Remembering 9/11...

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

This week's Tuesday's Question is appropriate for today...

"Where were you 11 years ago today when you 
heard the horrific news?"

We were living in Paterson, NJ and 
the Colonel was working in Manhattan at the time and 
didn't have to be at work until 2:00 in the afternoon.

Although he wasn't a Colonel at the time. 
He was a just a normal person,
working a normal job, providing for his family. 

But that all changed 11 years ago for our family.

We had just dropped Olivia off at school. 
She was in 3rd grade. 
We decided to head to the park for a morning walk. 
As we were walking around the park with Michael in his stroller, 
our beloved city was being attacked. 

By the time we made it home, both towers were on fire. 

Growing up in Queens, NY, I remember when they were building the towers. 
I remember the many times we would cross the 
George Washington Bridge and how I would look out 
the window of our car staring at the beauty of the Towers.

I remember moving my desk to be in front of the window 
so I could see the beauty of downtown Manhattan and those beautiful towers
from the 55th floor of the Empire State Building where I worked every day. 

The world has changed so much since that horrific day 11 years ago.
But one thing remains certain for me...

"For I know that my redeemer lives, 
and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth"
Job 19:25

So let me know where were you 

11 years ago when you heard the news.

The Freedom Tower...


  1. A poignant post for sure, Lois. I didn't know that you had lived there. This is how we learn about our blogger friends, little by little, it seems. On September 11, 2001, I was sitting at the kitchen counter, having my morning coffee and watching the news and wondering how my dad was doing (he had had a heart attack on September 1) when they interrupted for the news of the attack.

  2. On 9/10, we flew from Miami to Memphis to find a new home due to a job transfer. I woke up in the hotel and turned on the news and saw what happened. I couldn't move! I remember my daughter being 10 and crying and asking why people were so hateful. I didn't know what to say to her. We had to return to Miami 5 days later and the airport security was heightened and crazy, no one knew what to do. There was fear on everyones face in the airport. It is a day I, and everyone, will remember. I will remember it, not only because of the tragedy, but because my daughter lost some of her innocence on that day.

  3. John and I were living with my mom, just shortly after dad passed away when 9/11 happened. My brother phoned us, and we turned on the tv, just in time to see the 2nd plane hit the tower. What a tragic day. May God bless America.

  4. Thank you for sharing your story. I love hearing about what the Towers meant to you personally. How you'd watched them be built and how you loved to see them.

  5. I was working in Philadelphia that day and a co-worker who was on maternity leave called the office and told us what was happening. I will try to blog about my family's experience a little later...we had a miracle that day. Will never forget!

  6. My husband was mowing the lawn and I was on the computer. the TV was on in the same room. When I heard the news I told Jim to come inside. We watched the television the rest of the day and the lawnmower sat in the same spot until the next day.

  7. I was in my college apartment when my boyfriend (future husband) called. I still remember his exact words..."Lindsey, the U.S. was just attacked and the World Trade Center towers are gone." I leapt out of bed and alerted all my roommates. I consider myself so lucky to have had the opportunity to visit the towers and take some amazing skyline pictures with them included. Amazing how life has changed since then.

  8. How scary it must have been to have been soo close to all of this Lois. I had just dropped Mel off at school and was driving home and turned on the radio and heard the horrifying news. I hurried into the house and my husband was standing in front of the TV watching it unfold. Someone had called and told him what was going on. It was a day and a time we will never forget.

  9. I was working at a bank, a customer came in and told us what was going on, so we turned on the tv's. Time definitely stood still.

  10. Wow, you were right there! I was living in S. California. I went to the church were I worked that morning and found out the news there. I was at church all day and evening. Answering phones and then we had a prayer meeting that night that filled the sanctuary to capacity. Many peope's hearts were turned to the Lord that day.

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  12. I was on the treadmill in our master bedroom when the phone rang. It was my husband asking me if I was watching the news to which I replied 'no'. He told me to turn it on ASAP because something had happened to the Twin Towers. I stood there in complete shock and disbelief...with tears streaming down my face. My husband, myself, and our two daughters went to our church that afternoon to pray for our country and for all the lives lost. Such a sad, sad day.

  13. Thanks for sharing your memories with us, Lois. What a difficult day that was.

  14. I was sitting at my desk at work, anticipating a happy day because it was my birthday. Then our office manager walked out of her office and said, "A plane just flew into the twin towers in NYC." Needless to say, it was a terribly sad day and my birthday hasn't been the same since.

  15. I will never forget either - I was getting ready to go to my mom's and my son called and told me - here in Atlanta. Thanks for sharing yours.

  16. Hi Lois,
    I was at home and hubby happened to be off that day. Got a phone call from a friend called to tell me, was hoping she was wrong,
    so turned on the TV and to our horror it was true. At the time all I could think about were the people
    in those buildings, and how they would ever clean up that mess in a million years, and I know it was much worse up close and personal than what we could see on TV.
    Terrible Tradjedy that should have
    never happened..........
    Blessings, Nellie

  17. I was here in my living room. My mom called me and told me to turn on the TV. Joy was just 2 years old. I couldn't believe what I was seeing!


  18. I remember the day vividly almost moment by moment. It was hugely impacting.

  19. Horrible day for sure. Amazing to see the way the country banded together, flags flying on so many homes after that fateful morning.

  20. Thanks for sharing your memory of that terrible day with us, Lois...
    I was at work in when it happened.. we had the radio on in the office, but at first the reports were so confusing we didn't quite know what to make of it. But then the second plane hit and they were saying it looked like the plane meant to hit the building and we knew something was terribly wrong. One of the girls I worked with lived close to the office and we went to her house for lunch to watch the news and it was so horrible, I think we worked the rest of the day in a daze.

  21. I was working at a juvenile facility in Northwest Missouri. I happened to walk past switchboard and the TV that normally displayed the Weather Channel had cut to the news of the first tower's strike. Then we saw the second tower get hit... Some of the students on my unit were from DC, so I discreetly took them from the classroom to try to call their families before the news broke among the rest of the staff and students. There was no getting through....

    That evening I went out to the local truck stop and called my parents. I'm from Canada, see, and was here on a temporary NAFTA pass. The borders were closed and I did not know when I would be "free" to go home.

    By the time I returned to staff housing, some of my co-workers, who were in the reserves, already had their bags packed and were sitting around, waiting for a call.

    It was so proud of my coworkers, yet sad to see them leave. I was ashamed at how afraid I was, and worried for my students.

  22. I had just returned home from work and was doing my normal morning routine. Getting something to eat and flipping on the TV. I will never forget where I was, but I will never forget more the way I felt. I had never suffered such an emotion shock in my life....And my heart went out to all those families. At the time I was friends with a NY police officer. Single father of two small children. I had my kids help pack a box to send to him. We filled it with school supplies, coffee, and treats. I knew he would be too busy to find time buy his children school supplies....I could on and on....I really have a hard time every year dealing with 9/11.