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911©Patrick Witty

There are moments in history when everyone remembers their exact location and what they were doing. For my generation, the day is today - 11 September. The year 2001. There are more gruesome and sensational photos which capture the events of the day, but I believe this one truly reflects the emotions of most Americans. Complete shock, everyone united in terror. Of course, the more publicized images include photos of the planes hitting the Towers or videos of people jumping from upper floors to their death. These I never wish to see again.

On 11 September 2001, I was away from my family sitting in a hotel room in Las Vegas. I received a call, panic from my cousin in Virginia informing me something bad was happening. At the time, I worked for the airlines and flights were grounded for days. The only option was a rental car, but there was a long wait for those as well. On 13 September a rental car finally became available, and I began the long drive cross-country with two of my young relatives. We drove straight through, rotating drivers in an effort to quickly return to family and parents in Virginia.

Today a real sense of sadness. I'm grateful that I didn't live at my current apartment on this day in 2001. I would have seen and smelled the smoke rising from the Pentagon from my balcony. Maybe even heard the impact of the plane hitting the building. Such images and senses would remain scarred in my memory. Human life - fragile and uncertain. Days like today a clear reminder of this simple statement. In an instant, life can change or be taken away all together. Thus, it's always important to live life fully. No regrets. Appreciate those you love and care about, and make sure they know it.


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Sep. 11th, 2013 03:05 pm (UTC)
I was in Siberia that day, saw on TV the view of ruined buildings. First I thought it's some movie and just next morning I knew about real event. Immpossible to forget...
Sep. 11th, 2013 06:28 pm (UTC)
Yes, like a Hollywood scene but unfortunately reality.
Sep. 11th, 2013 03:17 pm (UTC)
Sep. 11th, 2013 06:29 pm (UTC)
No! I don't wish to look at photos like this. Btw, have you read all the conspiracy theories about this event also? :)
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Sep. 11th, 2013 03:24 pm (UTC)
I was in high school that time. Went home and started watching tv as i had lunch. All channels were showing same pictures...
Sep. 11th, 2013 06:32 pm (UTC)
Everywhere around the world the same images played over and over, but I remember the photos and news footage of average citizens impacted in NYC most. Faces covered in ash and blood and of course all the posters of missing family members all over the city. This was heartbreaking.
Sep. 11th, 2013 03:30 pm (UTC)
My condolences to all the victims
Sep. 11th, 2013 06:33 pm (UTC)
Lots of memorial services today honoring the victims. I haven't been to NYC since the 9/11 memorial was completed, but I'm not sure I want to see it.
Sep. 11th, 2013 03:31 pm (UTC)
I was in Russia and I saw this on TV. With the same face.
Planes hit the towers - ok, that was sad but possbile.
But how they collapsed just at the moment I looked at the TV - that was completely shocking.

That fall our project manager from Boeing (her name was Shannon, also) prepared to visit Moscow and I was ready to accompany her in her travel to St. Petersburg.
But Boeing cut their budget because of 9/11 and this never happened.
Sep. 11th, 2013 06:35 pm (UTC)
You work in aerospace engineering? I always wanted to visit the Boeing plant in Washington, but never have time.
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Sep. 11th, 2013 03:47 pm (UTC)
многие пацаны со двора в принципе даже радовались, что америка получила по заслугам
Sep. 11th, 2013 06:35 pm (UTC)
Such people are sick.
Sep. 11th, 2013 04:43 pm (UTC)
All this is terrible. Another fear is that Islamic terrorism will not be defeated ever. It is necessary to expel all Muslims from the U.S. and cancel Islam. It is a religion of terror and evil.
In the Russian Muslims, like by bandits. They pluck, feel unpunished.
I hate them.
Sep. 11th, 2013 06:36 pm (UTC)
"It is necessary to expel all Muslims from the U.S. and cancel Islam." Seriously? This is not the answer. Tolerance is.
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Sep. 11th, 2013 04:56 pm (UTC)
I was at home and ,at random, switched to CNN an so plan hit WTC , first reaction was : What the fuck ?!! Is it real ?!!!
But US in one side hit terrorists and another side support oil trade from Arabian peninsula.
Sep. 11th, 2013 06:48 pm (UTC)
Yes, U.S. often inconsistent in foreign policy. :)
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Sep. 11th, 2013 05:25 pm (UTC)
I saw it on TV. It was awful.

Edited at 2013-09-11 05:25 pm (UTC)
Sep. 11th, 2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
You were so young at the time! I was in my late 20's, about your age. :)
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Sep. 11th, 2013 05:43 pm (UTC)
That day I worked in a shop as a sellerman (salesman? clerk?). TV set was on the wall for customers, we hadn't time to watch it. Suddenly everything stops even air. Everybody stared at TV with shock on their faces.
Shannon, don't listen to iiiko and igorbasic. Don't feed the trolls.
Sep. 11th, 2013 06:50 pm (UTC)
Salesman or clerk is the proper English term. :)
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Sep. 11th, 2013 06:17 pm (UTC)
Such a terrible day. My dad at the Capitol in DC, so many friends and family in NYC. Cell service was out, couldnt reach most of them. I woke up and turned on the news just in time to see the 2nd plane hit. Such a tragedy. So many innocent lives lost. I think even if you dont believe in participating in prayers or memorials or events for this horrific historical day, today is still a day to love your neighbor, do an act of kindness, hug your family. Spread love.
Sep. 11th, 2013 06:51 pm (UTC)
Today in DC a lot of police and military lining the streets this morning. I think they were preparing for the "Million Muslim March", which was a complete failure.
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Sep. 11th, 2013 07:42 pm (UTC)
I wrote this 2 years ago. We just came back from the memorial in the US Embassy in Ankara.
Now, I feel the same on this day, just added 2 more overseas moves and one more country to the count.
"10 years ago on that day I was still living overseas, waiting for the visa to come to America and join my husband. Blissfully happy and oblivious to what was coming. That day was just another day until my best friend's mom called me and told me to turn on the TV. I was sitting in my living room, first I thought it was a movie, then I saw the first jumpers and started to cry. That year my husband just deactivated himself from the military service and we were planning to live as the regular civilians with our sons. Less than the month after the attacks he was recalled back to the active duty and we had to spend 2 years separately. With my brand-new husband being deployed i had no time to adjust to my new American life. I had to live that life right away and learn how to survive in the new environment all by myself. After 10 years , 8 domestic and 1 overseas moves, 5 houses and 1 baby we are still married, keep living our military life, and getting ready to go back to US after 3 years of being stationed in Ankara, Turkey."
Sep. 11th, 2013 07:47 pm (UTC)
Touching, thanks!
Sep. 11th, 2013 07:59 pm (UTC)
As usual Shannon your comments are well stated. I remember I was to meet up with you all in Las Vegas and had not left because of a dental appointment. I agree today should be a clear reminder of how we live our life each day. We cannot changes others.
Sep. 11th, 2013 08:22 pm (UTC)
It looks like Apocalypse
Sep. 11th, 2013 08:22 pm (UTC)
Yes, and for a short time it also felt like it.
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Sep. 12th, 2013 04:35 am (UTC)
That was a horrible tragedy!
Sep. 12th, 2013 01:21 pm (UTC)
Yes, it changed the world in many ways. And not only in America.
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