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When the first tower fell, I said "Oh my god" three times before it fished falling. Then I thought to myself I just watched hundreds or thousands of people die on live t.v. I then knew the second one would fall soon.
I was sleeping in my dorm room in Shively Hall at Ohio University when everyone in our hall started talking, knocking, and spreading the word about what happened. Some classes were cancelled, others not. I remember going to my Japanese class and saying, "Kyou ha waruii desu." Rudimentary but it conveyed "today is bad".
I was at work in a fab shop in Milan. The boss came out and saw us all standing around the radio and told us "it ain't here, get to work". I looked at him and said, "Pardon me? the twin towers have been hit, the Pentagon and now another plane shot down in PA. You want me to talk to these guys?, and we'll go home and prep our weapons. See how much work gets done then. We know you were in the office watching it on TV and the internet. Our country is being attacked. You are lucky we haven't all left yet. Get back to work." He walked away...
Was home, hubby just got home from a fire call when we watched tower #2 get hit. Could not believe what we were seeing - went to station and little by little the firefighter's strolled into station in shock and we all watched it on the television. God Bless all firefighter's, law enforcement and EMS personnel. Thank you for everything that you do for the resident's of your community, you are all greatly appreciated.
We were in bed, my mother called us. We watched the tv for a bit, my husband jumped in the shower because we knew the phone would ring. While he was in the shower, I watched the Pentagon get hit and the plane in Pennsylvania go down. The call came in and he left for the base. I didn't hear from him for almost 48 hours. No calls in, no calls out. No cell phones, no nothing. The base was on lock down for weeks. Our lives changed forever. Everytime someone sneezed the security level went up. My kids grew up worrying about when dad would be going on his next deployment, I worried everytime the phone rang or he brought home a new set of orders. We knew our planes went out, but it wasn't released to the public till years later.
Take the time to watch the Documentary on the History Channel: 102 Minutes That Changed America. After that was another, I believe it was called the Miracle In Stairwell B, something like that. I apologize as it was late, or should I say early and I fell asleep, but I guarantee I will revisit it to watch in full. It was about the 14 people who were trapped within the stairwell and survived! A miracle? Luck? Call it what you will, but I'm pretty sure the live footage taken by those that would be considered amateurs and preserved by those that were there and helped make the doc. will surely explain how Americans felt and still feels! One young woman who filmed was an NYU student at the time. When interviewed, she made the comment that "the veil was removed from her eyes". I consider it a miracle those that filmed so close survived, along with all the rest of the 1000's of New Yorkers and visitors that fled to safety! On a personal note, I was on my knees in prayer for all that perished, for the first responders, for those fleeing to safety and worried for friends that live and work in Manhattan in close proximity to the Towers! They survived!
Anyone who uses air travel even a little bit knows that planes just don't fly close to, let alone into the highest buildings within any city's skyline! The second hit made it even clearer. By the way, it's the first I've been able to not change the channel when something comes on regarding the CLEAR ACT OF WAR on that fateful day! We were waiting to head to the Cleveland Airport to drop off my cousin who was visiting from D.C., her return flight delayed. We knew that was going to happen! All of America not already in transit, maybe just catching that 2nd. cup of coffee whilst catching the a.m. news were witnesses to the terror of mass murder by those that have no conscience, those that hate so deeply and are willing to use their religion to defend such acts of terrorism on humankind.
For the last 12 yrs., the scope, purpose and impact of those 102 minutes on life in America has effected us all, and continues to do so on a daily basis.