I Remember

  1. Bren says:

    It is a day that still brings me to tears.  I started watching the coverage right after the first plane hit and didn’t stop until probably 10pm that night.  I think I talked to every member of my family that morning since I was traveling a lot back then – mostly to and from Boston and they all called me frantically to make sure I was ok.  It is a memory that will forever be etched into my brain.

    • Anonymous says:

      I think most of us will feel like it was “just yesterday” for a long time. I can’t believe it’s been ten years.

  2. Ginger says:

    Wow. Thanks so much for sharing your experience.  I think I held my breath as I read the entire post. 

  3. Oh, Lindsay. I can’t imagine having to keep my emotions in check and report on camera as the horror of the day unfolded. Especially when you didn’t even know what was happening with your husband. We lived in England then & my FIL was flying back that day. He was rerouted to Nova Scotia, I think & had to stay there for nearly a week. Crazy scary.

  4. Mel says:

    I worked for a media company at the time. We had a wall of 28 televisions that monitored stations from around the world as well as some shopping/infomercial channels. It was odd to see all of the stations slowly switch to coverage of the attacks. The shopping channels went to a blue screen with a note that programming was canceled due to the events of the day. Finally, after seeing every channel switch to coverage, we turned off all except one television. We just couldn’t see it over and over again. But the image of all of those tv’s will always be stuck in my head.

    I also had a trip planned to DC that weekend. We ended up driving and seeing the Pentagon. Chilling doesn’t even begin to describe it.

    • Anonymous says:

      The Pentagon often gets overshadowed in coverage, but to me it was a very big deal. I mean, it was THE PENTAGON. Unbreachable.

      • Mel says:

        I agree. Here’s a picture I took that day. It was really an accident, we were driving by and I was looking through the lens. I didn’t see the flag until I snapped the pic. You can see the hole in the Pentagon just behind the flag.

  5. Anonymous says:

    What made it worse for me is that just a few minutes after the second tower was hit, I had to leave with my 10 month old daughter to provide daycare for the kids next door.  Because the oldest would notice the tv, I couldn’t have the tv or radio on for the next five hours until all the kids were napping.  I had to rely on my husband calling me with updates until I could turn on the tv.  It made me feel even worse that I had no idea what was going on.  (Of course, the days before smart phones, so I couldn’t even check the internet at their house)

    • Anonymous says:

      Wow. That would have been tough. I heard many teachers talk about that later- that they were all desperate for news, yet they couldn’t talk about it in front of the kids. 

  6. Jenna says:

    I made a promise to myself that I would stay away from the media on Sunday. Instead, I am going to church to pray. It’s all I can do to stay okay.


  7. Jen says:

    i was teaching first grade and my then boyfriend (now husband) was an airline pilot.  the janitor came to tell me.  i eventually got through to my now husband on his cell phone.  most of the children’s parents came to pick them up.  i lived in pa then not too far from where the plane went down. it was awful trying to explain what happened to the kids but not tell them too much- i felt that was their parents job.  but i couldn’t tell them nothing because they saw all their schoolmates going home and all of the staff so upset.  

    • Anonymous says:

      I felt particularly bad for children during that time. I can’t even imagine that happening when I was a child. Even as an adult, I think it shook me up so much because I had always imagined that we were “safe” here in the US from major attacks by other countries- that it couldn’t happen.

  8. HopefulLeigh says:

    Thank you for sharing your recollection of that day.  Powerful and well written.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I was teaching a class of high school students when the principal came to the door and drew me into the hallway.  He told me what was happening.  We took the students to the auditorium to watch the news reports on TV.  Our school is K-12, so I immediately got my 6- and 8-year-old sons from their classrooms, then began trying to call parents to come get their kids.  It took us hours to get through to all the parents because the phone lines were jammed.  I also couldn’t get through to my husband, which was particularly scary because he works at a nuclear power plant, which is considered a terrorist target.

    When I explained to my young sons what was happening, they both immediately wanted to join the military and go fight the bad guys.  I told them they had to be 18 and have their mommy’s permission.

    • Anonymous says:

      So sweet! My older girls didn’t seem to be too affected by it- Honestly, they had so much going on in their personal lives at that time that I think it was all they could handle. And I remember being so glad when my little ones were born that they would (hopefully) never know what a day like that was like.

  10. Elisa Camahort Page says:

    Wow, Lindsay. That’s what I keep saying as I read all these remembrances. Wow. Each person’s story is so vivid. Each blogger I read…it’s like their writing just takes it to another level to try to capture what it was like. For each of us, no matter where we were. Thank you for sharing this story. Thank you for staying calm and bringing those stories to people who were desperate for any word, anything to hold on to.

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