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Post by Frank_Wx on Thu Sep 11, 2014 11:12 am

God bless the innocent people who have died, the troops who have died and fought, and all the families impacted by this tragic event. 

I remember being in 3rd grade on 9/11. School was let out early but I did not know why until I got home and turned on the TV. I remember a few teachers crying and people in a state of fear / frantic. I remember watching TV literally all day on ABC and FOX. The planes crashing into the towers is a vivid memory, unfortunately, and one I'll never forget.


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Re: A day to reflect: 9/11

Post by Dunnzoo on Thu Sep 11, 2014 2:33 pm

I was at work and my husband called me from Secaucus saying there were fighter jets in the area and to go home and get the kids from school. They were in K,2,and 4th grades and I kept them busy in the playroom while I watched ABC all day upstairs. My nephew had joined the Marines that July and was going to boot camp that October and his brother joined the Coast Guard at about the same time..their mother was beside herself thinking about her 2 boys going into the service at that time. Just a devastating day, thinking of all those affected then and those serving our country now.

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Re: A day to reflect: 9/11

Post by docstox12 on Thu Sep 11, 2014 5:08 pm

We will never forget! I was working at my office setting up for the day-evening shift when the first announcement came over the radio of a "small" plane hitting the trade center.I had to go food shopping and got on Route 17 in Ramsey.Up there, you can see the whole City skyline and I clearly saw smoke billowing out of both buildings.Maybe 20 minutes later, a guy with a radio announced at the store one of the buildings collapsed.I got home and by then both buildings had fallen.Later that day in the opffice fighter jets were patrolling the Bergen County airspace and the entire building shook as they passed above.Patients of mine were stuck all over the country as air traffic was shut down for a week.Strangest thing, the skies were completely quiet that week.A few days later, the Father of a patient of mine asked for the dental x rays of her fiancee, a NYC fireman lost in the collapse.They had just bought a condo in Spring Valley.We in Bergen County all knew people who had died.Just typing this makes me sick all over again, but I needed to vent.Thanks for reading and God Bless the USA!
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Re: A day to reflect: 9/11

Post by amugs on Mon Sep 15, 2014 10:49 am

docstox12 wrote:We will never forget! I was working at my office setting up for the day-evening shift when the first announcement came over the radio of a "small" plane hitting the trade center.I had to go food shopping and got on Route 17 in Ramsey.Up there, you can see the whole City skyline and I clearly saw smoke billowing out of both buildings.Maybe 20 minutes later, a guy with a radio announced at the store one of the buildings collapsed.I got home and by then both buildings had fallen.Later that day in the opffice fighter jets were patrolling the Bergen County airspace and the entire building shook as they passed above.Patients of mine were stuck all over the country as air traffic was shut down for a week.Strangest thing, the skies were completely quiet that week.A few days later, the Father of a patient of mine asked for the dental x rays of her fiancee, a NYC fireman lost in the collapse.They had just bought a condo in Spring Valley.We in Bergen County all knew people who had died.Just typing this makes me sick all over again, but I needed to vent.Thanks for reading and God Bless the USA!

Com-padre - I hear you - this was a devastating day for us in this area and knowing people who perished so innocently on this unforgettable day.
We had our first lock down that day and I always have the radio playing (Q104.3) in my classroom and I can remember just as I went to turn the radio off I heard a report that a small plan crashed into the WTC. I turned it off and starting to teach then my partner came in and said both buildings were hit and we were under attack from terrorists - he worked part - time and was on his way to school when he heard it over the radio - I immediately called the hs office and superintendents office and asked if they had heard and they were shocked - I told them to get to a radio, and as as school we need to take action if this was the case of us being under attack. Not did I hung the phone up and you heard jet fighter roar over head - kids looked at me with fear and I was shittin' in my pants in fear as well. We locked down and I had two kids who looked at me as we were listening to the radio and said their parents working in building 7 and in the South tower - my heart sank and I welled up knowing that they could be have lost their parents. They went to my office and used the phone but of course the lines were all out of service as was cell phone service. The day was a blur and we stayed in school all day - I ran up to my buddy who teaches TVP on my free period and he had on the projection screen the news and we just starred in disbelief. We stayed in school the whole day and parents came in by the dozens and pulled their kids out. We were told by the admin to hold practice - experts said this was best for the kids - they really have no idea sometimes - well we went out to the fields and after being out their the fighter jets roared over head and made a hard bank right and then took off towards the city - at the same time all coaches - football, me soccer, filed hockey blew our whistles and got of the fields.
Eerie as I drove home with roads closed by reservoirs, police stations and sub transformers - no cars or buses on the road at 4:30 that afternoon. Came home and hugged my family - sons who were 2 and 4 months old - I went outside and was playing with my son when heard a noise and when we looked up we saw 4 attack cobra helicopters flying over head in formation - we could see the pilots that is how low they were flying and then a few minutes later heard the roar of more fighter jets - what a scary but yet comforting action - the us military was here to protect us. The next day at school was over whelming with dozens (over 70) of students and staff losing family members - fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins and of course friends (hundreds of us) - stories of those missing, not going into work, stopping for a cup of coffee and enjoying the gorgeous day outside for a few more minutes before going to the office etc. The kids looked to us their teachers and coaches for support and strength and let me tell you it was extremely hard to do when you are trying work through what happened and your losses and give a 14, 15 ,16 ,17 year old kid support - oooff that was tough. The days that followed were to some degree even harder when we had all the services to attend and try to get back to normalcy.

I wrote on another board that I am not this type of person but it changed me and our world forever. I HATE these people (terrorists) wherever they maybe and would not blink an eye to see them tortured to their deaths. This may not be the forum for such but after going through this it reminds me of my old neighbor - God Rest his soul- a WW2 vet who fought the japs in the south pacific and till the day he died had a hatred for them from his experiences - I can write pages on what he told me - gruesome. Anyway they should round them up and feed them to hungry wild animals.

God Bless our soldiers and all those who have lost their lives that day and since then keeping us free and safe. God Bless the USA!!! cheers

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Re: A day to reflect: 9/11

Post by docstox12 on Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:52 pm

Wonderful expression of that day experienced by you, pal-o-mine Mugsy.Felt all of those emotions right along with you.

Had many old timer WWII patients who hated with a passion japs or krauts, whoever they fought.They expressed that often in the non-PC days of the 50's and 60's growing up as a kid.Would love to swap stories of old timer vets someday.As Jimmy Durante used to say...."I got a million a dem!!!"

Hate those bastard terrorists also.If needs and they need an old SOB like me, I'd enlist and do whatever I could to fight them.

Again, GOD BLESS THE USA!!!!
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Re: A day to reflect: 9/11

Post by mako460 on Mon Sep 15, 2014 3:40 pm

My wife worked at AON, they occupied the 104th floor of the South Tower. She was in the elevator when the first plane hit. Fortunately the elevator stopped at the 57th floor and went back down. The only reason she is still here today is because of the farmer's market that was held in the Plaza. Normally she would be at her desk by 8;30 but that day her and her girlfriend stopped to shop. If they hadn't they would have been sitting in their office right above where those animals came flying in. I will never forget not knowing if she got out and having to wait 4 hours before i finally heard from her that she was safe. Her first words..... " get in the boat and come get me" She wound up walking across the Brooklyn bridge and i picked her up in East Flatbush, took her to church and then to the bar. Her company lost 200 something people, truly a day of agony.

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Re: A day to reflect: 9/11

Post by SNOW MAN on Tue Sep 16, 2014 7:04 am

There are a few things that I think about from 9/11. The first was how much of a jerk my old boss was because he felt that terrorists could never pull off such an act because they weren't smart enough and that it was just an accident. I don't think he was to smart himself. My wife worked for Novartis in their Summit N.J. complex, she called me right after the second plane struck the tower. Her company told everyone to leave the site because they didn't know what was going to happen next. So I went to tell my boss I had to leave (we commuted together) to go pick her up. Boy did he give me a hard time. He went on and on about how people were getting carried away over an tragic accident. Finally I told him I'm leaving no matter what he said. After I picked her up we headed home. It felt like the longest commute of my life. The usual hour ride felt like an eternity. The next morning we we're heading into work about 4:00am and just as we crossed the Delaware Water Gap bridge I looked in the rear view mirror and saw A line of NJ state police cars coming up on me quick. I moved over to the right to let them pass and they were escorting the huge crane and it's boom on two flat bed trucks to the Ground Zero site. They must of been going about 80-90 miles an hour. I said to my wife only in the USA can we get a piece of equipment that big across several states within 24 hours of such a horrible tragedy. That memory still gives me goose bumps to this day when I think about. GOD BLESS AMERICA !
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Re: A day to reflect: 9/11

Post by Math23x7 on Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:35 pm

The poll question question of whether or not you were old enough to remember 9/11 with a comment section appeared on another forum.  It had me recall this thread.  My response is lengthy but here is what I remember:

I was 11 years old in 6th grade, living where I currently live in Bellerose, NY. Around 7:20 AM EDT, we got a call saying the school was closed due to an unexpected flea infestation. So I was home on that day. I did that morning what I usually did on weekdays that I did not have school: watch PBS Kids shows (since at the time, our family did not have cable). Unlike other stations, PBS does not break into regular programming. However, the PBS channel I had (WNET Channel 13) had its transmitter atop the antenna on the World Trade Center. My first clue something was going on was at 8:58 when the audio was suddenly lowered dramatically (as if the volume went from 15 to 1) knowing it wasn't the remote, I put my ears near the TV. Then around 9:02, the audio suddenly went from near-silent to screeching (imagine the sound of nails on the chalkboard). Then the video quality declined as well. Minutes later, we lost the Channel 13 feed. Wondering if it was just Channel 13, I flipped to the other stations: Channel 11, 9, 7, 5, 4 were all out. Then I went to channel 2 (WCBS-TV) (which was the only channel available since they had a backup transmitter on the Empire State Building), and then I saw the two towers on fire. I eventually went to my mother to tell her the World Trade Center had been attacked. As it turns out, she already knew. Less than an hour later, me and my mother were watching the live coverage and saw the South Tower collapse, hearing the news reporters feel terrified and seeing my mother, it was a surreal experience. Moments later, my mother shut the TV off and told me to play with my GameBoy handheld video game (never thought I would have told me to do so but she wanted me to take my mind off it). This did, in fact, serve as a diversion for the kid in me as I was really obsessed with the device. Looking back, I'm glad I had the diversion because if it were to happen in my adulthood years, I don't know how I would have been able to handle it. Crazy looking back on the tragic day. Here, by the way, is the video which features the collapse of the South Tower (go to 9:15 in the video for the event):


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Re: A day to reflect: 9/11

Post by Frank_Wx on Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:41 pm

Bump

17 years later. Wow

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Re: A day to reflect: 9/11

Post by billg315 on Tue Sep 11, 2018 4:12 pm

I literally just had that thought (that it's been 17 years) go through my head when I looked at my calendar. What an awful day. God Bless the innocent people who died and those who lost loved ones and all of those who sacrificed responding to the attack both that day, and in the ongoing anti-terrorism missions in the years since.
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Re: A day to reflect: 9/11

Post by frank 638 on Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:35 pm

I was 18 years old when this happen that morning I just got off the train at 96 St on my way to school .I remember walking down to first Ave and looking at the East River to a black cloud . when I arrived to my welding class my teacher told me what happened I was shocked just watching it on TV .the next day I called my teacher because I wanted to go help to clean up because at that time I just became certified to use to use torches.when I arrived there I just started crying the smell to body parts to the fire still burning .I never lost anyone on 9/11 but who ever did my heart and prayers goes out to them .god bless USA .

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Re: A day to reflect: 9/11

Post by docstox12 on Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:43 am

This was our times Pearl Harbor.An awful day to say the least.Added to the death toll of that day is the 2000 more first responders who have died of cancers as a result of being exposed to that toxic cloud of dust around the site.May God bring peace to the families of those who lost loved ones and heal the sick from that day.
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