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I knew this day would come. This story was in CNN today:<br><br><a href="http://ireport.cnn.com/topics/609227/featured?hpt=hp_bn1" target="_blank">http://ireport.cnn.com/topics/609227...red?hpt=hp_bn1</a><br><br>
The events of 9/11 are the few lifetime events that stun you into silence and shake you to your core.<br><br>
This is the 10 year anniversary. This will be the first year that all of my students will not remember, first hand, the events.<br><br>
I remember learning about it as I overheard a conversation between a clerk and customer in a convenience store. At work, we watched the events unfold and as the second tower fell, the realization hit me that we were likely going to go to war and that my son was in the armed forces.
 

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I was at school & I remember hearing about it during class there but not really understanding what was happening. I distinctly remember not knowing what was meant by 'terrorists' until I got home & watched it on tv with my Mum.
 

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I was in High school in Bermuda in the middle of an Economics class. Someone came in and whispered to my teacher and then they turned on the television. Our teacher was very strict and sour... it was unreal to see his expression change in a matter of seconds.
 

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In French class (high school, I was a sophomore that year).
 

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At home, wondering why the news was playing on cartoon network.
 

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I was in school. Don't really remember much, I was 11... a friend of mine heard and burst into tears, scared her dad was dead... her dad was in Seattle. I tried to tell her that was the other side of America, but she wouldn't listen. I guess it's difficult to comprehend something like a terrorist attack at that age.
 

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Sitting on the sofa in the UK, watching Jenny Jones on Sky One...due to the time difference, it was early afternoon there. I'd just eaten lunch. A small banner flashed at the bottom of the screen that said something like "light aircraft crashes into World Trade Centre in New York, 6 dead."<br><br>
I was like "Well well, I must see that." Switched to the news. The second plane hadn't hit yet. Got to see that live on simulcasted American morning TV. British networks simulcasted American news for a while, I suppose because they didn't have bodies on the ground yet.<br><br>
Took a long time to get a call through to the US that day....as I recall it took about 100 attempts over several hours.<br><br>
My ex-husband was at work and I didn't really know many other people, especially people who didn't have jobs, so I got to watch all of that unfold all by myself.<br><br>
Didn't barf until the first tower fell. Didn't weep uncontrollably until the second one did.<br><br>
Four out of five terrestrial TV networks were back to regularly scheduled programming by the end of the day.<br><br>
The day had started off well for me. That morning, I'd been offered my first job in the UK. I called my parents in Dallas at about noon my time to let them know. This was before the attacks began, obviously. Then I called my ex; he was thrilled. So was I.
 

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I was 13 I think. Or 14.<br>
We didn't get told about it at school (wtf). I just remember coming home and the TV was on and showing the news and they kept playing the clip of the initial attack over and over and over.
 

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I was on my way to work when I heard about the first plane. The second plane hit shortly after I got there. I still remember how oddly quiet the skies were with out air traffic in the days following.
 

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In Washington DC with a Navy buddy, on vacation, ironically. Some vacation huh? I was immediately called to return to base, and my leave was cancelled.
 

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I was in fourth grade at the time. The school didn't see fit to tell us anything had happened so I didn't find out until I got home and my mother was watching TV.
 

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I was in my bedroom, getting ready for school listening to very loud music and dancing, when my mum called me. I'm the one who told my friends, who were already at school, the news.
 

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I don't know what I did that day, but as I was getting into bed I heard that a plane had crashed into a tower block in New York, on the radio, and I just assumed it was a small plane, and I switched off the radio and went to sleep.
 

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I was 10 and had just woke up for school and used my tv as my alarm clock, we didn't have cable so it was already on a news channel. My mom came in to make sure i was awake and saw the tv and thought it was a movie, then she realized and i believe we both just watched, i knew it was something bad, but i didn't know it was so big, especially since i think when i went to school people weren't talking about it that much, but then again it's elementary school, the teachers might have wanted to not upset the kids. As time went on i started understanding how serious it was, kind of sucks to be a naive 10 year old and one day your bubble gets popped and you realize the world is not a nice place like you thought.
 

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I was watching the morning news before I went to work.<br><br>
I was working for the airline industry at the time, and they grounded all of the flights, so there wasn't much to do that day except keep ourselves glued to the TV.
 

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It was 2 days after my 24th birthday. The alarm clock radio woke me up for work at 6.45am, and the radio said "Planes crashing into buildings in America.. " I got up and went into the lounge where my father was sitting, and turned on the TV. There it was. I was pretty shocked. I couldnt believe it was happening.<br><br>
Then there was news footage of George Bush standing at a podium saying "We will find those folks and bring them to justice."<br><br>
Then I went to work, where everyone was talking about it. I had just gotten a backpack for my birthday a few days before and I remember thinking "Well I dont think I can travel anymore now, the world is a mess".
 

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I went to work like any other day, and I listened to a cd in my car on the way to work, so I didn't hear the news on the radio. As I was walking into my office building, one of my coworkers was outside on his cell phone, and he told me what happened. He was trying to call his family in NY to make sure everyone was ok. The second plane hit shortly afterward, and we were all watching on TV and our computers for much of the day, not getting much work done.<br><br>
I heard from my family in NY later that day - they're not in Manhattan, so I wasn't overly worried, though my cousin's husband was an NYPD cop back then. Luckily, he had the day off, and they actually called him at home to tell him NOT to come in, and to catch up on his sleep that day, so he'd be ready to relieve the guys working first response.<br><br>
--Fromper<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/juggle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":juggle:">
 

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I was at boarding school in PA. My father was the head of a NYS gov agency so it was horrible not being able to get through to him. He worked that whole day to evacuate buildings and organize through the chaos. He eventually took over as chief of staff of the port authority of NY and NJ. 9/11 never let us go. I feel sick just writing this.
 
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