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To all of you who know me,And all of you who don't.I lost a customer,I remember the person,The lady with 2 young girls,A husband.I myself will never forget.It did hit me close to home.This thread is ment to remember.

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[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Mz0_x7313I"]YouTube - 9/11 Archive Footage-South Tower collapsing[/nomedia]
 

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I’ll keep this within the REGS..:

Fished last Sunday with my friend Bill and his wife Diane. Boated 17 eyes, only because I decided to throw back some of the smaller ones during the day. We fished around the sand bar, giving location is irrelevant because anyone who owned a boat was there!

Eight years ago on 9/11 I was driving due N on 77. Back then I was putting in 14 to 16 hours a day in my construction/home remodeling business, and driving around town was normal for me. I knew the rush hours well and the traffic seamed unusually congested that time of day. Had other things on my mind and did not think much of it.

My phone rang, it was my wife. I answered it, she was talking before I even got it to my ear, she was rambling about planes, bombs, buildings, and on and on, nothing made sense. I did get enough out of the conversation to realize the kids and the family was OK, yet she kept telling me to watch the TV. I looked around and realized that this was not your usual bumper to bumper traffic jamb. As I was looking at the people in the cars around me, everyone was staring at their radios as they were television sets. Looked up ahead and realized that there was enough room to drive through the traffic, people were just not moving. Thinking back, driving a cargo van through traffic towards downtown Cleveland might have not been a good idea that day, but I had no radio working and had no idea what was going on. Made it home and turned the TV on, you all know what I saw!

Tonight 09/10/09, I was having late dinner and the NEWS kicked on. It started with a 20 second clip about 9/11 eight years ago. Shortly after the “ Viva Viagra” commercial came on. By the end of the NEWS there was never a mention of 9/11, yet I did get to see the “Viva Viagra” twice more. I found myself smiling and thinking. Thinking about this person over 200 years ago, on the East coast, in an old pub, full of “Red Coats”. This person, dreaming about this idea that we today call “THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”
 

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I still remember that day, as if it were just yesterday! I just got off duty from working 3rd shift and was sitting on the couch like I did everyday; unwinding before I hit the sack. I always watch the news to see whats going on in the world, when I saw the 1st plane hit the building...I knew something was wrong immediately...my gut felt funny and the hairs on the back of my neck stood up!!!! Then the second one hit, confirming our countries worst nightmare...Terrorist attack on American soil!!!

My heart goes out to the Famlies who lost love ones on that day and the Many Men and Women who served and those that serve even now and put their lives on the line.......
 

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A bunch of us at work gathered around a solitary tv to watch the devastation. After phone calls to family members we sat in silence - it was like a morgue. I'll never forget that day.
 

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This is a great topic and thought for the day. Thanks for bringing everyone's attention to the significance of this date in history. I know Fish-Crazy had originally put this in the Lake Erie Fishing Reports section because there was a small mention of a report, however this is much more appropriate in the Lounge forum so I am moving it over there for more to see. Also, Fshnerie had a similar thread started and so I am going to combine the two.

I think it is a great idea that everyone reflect back for a moment on what this day did to change America and our lives. Indeed our world will never be the same because of it.
 

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We were out early goose hunting that day. We came home just in time to see the first tower get hit. When the second hit, I knew it was not an accident. What a somber day. My parents were around during WWII and I always wonder how my parents felt when they had heard about Pearl Harbor being bombed. Know I know with our generations Pearl Harbor.
 

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I was a junior at John Carroll University in 2001, waiting for a communications class to begin when my friend came in and said "a plane just hit the World Trade Center." With little else to go on, we figured it was a small plane. Minutes later, our professor walked into the room white as a ghost, and said "Class is cancelled. America is under attack. Go and call your families."

The stream of students heading back to their dorm rooms was unforgettable. I have a cousin who lives in NYC and regularly met colleagues for breakfast at the tower. We found out they skipped it that day. We spent the rest of the day in my dorm room, watching on TV, and believe it or not, listening to Howard Stern on 98.5. Stern's coverage of the issue changed my view of the man forever. It was respectful, and reflected the genuine sadness and anger we were all feeling. Watching the damage and loss accumulate throughout the evening was the most disturbing, frightening, and saddening thing I've ever seen. This is a day that has gone forgotten by a large segment of society, and that's sad. I'll never forget where I was, who I was with, or the feelings that went through me that day.

Anyone who bumps into this thread that is or has been involved in the military, police, fire, and EMS response teams, I thank you wholeheartedly for the courage you have to do things that the majority of society simply can't. The true fabric of the United States is reflected in the men and women who find a way to serve this great country. The truest form of leadership is example, and those men and women who went into those towers to try to save others from a grizzly fate deserve to be remembered not just today, but every single day.

My plea with those of you who choose to "never forget" is that you also remember that there are still American men and women defending our freedom, and the lives we've lost because of that day continue to accumulate. Take a moment as you're remembering that day, to pray for a safe return from the middle east some day soon.
 

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I was living and working in Charlotte, North Carolina. My wife called that she had locked herself out of the house. As I drove home, the first reports came out of a plane crash in NYC. As the company I worked for at the time was based out of the Trade Center Complex, I called to find out what was happening. Thankfully, that office was closed, WTC #7. I was watching TV and talking to my boss when the second plane hit. Shock and anger took over.

I called allot of family members that morning. Around 1:00pm my wifes uncle called from Fort Bragg telling us to leave the city for a few days. My wife and two babies (at the time) left for the mountains.

Anger and anguish were the emotions for the next few days.

I will never forget that day and the following days, no planes in the sky. To this day, I always look up at airplanes to make sure they "stay in the sky".


To those who choose not remember, think about your freedoms and ability
to make choices; think about fishing, then think- people died and fight for your privilege to fish- with out those who fight for America, you may one day have to fish for your survival, for food.
 

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I was a junior at John Carroll University in 2001, waiting for a communications class to begin when my friend came in and said "a plane just hit the World Trade Center." With little else to go on, we figured it was a small plane. Minutes later, our professor walked into the room white as a ghost, and said "Class is cancelled. America is under attack. Go and call your families."

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Same exact senerio.... except we didnt cancel class just sat there in disbelief watching the TV..... One of those things you never forget where you where and how you heard about it.....

This right here is the best way we can honor those who died..... remembering!
 

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I was at a workout class that morning... I can still remember the routine I was doing when I heard. We really had no idea of what the magnatude was.

On the drive home, a coworker left me a voice mail and told me to turn on the radio - I specifically remember her saying 'I know you don't watch the news, but this is big, we need to pray for humanity today". I usually don't listen to the news - and was thankful for the heads-up.

I was single at the time and went home and turned on the TV. The maintainance crew was cutting the grass - and as the first tower came down I screamed - and went outside to tell the guy on the tractor. He looked at me with an empty stare and went on. I know he remembers that moment now. I felt so small at that moment - and very alone and helpless.

I dialed the Red Cross and immediately signed up for phone duty. I was to report at 2pm downtown. I called my Mom and Dad and told them where I would be and not to worry. The city was evacuated later that morning and I remember how erie it was. how silent.

I worked the phone lines overnight and throughout the week fielding calls from everyone who wanted to help. Telling them that blood was moving it's way across the country - moving to NY. The need would be great in the coming weeks, stagger the donations so we could keep supply.... and we now know there was not as much need as anticipated.

I took calls from people who were terrified about their loved ones and people who were scared and feeling helpless. Willing to contribute and lend a helping hand - wanting to go to NY with semis, trucks, anything. I remember watching the tapes that night in the 'control room' over and over the media running the tragedy and reports from the scene.

I remember how generous and united the community felt in the week after the attack. I also remember thinking that as time passed that we were losing that united passion. I see the media today and think to myself, what a difference eight years makes...

I pray for all that fell that day - and all that continue to suffer - all who had to recover and see what no one should see. I hope the wounds are healing and that we are making progress toward peace.
 
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