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Never Forget this generation's "day which will live in infamy"...

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standing in the office at the shop i was running talking to a customer with the tv on watching in disbelief 
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Sitting in class senior year of highschool, ironically in a class named " Social Problems". Watched the T.V. in disbelief as the second tower fell. Went to my second job that night at the gas station, watched hundreds of cars/trucks come fill up their tanks and every gas can they had; in fear of gas price spike due to an imminent war with the middle-east. Sad day indeed!
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I was at work, saw a couple people in the conference room watching TV. The first plane had just hit. I joined them and watched as the second plane went in. By now the room was full of people. Some were sobbing, others were angry, all were very surprised...
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I was still living in the greater Atlanta area then; I had just left a breakfast meeting and got into my car to drive to work. The local country station DJs were hysterical, crying on the air, talking wild stuff about NYC being attacked.  I had a 2000-vintage analog mobile phone ("brick") and called my wife at home.  For some crazy reason, she had the TV on that morning (which we never do) and was watching the 1st tower burn.  While we were on the phone, the 2nd plane hit.  I headed home and packed my duffle bags with uniforms, boots, helmet, field gear, etc.

My home was generally in the flight path for Atlanta Hartsfield airport; I'll never forget how strange it was over the following days to see/hear NO commercial planes overhead.

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Working in the County Assessor office.

Co-worker had a TV in her office.

I got nothing accomplished that day, but inspired to do something for my community and country.

I became a Constable until I got married and had kids.

I serve only them now, but that day taught me that you must be willing to sacrifice everything at any moment of your life to protect those that mean the most to you. Nothing less will do for me.
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Thanks Ranger Joe for starting this thread...I had totally forgotten about the lack of commercial and private air traffic.  Yes, it was quiet except for the F-15's.   My radio alarm went off with the news of one small plane crashed into the World Trade Center, then not too long they are talking of a second.  I sat straight up, for it is not normal for two aircraft to crash in the same location.  Got ready for work, while checking on the news.  Grabbed a helmet and a sidearm and went to work with strong apprehension, for if that is happening on the East Coast, what is going to happen or is happening on the West Coast....I was thankful that I was in the US, for a few days before I had returned from a trip from out of the country.  
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Walking by a break area at work, stopped and seen the second tower crashed into.
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Had woke up in Honolulu on the start of our honeymoon and turned the TV on while my wife was getting into the shower. Called her back into the room as I realized I didn't just turn on a movie. Things were very somber throughout the hotel.
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I was installing an elevator in a church in Black River Falls,WI when someone said the first plane hit. We figured it was just a small plane, then were told a second one hit. We went to a local truck stop where they had a TV. Got there just in time to see the second tower collapse.
My brother lived right in the flight path for MSP airport. He said it was "creepy" not seeing or hearing any planes.

I'd like to see the America of 9/12 come back where we were all just Americans, regardless of ancestry or color.
Man, how soon some people have allowed themselves to be convinced that we're a divided country...
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We had a PA announcement for all teachers to turn on the news on their classroom TVs. I was in my junior year of high school, in "world religions" class. I didn't realize until years later the irony of that.
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I had just entered the break room after my bus route, minutes after the first plane hit.  Almost punched out a fat black chick who was laughing about it and saying whitey got what we deserved.  I reminded her that there were a lot of blacks in that tower, and that we were under attack as a country.  Several people had to restrain me, as I was quite upset.
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Worked 3rd shift, just got home and had turned on the tv while making breakfast/dinner.  TV broke away to a developing news story of a plane crashing into a building in NY.  For some reason thought about the Mitchell bomber that crashed into the Empire State Building in 1945 and intentional wasn't even on my mind.  Got my dinner ready and sat down just in time to watch the 2nd plane go in.  Total disbelief for a second  because one plane crash is likely an accident, two commercial airliners crashing in the same spot minutes apart isn't. 

I would also like to see American come together as MIXEDNUTTZ mentioned as our current path isn't good for anyone except the instigators who keep it stirred up.   Yesterday when my oldest daughter came home from HS she was upset that some kids were making jokes about 9/11.....  Sounded like some "young adults" need a visit to the woodshed. 

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I was serving a religious mission in Florida at the time.  I went to our weekly Tuesday morning meeting at 9:30.  One of the other guys said they heard something about a plane running into a building in NYC but didn't know anything else about it.  I got the impression some nut in a Cessna thought he'd be cool and buzz a tower or something only to have it go wrong.  We finished the meeting and took an early lunch at the local Wendy's. Their TVs were tuned to the news.  We arrived just in time to see the second tower fall on live coverage.

All of us in the area were put on lockdown for the next week.  We weren't supposed to go to any state or federal buildings in case any of them were targets for follow-up attacks.

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working just outside downtown Chicago (bang bang) waiting for impact on the Sears and Hancock
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Was enroute to my job on the peninsula in the SF Bay Area. My buddies had news on the radio, and it came on. Second plane hit as we neared the high rise potion of the bridge we had to take, so at that point we’d all decided it was an act of war or terror. Being on the bridge in a major metro area was pretty unnerving, we were waiting for it to blow up or God knows what.
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We were on a deer and elk hunting trip when we stopped in Lakeview ,OR between hunting areas to get a part for our travel trailer. On the hardware store TV they were showing the planes hitting the towers.
The clerk said," this is for real not a movie".
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Cannon AFB New Mexico. Scrambling jets!
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Cannon AFB New Mexico. Scrambling jets!

That must have seemed surreal - arming F16s with live weapons for missions within US Airspace!

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That morning I arrived in my office building, in Destin, FL, about an hour early, where I had three insurance agencies, we did not have TVs. We did have high speed cable internet, effectively giving us the capability of TV. Then one of our outside agents arrived just after our opening time and asked if we had heard that an aircraft hit the WTC. He had heard it on the radio when he pulled into our parking lot. I immediately thought it was a private aircraft due to prior history of the Empire State Building. About that time, the head of our aviation insurance house, came into my office to tell me it was a commercial passenger transport aircraft. My wife’s family was visiting so my home phone was busy. I left for home, about a 10 minute drive. Told the folks to turn on the TV, it came on just in time to see the second aircraft go in. I started back to my office, saw a white 4 door sedan with US Govt plates sitting on the street in front of the neighbor’s house. Thought, hum, that is odd and went on back to my office. By the time I arrived back in my office my staff were already fielding the “what if” calls. That day was very busy, 12 incoming lines, ones, by the end of the day, all US aircraft were grounded and incoming flights landed outside the US.

The neighbor, the inventor of the portable DNA tester had driven all night in a rental car with his phone and radio turned off, to get home to Destin, FL, only to be met in his driveway by FBI agents, they were in that white sedan parked on the street, and they whisked him off to NY City in a white Govt., twin engine Leer Jet, that he found out had been sitting on the taxi way at Elgin AFB waiting for him. The neighbor said it took less than 3 hours to get to NY City, from Elgin, he spent about 3 months identifying remains. His major delay was getting DNA from the families to use for a match. He had been demonstrating his portable DNA testing machine at the Pentagon that morning and had left before the 3rd jet hit the Pentagon. His machine took minutes not weeks or months to test DNA and could be transported in a car at ambien temperature.

The day after the attack, AIG, the largest insurer of commercial aviation passenger aircraft in the world, and the face of the world’s aviation insurance consortium, cancelled every commercial passenger aircraft policy on every flag airline in the world, “effective immediately, due to a change of exposure.” AIG effectively put every airline and specifically the flag airlines on the ground. Why, depends on whom you asked and I asked every one in a position to make such decisions. My option is the US ordered that any airliner that violated US airspace be shot down and no one in the US Govt., wanted a plane and it’s passengers shot down, especially the insurers of the aircraft and its passengers. The US could put US Aircraft on the ground but not foreign aircraft outside of US airspace. However, AIG could and did put every airline on the ground world wide. I was an AIG aviation and commercial insurance agent and a Special Agent / Investigator for the AIG’s bonding division. I had several occasions to meet with Maurice Greenberg, President of AIG and a former 3rd Ranger Battalion member and Chosen survivor. He was as tough as an individual can get.

On the next Tuesday morning I had breakfast with a fellow that owned three floors of the WTC where his world wide architectural firm was headquartered. All of his staff in the building were killed on the 11th. He was in Destin on the 11th with his family. The sad part is that the staff were from virtually every country in the world and they designed and oversaw massive improvement projects in countries all through the Mideast. Their projects supplied electricity, water and transportation (airports, roads, bridges, large dams) to the population of the countries where the people that murdered them, came from! So the very rich turned into terrorist and destroyed what the poor desperately needed.

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I was at the motorpool when the first plane hit, then we watched as the second one went in.  Immediately all gates were shut, phones taped down and all leaders were called in for a briefing.  Within hours, our commander was in route to Ft Bragg, and just a few days later our unit was deep into Afghanistan, and have been deployed ever since.  A memory which I carry is when our unit gave the flight wings of a stewardess, Sara Elizabeth Low, on the plane that hit the north tower back to her father, they had been worn by one of our Chinook Crew Chiefs on at least 20 combat missions... it's the little things.  
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