By the Volunteer Hosts of Patriots’ Soapbox
Thumper: I was getting up and getting ready to go to work my wife was up getting the kids moving and ready for school. Our TV was on and catching up on the news of the day. I was in the shower when she came in and told me a plane had just hit one of the towers. My immediate thought was that something was wrong but I couldn’t put my finger on it. But G.W. Bush came to mind and the recent trouble politically he was experiencing and I recalled the previous days announcement of the missing money from the Pentagon. I came out after my shower to see the next tower hit and knew then something was terribly wrong. We watched for a while then I went to work with lots of questions that still need truthful answers.
stardust_1416: I was in high school math class. An announcement came over the speaker that the first plane hit the WTC building and we could catch it on TV … The math teacher refused to turn on the TV so two high school football players picked him up and sat him on his chair and demanded one of us turn on the TV. We watched in horror as the second plane crashed into the building and eventually watched them collapse with Building 7 (no one remembers the 3rd building that fell that day) … After class I had to go to the local elementary school because I was a PT intern there and worked the front office and every parent was there to pick up their child in fear of not knowing what would come next.
Prayer Warrior: I was living in Maryland at the time. Waldorf. Was at work when the Boss came out and said a a small plane just hit one of the twin towers. So we started listening and watching the news when the other plane hit the second tower. Pax River Naval Air Station was on High Alert and they sent out the fighter jets. We started getting reports in Pax River that there was a airplane headed for the White House, and then another headed for the Pentagon. We could hear the planes over head and then heard the Pentagon was hit. A short time later we got word that a plane had gone down in Pennsylvania. We all sat the rest of the day just looking at the TV in disbelief.
Coach Clay (Canada): I was driving to work on the morning of 9/11 and listening to local radio as I always did … the broadcaster came back from break and announced that a plane had hit the first tower. I was stunned and had to pull over as I listened. After a few seconds I had to just turn around and I drove home. Thinking of what was happening at that moment to the people in the building and around it was a feeling that I will never forget. At home I put on the MSM news and watched them report as a second plane hit the next tower. I really thought it might be just the start of a much larger attack against the great USA. My heart went out to all involved in the tragedy and to this day I remember those lost and hope that eventually justice will be brought to those who did this.
~~Ed. Note: On this day of tragedy, an uplifting story of friendship was playing out with our neighbor to the north, Canada. Gander, Newfoundland hosted 38 passenger jets carrying 7000 people forced to clear the skies that day and were accommodated in the area from 9/11 to 9/15. You can catch up with some of them and the citizens of Lewisporte in this retelling of the story.