14 Years Later…

…still remembering.

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Fourteen years since that day that I will never forget. On that day I found the flag my mother-in-law was presented with at my father-in-law’s funeral at the Riverside National Cemetery in 1985. It was the only thing I could think of doing on that day where we all sat glued to the television. At the first attack I was home alone watching T.V. in unbelief and horror. Dear was at work. Josh and Laura were at their apartment having just been married at the end of August. Katie was at school and I’m not sure where Dan was. My niece was working in Manhattan and we were all very concerned for her safety.

Where were you on that day?

 

12 thoughts on “14 Years Later…

  1. Remembering along with you. I was home in Illinois, having just driven our high school students to school, and watching The Today Show. Watching it all unfold in such a horrifying way. My husband, thankfully, wasn’t traveling as he often did for work.

  2. I was on my way to work at the college and heard it all on the radio. I was confused and horrified. We were all called together in the cafeteria that morning to pray together and to talk about what had just happened. My farmer was gone to a remote cottage for a fishing trip with his buddies and they had no idea what was happening. The world had changed forever on 9-11.

  3. No, we won’t forget. I had arrived at work and my boss told me the news. We gathered around the only TV that could get reception. The internet was at a standstill. And we all held our breath until we knew what became of the plane headed for L.A.

  4. This is a good post, Ellen — thank you for sharing. I’ll never forget that day or the days and weeks that followed. I was, like you, at home by myself. Our son was at school in the fifth grade, and my husband was at work. I called my husband and they already knew some about it at his office. I had to fight against the urge to hop in the car and drive to school to bring our son home immediately.

    I will never forget, but I worry that too many Americans have a much shorter memory. Have a good weekend, Ellen.

    Hugs,

    Denise

  5. I had arrived in Ecuador two days prior, and was with my youngest daughter. The older two children and my husband were still in Canada. It was not a good time to be apart.

  6. I was also alone and got a call from my BIL. I stood there in shock and all I could think of was what an evil act this was and how this would irrevocably change our world.

  7. I was actually still asleep in bed when it happened. Got a call from my hubby to turn on the television. I couldn’t believe my eyes. We had bowling league that morning and I felt horrible about actually bowling. They had the news on and between frames everyone was watching. I think the bowling helped to keep us calm even though inside we were all shaken up tremendously. I’ll never forget.

  8. 14 years later and the ripple effects are still ongoing…..terrorists causing damage, firefighters dying of cancer caused by working in the toxic ashes, children suffering consequences from loss of parents, etc. I am always struck by the memory that it started out as “an ordinary day”. We were eating our breakfast when our son-in-law called to tell us to turn on our TV. For days we sat and watched the horrifying story unfold. However, it wasn’t all bad , as accounts of compassion, faith, and bravery were told.

  9. It’s one of those events when we well remember exactly how we found out. I don’t turn on the television before my walk, so I just walked down to meet my walking partner at her house and she had seen the news . . . the news we watched for much of the rest of the day. It was so unbelievable.

  10. I had just gotten up and turned on the TV in the kitchen when Katy Couric exclaimed that a second plane was crashing into the World Trade Center. I thought it was a bad movie until reality set in.

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