Where Were You Sept. 11, 2001?

On the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that shook our nation, we ask Patch readers to share their stories.

It was 11 years ago today that my dad woke me up and said, “Someone’s bombed the World Trade Center.”

I was groggy, but I still remember walking into our living room and seeing the smoke from the Twin Towers on television.

It wasn't in a distant country.

It wasn't 50 years ago.

It was here. It was live. 

Today is the 11th anniversary of 9/11. 

The attack was surreal and horrible then, and despite its transition from current event to recent history, it's surreal and horrible now. 

That day, in my college political science class, we spent the first half of class just talking about the morning.

The oddest thing?

We had just been reading about how our generation had no major event on par with the moon landing or the Kennedy Assassination.

Then all of the sudden, we did.

I just wish the "Where were you when?"-moment had been a happy one.

Where were you on Sept. 11? How has it affected your life? 

Brad Rudy September 12, 2012 at 04:54 PM
I woke up and was listening to "Mark & Brian" when they suddenly interrupted the broadcast with Peter Jennings announcing the first plane had hit the WTC. I turned on the TV, while brushing my teeth in time to see the 2nd plane hit. Fear & panic turned to concern over whether or not to go to work. I'm a History teacher at Wilson, and history was being made at that moment. I got coffee on the way to school, and the barrista was in tears telling me the first tower had collapsed. By the time I was in my classroom, Tower 2 had also fallen. Those students who decided to come to school that day sat and we watched as history unfolded before our eyes. One of our principals at the time entered my room and asked me to turn the TV off because it was "upsetting to the students". I told her, "With all due respect Ma'am, this is a WORLD HISTORY CLASS, and History is being made right now. The whole world is upset, and these kids need to see this, and I'm going to try to help them and myself make sense of it." I told her she could write me up, but I wasn't going to turn off the TV. I'll never forget one quiet girl in the back of the room raising her hand and asking "Is this going to be World War 3?" The hardest thing I've ever said to a student was "At this point I don't know...Maybe? I certainly hope not." In this election year, it's important for both sides to remember the lesson of that day, by coming together, rather than being so divisive.
Johnny Utah September 12, 2012 at 04:55 PM
I miss Mark and Brian.... they should do the station a favor and broadcast re-runs
Johnny Utah September 12, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I was on my way to class in LA and turned on Fox news to see that a plane crashed into tower 1. When I got to class people were chatting and mentioned it hit tower 2. Our professor dismissed us and I drove back home to see the horrible news in sadness and disgust.
Charles September 12, 2012 at 05:40 PM
How did you reach home in Los Angeles if you had to land in St. Louis?
John Perchulyn September 13, 2012 at 12:01 AM
I was with my father on 9-10 which had a stroke. I was planning to take the AA flight 77 out of Washington the next morning. My dad passed away that night which kept me from getting on flight 77 that went into the pentagon the next morning.


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