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Jason M. Reynolds

Where were you on 9/11?

Posted Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at 9:12 AM
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  • Thanks for writing this Jason. I was trying to formulate something to say but my words were not coming. Yours fit perfectly.

    It seems the day was very much like today, except a little cooler. I was driving and cold chills developed as the newscasts finally crystallized what was really happening.

    Those same chills returned this morning as I sat at my desk and heard Taps being played on the TV my mother-in-law was watching. Then came the patriotic songs and I had to stop what I was doing and pause.

    My words have all been said numerous times, but the emotions are still like the day it happened.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Sep 11, 2013, at 9:28 AM
  • I was with a group of R.V.'S camping in Moab Utah, when we all noticed the 2nd plane coming in. There was no doubt about what was happening. Our group included retired police and firefighters, plus disaster relief workers.

    We noticed right away that no planes were flying, which was so strange in a place where you see planes flying in all directions.

    Some in the group went home on call to be on search and rescue teams. Later on my wife and I were on a feeding team at Fresh Kills Landfill where all the debris was taken to be searched for evidence.

    I will never forget what I saw there.

    -- Posted by Cal t on Wed, Sep 11, 2013, at 1:19 PM
  • My wife and I were driving into Nashville and noticed a steady stream of pasengers planes, most of which we never see in this area and perhaps not all American-owned, going in to land.

    -- Posted by bomelson on Wed, Sep 18, 2013, at 2:51 PM
  • My husband and I were in Washington, DC where he was on a business trip. That morning he had a meeting at the Pentagon. I was watching the TV at the burning building, at first thinking it was in another country. Then the big bang and rising black smoke outside the hotel window and the announcement on the TV that the Pentagon was hit by an airplane. All cellphone service was shut down and all the phone lines were jammed and you couldn't get a call through the anywhere. I sat on the edge of the bed for 6 hours not knowing if he was OK. He finally showed up at the hotel door. He was on his way to the Pentagon when he saw the plane go into the building. There was immediate traffic gridlock and he managed to park his rental car and walked back to the hotel. Our children finally reached us and were relieved that we were OK. As there was no airplane service, we drove back to Los Angeles. It was a trip we will never forget. I have never seen so many flags flying everywhere. Strangers were hugging each other. It took us 5 days to get back to LA. We were very happy to be home but it changed our lives forever.

    -- Posted by caligal on Wed, Sep 18, 2013, at 8:41 PM
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