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Thread: 9/11 18 years ago-Where were you and what were you doing?

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    One other thing that I remember that stood out was the silence in the evening on the days that followed. We live just south of Boston. There were no planes, just an eerie silence, but then in the middle of the night we would hear the fighter jets flying low over the house. It was really unnerving. On one day just before they allowed commercial flights in the air we noticed a plane. I no sooner had said “look they must have opened up flights again” and a fighter jet swooped in just above the commercial plane. Another jet came along side and they escorted the plane out over the ocean. I’ve always wondered about that but then I guess I’ll never know what the deal was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pegmeister View Post
    One other thing that I remember that stood out was the silence in the evening on the days that followed. We live just south of Boston. There were no planes, just an eerie silence, but then in the middle of the night we would hear the fighter jets flying low over the house. It was really unnerving. On one day just before they allowed commercial flights in the air we noticed a plane. I no sooner had said “look they must have opened up flights again” and a fighter jet swooped in just above the commercial plane. Another jet came along side and they escorted the plane out over the ocean. I’ve always wondered about that but then I guess I’ll never know what the deal was.
    For us it was the opposite. We are between Dover AFB and Fort Dix (flight path) and Cape May Coast Guard Station. We heard and saw so many low flying planes both fighters and transport/cargo. Two to three fighters would fly low right over my school every afternoon around 3:00. About two weeks in we had two new students-twins-enter our classroom together and they rarely place twins in the same room. Dad was a navigator based in Dover and mom was not well(lupus and something else) and could not care for the kids long term on her own. Dad was on call 24/7 flying back and forth to the Middle East in the transport/cargo planes so the twins came to live with their aunt for the school year. He was supposed to always be with an hour of base during those days.




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    You must be the same age as my sons. One was in 5th and the other in 4th.


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    A much different perspective and experience from most here.

    I was in school at the time. 4th grade. We were doing our morning assignments when the principal made the announcement. Parents came to pull their kids from school and take them home shortly after. We all knew what happened and understood how terrible it was, but we didn’t quite grasp the devastation right away. Especially since we weren’t near a tv to se the news coverage until we were home. Wow.

    I grew up in Jersey City and used to be able to see the twin towers daily. It was so strange to look at that skyline and not see them anymore.




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    on sept 11 and for many days after, including today................I said that I was grateful that my dad was gone and did not have to live thru the events and aftermath.

    that day was also the first day that my son had his first cell phone.
    he was in 9th grade, and kept calling me for updates.
    his high school kept the kids pretty much in the dark.
    his show choir teacher, brought much comfort to the kids as she was able to fill them in and immerse them in music.
    i gave him permission to spend the day in the music wing with her.
    this angel of a teacher, Johanne Holt Mcivor is owed much gratitude for her kindness and her compassion.

    on that sept 11 day, while at work, i was also on the phone lots with my friend sherry (Sefeit) RIP.
    she was in a state of panic as her daughter candace, then an executive with LEGO, was in Manhattan at meetings.
    sherry did not hear from her daughter til late that night and she was ok!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    on sept 11 and for many days after, including today................I said that I was grateful that my dad was gone and did not have to live thru the events and aftermath.

    that day was also the first day that my son had his first cell phone.
    he was in 9th grade, and kept calling me for updates.
    his high school kept the kids pretty much in the dark.
    his show choir teacher, brought much comfort to the kids as she was able to fill them in and immerse them in music.
    i gave him permission to spend the day in the music wing with her.
    this angel of a teacher, Johanne Holt Mcivor is owed much gratitude for her kindness and her compassion.

    on that sept 11 day, while at work, i was also on the phone lots with my friend sherry (Sefeit) RIP.
    she was in a state of panic as her daughter candace, then an executive with LEGO, was in Manhattan at meetings.
    sherry did not hear from her daughter til late that night and she was ok!
    Miss Sherry. Isn't this month the anniversary of her passing.

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    Sherry's death was on Oct 12, 2015
    Murray's death was on March 9 2017

    Paul and I still grieve.
    It was just horrible how she suffered and then for him to die of a broken heart was so hard to grasp.

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    Miss Sherry. Isn't this month the anniversary of her passing.

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    I was at work 26th floor and my building was 10 blocks away from WTC but by the East River. My boss called me into his office because from his window there was a lot of paper flying around like what you would see in a ticker tape parade. He asked me what do you supposed this is? I said I dunno but I can see the debris as far out as the water. Then we heard on the radio that there was an accident and a small plane hit one of the towers. On the opposite side of out floor, you can see the towers. We all went to the window and could see 1 tower burning. Everyone was wondering how they were going to put that fire out on such a high floor. I went back to my desk and a lot of my coworkers hung out by the window.

    Some of my coworkers who were hanging by the window watching the first tower burning, saw when the second Jet hit the other tower and were in shock. At that point they realized there was no small plane accident. The CEO of the company came down to every floor and asked everybody to remain in the building and not go outside. My friends continue to watch the towers burning. Later on I hear screaming. They saw the first tower come down. I looked outside my boss window and everything was black and grey. After it cleared, I could see people walking covered in dust. My phone rang and a company agency from Philadelphia called me to tell me the pentagon got hit and that we were under attack. At that point, it was very scary especially since we were in the area. After all the dust cleared I was thinking about leaving. My boss he AVP grabbed his brief case, did not look at anyone, did not say anything and just walk straight towards the exit and left. The Manager asked us to stay put but that when we leave to stay in pairs. He said since I live in Queens not to leave without my coworker Gloria since she also lived in Queens. I promised him that I would not leave without her so I stayed put.

    The second tower came down and again total darkness, Grey and when it finally cleared I could see people covered in grey dust. I waited until it cleared a lot and then told my coworker lets go and we all pretty much left around noon. When we got outside everybody was walking North because trains were not running at all. We crossed the street towards the water and I asked a police officer if everyone was walking uptown to take the trains. She said she didn't know but asked where do I live. I said Queens. She said, well there is an Army Core Of Engineer Boat about to leave to Brooklyn so why don't I ask them if I can hitch a ride. I asked and they said sure. Gloria and I were the only civilians on that boat and it was really sad leaving Manhattan Harbor seeing, smelling and that smoke and dust. At the same time it was a relief that we were leaving the danger zone right away.

    We made it to Brooklyn and I found a bar "The Irish Haven" and I said to Gloria, lets go inside, use the rest room and call our love ones to let them know we are alright. After we made the calls we found out that the subways were not running in Brooklyn either or everything was shut down. They had a large screen TV and we were just watching over and over the planes hitting the towers and the towers coming down. I saw it on TV and it was disturbing but my coworkers saw it live from our 26th floor building except for Gloria. Like me she stayed away from the window.

    Anyway, the owner/bartender kept refilling the drinks and saying drinks are on the house, stay here no trains running. My friend Gloria told the bartender to stop refilling her glass because she is a lite drinker. The bartender looks at me and says to me in an Irish Accent, hey Boyo where you find this one? Then he said to her, listen lady, this is an Irish Bar and if you come in here, we expect you to drink to drink! And he refill her glass again. She looked at me and I said, I think you better drink up, bottoms up..

    A few hours later and really drunk, they announced that the trains were running. Gloria and I left, hopped on a train to Queens and we actually fell asleep on the train but she woke up before her stop and my stop was much later. I made it home late, my sister in law, nephew and nieces, brother were all in my house staying for the night and glad I made it home safely.





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    WOW
    Just wow Edgar!!
    You were blessed indeed.


    Quote Originally Posted by ArubaAce View Post
    I was at work 26th floor and my building was 10 blocks away from WTC but by the East River. My boss called me into his office because from his window there was a lot of paper flying around like what you would see in a ticker tape parade. He asked me what do you supposed this is? I said I dunno but I can see the debris as far out as the water. Then we heard on the radio that there was an accident and a small plane hit one of the towers. On the opposite side of out floor, you can see the towers. We all went to the window and could see 1 tower burning. Everyone was wondering how they were going to put that fire out on such a high floor. I went back to my desk and a lot of my coworkers hung out by the window.

    Some of my coworkers who were hanging by the window watching the first tower burning, saw when the second Jet hit the other tower and were in shock. At that point they realized there was no small plane accident. The CEO of the company came down to every floor and asked everybody to remain in the building and not go outside. My friends continue to watch the towers burning. Later on I hear screaming. They saw the first tower come down. I looked outside my boss window and everything was black and grey. After it cleared, I could see people walking covered in dust. My phone rang and a company agency from Philadelphia called me to tell me the pentagon got hit and that we were under attack. At that point, it was very scary especially since we were in the area. After all the dust cleared I was thinking about leaving. My boss he AVP grabbed his brief case, did not look at anyone, did not say anything and just walk straight towards the exit and left. The Manager asked us to stay put but that when we leave to stay in pairs. He said since I live in Queens not to leave without my coworker Gloria since she also lived in Queens. I promised him that I would not leave without her so I stayed put.

    The second tower came down and again total darkness, Grey and when it finally cleared I could see people covered in grey dust. I waited until it cleared a lot and then told my coworker lets go and we all pretty much left around noon. When we got outside everybody was walking North because trains were not running at all. We crossed the street towards the water and I asked a police officer if everyone was walking uptown to take the trains. She said she didn't know but asked where do I live. I said Queens. She said, well there is an Army Core Of Engineer Boat about to leave to Brooklyn so why don't I ask them if I can hitch a ride. I asked and they said sure. Gloria and I were the only civilians on that boat and it was really sad leaving Manhattan Harbor seeing, smelling and that smoke and dust. At the same time it was a relief that we were leaving the danger zone right away.

    We made it to Brooklyn and I found a bar "The Irish Haven" and I said to Gloria, lets go inside, use the rest room and call our love ones to let them know we are alright. After we made the calls we found out that the subways were not running in Brooklyn either or everything was shut down. They had a large screen TV and we were just watching over and over the planes hitting the towers and the towers coming down. I saw it on TV and it was disturbing but my coworkers saw it live from our 26th floor building except for Gloria. Like me she stayed away from the window.

    Anyway, the owner/bartender kept refilling the drinks and saying drinks are on the house, stay here no trains running. My friend Gloria told the bartender to stop refilling her glass because she is a lite drinker. The bartender looks at me and says to me in an Irish Accent, hey Boyo where you find this one? Then he said to her, listen lady, this is an Irish Bar and if you come in here, we expect you to drink to drink! And he refill her glass again. She looked at me and I said, I think you better drink up, bottoms up..

    A few hours later and really drunk, they announced that the trains were running. Gloria and I left, hopped on a train to Queens and we actually fell asleep on the train but she woke up before her stop and my stop was much later. I made it home late, my sister in law, nephew and nieces, brother were all in my house staying for the night and glad I made it home safely.

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    OMG Edgar! That is the only first hand experience I have heard from someone I "know". So glad you and Gloria made it out of the city and home safely. Did you ever go back to that bar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WaltVB View Post
    OMG Edgar! That is the only first hand experience I have heard from someone I "know". So glad you and Gloria made it out of the city and home safely. Did you ever go back to that bar?
    I always said I was going to go back to that bar and I never went. I wonder if they are still there.It was a neighborhood pub. I had a friend who worked as a bartender at Windows Of The World the restaurant at the top of one of towers. He was supposed to work that day and come in at 9am. His coworker was off that day and he asked if he could swap days because he had to go to renew his green card or passport or something. His friend oblige and died that day. He felt so bad because he was supposed to be in that day and should have been the one that passed away but at the same time he was thankful and feeling guilty because he was happy to be alive. It's amazing the lives and stories of 9/11.





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