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Features : Survey Last Updated: Jan 18, 2012 - 9:38:37 AM


9/11 Survey Responses from our Readers
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9/11 Survey Responses from our Readers

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Response 38

Where were you on September 11th, 2001 when you first learned of the attack?

In my office in Wilton, CT.

 Describe how you first learned of the attack and what you did immediately after learning about it.

Co-worker heard it on the radio and related it to the rest of us. Then we went into a conference room and watched as events unfolded.

What do you remember from the days immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks?

Watched a lot of TV. Our office was closed for a few days. Being in CT everyone knew someone who knew someone. It was tragic.

How has your life changed since 9/11/01 as a result of the attacks?

The way most have... dealing with air travel mostly. But I did take a job in NYC for a few years and it required me to take the subway which I realized really began to bother me. I felt very exposed.

What do you see as the lasting impact of the attacks of 9/11/01?

I think it's the awareness that the U.S. is no longer invulnerable, that we can be defiled, and that we are no longer 1000% safe when we close our eyes at night and go to sleep.

Please share your reflections on 9/11/01.

Glad it's over. So hard to believe it's been ten years. Still heartbroken for the families who lost so much.

 

Response 37

Where were you on September 11th, 2001 when you first learned of the attack?

I was at work in a meeting

Describe how you first learned of the attack and what you did immediately after learning about it.

I was on a break from the meeting and was listening to Howard Stern, as usual, when Hiward started talking about. At first I thought he was joking and then you could tell from his tone that he wasn't. My sister is a flight attendant and was working that day. She flew to NY often so I immediately made call to see where she was.

What do you remember from the days immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks?

Just shock and sadness...never leaving the footage. My family is from NJ and NY so there were also many phone calla to make sure everyone was safe.

 

Response 36

Where were you on September 11th, 2001 when you first learned of the attack?

I was in the hospital nursing my beautiful 1 day-old newborn.

Describe how you first learned of the attack and what you did immediately after learning about it.

I was watching TV from my hospital room and called my husband in disbelief.

What do you remember from the days immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks?

All the hospital staff was more attracted by the TV than by my healthy baby. My family could not come to visit and help with the baby as planned because all the flights were cancelled.

 

Response 35

Where were you on September 11th, 2001 when you first learned of the attack?

In my office

Describe how you first learned of the attack and what you did immediately after learning about it.

radio, then got online to follow it on CNN, sent an employee home to get a tv, shortly after they got back we watched the first tower fall then the second!

What do you remember from the days immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks?

All of the prayers and searchers that we covering the pile.

How has your life changed since 9/11/01 as a result of the attacks?

Can not get through an airport without being groped.

What do you see as the lasting impact of the attacks of 9/11/01?

The worlds realization that just a few with a plan can impart vast devastation, the world must work together to protect their citizens.

Please share your reflections on 9/11/01.

Our country has a very short memory, for a few years we became stead fast and united, but now as always we have drawn back to our petty politics and greed.

 

Response 34

Where were you on September 11th, 2001 when you first learned of the attack?

At work, 22 miles from Ground Zero in Woodcliff Lake, NJ

Describe how you first learned of the attack and what you did immediately after learning about it.

The first plane I thought was just an accident and went back to work. The second -- I realized that something was seriously wrong, and I went to the conference room and watched things on TV.

What do you remember from the days immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks?

On my way home from work, I took a route that went high on a ridge. From that ride, I could look over and see the sun glinting on the twin towers. After the attack, all I could see was smoke.

How has your life changed since 9/11/01 as a result of the attacks?

We lived in Ridgewood NJ, a town of 25,000. 12 of our neighbors died including a friend of my wife's and the father of one of the kids in my Sunday School class. Changes to my life? For the rest of my life, I'll always be looking over my shoulder. The attack taught us that there are people in the world -- a lot of them -- who want to see us dead. Prior to 9-11, the USA was a "happy go lucky" country. Now it has begun to become an armed camp.

What do you see as the lasting impact of the attacks of 9/11/01?

Government (e.g., TSA) is taking a more active role in our lives; we are losing personal freedom. And it will only get worse. In effect, the bad guys have already won. They have changed the American cultural landscape forever, but they're still living in caves and mud huts just as the lived before.

 

Response 33

Where were you on September 11th, 2001 when you first learned of the attack?

work-office

Describe how you first learned of the attack and what you did immediately after learning about it.

watched it on tv. actually saw 2nd plane hit

What do you remember from the days immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks?

sorrow

How has your life changed since 9/11/01 as a result of the attacks?

always on alert now

What do you see as the lasting impact of the attacks of 9/11/01?

unable to trust anyone

Please share your reflections on 9/11/01.

we are and always will be vulnerable

 

Response 32

Where were you on September 11th, 2001 when you first learned of the attack?

I was in Greenville with our daughter and son-in-law awaiting the birth of their first child.

Describe how you first learned of the attack and what you did immediately after learning about it.

The feeling was indescrible when the Today interrupted its program to air a video of the plane hitting the first tower. I ran to the kitchen to get our son-in-law and told him to look at what Osama bin Laden had orchestrated. We both stared in disbelief when we saw the live shot of the second plane flying into the second tower. It felt like it was the end of the world. My daughter, who was due to deliver any moment was still asleep in bed. We felt so badly that she would awaken to this horrible news. We prayed. In a phone call to my father, who was a Pearl Harbor Survivor and also a veteran of many South Pacific battles, said that at least they could identify the enemy by their uniforms during WWII. He was not surprised by 9/11 because he had long warned of an attack on our American soil. He said our country was extremely vulnerable and we needed to Remember Pearl Harbor and keep America alert!

What do you remember from the days immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks?

Our world changed again on 9/12 when our sweet granddaughter was born. Her birth brought us all a great amount of peace and we were thankful that our daughter and granddaughter had a safe delivery. God was affirming all of His Creation and the fact that life goes on.

How has your life changed since 9/11/01 as a result of the attacks?

My life has changed very little. However, we are more mindful that we all need to be vigiliant.

What do you see as the lasting impact of the attacks of 9/11/01?

A decade of war and the effects upon societies.

 

Response 31

Where were you on September 11th, 2001 when you first learned of the attack?

I was at work in Charlotte, NC.

Describe how you first learned of the attack and what you did immediately after learning about it.

I received a phone call from my Administrative Assistant informing me of the attack in the middle of a 2002 budget planning meeting with my senior management team. I passed along the information to my senior management team, and continued with the budget planning meeting.

What do you remember from the days immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks?

I've never before or since then seen my father-in-law cry. He once worked in the World Trade Center before his retirement in 1999 from the New York State Tax Authority and knew several of the victims personally. He wept as he watched the television coverage of the collapse of the WTC buildings knowing that his friends may not have escaped.

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How has your life changed since 9/11/01 as a result of the attacks?

The biggest changes have come in terms of living with a hightened level of security from sporting events to airports.

What do you see as the lasting impact of the attacks of 9/11/01?

Travel and event security will never be as open, flexible and trusting as before 9/11.

Please share your reflections on 9/11/01.

A horrible event I hope to never see revisited in the United States. A testimony to the evil potential of mankind to justify harming innocent individuals based on a flawed ideology of what is right and what is wrong.

 

Response 30

Where were you on September 11th, 2001 when you first learned of the attack?

Working at the Daniel Island Real Estate Company

Describe how you first learned of the attack and what you did immediately after learning about it.

Someone called the office to tell us and we immediately turned on the TV to watch

What do you remember from the days immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks?

How the United States pulled together as a country, how the US flags were flown everywhere across the country. How many prayers were offered for everyone involved. How the masses turned to God for comfort, how overflowing churches were with people.

How has your life changed since 9/11/01 as a result of the attacks?

Yes, I am much more aware of how quickly life can change and how vigilant we must be.

What do you see as the lasting impact of the attacks of 9/11/01?

That we will never take our freedom for granted again.

 

Response 29

Where were you on September 11th, 2001 when you first learned of the attack?

In the car on my way to Daniel Island. I had been at a United Way breakfast at the North Charleston convention center.

Describe how you first learned of the attack and what you did immediately after learning about it.

I heard it on the radio and called my wife who was at law school in Columbia. I then went to my apartment at Daniel's Landing and got a TV to take back to the office so we could watch the coverage.

What do you remember from the days immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks?

My most vivid memories were having to give the prayer the next morning at Rotary and wondering if anything I said would be appropriate for the circumstances. I also remember watching President Bush throw out the first pitch in Yankee Stadium and the crowd chanting " U.S.A."

 

Response 28

Where were you on September 11th, 2001 when you first learned of the attack?

Lowe's in Summerville, SC

Describe how you first learned of the attack and what you did immediately after learning about it.

The cashier, a young lady, was crying. I asked why she was crying and she told me she had a friend that worked in the world Trade Center and the center she worked in was hit by a airplane. I immediately phoned my wife and told her to cut the T.V. on for news.

What do you remember from the days immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks?

Lots of turmoil, confusion, love, hate and total support from everyone. We all helped each-other.

How has your life changed since 9/11/01 as a result of the attacks?

More aware of world politics and most thankful to live in the USA.

What do you see as the lasting impact of the attacks of 9/11/01?

Tighter security and less trust of all people.

 

Response 27

Where were you on September 11th, 2001 when you first learned of the attack?

Sweeping out a Gap display window.

Describe how you first learned of the attack and what you did immediately after learning about it.

Another manager, who from NYC, ran and told us she just heard it on the radio. She had a cousin who worked in the first tower. We grabbed a little radio and heard when the second tower was hit, DC, and PA.

What do you remember from the days immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks?

A lot of sadness.

How has your life changed since 9/11/01 as a result of the attacks?

Empathy for the families directly afftected. More aware of political matters. Stronger faith.

What do you see as the lasting impact of the attacks of 9/11/01?

We know our country can be attacked fairly easily.

Please share your reflections on 9/11/01.

When I hear news clips or people talking about it, I get goose bumps and feel deeply saddened. I can't imagine what those people at ground zero were going throw or thinking. God be with them and their families.

 

Response 26

Where were you on September 11th, 2001 when you first learned of the attack?

Teaching sixth grade at Lawrence Family Development Charter School in Lawrence, MA

Describe how you first learned of the attack and what you did immediately after learning about it.

One of the other teachers came and told me. Our school principal did not want us to listen to it on the radio or computers.

What do you remember from the days immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks?

We had a daughter who had flown out of Logan to school in Spain hours before the attack and her school was still trying to get word of the students' whereabouts.

How has your life changed since 9/11/01 as a result of the attacks?

I no longer believe in "never" and I try to pay attention to my whereabouts and circumstances.

What do you see as the lasting impact of the attacks of 9/11/01?

Unfortunately distrust of people who are of middle eastern heritage.

Please share your reflections on 9/11/01.

We are tremendously fortunate to live in a country that CAN protect us from terrorism.

 

Response 25

Where were you on September 11th, 2001 when you first learned of the attack?

Stationed in Izmir, Turkey and assigned to a NATO Command, Joint Command Southeast.

Describe how you first learned of the attack and what you did immediately after learning about it.

It was evening time in Turkey, and we were preparing to attend an open house/parent-teacher conferences at the DoD School in Izmir. Saw it on the news on the TV in the food court.

What do you remember from the days immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks?

Due to the uncertainty of follow-on attacks, US service members were told to stay home and not venture out on the streets. Everywhere I went, Turks passing on the street would stop and express their sympathy and condolences. The foreign press was a little more explicit in their coverage; almost every paper and news magazine cover had color pictures of the trade center, some highlighting the bodies of those who fell or jumped from the upper floors.

How has your life changed since 9/11/01 as a result of the attacks?

I deployed to the Middle East several times more than I probably would have had that not happened.

What do you see as the lasting impact of the attacks of 9/11/01?

I'd like to say that it taught us as Americans not to be so aloof and full of the opinion that what happens in the world happens to other people and doesn't concern us, but I'm not so sure that's true. If anything, I think it's made us more intolerant of others who aren't like us. I think people have also forgotten why it is that certain measures were instituted, such as increased security at the airports and other places...we've gotten back to complaining about the delays because we're in too much of a hurry to get to where we think we need to get.

 

Response 24

Where were you on September 11th, 2001 when you first learned of the attack?

In my second grade classroom in Michigan.

Describe how you first learned of the attack and what you did immediately after learning about it.

Our custodian, known for being a great guy and a practical joker, came in and whispered to me that a plane had flown into a building in NY...I waited for the punchline and there wasn't any...he was dead serious and I was shocked but didn't really know the story behind it until I was driving home...I had to stop on the side of the road and calm myself...twice. I know parents were comiing to the school all day and taking their children home.

What do you remember from the days immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks?

All the TV accounts, crying a lot, parents not sending their children to school...school might have been cancelled the next day, I don't remember. I just remember being in a state of shock and disbelief...just such a sorrowful and shaky time...horrible.

How has your life changed since 9/11/01 as a result of the attacks?

I guess there's been this under the surface feeling of being less safe...more vulnerable. Other than that it's been the same...we're just more vigilant, I guess.

What do you see as the lasting impact of the attacks of 9/11/01?

Most people and the country in general, feel less secure. We know that there are those people out there who hate us enough...or fear us enough...to try to do terrible things to our country and feel that it is in some way justified. We now know that this element is still active, and given the chance, will do it again...very unsettling. It should also make us more introspective.

 

Response 23

Where were you on September 11th, 2001 when you first learned of the attack?

Rochester, New York

Describe how you first learned of the attack and what you did immediately after learning about it.

I was attending a meeting at Harris RF Communications. Some of the engineers were getting text messages after the first plane hit a tower. They rolled a TV into the conference room. They still were not sure of the size of plane that had hit the tower and if it was an accident. We all watched in horror as the 2nd plane hit the 2nd tower.

What do you remember from the days immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks?

We were staying downtown Rochester. For the next 3 days, everyplace you looked, people were huddled quietly around televisions. We cancelled the follow-on part of the trip to Toronto, and I ended up driving back to Charleston. I remember how odd it looked to look up into a clear blue sky and not see any contrails. We had no idea when the airlines would be flying again so other members of our group drove back as far as San Diego.

How has your life changed since 9/11/01 as a result of the attacks?

I stopped traveling for a couple of years. I've lost friends in the attack on the pentagon and in two wars that probably would not have happened had the attacks not occurred.

What do you see as the lasting impact of the attacks of 9/11/01?

Government intrusion in the name of security. A larger more incompetent federal government.

Please share your reflections on 9/11/01.

9/11/01 is a day most of us will remember where we were / what we were doing even what we were thinking. It influenced our thinking / made some of us realize for the first time that there are evil people in the world. It does make me proud when I remember how we as a nation put our differences aside and came together as a nation. I just can't help but think how different things would be now if we had rounded up OBL and the Taliban leaders in the first year of the war. Our country continues to pay a terrible price in blood and treasure for the events of 9/11. I hope we can learn from the past, but for some reason I'm not optimistic...

 

Response 22

Where were you on September 11th, 2001 when you first learned of the attack?

we were in N. Fort Myers, FL visit son & his wife.

Describe how you first learned of the attack and what you did immediately after learning about it.

Turned on TV and the news was reporting it.

What do you remember from the days immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks?

We all stayed glued to the TV just watching.

How has your life changed since 9/11/01 as a result of the attacks?

More aware of security of our nation.

What do you see as the lasting impact of the attacks of 9/11/01?

This country can always come together in times of adversity.

 

Response 21

Where were you on September 11th, 2001 when you first learned of the attack?

Just left my photography studio next to the post office in Mt. Pleasant.

Describe how you first learned of the attack and what you did immediately after learning about it.

I left my photography studio in Mt. Pleasant to go to Citadel Mall to discuss with their management about displaying my photography in the mall. When I got in my car the radio was on Howard Stern and they were talking about two planes hitting the twin towers and one hitting the pentagon, and that there was another one still in the air. At first it being Howard Stern I thought it was some kind of bit they were doing then I realized it was real. When I got to Citadel Mall I went to Radio Shack where I watch on their TV both towers collapse

What do you remember from the days immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks?

I remember a real sad feeling everywhere you went. I was surrell. After a while I couldn't watch any more news about it. And the other bad feelings were about wanting revenge. It was hard to recover from and get back to normal.

How has your life changed since 9/11/01 as a result of the attacks?

Kids grew up, another divorce, photography business dries up, start a new profession at the age of 56. I would say everything about my life changed because of a direct result of that day.

What do you see as the lasting impact of the attacks of 9/11/01?

To me its the dominio effect. As the people see the better life they could have, more arab countries under dictatorship will fall to the will of the masses.

Please share your reflections on 9/11/01.

When I think back to that day I remember thinking that this country will never be the same again.

 

Response 20

Where were you on September 11th, 2001 when you first learned of the attack?

I was at work in Dallas, TX, attending an important Boeing program review meeting.

Describe how you first learned of the attack and what you did immediately after learning about it.

After we learned of the attacks, we suspended the meeting and I called my wife. She was the principal at an elementary school and she wanted me to come help with security at the front door. Parents were arriving in droves to pick up their children, and my wife was busy keeping the teachers informed of their next steps. Our daughter was attending college but living at home. She slept late that morning and knew nothing about the events. We told her to turn on the TV and stay home. Our son was in high school, but he went home to sit with our daughter and watched the events unfold on TV.

What do you remember from the days immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks?

I remember being transfixed to the TV, watching the false alarms and other scares that surfaced in the news, such as tall building evacuations and white powder traces being found in the mail. I have been in aerospace all of my career, and have worked on several military programs. I remember the pride I felt knowing that we had far superior defense systems and that we would absolutely get even with our enemy some day. EVERYONE immediately became entirely focused on family, knowing where everyone was at all times. We helped develop an emergency escape route for my sister, who lived in Atlanta, was traveling on business in LA. If she couldn't get on a flight in the ensuing 2 or 3 days, my plan was to drive to El Paso and meet her half-way. We didn't end up doing that, but I was willing just to get her to a safe place.

How has your life changed since 9/11/01 as a result of the attacks?

We are all far more aware of the world around us. I still travel a lot, and I find myself being much more observant of my surroundings while in public places such as airports. Of course, the security screening process has changed how all of us travel. I'm actually glad in a sense for all the inconvenience. I have traveled to communust China for business on numerous occasions, and I've always thought we Americans take our freedom for granted.

What do you see as the lasting impact of the attacks of 9/11/01?

Of course, the memories of the people that died and the families that were affected cannot be forgotten. I hope and pray that we maintain a "healthy paranoia" in our lives - not taking any of the blessings we enjoy in this country as an entitlement. I have flown Old Glory in front of my house every single day on Daniel Island.

Please share your reflections on 9/11/01.

We must never forget the feeling we all had in the pit of our stomachs that day. We must take pride in our country, take pride in who we are, and stay connected to one another. Life is full of significant emotional events. They shape who we become as individuals. This national tragedy has shaped our country for the better, but we must always remember to never take our freedom for granted.

 

Response 19

Where were you on September 11th, 2001 when you first learned of the attack?

In class, teaching my 2nd grade students.

Describe how you first learned of the attack and what you did immediately after learning about it.

A co-worker told me that we had been attacked. I thought to myself, "Who would do this to us and why?" America represents freedom.

What do you remember from the days immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks?

I remember just being in complete shock. The realization that this was an attack on our freedom. I couldn't stop thinking about the people who risked their lives to help others. The ones who sacrificed their lives to keep the White House from being attacked. The saddness in my heart knowing that people would kill us in the name of religion. I thought to myself, obviously we have had our heads in the sand for too long about Islam and their beliefs. We have got to study this religion and see what we are up against. I had never really thought about Islam before. I remember how Hollywood came together and flew their flags and completely supported Pres. George Bush. Wow, that changed quickly. I remember our president said that others would forget 9/11, he vowed that he would never forget. I remember the men at Ground 0 chanting, USA... USA...

 

Response 18

Where were you on September 11th, 2001 when you first learned of the attack?

Getting ready for my second week of college.

Describe how you first learned of the attack and what you did immediately after learning about it.

My mom told me and I watched the TV all day. I called relatives.

What do you remember from the days immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks?

The tears and all of the reported deaths.It was the saddest day America has experienced in my lifetime.

How has your life changed since 9/11/01 as a result of the attacks?

There is a deeply rooted fear that it will happen again. My dayt-to-day life has not changed.

What do you see as the lasting impact of the attacks of 9/11/01?

Prejudice against Muslims, Americans more united.

 

Response 17

Where were you on September 11th, 2001 when you first learned of the attack?

Wild dunes

Describe how you first learned of the attack and what you did immediately after learning about it.

Saw it on tv at the deli and then I called my wife to tell her both the world trade center buildings were on the ground. Of course, she didn't believe me at first.

What do you remember from the days immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks?

A lot of fear, anger, comeradrerie, and pride in our country. Then the Anthrax scare came too.

How has your life changed since 9/11/01 as a result of the attacks?

I have a stronger appreciation for the US. I understand why our troops would do anything to protect our freedom.

What do you see as the lasting impact of the attacks of 9/11/01?

More caution with the airlines, heightened awareness that our freedom can never be taken for granted. Unfortunately it has also created stereotypes and paranoia for some.

Please share your reflections on 9/11/01.

I think we have gotten over it too quickly but when it is brought up in conversation, people do remember.

 

Response 16

Where were you on September 11th, 2001 when you first learned of the attack?

I was there.

Describe how you first learned of the attack and what you did immediately after learning about it.

The shadow of the first plane came right past my office window.

What do you remember from the days immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks?

The constant acrid smell which was particularly troublesome when we realized what it was we were smelling -- burning bodies. On 9/11 there were many memories. Perhaps the most vivid was of the jumpers. We could hear the sound of the wind browing through their clothing but they hit the ground. Then, there was the sight of the first tower coming down. I remember feeling a mixture of emotions -- fear, anger, sadness, even cowardice -- behind me all sorts of people were dying and all I was doing was hoofing it out of there.

How has your life changed since 9/11/01 as a result of the attacks?

To this day I get just a bit nervous on bright, clear, sunny days. I find myself checking the skies for airplanes that perhaps do not belong there.

What do you see as the lasting impact of the attacks of 9/11/01?

America's aura of invincibility has disappeared.

 

Response 15

Where were you on September 11th, 2001 when you first learned of the attack?

At home in the Cherry Creek neighborhood of Denver, CO.

Describe how you first learned of the attack and what you did immediately after learning about it.

We happened to have CNN on as it was about 7AM in Denver.

What do you remember from the days immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks?

A feeling of concenr that life would never be the same and anxiety as to where the next attack would occur.

 

Response 14

Where were you on September 11th, 2001 when you first learned of the attack?

At work in NYC on 39th and Madison Avenue

Describe how you first learned of the attack and what you did immediately after learning about it.

I learned from a call from my daughter who was upstate NY at college at Cornell University. She called to say a plane crashed into the towers and while we were on the phone the second plane went into the buildings. She was crying and saying mom I want you to leave and go home. I lived on Long Island. Some of us went downstairs to the street and could see the smoke downtown. We were asked to re-enter the building and were locked down until about 2:30 pm that afternoon until the bridges, tunnels and trains were open and running. We watched the event from a very small TV in our office. When we were allowed to leave we were instructed to go directly home. It took hours to get home. There was no traffic on the streets and there were many people walking uptown, their cloths covered in ash with very blank looks on their faces. I will never forget any of it.

What do you remember from the days immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks?

We could not return to the city for several days, and we lived in a commuter community. Our village lost 51 people. Their cars stayed in the parking lots at the train station for weeks, many young families hoping their loved ones would come back and claim them. It was a very sad time. When we began to commute again the train would always stop before entering the tunnel and an announcement would sound saying that we needed to stop because there was suspicious activity on the tracks. Everyone was nervious and skittish. The fighter planes would fly over night and day. There are many stories to numerous to tell. I also knew many people that were able to get out of the trade center buildings before they collapsed.

How has your life changed since 9/11/01 as a result of the attacks?

Being so close to the incident, my life is forever changed. For a very long time I felt very fearful returning to the city to work. Many of my friends and acquaintances changed careers and refused to return to their jobs downtown. For a very long time I felt sadness and fear. I was relieved to leave my job in NY in December of that year, and I changed careers. Today, my children still reside in NY and I worry for their safety but realize that this terror thing is a part of everyone's life. Today, I am able to return to NY to visit without feeling fear and enjoy our trips to visit the children. That is progress for me.

What do you see as the lasting impact of the attacks of 9/11/01?

Life as we knew it before the attacks is over. I believe most people are a little more cautious regarding their travels. I know that my children have said on occasion that they are not comfortable on public transportation although they take it daily. I think the impact of the attacks is more personal for those of us that witnessed it up close. There will always be a feeling of disease when I hear the fighters flying above, even though I now live in Charleston.

Please share your reflections on 9/11/01.

It was the most beautiful day. The temp was in the high 70's and there were beautiful fluffy clouds in the sky. I had just returned from a vacation in Paris and when I arrived in the city by train that morning I decided to walk to work instead of taking the bus because it was such an unusual day. I was so happy that I came home to such wonderful weather and was optimistic that we were to have a really nice fall season. I remember feeling helpless as we watched from a small TV at someones desk at work. Phone service was mostly down and It was difficult to contact family. For me, I knew many people in the buildings and was so scared for their lives. I was fortunate and did not loose anyone that I knew personally. I heard many stories after the fact, of people walking down many flights of stairs, and mostly these were people that did not wait but took it upon themselves to leave as soon as they sensed trouble. I did work on the 5 floor of the 2nd tower for several years and it seems unimaginable that those big beautiful buildings are gone to ash. We are in NY frequently and I never get over seeing the spot where those buildings were. There continue to be events that people participate in, in the name of people that have been lost. Each year my daughter volunteers in a golf outing to raise money in the name of young man she knew who was on the 104th floor. So, for many in the greater NY area and I am sure in the DC area this continues to be a constant vivid memory.

 

Response 13

Where were you on September 11th, 2001 when you first learned of the attack?

On a video conference with our office in NYC

Describe how you first learned of the attack and what you did immediately after learning about it.

Lost the feed from the NYC office. Others on the video conference said they were hearing things about planes crashing into the WTC.

What do you remember from the days immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks?

The need to check in with everyone I knew and loved.

How has your life changed since 9/11/01 as a result of the attacks?

Bit more patriotic

What do you see as the lasting impact of the attacks of 9/11/01?

Much more security - maybe too much

Please share your reflections on 9/11/01.

I was obsessed with everything about it for months. Watch everything I could on the news. Always on the internet.

 

Response 12

Where were you on September 11th, 2001 when you first learned of the attack?

At home

Describe how you first learned of the attack and what you did immediately after learning about it.

shocked and very sad. Cried because I was almost 6 months pregnant and wondering what kind of world I was bringing a child into.

What do you remember from the days immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks?

Confusion and anger at how people in other parts of the world were cheering the attacks. Also hope because other people from around the world were stepping in to help wherever and whenever they could.

How has your life changed since 9/11/01 as a result of the attacks?

Obvious changes in travel, security. Eyes were opened somewhat concerning level of violence in the world. I grew up in a safe little community during the 1980's.

What do you see as the lasting impact of the attacks of 9/11/01?

It is so necessary for all people to know about what is happening everywhere in the world. We need to try to understand that others may believe something we don't and we have to be tolerant of that.

Please share your reflections on 9/11/01.

For a while after 9/11 our country was focused on finding the attackers and helping people any way they could. For once all the ridiculous politicing was nonexistent. Americans came together as a country. The current political situation speaks to how well security forces have done in keeping us safe because the media's focus in on political antics instead of our security as a nation.

 

Response 11

Where were you on September 11th, 2001 when you first learned of the attack?

In my apartment, downtown chicago

Describe how you first learned of the attack and what you did immediately after learning about it.

got a call from my mother and turned on the news

What do you remember from the days immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks?

i temember a sense of community... Everyone seemed kinder, more bonded together, willing to come together with a coomon purpose.

How has your life changed since 9/11/01 as a result of the attacks?

I'm more conscious of our vulnerability as a nation.

 

Response 10

Where were you on September 11th, 2001 when you first learned of the attack?

At my office

Describe how you first learned of the attack and what you did immediately after learning about it.

The radio. I went to the internet news and watched the attack on the twin towers. We shut down the plant and all watched in horror. Then the second toer was hit. Everyone talked about who they knew in New York and what their families must be going through. Fear struck in as we all thought about the possibilities of more attacks around the country. What could we do and how could we help. A feeling of helplessness was overwhelming as we were just sitting there watching. It was unbelievable that we could be attacked so succesfully in our country. Who thought a plane could be used as a weapon? We all talked about the new era that we would go through. My last child was to be born within a month and all I could think of was what kind of terrorism he was being born into. I thought about the blaming of this action; would the jewish population take the brunt for the hatred of the terroism acts. How could we welcome the terrorist into our country, educate them and then all this mass murder be happining? How insane and now the rules have changed; there were suddenly no more rules. What would be our responsibility to our country and fellow americans....

What do you remember from the days immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks?

I remember the breakdown of our air transportation system. I remember the families speaking out about their losses of loved ones. I remember the loss of trust in our ability to protect from these kind of terroristic attacks. I remember the search for survivors. I remember the rumers of the terrorist celebrating their victory. I remember the mass hatred of anyone from the mideast or muslim countries. I thought to myself everyone will suffer from this, I have friends who are muslim and began to call them to make sure they are safe. One friend in particular had his business surrounded by a gang of angry citizens looking for revenge; he was innocent and actually moved to this country to live in peace and have the freedom to participate in a country where the opportunities were unlimited. Freedom was now being questioned. Most important, the country prevailed and we became a solid group of hopefuls and fought back against the terrorism. Our president was not terrified and pursued the terrorist with the power of our great nation. We went to war on terror......I remember lots of businesses failing from the 9/11 attacks but I remember this country getting together and fighting back. It was costly but we have currently prevailed in our fight against terrorism in this country.

How has your life changed since 9/11/01 as a result of the attacks?

Takes longer to get on a plane......

What do you see as the lasting impact of the attacks of 9/11/01?

Increased security so it doesn't happen again.....

Please share your reflections on 9/11/01.

Some people in our world just don't get it!

 

Response 9

Where were you on September 11th, 2001 when you first learned of the attack?

In the hospital having just delivered my daughter (at 7:58 am).

Describe how you first learned of the attack and what you did immediately after learning about it.

My father, my husband, and I watched the second plane hit the twin towers because we were watching the Today Show and Katie Couric was covering the events as they were unfolding. We were stunned.

What do you remember from the days immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks?

I was emotionally raw. My heart ached for the families that lost loved ones. I watched and cried as Oprah played tributes to the fallen and their grieving families. I was scared and sad that I had just brought my daughter into a world where something so horrific could happen. I was also afraid for what could possibly come next. I also knew that my daughter's birthday would forever be one of mixed emotions.

How has your life changed since 9/11/01 as a result of the attacks?

I think I realize more fully what a gift each and every day is.

What do you see as the lasting impact of the attacks of 9/11/01?

I think our country really demonstrated a strength and resilience as we tried to heal and move forward and it continues today. And of course, more safety and security measures are definitely a lasting impact of the 9/11 attacks.

Please share your reflections on 9/11/01.

In the matter of an hour on the morning of 9/11/2001, I went from being completely elated at the birth of my daughter to being scared and stunned. I wasn't sure what was coming next or how we would move forward as a country. It's hard to believe that we will be celebrating 10 years since the attacks. My family received an amazing blessing on a day that was so horrible for so many, and it's hard to make sense of that. But I often think of the victims and their families and we always say a prayer for them on my daughter's birthday.

 

Response 8

Where were you on September 11th, 2001 when you first learned of the attack?

At my office.

Describe how you first learned of the attack and what you did immediately after learning about it.

When the man in the office next to me said come here and look at this. He was watching on his computer.

What do you remember from the days immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks?

I remember my daughter who was a college student in Washington, DC telling me how everyone on campus came together like never before. From construction workers to freshman all were united. They also had to post police at the entrances to the campus because they had international students from mideast countries.

How has your life changed since 9/11/01 as a result of the attacks?

I am humbled when I realize the many people that gave their lives that day and I am proud to be an american....trite as that sounds.

What do you see as the lasting impact of the attacks of 9/11/01?

Fear, intolerance and compassion. A plethora of things.

 

Response 7

Where were you on September 11th, 2001 when you first learned of the attack?

Home in NYC with my 3 small children

Describe how you first learned of the attack and what you did immediately after learning about it.

Special report on TV. Went to the nearest hospital and offered to donate blood.

What do you remember from the days immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks?

Yes - it was a very sad time. We have lots of NYC firefighter family members and friends.

How has your life changed since 9/11/01 as a result of the attacks?

Everyday is precious.

What do you see as the lasting impact of the attacks of 9/11/01?

Homeland security will always exist

Please share your reflections on 9/11/01.

People in NYC really came together to help. The rest of the country gave NYC a huge hug that day and for months afterward.

 

Response 6

Where were you on September 11th, 2001 when you first learned of the attack?

At Charlotte airport boarding a plane

Describe how you first learned of the attack and what you did immediately after learning about it.

There was allot of confusion from tv announcers on rumors of other attacks. We had three children in DC and worked with them to meet and drive west to get of harms way

What do you remember from the days immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks?

The pictures of the towers falling, continuing changer in the number of killed. The rescue workers frantically working thru the rubble to try and find more living victims

How has your life changed since 9/11/01 as a result of the attacks?

Stark recognition that there were people in the world who resented the US people and were prepared to murder us simply because of who we are. Resentful thatmthey felt this way towards people who had dodge them no harm

What do you see as the lasting impact of the attacks of 9/11/01?

Recognition that we have a long multi-Year struggle with this group of people until they are all gone or we have changed their viewpoints or at least the next generation's views

Please share your reflections on 9/11/01.

Fear for my children in DC and anger thatnwe had been attacked simply because we represent a different point of world view. Recognition that no one is safe from determined people who are willing to die in carrying out a terriorist act.

 

Response 5

Where were you on September 11th, 2001 when you first learned of the attack?

I was teaching in my classroom at Fort Dorchester High School.

Describe how you first learned of the attack and what you did immediately after learning about it.

The secretary buzzed in and said I had a phone call. I immediately assumed my son was sick! But he wasn't ... I went back to my classroom and walked straight to the television, turned it on, and changed the channel to CNN. The little conversations going on around the room died out as my students saw what was on the screen ... I called to make sure my son was safe and emailed family and friends, and then I went and sat in the middle of the room with all my students gathered round. We all felt so helpless.

 

Response 4

Where were you on September 11th, 2001 when you first learned of the attack?

Logan Airport, Boston, MA waiting for our plane to depart.

Describe how you first learned of the attack and what you did immediately after learning about it.

Airport TV's were turned off but a TV in one of the bars was left on because the bar was not open. A crowd gathered around the tv. We didn't really know what had happened but when they said the planes came from Boston everyone ran for a phone or a cell phone to call family. I called my Dad to let him know it wasn't our plane.

What do you remember from the days immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks?

Quiet. Any time a plane flew overheard in Boston I would run outside but they were all fighter planes on patrol.

How has your life changed since 9/11/01 as a result of the attacks?

I make sure when we travel family has our flight information and I generally don't sleep on a plane any longer. Otherwise all the things from the first year or two after the attacks has gone back to "normal".

What do you see as the lasting impact of the attacks of 9/11/01?

Travel changed, people have not so much.

 

Response 3

Where were you on September 11th, 2001 when you first learned of the attack?

At my home in Winston Salem NC

Describe how you first learned of the attack and what you did immediately after learning about it.

I was in my kitchen after just having gotten my children off to school with the small tv on watching the Today Show when I heard that a small plane flew into one of the towers. I started watching and saw it live when the second plane struck the other tower. I called my dad who lived in NY and was getting ready to get on a bus to go to a doctors appointment-he hadn't heard anything and was still planning on going. I told him he should stay put and wait to see what was going on.

What do you remember from the days immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks?

Watching the news on TV 24/7. My husband and I are from NY & NJ and knew alot of people that could have been sure directly affected. We felt very helpless and being so far away and were on the phone alot checking on friends and family.

 

Response 2

Where were you on September 11th, 2001 when you first learned of the attack?

in Louisville, Kentucky.

Describe how you first learned of the attack and what you did immediately after learning about it.

I was working in my home office and heard it on the tv in the other room. at first i thought it was a random accident and then when the second tower was hit, i was in disbelief. I don't think i turned off the television for 3 days. i cried for all those people and our country.

What do you remember from the days immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks?

just the great resolve of this country and the spirit of community and mankind. it was moving to see the volunteers and the desperate family members looking for loved ones lost. when President Bush spoke at the ruins, i felt the first signs of healing. America would prevail and we would never forget.

How has your life changed since 9/11/01 as a result of the attacks?

I have a renewed sense of patriotism and community. This country is so important to me. All is not perfect but I have traveled the world and there is no place greater to live. Our freedoms set us apart from all others.

What do you see as the lasting impact of the attacks of 9/11/01?

I believe most people have a stronger sense of loyalty and pride to this country. We also recognize the need to reach out to the rest of the world and do a little PR for ourselves.

 

Response 1

Where were you on September 11th, 2001 when you first learned of the attack?

Rome, Italy, just after leaving the Forum.

Describe how you first learned of the attack and what you did immediately after learning about it.

A Rome cab driver spotted us as Americans and stopped us on the street and started bringing his hands together and saying "Boom". We then found an Irish pub where English was spoken and got some early details. A horrible sense of isolation followed, then found an internet cafe and contacted our travel agent to make quick changes to our return travel plans. Our family was in NYC but we couldn't contact them for a couple of days to learn if they were safe. Our hotel kept CNN on 24-hours a day with constant coverage and updates of what was happening in the U.S.

What do you remember from the days immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks?

Days of uncertainty about getting home and whether we would be able to fly to New York. We tried to find a flight to anywhere in the western hemisphere - Canada, Mexico, wherever. No good. We finally made the second flight out of Italy into JFK after it reopened. Within a day of the attack there were large signs and billboards and graffiti all over Rome expressing support for America and solidarity with the American people. That was good to see. On the Friday after the attack we attended a Mass for Peace at St. Peter's and heard the Pope pray for the American people. That brought it home to us very clearly that the attack was not on the U.S. alone, but on our civilization and our entire way of life.

How has your life changed since 9/11/01 as a result of the attacks?

Same as everybody. Our first reaction on that Rome Street was that life and the world will never be the same, and that's exactly what happened.

What do you see as the lasting impact of the attacks of 9/11/01?

Lasting resolve - "Never Again!"

Please share your reflections on 9/11/01.

The circus we see at our airports every day makes it clear the bad guys have won the first round. But it will be a long war, and we will win if we have the will and a long memory.

 

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