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9/11 Ten year anniversary by Loretto on 25 August 2011 10:53pm
I can't believe it has been almost 10 years.

I was in Ireland for my sister's wedding. I had just dropped my son off at preschool (my sister-in-law owns her own in my hometown) and while he was at preschool I wanted to get a gag gift for my brother in law to be from my son who was going to be their ring bearer.

In a hardware store I spotted two figures, one each of Laurel and Hardy, my brother in law is a huge fan. I went in and was standing at the counter ready to pay for Laurel and Hardy when the clerk, an older lady said, "Wasn't that an awful crash in America?" The lady behind me in line said, "Shocking altogether!"

I hadn't got a clue what was happening and thought the bottom had fallen out of the stock market because things were not good on Wall Street when I left the USA. A stock market crash was being threatened for weeks.

My brother met me on the street outside the store and told me to get into his car. He told me that something had happened in America, a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center.

My first thought was, well it must have been pilot error. Those towers are pretty big and I had been in them many times.

He drove me to the preschool (his wife's) and we went in. She was reading the children a story. They sat on the floor listening to her. My brother told her what we had heard. We turned on the radio. The children still sat quietly.

I looked at my son's face as he was sitting waiting for the rest of the story with the other preschoolers, so innocent and happy. I wanted to take him with me and just disappear. Keep him safe from all the ugliness.

My husband was in Kerry playing golf and was staying there overnight. His aunt and uncle (B&B)were with him along with his parents and another aunt(R).

The aunt and uncle spent all day trying to reach their son, he was working on Wall Street at the time. If you remember seeing men in suits walking all covered in dust; he was one of them. He didn't get home until after midnight.

The aunt(R) had a daughter who worked in the World Trade Center, Tower 2, she called in sick on 9/11 ten years ago.

My next door neighbor lost her brother who worked for Cantor Fitzgerald, the company who lost the most people that horrible day. He called her to say goodbye.

On the night of 9/11 myself and my 2 1/2 year old son stayed in a hotel alone. Just as well; I wasn't in much of a mood for talking. I just watched the footage being replayed again and again on the news and was terrified to fly back home.

Here's George W. Bush's memory of that day.


I'd like to read yours too.

Here's Michael Palin in the Vancouver Sun and his memory of that day;


"Half a world away, in the desert country of Niger, BBC's intrepid explorer Michael Palin would recall (in an interview with The Vancouver Sun) that his documentary team, making a series about his expedition across the Sahara Desert, had to decide then and there, on learning of the terror attacks, whether to continue the expedition. Palin noted the irony of being in an Islamic country on the other side of the world, where locals seemed as appalled by the images they were witnessing on their TV screens as people who were closer to New York and Washington, D.C., where the attacks happened. (Palin decided to carry on, in the end; his recollection of benign Niger when he first learned of the 9/11 terror attacks would become one of the centrepieces in the resulting four-part program, Sahara with Michael Palin.)"

Re: 9/11 Ten year anniversary by Lounge Trekker on 26 August 2011 5:14am
I checked the news online around 6 am Pacific and ran to the television after seeing the headline that a plane had crashed into the world trade center. After seeing the initial image of a building on fire, I woke the household saying, "You gotta see this!"

As my wife was coming down the second tower was hit. My teenaged stepdaughter looked at a burning building, like it was a clip from a movie, rubbed her eyes and said, "You woke me up for that?"...and went back to bed.

We sat in stunned silence followed by gasps of horror as the buildings came down. I was unable to think straight all that day. It seemed I needed a TV tuned to a news channel...for days afterward.

I am still amazed the death toll wasn't higher than it was.
Re: 9/11 Ten year anniversary by Spursfan2 on 26 August 2011 10:22am
We were in Turkey,having arrived the day before, and I was sitting in our hotel room, watching the TV, late afternoon. I'd had my shower and Zak was in the bathroom having his, ready to go down for dinner.

Anyway as I said I was watching TV and had put on CNN. At first I thought it was a movie trailer, and then it sank in. I remember shouting through to Zak "I think something's happened!!".

Downstairs everyone was in a daze, and that's how we spent the rest of the holiday really, it was naturally the topic on everyones lips, Turks and tourists alike.

I also remember getting in a dolmus (a sort of minibus) and Zak sitting next to a guy from Iraq, who started telling him how much he hated Americans.
Re: 9/11 Ten year anniversary by Loretto on 26 August 2011 2:23pm
9/11 was spent in a daze Anne. Other people told me that they too thought the actual footage of the second plane flying into the towers was a movie. Like Pete, I couldn't stop watching the news. It changed everything from travel to immigration to airport security, and not just in America.

I went to ground zero ten months later and you'd never know you were standing in a city. Despite all the people milling about, the silence was surreal. The wire fence covering the perimeter of the area was stuffed with cards and flower bouquets. Missing notices of loved ones still displayed. My husband, who is American, just couldn't see it, he stayed home.
Re: 9/11 Ten year anniversary by suzulu on 26 August 2011 5:25pm
I will always remember the disbelief! Didn't seem real.
Re: 9/11 Ten year anniversary by TERRY S on 26 August 2011 5:30pm
I had just arrived at work in my cinema when I found out. I couldn't concentrate for the rest of the day!

It will also be the sixth anniversary of the day Don and I went on our first date. As you can imagine, he can't give the excuse, "I forgot", because no-one can forget 9/11.

Re: 9/11 Ten year anniversary by sighthound on 27 August 2011 1:15am
I woke up, barely, as usual and turned on the Today Show which I always did to get myself more awake. Through my sleepy haze I saw the usual Today people but they were gathered on a couch looking out a window which was weird but it didn't register for a minute or two that anything important was going on. Then the first tower fell and everything in the world changed.

I spent the rest of the day glued to the TV. My room-mate came home very late in the day. She had managed to avoid hearing anything about it all day which I still find incredible.
Re: 9/11 Ten year anniversary by TERRY S on 1 September 2011 4:08pm
Saw a docmentary last night (Wednesday) about the firemen of 9/11 and about the 345 friends they lost. Moved me to tears.
Re: 9/11 Ten year anniversary by Loretto on 1 September 2011 5:24pm
My husband's first cousin is married to one of those firemen, he survived though. But his health has not been good since that day.
Re: 9/11 Ten year anniversary by tucsonmike on 1 September 2011 10:18pm
I saw something on CNN with items recovered from Ground Zero. Depressed me all over again.
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