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On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Almost 3,000 people were killed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks... 9/11 Attacks
Where were you on September 11, 2001?

This is a day to remember. Please keep politics and controversy out of this thread.
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I was working with a client in Queens and on 9/10, had the day off. So I went into the city to see the Gugenheim and then to go up on the tower to the top floor restaurant. It was the most beautiful day I've ever experienced in the city. As I was walking down Lexington on my way to the towers, I came upon the building next to the Chase building. It was built without the first 10 floors! There was the elevator shaft coming out the bottom and four huge pilons supporting the corners. Something about it really spooked me about that, so I got on the Subway, Collected my stuff from the hotel and headed to Kennedy. The last thing I saw of NYC was the glint of the setting sun reflected off the towers.

The next day I was sleeping in when my wife came and got me and we watched in a state of shock. I knew a couple of people who worked in that building, but their business opened about 10 a.m. so they were safe. Many leading doctors I work with lived and taught in NYC, andr for the next couple of years, at meetings they shared that they'd lost friends in that attack.

I had to fly again about 2 weeks later. The plane was nearly empty, but every passenger shared that if anyone acted out, we'd all just kill him, no waiting, just act. And I recall that happened during that time. Traveling for the next year or so was the same. There was a passenger from India aboard with a head wrap, and he was watched closely and seemed very quiet and intimidated.


I recall learning that the symbolism of 911 is that was the year of the furthest penetration of Islam into Europe. Only in recent times has Islam penetrated any further.

The history of humanity is filled with war and conflict. An amazing lot of that was driven by relitious zealots intent on spreading their brand by force. And that hasn't changed a bit.

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Travelling from Dinosaur Park in Alberta by car with my wife and daughter, heading back to BC. Heard the news on the car radio; it was surreal. We couldn't get our heads around what we were hearing on the car radio.
By the time we got to Banff the borders were shut and all the American tourists were trapped here. They wanted to get home but that wasn't going to happen.
Camping that night in the National park was just plain eerie; never forget it.
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I phoned in sick as I had HDMI (code for hung down majorly ill) ,
and as I was laying on the couch watching CNN , this jet hit the tower . I was in disbelief, and thought it was a major mishap , right up until the second one hit .
Then I was like , what the hell is going on!
I never thought those buildings could implode like that , and seriously thought I must be dreaming , as this really couldn't be happening . Just seemed like my brain wouldn't comprehend that this was actually happening .
I'm sorry for the souls who were lost in this travesty
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I had a dentist appointment that morning and didnt' have the radio on while driving over. When I got there, everyone, dentist, various staff, and patients, were all in the waiting room watching the one working tv. I got there just in time to watch the 2nd plane hit. SWMBO was in Toronto on business... the whole downtown there was thrown into panic as they were afraid they would be next.


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I was watching the late TV news when the attacks were shown. The broadcast went most of the night. My youngest brother was working in the Pentagon at the time. We spent most of the rest of the night trying to locate him. Thankfully found him. Terrible scenes that will never go away.

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Working. My wife literally got sick to her stomach as I had been in the south tower for three weeks in October, 1998 for brokerage training. There was a picture in the paper about the Greek Orthodox church by the WTC that was destroyed and rebuilt. My roomie and I stayed at a hotel about 100 yards from the south tower. We went by the church one day. There was a wedding and the couple's limo was a Rolls-Royce with a bottle of champagne on ice in the back.

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Where were you on September 11, 2001?


This is a day to remember. Please keep politics and controversy out of this thread.
I was at work in the calibration laboratory of a major airline. One of our co-workers was from Brooklyn so he got a call from a family member about the "horrible accident." We turned on the broadcast video signal analyser (aka TV set) to get more info. Interesting up until the second aeroplane hit. That was a gut-wrenching OH S*** moment for all of us. Some a-wholes were using our passengers and our aircraft as weapons! (The particular airline I worked for did not own any of the aircraft. But on some things the entire industry is united - particularly that our whole reason for being is to get our passengers - you - SAFELY from origin to destination.) Those of us who are military veterans had the second thought that "we are at war with somebody, we just don't know who right now." Leaving work that day was eerie as well - I had never before been at Atlanta or any other major airport and not heard or seen a single aircraft in the sky.

BTW, the guy at FAA who made the call to ground everything was on his second day on the job. Gutsy call, and the correct one given what was known at the time.

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