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    Where Were You on 9-11?

    On 9/11 I was sitting in Judge Cashman’s courtroom in Downtown Pittsburgh, waiting for a plea agreement to be reached in one of my cases. I remember it was hot in the hallway and I was wearing a double breasted suit…… so I decided to sit in the back of the courtroom in the air conditioning.

    I remember getting a page from my wife saying that a plane just crashed into the World Trade Center. Like most of America, I assumed it was some small piper cub. I remember making some grunt noise that caused the woman sitting next to me to look over. I told her that a plane just hit the World Trade Center.

    Once my plea agreement was made, I went back to the parking garage to go home…. It was my pass day so I was free all day. As I was leaving, I turned on the radio to catch the rest of Howard Stern…..that’s how I found out what happened….from listening to Howard Stern.

    As I pulled into my driveway the first tower collapsed. I remember sitting in my car, unable to go inside. I didn’t want my wife to see me crying.

    Growing up in New Jersey, I found 5 families that I knew devastated from my home town…. And 3 friends from high school killed in the attacks. My brother lost two of his best friends and two members of his mens league hockey team.

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    I was driving to work as Shift Captain at a State facility. I heard it on the radio on my way in. Once I got there, we watched it unfold on TV. Even from a thousand miles away, I could feel the tragedy and heart break.

    Last night, I was on patrol, and listened to "The Mark Levin Show." He had about a 15 minute segment of audio transcripts from the World Trade Center. Listening to it brought a lump to my throat, and made me really contemplate the horror that was committed against my country, and brought back the reality of the sacrifice of the police and firefighters that were there. As I listened to cuts of the speeches by President Bush and Maypr Gulliani, I felt the pride that I felt then at being an American. As I sit here 9 years later, I can't help but think how quickly people forget. Our politicians have turned our pride into apology. I am not ashamed of my country, nor do I apologize for it. We need to remember that this was brought to us. We didn't ask for it, we didn't want it, and the thousands that died on 9/11 wanted nothing more than to live a normal life. I thank God for the freedom and liberties that we enjoy today, and I pray that the goodness that is at the heart of the United States will prevail.
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    I was in high school. They called us into the lunch room, told us classes were canceled and put on the tv.
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    I had gotten up at 0530 to get an early start for a trip to Oregon to pick up my ageing parents. I turned on the TV after my shower to check the weather and watched in horror as the station re-ran the tape of the plane hitting the south tower. I have never been so angry in my life.....I called my brother who had traveled from Virginia to help move my folks to Seattle and told him to turn on the TV.

    My sons and I had to make the trip but we had no idea of the scope of the thing or what might happen next. We loaded up our van and took along some guns and ammo just in
    case. We made the three day move never turning off the radio.

    Several days later, Maclean was activated and told to report to the nearest Air Force Base. I am still angry.....and have no patience to this day with the apologists and other scum who can't recognize evil when they see it.



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    I was active duty Navy working law enforcement at NAS JRB Bell Chasse (New Orleans area). I had worked the night before and had gone to the gym after I got off. I had finished my workout and was cooling down drinking Gator Aid in my barracks room flipping through the channels when my phone rang. It was my mom, she was like"are you watching the news" so I flipped to Fox news and saw the replay of the first plane hitting the tower and saw the 2nd plane hit the other tower. About this time my call waiting beep so I was like hang on a sec mom, it was work telling me to report for duty immediately. So I went to work and we locked the base down for the next 3 days. I was never more angry or upset in my life. We all were running around in shock and disbelief doing our job for the next couple of days.

































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    My dad had gotten out of the hospital on 09/10 after major heart surgery. I tool some leave to stay with him. When I woke up on the 11th, I checked on him and he was not in his bed. I found him watching the news in the den and as I walked in I saw the picture of the tower on fire and I asked him what happened. He said that a plane had hit the tower and I thought to myself "another stupid weekend pilot" and assumed it was a small plane. I made coffee and sat down to watch. When the second tower was hit, I figured it was intentional. Then came the Pentagon. I felt like I should be doing something but there was nothing I needed to do or could do. I spent the rest of that day glued to a television.
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    I was home, sleeping in after just having quit a job that deserved it. Hubby came in and woke me up with the news of the first plane hitting. Like everyone else, I thought it was a small cessna or something to begin with. We turned on the TV a few minutes before the second plane hit. My parents were in Buffalo for my uncle's funeral and we couldn't get a phone call to go through. My daughter's school didn't announce anything and I remember telling her about it when she got home. I think I spent the day huddled in bed wishing it were a nightmare.
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    I had worked the night before till 7am so i didnt see it happen. When I got up and had made coffee around 1pm or so I turned on the TV and saw everything. I was in such disbelief that by the time I remembered my coffee it was cold. It was hard working that night, it just didnt seem like enough with what my brothers and sisters were having to do in NYC and DC, I felt like there is more I should be doing.
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    I slept in until just shy of 2pm. As I'm getting ready for work, I just happened to be flipping through the channels and stopped on CNN. The first shots I saw of wreckage to me looked like maybe the leaning tower of Pisa had fallen down or something. At first I didn't pay too much attention to it. Then I finally listened to what had really happened. Then on my way to work I was wondering why there were so many people trying to get gas. It hadn't even really registered yet. Then at work I was working in the control room of the work release facility and had time to soak it all in. Then I felt the weight of it. It was weird trying to do my job the rest of the shift while thinking about it.
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    I was in Chemistry class in high school, 11th grade. Every class, all we did was watch the news.

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    I was getting ready for class - was in college at the time - flipped on the TV to check out the weather for the day...

    didn't get up from watching it for the next few hours...

    still kinda seems like a dream when I think about how fast something like that can happen...
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    On the 11th I had started a 24 hr shift at the Fire Department at 0600. My shift and I had been in the apparatus bay mopping and waxing floors after our normal morning truck checks.

    One of the girls who had gotten off of the prior shift called the station and I caught the phone. She was crying and told me to turn on the tv. I turned on the Tv and saw the replay of the first plane and called over the PA for the rest of the shift to come into the day room. Everyone made it in just in time to see the 2nd plane hit. We spent the day in the dayroom watching Tv. We had a couple of calls, but managed to keep the radio on in the medic to listen to everything.

    That night some of the off duty guys and one from my shift loaded up in a van and headed to NYC to try to help. They made Ground Zero that night and did what they could before having to come home.
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    I was on my way to work when I heard the first broadcast. I was with Captain America in his office watching the news and we watched together as the second plane hit.
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    I was a freshman in college. I had an early class. I had taken a shower and was walking back to my dorm room when I passed the common area. I saw that a plane had hit the first tower, but like most others, assumed it was a dumb pilot and a single engine job.

    The professor had received a message part way through the class, and released us early. I had to walk past a common area in that building, which had the news on as well. That's when I saw that the second tower had been hit, that a plane had hit the Pentagon, and that it was a coordinated attack. I went back to my dorm to watch the rest. As I reached the "quad" so to speak, two helicopters swooped in and landed right on the quad. The first contained several soldiers who set up a quick perimiter. The second contained a bunch of men in black suits who went into one of the education buildings, then came out a couple minutes later escorting the ROTC professor to the second helicopter. Once he was loaded up, the soldiers got into the first one and both took off. Found out later that the professor used to be very high up in the CIA in his pre-teaching days, and was taken to a safe house.

    After watching both towers fall back at the dorm, my roommate and I were first in line for buses taking as many students as were willing to the local blood bank to donate blood. A week later my dad, who was in the coast guard reserve, was activated and sent to Louisiana for 4 months.
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    I was scheduled to work election duty at 1200 hrs, got a call when the first plane hit, thought it was just an accident, got dressed to head in, then the second plane hit, reaction was like WTF, got to the precinct and we were all mobilized, wound up being on standby that day, everyone wanted to go down there but orders were orders, ready to commandeer city buses. Days after that were 12 to 16 hours shifts and funerals. We were running on empty and adrenaline for a while, but the support that flowed from all over helped us thru it. That day is imprinted in my heart, a pain that will never go away.

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    I was doing maintenance on a Paper Machine (makes large rolls of paper from pulp) at my work. Somehow I was alerted by someone surfing the web on their break. I got yelled at by a manager when I brought up a news site on a computer. Once the second plane hit, an E-mail went out from HR that for today only, we may use the internet to get information on our breaks. We knew about the towers collapsing pretty quickly.
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