Americans, where were you on 9/11?

bbrown95 here.

I was just about to turn 6 years old and in kindergarten class. All I really remember is one teacher running into our classroom in tears, whispering something into our teacher's ear, her bursting into tears, then whispering into the class para/assistant teacher's ear, with her crying as well. Since we were all kids, no one really told us anything and we were all confused. A lot of kids got picked up from school early that day, even all the way out in our small Midwestern town.

I remember the aftermath and watching a slideshow on the news with pictures of all of the victims. Even at my young age, it felt sad, especially seeing a photo of a guy carrying a little girl on his shoulders exactly the way my dad carried me. I still didn't fully understand everything other than that some bad guys stole planes and crashed them into the towers, but now that I'm older, it gives me chills. I can't imagine what it must've been like for people old enough to truly grasp what was going on at the time.

For those of you in the US, do you remember where you were? For those outside of the US, do you remember this event and what was it like to you?

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  • Nigga I was watching Ricky Lake and it got interrupted by da news showing da footage. I felt rage. I couldn't believe anybody could do that. I mean, how you just gonna interrupt Ricky Lake like that?
    It's very inconsiderate

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  • 3rd grade. We watched it on the TV.

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  • 1st period my freshmen year of highschool

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  • I was spending the week with my baby at my Nan and Pops house while they were on a cruise. They left out of NY harbor 2 days earlier and took a picture of the towers that ended up getting framed and put up in the house. I was 21 and my daughter was just over 13 months. My friend called me a little before 9 a.m. and told me to turn on the news. I broke down just thinking of my brother in the Marines and if he'd end up overseas. He did.

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  • I was at home

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  • Well I’m not American but I remember. I was 14 and watching it on tv in the morning before school thinking wtf 😕

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  • I was 30. I turned on the t.v.,and the channel was off the air. There was a message on-I don't remember what it said, but I gathered something bad had happened. So I changed the channel, and they were replaying the footage of the planes hitting the towers. My jaw dropped open, and the word "horrific" popped into my head.
    I remember later that day they were showing people in the street over in Bin Laden's country, and people were excited and cheering, and there was this kid on a bike, and he was cheering, too. It saddens me that THIS is what some people are teaching their children.

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  • Since I was 3. I was just chilling out doing baby things as my parents were horrified at the news.

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  • I was home and( youre gonna think im dumb) i thought it was an action movie at first. But them im like...why is it on all the channels??
    Blow up everything films were the rage back then.

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  • I was exactly one month and three days old.

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  • I've never been to the US. I'm from England and still lived there when it happened. I was in work. This was before the internet and smart phones really took off. I remember someone telling me about it and thinking they were exaggerating. I got home at about 5pm and turned on the tv and The News was on every channel, which only happened when something big was going down. I felt very sad for all the people involved, but didn't truly understand the political situation behind it all.

    It changed the world forever. Prior to that, terrorism was only a word I had heard used to describe IRA bombers, and they were very different. They used to put pipe bombs under cars or in shopping centres, and then make an anonymous phone call to the police which left them enough time to evacuate. Most of them weren't really trying to kill innocent people - they were trying to attract attention and make a point. Not like what terrorism is known as today.

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  • i was in sarasota fla and slept thru the whole thing

    i had driven in from dallas a few days before and was gonna fly to new orleans that day but when i called the office to arrange plane tickets they told me i wasnt flyin anywhere and to put my tv on for fucks sake

    so i kept the rent car and drove to new orleans on the 12th

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  • I was born and grew up in the States, but I've lived in Europe so long I don't consider myself American any more. Even so, I pay a lot of attention to what happens in the USA, mainly because it can have a direct impact on Europe and the UK in particular.

    On 11 September 2001, my late wife and I were heading back to Britain after camping for a couple of weeks in Italy and we'd stopped for two nights at a French campsite near the English Channel ferry ports. We had a rule that we didn't pay any attention to the news when we were abroad, which was a lot easier back in those days when everyone wasn't expected to be constantly staring at their phones. On the evening of the 11th, I was vaguely aware of Brits around the campsite listening intently to their radios, but we only figured out that something major must have happened the next morning when we saw how many people had gone out and found British newspapers somewhere. So we only found out about it nearly 24 hours after the event.

    It's a long time ago now, but I recall my main feelings at the time being horror at what had happened to the people in the Twin Towers and the passengers in the planes, a great deal of concern about how Bush would lash out mixed with a depressing certainty that America would have to do _something_ and fear about the consequences of the USA doing its usual and trying to destroy a hornets' nest by giving it a good kicking.

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    • The 9th? I realize that Europe is ahead of the U.S. in time, but several hours. Not two days.

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      • Yeah, sorry.

        Brain fart due to the different numeric month-day conventions in the UK (and the US military, BTW) and what's commonly used in the USA.

        Edited.

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  • I was in school I think. Kindergarten probably. I don’t remember anything. I actually asked my dad this question a couple of years ago, he said that day he was in Staten Island and from the roof he was working on he could see so much smoking coming from Manhattan and he knew something was up. I think he said the sky got darker because it was a lot of smoke. Then my mom called and told him about the towers and the planes. Then he told my mom to get me out of school. I only remember how dark and quiet the setting felt on the anniversary even after a few years had passed. That’s it.

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  • I was in 6th grade. They turned the TV on and next rooms teacher was having a full on meltdown (her parents worked in WTC, they ended up surviving but she did not know yet). They allowed all kids to go home. Every channel you turned it on was the same thing. The government took over the TV so you couldnt watch anything else.

    I remember being so confused at first like why would they run into the building. Did they jump out with parachutes? Why arent helicopters picking up those stranded on top of the WTC? I didnt understand at that age. I still think they could have picked ppl up from the top of the WTC, even if they only saved a few.

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  • Sadly I was never born or existed in 2001, but I learn more about what happened during that time.

    History is never replaced or forgotten. It is the way we lived.

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  • I was at home in bed in Las Vegas, Nevada when 9/11 happened.

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