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Where were you today, 17 years ago?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by Prerunner1982, Sep 11, 2018.

  1. Sep 11, 2018 at 6:53 AM
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    Prerunner1982

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    I was in my sophomore year at Oklahoma State University, just walked back into my door from class to my roommate glued to the TV. He was a fire fighter from NY, he caught the next flight home with nothing but the clothes on his back. I later packed up his stuff and shipped it to him.
    I don't remember if classes were cancelled, I am sure they were, either way I didn't go to class the rest of the day. Honestly I don't remember much else from the rest of the day, I don't remember going to lunch or dinner or anything other than watching TV.
     
  2. Sep 11, 2018 at 7:42 AM
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    I was at home asleep (since I worked afternoon to nights). Woke up with a phone call and while I was on the phone was when the second tower was struck. Called to work and they closed the theme parks at noon for safety reasons due to what happened.

    The whole day we were glued to the tv and praying for those affected. I didn’t know anyone who lost their lives but knew some who lost people they knew. It was a tough day for our country and one I hope we never have to go through again. 7yrs ago today was also the day I lost my mom to cancer so I will never forget this date. 9/11 will always be a sorrow day for me.
     
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  3. Sep 11, 2018 at 7:57 AM
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    @Jeep4Life sorry for your loss, today is certainly extra hard for you.
     
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  4. Sep 11, 2018 at 9:46 AM
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    Washed up following a midnight shift I routinely surfed the Internet before going to sleep. Reports were streaming in rapidly as updates were ongoing. So much for sleep as the days events were just beginning. I remember the feeling of hopelessness, anxiety, fear, anger and most importantly how the country came together putting aside personal prejudices, tension and miscellaneous problems to become a united front against the cowardly actions of the terrorist group. For a time things became eerily quiet in my town as traffic was light and few people were out and about. I think the stock market activity halted and some businesses closed that day. Truly tragic and memorable.
     
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    Wife and I were on one of our anniversary travels, sitting on the beach, we seen people grabbing their gear and running for their hotels. we thought nothing of it till, we got back to our hotel room and turned on the tv. At that moment (CBS) they were showing the first twin tower on fire and the plane hitting the second tower. Then CBS started highlighted people jumping from the towers windows.
     
  6. Sep 11, 2018 at 11:26 AM
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    This was one of the first images I saw when I turned on the tv. Couldn't believe it
     
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  7. Sep 11, 2018 at 6:54 PM
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    17 years ago today I had put the new engine in my Suburban the night before, but had yet to wire it up. So on 9/11 I'm driving in to the base, in my dad's truck. I'm headed to the 181st fighter wing, Indiana Air National Guard. I'm Disaster Preparedness. I teach chemical, biological, and nuclear warfare classes, and work the command post.

    So I'm driving, and I hear on the radio about a plane hitting the WTC. I tell the gate guard, and he turns on his little radio as I roll in. As I'm walking in to the Chief's office, (he has a TV, and cable) I'm already talking. "Hey Jim, a plane hit the..." I instantly shut up... there are 4 people already there watching it on CNN. Not 30 seconds after I enter the office, the second plane hits. Instantly, I know, we're at war. Within another 30 seconds the phone rings.

    Base Commander: "Get to the command post ASAP." We activated the command post, and started planning right then, and there. We got a call within minutes to deploy our aircraft to fly combat air patrol over Chicago. First time fighter aircraft have flown combat air patrol over the continental United States since WWII. They left guns only, as we never kept missiles on ready back then. We had to get into the ammo bunker, break out, and assemble missiles for the relief flight two hrs later. The two week annual training that I was on, turned into a 5 and a half month deployment overseas.

    Quit the Air Force after that, and went back to the Army. (my first home) I did two more deployments before getting my career cut short (at 28 years) by an IED attack. To this day I still think that radical islam is the biggest threat to western civilization, if not all of human civilization.

    This is the Suburban I was working on. I miss it. She rusted away on me...
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  8. Sep 11, 2018 at 8:04 PM
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    Prerunner1982

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    Hooah. Thank you for your service.
     
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