late October. As soon as the plane landed at McCarren and the captain said on the P.A. "Welcome to Las Vegas" everyone applauded. It was a but surreal seeing soldiers with rifles at the airports at that time.
Actually, I was scheduled to fly to an event in the Bay Area later that week. Of course it was cancelled. My flight (America West), however, was one of the first to take off after they lifted the grounding of all flights, and it took off more or less on time. I was not on it, of course.
I had just come home from Las Vegas the day before. The morning of the attack i was sitting in front of the computer on the internet and I saw a headline the said the World Trade Center was on fire. My mind thought why are they putting old news on the internet. That happened ten years ago. Then another headline came up saying an airplane had crashed into the World Trade Center. I turned on the TV and saw one of the towers burning. My heart sunk and I got a chill all over my body. I was glued to the TV for the rest of the day. I could not believe what I was seeing. I thought of all those people trapped in those buildings. Like many I still cannot get that day out of my mind and I will never forget it.
Back then I worked later shifts. So was doing laundry before work. I heard about the first plane thought it was maybe a small one and figured some beginner pilot really messed up. Then as I started seeing the pictures and another plane was just thinking unbelievably sad. Needless to say that laundry didn't get done that day as I just couldn't tear myself away from watching this. Horrible day.
I was working an overnight shift back when I worked on West 67th Street. I was home by 8:30a and watched everything unfold.
They closed all the bridges and tunnels in and out of NYC so I didnt go to work the next night. When I did go back a day later, everyone was driving slowly, no honking horns, people were stunned. Also, the weather we had in NY yesterday on 9-11-21 was the exact same looking beautiful day as the weather on 9-11-01.
I worked the early part of my career in the financial district, in the shadow of the WTC. I had interviews with several firms in the towers. Had been on the observation decl. i ate lunch in the courtyard between the two buildings. My last job before "relocating" to a job on LI was Morgan Stanley (Dean Witter) Our HR office was in the towers. in 1999 my orientation was there . my office was across thriver in Jersey City. i had a fantastic view of the towers. I commuted through the WTC MTA subway and Path trains to NJ. i left that job in late 2000 ...took a job with a financial firm on Long island
I was in my office and i walked to get some coffee and on the TV in our reception lobby...... the news was on with live coverage of the first plane. i remember i was the only one in the reception area and I was just staring at the screen in disbelief. i hurried back to my office to contact my brother - my sister-in-law was a bond trader for a firm with an office on about approximately the 50th floor of the South tower. I couldn't get in touch with anyone. As i was dialing the phone I heard numerous screams from the reception area- the second plane hit the building and was covered live on one of the news stations in NY......... unbelievable
i recall vividly being angry, sad, and utterly shocked at the time. We all left work and i was in my car on the parking garage roof of my building ( nickname of our building was the twin towers of long island) complex of identical buildings directly across the street of Nassau veterans memorial Coliseum. As i sat in my car i heard that the North building had collapsed. i had a physical reaction that i have never had before since to that news. with no news i had no idea if my sister n law made it to safety
Later on that day we found out my sister in law was safe and on her way home. When the first plane hot the North Tower - her coworkers who had been in the towers in 1993 for the bombing said let's go we are getting out of here ...despite the fact that the PA system were telling people to remain.
One of my good friends lost his brother in the attacks. I knew several people who also lost there lives. it is a day I will never forget and i don't.
last weekend went to the memorial with my friend who lost his brother. We remembered his loss and drank plenty of pints to him at O'Hara's Pub - which stood in the shadow of the towers and reopened 7 month after the attacks
i urge anyone visiting NYC to go to the 9/11 memorial and museum ( i was moved by the museum)
and have a pint at O'Hara's....article about O'Hara's here
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