9/11 Never Forget

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May 23, 2019
That was the first big event in my generation.
Ditto. Growing up we always heard about the big events of the 20th century from folks who were there and alive in that corner of time in the world. 9/11 is definitely the one that sticks out for me during my lifetime so far.


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Feb 21, 2013
Something woke me up predawn, and I was in the midst of battle, thrashing and throwing punches. Never happened to me before or since. In the morning, I was at work and our intern came in from a workroom to report a plane had hit a tower in NYC. I was still sleepy from my pre-dawn battle. We all gathered and saw the second plane hit. A colleague walking through the workroom with the TV said: "Now we know terrorists can fly planes."


Staff member
May 11, 2011
Still incredibly vivid and upsetting to me. I had the day off, and was washing my car in the garage, radio tuned to 98 Rock, a Baltimore station who started reporting it. After listening for 15 minutes or so, I decided to go inside and turn the TV.

I had a restaurant outside the main gate at Fort Detrick, MD, an Army research facility that was rumored to be a possible target for Flight 93, we all know how that turned out. I called the Maryland State Police to ask if I could travel to the store via (30 miles South). They advised me to stay put, which was nerve racking.

I had another restaurant in the Alexander Hamilton Travel Plaza on the New Jersey Turnpike. Directly across, from the Manhattan Skyline. You could clearly see the twin towers from their dining room window. I'll never forget the first time there and not seeing those towers. Years later, staring out that same window, a truck driver having dinner said "still makes me angry". Guess he could read my body language.

We had our flags at half-staff today, but I saw plenty of places that didn't. Sad.
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Aug 30, 2011
My wife still has a rough time with it. She was still living in New York then - working for Columbia University up on 175th street.
They heard the reports of the first plane, and all headed out to a balcony looking south and literally watched the second plane.
She lived on Broadway and 75th, and had to walk home from work. The chaos wasn’t limited to downtown, the city was a shambles, like the soul was ripped out of it.