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Thirteen years ago today: 9/11 Where were you?

rondettorondetto Posts: 2,434
edited 13. Sep 2014, 12:04 in Community Chit-chat archive
Thirteen years ago today was the day 9/11 the twin towers fell to
Everyone must remember where they were when they heard the news.
My wife and I were on holiday in Cornwall and wondered what all the fuss
was about. We turned on the tv in the hotel room and watched in horror as events turned out.
Where were you?


  • migmig Posts: 7,150
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I worked as a school cleaner and started work at 3pm I was just listening to the news before I went out and stood with month open watching it on tv when I got to work I was told the towers had collapsed. RIP . mig
  • barbara12barbara12 Posts: 20,945 ✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    We were in Eastbourne on holiday ...our only holiday there and we came back to the hotel and switched on the TV only to see a plane sticking out of one of the towers , so we thought it it was an accident..only to see the other one hit...even now its sends shivers down my spine... :shock:
  • mamasmurfmamasmurf Posts: 89
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    My youngest son was 17 at the time and came home from work to find me watching it on tv . Never forgotten his words , " wow , that looks good ! What film is it ? " . He was horrified to find that it was real life .
  • rondettorondetto Posts: 2,434
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    The worst tragedy I've ever seen in my life.
  • stickywicketstickywicket Posts: 26,000 ✭✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Chapel Allerton Hospital for 3 weeks intensive physio, x-rays and med change.

    My husband and son came in asking if we'd heard the news so someone switched the TV on and patients, visitors, nurses and cleaners watched in horror. Unreal was the only word for it.
    “There is always a well-known solution to every human problem - neat, plausible, and wrong.” H.L. Mencken
  • LignumVitaeLignumVitae Posts: 1,972
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    In my bedroom writing up my MA dissertation because I had an extension being newly diagnosed with 'something wrong with my finger joints'. My parents had flown to Washington the day before and I spent lots of that afternoon fielding calls from concerned friends and relatives. I flew out to Baltimore on the first flight out of Manchester a week later. My Dad was supposed to be working out there and I was going to keep my Mum company. As it was, his work was cancelled because nobody could fly to the meetings. We spent time in New York and it was so sad, there were missing posters of people everywhere and candles and just this hush over the city which was so alien to a place like New York. It was very much a city in shock and mourning.
    Hey little fighter, things will get brighter
  • SloshSlosh Posts: 3,194
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    At work in school. No radios on and pre smartphone and Facebook days so we were totally unaware of it until the caretaker came back on shift in the afternoon.
    He did not say you will not be storm tossed, you will not be sore distressed, you will not be work weary. He said you will not be overcome.
    Julian of Norwich
  • mellman01mellman01 Posts: 5,303
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I'd been out canoeing and got back and there it was all going on it was insane, I also notice the BBC news page on the web has nothing about it at all I wonder why?.
  • rondettorondetto Posts: 2,434
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    They're more interested in the Scottish referendum than any other news.
  • StarburstStarburst Posts: 2,546
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I was 13 years old, on a 5 month school exchange in Israel. We were in a lesson, then someone shouted that something had happened and we needed to come quickly. We watched it on a tiny TV in the school admin office comforting a friend whose parents were in NY at time for a wedding. Being in Israel we weren't strangers to a delicate political situation but given our ages, I'm not sure we quite realised the magnitude of 9/11 at the time.

    My thoughts are with those who lost loves ones.
  • tkachevtkachev Posts: 8,332
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I think the 2nd plane had just hit the 2nd tower when I turned on the TV. I usually always check the news early in the morning but I was much later than usual. I don't think I really took it in at first.
    I watched as the 1st tower collapsed and I was stunned. It seemed to happen in slo-mo, like a action replay.

    Never be bullied into silence.
    Never allow yourself to be made a victim.
    Accept no ones definition of your life

    Define yourself........

    Harvey Fierstein
  • theresaktheresak Posts: 1,998
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    In the Channel Tunnel on route to France. We stopped for something to eat at a restaurant not far from Calais, and watched the pictures unfolding on TV. When we first walked in we thought it was a film. Horrible.
  • bubbadogbubbadog Posts: 5,852
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I was at home watching a Movie and when it finished I saw the 1st plane hitting the tower and I thought that was a film and I couldn't take my eyes off the telly and I remember my OH coming home from work and he thought it was a film and we both sat there not being able to take our eyes off the television.
  • kathleenTkathleenT Posts: 3,183 ✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    We were sitting out in the garden. Our then window cleaner (son in law of one of my then neighbours) was up his ladder when his wife rushed round to tell us something had happened to the twin towers. We went to put telly on and watched horrified as events unfolded and the second plane hit. :shock:

    Remember it as though it was yesterday.
    “I've got the key to my castle in the air, but whether I can unlock the door remains to be seen.”
    Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
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