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    Where Were You & What Will You Be Doing On This Fateful Day?

    When you get a chance, please stop and remember those who lost their lives on this fateful day.

    • Remember also those who passed away years later and those who are currently ill because they inhaled particulates of smoke, soot, silicates & asbestos.
    • The world changed today, surely not for the better, so never forget this day or we as a country will be forced to repeat those horrors once more.
    • Please pray for our country and those who keep us safe, especially those Great Men and Women who fight for our freedom.

    So With That Said; Where Were You & What Will You Be Doing On This Fateful Day?
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    Ill be flying jets. Luckily I was off on 9/11. Scary times. Went to operate a flight on 9/13 the first day they were putting things in the air. It was a scary time. This was before the cockpit doors were reinforced. We flew around with out flight kits piled against the door and the crash axe in hand ready to fight for our lives. As an airline pilot that event affected me greatly. My job was never the same since. Always remember those we lost and am thankful for those that defend our freedoms.
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    Defense Logistics Agency Richmond Va. We had a very large engagement (400 consultants) to implement SAP R/3. Folks at HQ in DC had to lay on the floor in the office basement for 6 hours. We had it easy. TVs were on the wall around us , so saw the first tower in flames right away. While watching saw the second hit. What a feeling. Wife calls and ask me about it. Told her the Towers would come down in a few hours at most. She didn't believe me. Didn't even take as long as I thought. Lost 22 of our own that day.
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    I was on a business trip in Guadalajara, Mexico. We had a hard time getting news since the network traffic was so high. I was on my cell phone with my son back in Indiana getting updates. Took us almost a week to get home. The plane rides home were somber to say the least. I'll never forget so many aspects of that time.
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    I recall it like it was yesterday; watching the events unfold on live television. I decided to go home, get my kids and try to understand what was happening. Two things in particular are still etched into my memory. First, as I fought back the anger on my drive home, I was struck by how everyone on the road seemed to be a bit more civil and not self-absorbed like most other days. People were courteous and respectful. Second, once I got home, the erie quiet struck me. Living near Denver with a lot of air traffic, it was so odd not to see planes flying except for the F16s that were on patrol in the skys over Colorado.

    It's hard to believe that it's been 18 years since that day.
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    I was driving to work with my pal and partner in crime Mike Faciane (aka: The One Armed Bandit) a USAF Gulf War Veteran, who was medically retired for being short handed, when we heard the news.

    Later that day my Father, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, found out that he had 3-6 months to live. His comment to me was "At Least I Get To Say Good Bye!"

    Those folks that lost their lives on that day didn't have that luxury so I'm glad that we honor them by simply remembering them.

    Michael (The Bandit) and I will be hanging out and maybe hoisting a few this evening if all goes as planned.
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    I was at a job interview about 60 miles north of NYC where I’ve worked ever since. I didn’t care about the interview and I don’t think my future VPs did either. I just wanted to get out and call my family. Today, I’m sitting at RSW waiting to fly to NY for a short business trip. I fly once a month occasionally more and watch the security routines take place during the flights. Everything definitely changed that day but I’m afraid there are too many that have forgotten or never knew what it was like that day and after. Just a strange feeling today. God bless all those lost and who protect us.
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    I was at a medical center, repairing a nuclear gamma camera. Someone heard about what was happening and we turned on a small TV in another room. It had no picture reception but we could hear the commentary. I recall feeling like my blood pressure was gone and spent the rest of the day just going through the work in a total depression. I think it gives a lesson in what people in confict and wars have experienced throughout history and is a stark reminder that we have freedoms that others hate and are jealous of. I thank all who have given their lives there and pray this will never be forgotten.
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    I was up early on the West Coast and follwed the entire story on TV until 8:00 pm. After the second jet hit the WTC, i was relieved Al Gore lost the election. Watching the towers crumble and the Pentagon being hit, I wondered if the country would remember the final payback for Pearl Harbor (Hiroshima) and strike in an asymmetrical way to ensure this never happened again. Bsuh didn't.
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    I had the day off as a Maintenance SSG in Special Forces Group my wife and I where doing a walk through on our first home. I will always remember thinking that morning that my life in the Army would drastically change. And it did so after a few combat tours in Afghanistan I decided to get out.
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    I was building an apartment development at the time and was in my office going through e-mails, etc. before heading out into the field. It was a little before 8 AM local time and one of the maintenance guys poked his head in the door and said his wife just called to tell him that a plane had hit one of the towers. We envisioned a small private plane and wondered how in the heck could that happen. A few minutes later she called him again and said the news was reporting that it was a commercial jet and the situation was bad... We went to the clubhouse and turned on the TV about the time #2 hit. I generally have a "no radios" rule on my jobsites but let the guys bring them in out of their trucks & trailers so we could all keep up with what was happening... the tumbling of the towers...The Pentagon...the downed hijacked flight... Not a lot of work got done and I sent everyone home early. So surreal and it is still as clear as if it was yesterday.

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    I was in Kansas city holding a meeting with about 35 Field Engineers. I stepped out to take a call and saw on the TV in the hotel lobby the first tower on fire. I went in and suggested a break so everyone could catch up on the news. About that time the second plane hit. It was dead silence. Amazing how one of the engineers called everyone back into the room and put down a plan to arrange rental cars for groups going back to the various regions of the US. He knew there would be no planes flying for several days. We all drove back home.

    About 2 years later I was working in another division and we won the contract to work for NIST doing half scale fire research on the twin tower design simulating the fire and evaluating the span of the structure. We learned a great deal about the design and how it reacted in the intense jet fuel fire. Those details are used today to help architects design better structures.
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    I was getting off shift in the San Francisco Fire Department. I remember watching TV when the 2nd plane hit the Towers. Shortly thereafter, the City's Emergency Operations Center was activated. I responded to the EOC where City leaders and Department Heads gathered. One of the hijacked planes had San Francisco as its destination. We all monitored the situation and made decisions on how the City would respond. The FBI handed out critical infrastructure targets, which the facility I was in was one of the targets. It truly was a frightening time. When I was relieved from duty, I remember feeling unnerved as I was driving across the recently re-opened but empty Golden Gate Bridge.

    God bless all the souls who lost their lives on that fateful day. I will forever be thankful for those who protect our freedom.
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    I was working in the Pentagon at the time. My office was on the river side of the building - almost opposite from where American 77 struck. There was a dull thud, the building shook, and then the tiles in the false ceiling rose and fell, as if the air conditioning kicked on - only stronger. Then the fire alarms went off, there was yelling in the corridors to get out, and the phones rang off the hook. After evacuating, I stood in the Pentagon parking lot with several hundred of my fellow brothers and sisters-in-arms, looked back at the smoke plume, and felt the collective rage we all felt - that someone was going to pay dearly for what they just did.
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    I was just starting my first year of law school, sitting in the school's lounge, when the dean walked in, announced that the United States had been attacked, and cancelled classes for the day. Trying to get out of downtown Pittsburgh was pretty much pandemonium, as office buildings were being evacuated. There was a lot of thought, reflection and mourning in the days that followed, to say the least.

    In my mind that day was an abrupt end to an era that started with the Berlin Wall coming down - an era for Americans of general peace and prosperity, and for the world, a time then it seemed like Western ideals of democracy, strong human rights and freedom were well on their way to global triumph. To some extent that all came crashing down with the towers.

    Had it occurred a year earlier, had I not been in grad school, I might have enlisted. I understand the attacks were a big motivator for my cousin, who joined the Air Force after college and is now a Lt. Colonel with his name painted on what I think is a KC-135 in Enid, OK. I have no doubt that it changed the course of his life, much as it changed the course of so many others' lives. I have some sense of regret for not going into the military, much as I imagine some felt as they saw their peers go off to Vietnam, while they did not, for whatever reasons.

    In a lot of ways it would be nice to go back to the time before 9/11. Some aspects of life and society are certainly better, but much is not. My wife and I agree that if we could take our 2018 skis and mountain bikes, going back to pre-9/11 would be hard to beat.

    "God bless all the souls who lost their lives on that fateful day. I will forever be thankful for those who protect our freedom." Yes and yes.

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    I have vivid memory of that fateful day. I was Gen Mgr of a whitewater rafting and outdoor adventure outfitter in West Virginia. We had 60 8th grade students from the Detroit area visiting for the week. We had 20 kids on a rock climbing trip, 20 kids on mountain biking trip and the other 20 ready to go hiking in the New River Gorge National River recreation area. When the planes hit and we realized what had happened we had to get everyone back to our basecamp and make sure we had them safe. Each one had to call home to reassure their parents that they were okay and would be safe with us. The school wanted the leaders to pack and head home immediately. The leaders on the trip knew they needed to feed the boys and pack up their camping gear, get the charter bus ready, etc. We kept a close eye on everyone until 5am and sent them home to their families. It was a stressful day for us but a sad tragedy for so many. We shall always remember those who were lost and those that continue to struggle with that loss. God Bless them all and the United States of America.
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    Was and still am a NYC Paramedic working in the city 911 system out of a Hospital in Queens. Lost friends and colleagues that day. Proud of my guys and all the responders on that day and every day since. More proud to say that my infant son at the time is now a Marine protecting our country

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