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September 11th 2001 - Your memories

Fri Sep 11, 2009 1:50 am

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Quite frankly, it doesn't need explaining to what its all about. It was the worst ever attack on the US to date, and one of the most horrific days in the history of modern times. 2996 people died all over America in various buildings in New York, The Pentagon and Flight 93, over Pennsylvania.

There's probably a topic every single year about this, but it was such a momentous day in every bodies lives, needless to say it pretty much changed quite a lot from airport security to Islamaphobia, war on Afghanistan, etc.

What were your memories of the day? Personally, I was starting year 6 the week before and I never heard anything in School about it, although as soon as I got home, I was in complete shock as to why this was happening. Complete chaos on media channels and instantly glued to the TV as soon as I got in. Just seeing the buildings desend into dust is enough to send a shiver down anybodies spine.

RIP to those that lost their lives in the attack.
 
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Fri Sep 11, 2009 1:53 am

I think I was either in Year 5 or Year 6, I would have been ten. I remember my dad picking up me and my brother from an after-school club, and very matter-of-factly said "Boys, a terrible thing happened in the world today". That's all I remember he said, but I think he described what had happened. They obviously decided not to at school (in comparison, in 2005 a message was sent to all teachers at my secondary school from the headteacher to read out about the 7/7 bombings).

I remember getting home and like everyone else in the country just watching News 24 for hour after hour. I couldn't have possibly understood the scale of what happened at that age. My dad encouraged my and my younger brother to watch as much of the news coverage as we could, and ask questions about it. I guess he thought the right thing to do was not to shield it from his children, but to show us that the world is capable of horrific, terrifying events and prepare us for them. I'm glad he did.
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Fri Sep 11, 2009 1:53 am

Well, I was in the BBC bar, chatting up the work experience girl (me missus). So although it was on the telly, at the time my mind was on other things! :P

After lunch I went back to the gallery (I was working on Friends Like These), and we had Sky news, News 24, CNN, and ITN News all playing at once. Now that was surreal... they all had live feeds, but at slightly different delays. So when the towers collapsed we got to see it 4 times in a row, like an action replay.
 
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Re: September 11th 2001 - Your memories

Fri Sep 11, 2009 2:01 am

I was in Year 7 and had not long started secondary school.

I can remember my dad telling me that a plane had crashed into some buildings in New York and that it will probably be on the news when I get home.
No teachers had told us that something had happened.

Whereas during the London attack we were actually told that "some dodgy stuff was going on in London".

RIP to all those invovled.
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Fri Sep 11, 2009 2:19 am

I can see why teachers wouldn't tell young kids about something happening half way round the world. It's a bit more relevant when it's in your own country.
 
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Fri Sep 11, 2009 2:45 am

I was in year 7, not long started highschool, and I just remember my friends running up to me and telling me. I was a bit oblivious to it all really until I got home and saw it on the news. It terrified me, and was hard to believe such a thing could happen to such a powerful country. Yet at the same time, I was 11 and it didn't really effect me so I continued my day.

I think the 7/7 attacks effected me more. We were kept in our form groups, and one guy in my class shouted 'Well they all deserved it', as we watched the live feed on the whiteboard. Yeah, I think this was the day I truly realised about the scum out there. Also my cousin works in London not far from where the bus blew up so that was a concern as well.

Both are events I'm sure will never be forgotten. Unfortunately there are people out there so wrapped up in their beliefs they think the lives of innocent mean nothing more than the ants the step on from time to time.

Very sad times, and RIP to those who tragically lost their lives, and my thoughts are with the families who are still living with the pain of this horrific event 8 years on and will continue too for the rest of their lives.
 
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Fri Sep 11, 2009 7:23 am

I was on Holiday att he time, in Weymouth, A trip I booked to celibrate my new job.
We were on our way back to the Caravan when I heard the news on the car Radio and it was sort of being played down by the DJ and I assumed it was a glider or small plane, I wasn't quite sure which buildings the World Trade Center were anyway.
On getting back to the caravan after doing some shopping I finally got to see what the fuss was about and I was gob smacked, I think we arrived home just as the Towers collapsed and it was very surreal. It was the first time I can remember when I didn't want the News to end, I wanted to hear every last detail and absorb as much information as possible.
Later in the evening we went down to the camp bar where the news was still on the bar TV's, I went to be very late.
Following the attacks I became very interested in anything 9/11 related. I have kept the newspapers from the day after and the first anniversary, I think they will be great to show my kids when they are at the age to understand what went on. I also purchased a charity video back in 2002 which was made by a documentary team who were posted with the NYFD at the time (it's their film you see whenever the first plane hitting is shown) and it's a chilling account of what was happening inside the buildings at the time. I'll have to dig it out and see what it was called if anyone wants to get a copy.
I think this is a great topic, I often wonder what people younger than me would have thought about the attacks, people who were maybe only 8/9 at the time.

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Fri Sep 11, 2009 11:42 am

I was 21 and working as a courier at the time. Was out with a mate making a delivery when it came over the radio that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. It wasn't very specific and we didn't think too much of it at the time, as Crofty said, thinking it would be a light aircraft or glider. Then when we were nearly home (I was renting a room off the same mate at the time) it came on that a second plane had also crashed into it. This was a serious WTF moment.

As soon as we got home Sky News went on and I think we must have watched it for over 24 hours solid. Some of the images I will never ever forget; the footage of the planes smashing into the side of the buildings, people calling for help from the upper windows and even jumping out and then finally the towers collapsing. Was all very surreal at the time and I'd never seen anything like it. Certainly a day that will live long in my memory.

RIP to the thousands of victims.
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Fri Sep 11, 2009 11:54 am

My daughter and I had just left Belfast City Airport when I heard it on the car radio. Her Dad had just left on a flight to Bristol. We went to my work place and everyone there was in the boardroom watching the news. When they said it looked like a terrorist attack I was so scared for her Dad but thankfully he called to say he had landed safe and they had been told about it when they landed. It was a time I will never forget. We went to Florida on the 2nd October that year. We were meant to stop off in JFK but it was still closed to International flights. We went to Atlanta instead. The security when we landed in Orlando was crazy, they literally unpacked and repacked our cases. I pray we never have to experience anything like it again.
 
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Fri Sep 11, 2009 1:08 pm

I remember this day vividly. It is one of those days where you will remember exactly what you were doing - a bit like the day JFK was shot (ask your parents what they were doing that day and they will remember).

I was sitting on the stage in the school auditorium having a group discussion when a friend received a news update text message which simply read "Fire at World Trade Center". We thought nothing of it.

When I got home to watch some TV and every channel was showing live broadcasts of what was going on was when I realised the severity of the news that I received earlier. It wasn't a fire, it was a terrorist attack and it was very serious. I remember sitting watching it by myself completely shocked at what was happening on the television. It was like something out of a movie, it was that surreal.

My mum was upstairs hoovering. She hadn't seen the news at all that day and I went up to tell her. She came downstairs and we didn't leave the TV screen for several hours as we watched this horrific atrocity unfold before our very eyes.

Last night I watched the Channel 4 documentary 102 minutes that changed America. It was basically a lot of home video footage, and cameraman footage from the day spliced together in chronological order to give us a different point of view of the event unfolding. It was unbelievable. They had recording of 911 calls from people inside the towers and the operators could do nothing for them, it was haunting.
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Re: September 11th 2001 - Your memories

Fri Sep 11, 2009 2:32 pm

Is now a bad time to ask if anyone has seen Loose Change? :lol:
 
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Fri Sep 11, 2009 3:02 pm

I can remeber this day well, I was in year 4 and had been back at school for about a week. Our teacher chose not to tell us about it, however when we were in year 7 and the 7/7 bombings happened we were told, but when we got home my mum told me and my brother all about it and we sat and watched it for a bit on the news. Some of the images shown on the news are truely haunting, seeing people screaming at the windows and jumping out to end the suffering they were going through inside. It was truely awfull, and the next day at school I remeber having an assembly about it in memory of all the people who lost their lives.

However the one thing about the day I can vividly remeber was my mum telling me about a certain phone conversation she had had. Shotly after the time of the attacks, having not heard about it, she phoned the travel agants to book our holiday for 2002. The guy on the phone was totally shocked and said you are the only person who is actually booking a holiday, everybody else is canceling. So when my mum asked why he mearly replied... have you not heard? They have blown up New York!

Anyway, R.I.P all those who lost thier lives on this tradgic day!
 
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Fri Sep 11, 2009 3:42 pm

"Diogoj42" wrote:
Is now a bad time to ask if anyone has seen Loose Change? :lol:


Highly recommended if anyone hasn't seen this. Full version is on Google Video:

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Fri Sep 11, 2009 4:02 pm

I was starting year 5 at the time, mum had picked me and my siblings up from school and told us something terrible had happened in New York. When we got home, the TV was on and on the majority of the channels like BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five had the news on and I was saddened by it but again, didn't understand it as I was 9 and didn't know much about world issues.

It was a very sad day, and every year, my headteachers in my school would dedicate a assembly and remembrance to the people who died.

R.I.P
 
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Fri Sep 11, 2009 4:45 pm

Well, I was very young at the time. I can not say that I remember that much but I was in the car on my way back from holiday and we were listening to the car radio. We herd about what had happened and we though it was just a story but then we found out that it was all true and had happened.

At school today we had to think about what we would do if we were in one of the towers, I could not imagine how scared I would be.

My heart goes out to those who had lost people in this tragic event.
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Sat Sep 12, 2009 12:32 am

[color=#8color]A part of me sorely regrets not knowing what the twin towers or terrorism were before hearing about 9/11. I was more focussed on trying to get straight in my head why it was everyone was upset than actually being upset. I know it's not my fault, but thinking about 9/11 always makes me feel guilty about all those people that I couldn't be sad for.[/color]
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Sat Sep 12, 2009 11:24 am

I agree with that comment Jon, I was a similar age at the time and recall getting picked up from school by my gran who used to take us out Monday night, and hearing it on the radio the entire time. I couldn't understand why a plane crash, as it seemed to me, had brought the whole world to a standstill. I didn't know what the WTC was, so couldn't possibly understand the gravity of what had happened.

When I got home, I saw in in the news and was shocked when seeing footage replayed of the towers collapsing (I may have seen that live) and the planes themselves actually colliding. Whilst ultimately disturbing, as an ignorant 8 year old, it didn't occur to me that there were people in the building as well, but the plane exploding in itself was disturbing enough for a relatively innocent child. My mum I recall tried to explain why it had happened, but I couldn't possibly understand truthfully. As kids do, the whole news had been warped by the mind of a child, and the next day at school everyone was running round saying it was WW3 :roll: I guess thats just how kids interpret things!

But yeah, a truly horrific attack that was shocking at the time and has become even more shocking to me as I have matured. I send all my condolences to the families of those involved in what is obviously a day commemorating something so tragic and life changing :(
 
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Sat Sep 12, 2009 1:57 pm

I was in America at the time with my mum, dad and sister and was in Florida on holiday. I had woken up to the tv showing the live broadcast. By that time both planes had slammed into the WTC and couldn't believe what I was watching.

Part of me thinks I was still dreaming that something like this could happen; That they would use the planes as weapons. Iwas shocked by the whole thing, I must have been 16 at the time. All the Disney parks got closed down for the day as well which didn't suprise me.
 
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Sat Sep 12, 2009 5:20 pm

I was in year 6, all i remember was our teacher telling us something awful had happened and explaining it. We all went out side and had a class discussion on why it could have happened... was a pretty deep class for year 6's but very interesting.
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Re: September 11th 2001 - Your memories

Sat Sep 12, 2009 9:34 pm

Let's think...I was 9 at the time, and we were told absolutely sod all about it in school when the planes hit the WTC. When I arrived home, I turned on the TV (as any child would when returning from school), and was very annoyed that there were no children's programmes on TV. To my horror, I saw a skyscraper on fire (I can't remember if I saw the second plane fly into the WTC or not), and it was really scary. What was even worse is that I actually saw both towers collapse, and that was probably the most chilling part of it all. One of the people that died in the attacks, Rick Rescorla, was from the town just across the bay from where I lived at the time.

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