September 11, 2001, Remembrance Thread

| September 11, 2021

The Twin Towers burn after being hit by hijacked airplanes. (The Associated Press)

Today is the 20th Anniversary of terrorist attacks that involved aircraft flying into buildings and innocent people losing their lives. For many of us, the memories associated with this day will be with us for the rest of our lives.

I was on PCS leave this day, and along with millions of Americans and viewers from around the world, was glued to the TV and other information sources. I received a call from the ship that night. The person I was set to relieve informed me that there was a possibility that my leave would be cut short and that I may have to report early.

Washington DC was already considering an Afghanistan invasion, and our ship was on the planner. We didn’t get pressed into service for Operation Enduring Freedom, but were turned around right after a deployment the following year to be a part of the invasion fleet for Operation Iraqi Freedom.

What were your memories of that day?

This event woke many Americans up to the geostrategic realities that were not previously considered. However, as with the case with the Pearl Harbor bombing, the further back this day slid into history, many started to forget.

“The Falling Man”. (New York Times/You Tube)

Here are some videos related to the event from two decades ago.

9/11: The moment the world changed 20 years on | Under Investigation:

Audio involving first responders, air traffic controllers, etc.

Calls from those trapped in the towers:

The falling man:

There are other videos, these are just a selection.

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Frankie Cee

On my Birthday,as I turned 61, September 12, 2001, the Daytona Beach newspaper headline read:
AMERICA’S DARKEST DAY

Sparks

Happy Birthday tomorrow Frankie!

Frankie Cee

Thank you, sir. I have been reflecting on the mixed emotions that I went through 20 years ago today. My son and I had been planning a BBQ for my upcoming birthday, but with this event, we cancelled that, and watched things unfold. I was in shock, as were most of my friends. My birthday, the next day, just took a back seat. May the memory of that date and event never leave us. Most… Read more »

Hack Stone

Getting ready to go work. Day 1 of a 6 day work schedule that started at 13:00. Just got out of the shower when I got a call from my brother asking if I was okay. I worked in The Pentagon. Our team immediately deployed to an undisclosed location for about a week.

Ex-PH2

Got off the bus and went to a small restaurant to get breakfast. Someone, some customer, came up from the cafe in the lower level, sobbing and yammering about “all those people”. Asked her what she meant, and she said a plane flew into a building in NYC. I went down there, saw what she meant on the TV, went right over to the building where I worked, across the street from an extremely tall… Read more »

A Proud Infidel®™

ALL OF the hijackers were MUSLIM and let’s not forget that shortly after the attacks Osama Bin Laden released a video in which he claimed that attacks would cease if Americans converted en masse o islam. IMHO islam is the religion of violence and terrorism.

26Limabeans

I was traveling up I-95 from Bangor to my camp and stopped in at
the local convience store where it was on the tv.
Probably passed the hijackers going the other way after they
crossed the border at Houlton and drove south to Portland.
“if only I knew” still haunts me.

God comfort those lost on that day.

Fyrfighter

I was walking out the back door of the station, just coming off shift when my wife called me and said a plane hit the World Trade Center. thinking it was a light plane / bad pilot, I ran back upstairs, and changed the channel on the TV (guys had on sports center, and cursed me for changing the channel) I watched with the on-duty crew as the second plane hit. At that point, there… Read more »

President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH Neanderthal B Woodman Domestic Violent Extremist SuperStraight

Post retirement (1998), at work (Utah), on a short break, saw the planes crashing into the WTCs, screaming at the TV. Continued to watch after my break ended, work was forgotten for awhile.

May all the hijackers and their enablers roast in hell, skewered on the barbed cocks of Shaitan.

President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH Neanderthal B Woodman Domestic Violent Extremist SuperStraight

It’s good to see that The Onion occasionally challenges BabyBee for satire.

OldManchu

Sitting in a large multi-state company training in Tennessee. I was with a group of 5 from our shop in Texas. We were on a break when the first plane hit. People watching in the lobby of the hotel conference area and briefly in our rooms. Just as we gathered from the break to resume training the second plane hit. Silence…. our elderly corporate trainer began to weep. He formally ended the week long training… Read more »

Old tanker

I had been retired from the Reserves for just over a year on 9/11. I heard the news while getting ready for the day. I spent the day, after calling the wife, watching the tube hoping they had gotten everyone out. The next day I called MILPERCEN and asked if I could come back out of retirement. Any assignment, anywhere, either of my MOS’s (Armor or MP). All I got was laughter. I was told… Read more »

Mason

My alarm went off to the usual local radio morning show. Through the haze I could tell they were talking about something happening at the World Trade Center. When the crew isn’t there they replay old “best of” episodes, and I was trying to figure out just why the hell they were playing one from the WTC bombing eight years ago. The second tower had just been hit. They were piecing together that this wasn’t… Read more »

OWB

A bad day. A very bad day. Heard about it on the local radio station which was on in the background as I prepared some training docs for a class I was giving that week. Managed to get the TV in our conference room turned on to see the second tower hit. Mission changed immediately. I was the only one working in our section that day so I determined the availability of each member of… Read more »

STSC(SW/SS)

I was at work when a co-worker told me a plane struck on of the twin towers in New York. We started watching the TV and saw the second plane strike the other tower. From there watching the horror of the towers collapsing and wondering who in the hell did this and then I then remembered the 1993 attack and like a flash I knew exactly who was responsible. A lot of Americans will not… Read more »

Anonymous

Second tour in Korea. We were prepping for an exercise and a buddy called. “If that’s the scenario, it’s f*cking lame,” I complained. “No, really, turn on the TV!” he said…

26Limabeans

My brother was off on a business trip so I called his wife to make
sure he was ok. During the call I mentioned that I always hoped their
son would not see war. She got angry and said “Oh No! That’s not for us!
I knew she was a flaming liberal but that declaration made me sick.
To this day we still have a class of people who feel they are above duty.

Mason

A very liberal (gets XMas cards from the Obamas and Clintons liberal) shirt-tail relative one time encountered me in uniform on my way home from drill. We talked for a bit and she asked if I was “Going to have to go over there.” This was ~2006. I told her I’d volunteered a few times and they haven’t needed me. She was aghast. She could not wrap her head around why I’d volunteer to go… Read more »

A Proud Infidel®™

The “People of Tolerance” once again proving that liberalism is a Mental Disorder.

OWB

…and remarkedly similar to islamoterrorists.

David

Driving into work I heard about the first plane, told my office mate after the second one hit that it was terrorism. So much bad and conflicting info that morning – the White House was hit, State was hit, the Pentagon was leveled, who would have thought of using a plane? (maybe 20 million Tom Clancy readers?) etc. My niece was near but not involved, in a taxi 2 blocks away. The worst for me… Read more »

ArmyATC

I had just gotten to sleep after a night shift in the tower. My wife burst into our bedroom, waking me and talking about abuilding on fire. She turned on the TV and I saw the WTC north tower burning. The news folks were saying an airplane hit it. I was thinking, “That can’t be,” after seeing the crystal clear blue sky. No airplane could accidentally hit a tower that big in such clear conditions.… Read more »

Only Army Mom

I was getting ready to go to work, heard talk radio going on about NYC Twin Towers, half paid attention, thought, Is is the anniversary of the bomb in the garage? Realized this was something happening right now, turned on the TV. The phone rang, I was standing there, watching as the second plane hit. I screamed and told my friend on the phone who was on their way to work to turn around and… Read more »

Hack Stone

What’s the over/under on how many times Biden will be checking his watch at the various memorial services today?

26Limabeans

It’s not a watch. It is a cameo of Beau.

Claw

I concur. It’s not a watch, but a Dick Tracy type 2-Way Wrist Radio and his handlers are telling him it’s “time to take your meds”.

Ret_25X

I flew out of Newark to Paris, France on the night of the 9th of Sep. I had left AD 4 months earlier and just gone to my first reserve drill in Aug. At work in Paris building a fiber facility, the security guy comes into the building telling us we should go watch the news, so we went across the road to a coffee shop and watched the news about 9/11 on Sky News.… Read more »

A Proud Infidel®™

I was in Northern Indiana delivering a load of insulation and after leaving the dock, I parked and turned on the radio to kill time awaiting my next load. I tuned in to a talk radio station and was listening to the commentary about the Twin Towers falling, thinking “WTF is this, a modern day “War of the Worlds?”, it was after that that I turned the TV I had in my sleeper on and… Read more »

Jeff LPH 3, 63-66

Here goes that day. We were supposed to deliver foreign currency to Bk of America at 1 WTC but due to DTC at 175 water street having priority, we were supposed to make the later pickup. While driving over the Manhattan bridge from Brooklyn, I was sitting on the left hand side of the truck and Jose was on the right and I happened to glance out the window and saw smoke coming from the… Read more »

Mike B USAF Retired

I was at work as an Air Reserve Technician in an AFSOC unit, as soon as the second plane hit the towers. We were told to start inventoring our mobility pallets, getting our personal affairs in order etc. We were placed on unit orders so we could get spun up. 2 weeks later our unit received Presidential Activation Orders, 2 weeks after that we were airborne heading to the region and into history. 3 or… Read more »

sgt. vaarkman 27-48thTFW

by any chance were you stationed at Cannon AFB in the mid 70’s ?

Mike B USAF Retired

Nope, didn’t come in until Jan 86 and was medically retired in Sep 2008.

I did almost end up at Cannon as an Air Force Brat in 75 when we left Spain, but at the last minute they changed my dad’s orders to Mountain Home. A year later he got orders to Okinawa.

President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH Neanderthal B Woodman Domestic Violent Extremist SuperStraight

Mike B
Late to this, so I hope you read this: all those hats and coins you have, write up a card (or 2) on each one, with names, dates, places, incidents, as much detail as you can remember, so that when you pass on to that Big Zoomie in the Sky, all those momentos will be properly taken care of and cherished, and not just thrown away because no one knows anything about them.

Already done, my oldest son has a love of military history like I do and recommended the same thing on all the memorabilia I have.

I know one individual I have the hat and coin of, has a building named after him at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey.

I’ve actually thought of reaching out to them and seeing about donating the items for display there.

Berliner

Worked nights at a Washington State USPS plant. I hand sorted the mail to the carriers in 3 zipcodes that the machines rejected. I was finishing up with my ear buds in listening to a music station when they interrupted with the news. I passed the info on to a supervisor who listened and made an announcement to everybody.

sgt. vaarkman 27-48thTFW

I was at Teterboro airport for the beginning of a big week for a company management conference in Colorado, we helicoptered over to TBA from MMU are home base to make for a shorter drive from NYC for those pax’s that were not being helicoptered to the Gulfstreams that were also moved over to TBA. Anyway I was on top of the S-76B wiping some hydraulic fluid off the race car MGB cowl when I… Read more »

KoB

Had just switched the TV Set from the training videos we’d been suffering thru back to the Antenna. Watched as the 2nd plane went into the tower while the first one was burning. Called higher to inform them and dispatched technicians to the various remote Central Offices and cell towers for security. Told my boys that I knew were NG or Reserves to call into their units. I’ll give this much to Bell South. All… Read more »

Mick

I was on the flight schedule for a night flight on 11 September 2001, so I was still in the rack asleep when all of this started that morning. Mrs. Mick woke me up and told me to start watching the news. I saw the second aircraft hit; it was clear that it was intentional. The rest of the day is now a blur. No one knew what was happening; no reliable intel was received… Read more »

Jeff LPH 3, 63-66

I forgot in my above comment that yesterday I get a phone call from my former Brink’s co worker Jose who decided to call me and talk about that day. sometime after 9/11, he gets called to go to the NYPD Acadamy to become a PO. He went to transit and now has his twenty in and will work one more year and then pack it in.

USAFRetired

I was an instructor in the Training Squadron and running Stan/Eval. Our squadron commander was flying that day. He was an interesting guy had started his military career as PFC USMCR and had used that to pay his way through college. After getting his degree he went to USAF OTS got commissioned, went to Nav school and started his career. Our training sorties typically had 30-35 souls on board with instructors and students. Some body… Read more »

Mason

I was always an aviation buff. The lack of air traffic for those few days was so unsettling. What only made it worse was every 45 minutes or so we’d have a pair of ANG F-16s flying their CAP mission go overhead. Being a post-9/11 enlistee, aside from the flight leaving basic, I never got to travel in uniform. Always wanted to since my dad said you’d get upgraded to first class and free drinks.… Read more »

Mike B USAF Retired

How I remember the days of HAVING to fly in uniform pre 9-11. Post 9-11 in 2002 while coming back from Uzbekistan, I had a seat right at the aircraft entrance and one of the flight attendants was chatting with me during loading, she asked if I was military and coming home fron downrange at one point. She asked to see my boarding pass after I told her yes, chatted with another attendant and gave… Read more »

Sea Dragon

I watched it all getting ready for work, and then on the tv in the library next to my office. I paced the hallways all day, getting nothing done. I had been a civilian now for thirteen years, but I spent the next two years figuring how to get myself back in. Served another 10+.