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Where were you 17 years ago? I was a freshman in college ready to take on the world and didn't fully comprehend the gravity of it all. For those that lost a loved one, I wish you peace and love.

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On my honeymoon in the Caribbean. There were two camps of Americans — those who could no longer enjoy their vacations and spent their time glued to the TV and making phone calls (me) and those who partied on like nothing had happened. What stands out all these years later is how Air Jamaica treated its passengers. All the resorts in the various islands pushed their guests onto flights back to Jamaica per original travel schedules, even though no flights were going in to the US. The island of Jamaica was overwhelmed. Those who traveled on American Airlines, Delta, etc were on their own for finding accommodations, food, etc. Money was a problem for many because this was before the days of smartphones etc. I had fortunately traveled on Air Jamaica, and they payed for EVERYTHING. They put all of their passengers up in an all-inclusive resort and covered meals etc. Granted we were in a part of the resort which was supposed to be shut down for remodeling and was clearly outdated, but given the circumstances we were grateful for anything. I believe Air Jamaica is now owned by one of the US airlines, but at the time it was not. The kind actions of this “foreign” airline really stood out, particularly in comparison to the “American” airlines. I was beyond impressed and very grateful that I didn’t have to worry about money, food, or lodging and could focus on more important things. It was not an “enjoyable” stay, but I appreciated the kindness of a non-US company to thousands of stranded and anxious Americans.

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4th grade in NYC. I was the second kid in my math class to get picked up unexpectedly from school so my teacher took my mom aside to ask if something was going on. Hadn’t been announced at the school yet. My little sister and I misheard, thought at first that a bridge had fallen.

I’ll never forget going home, it felt like traffic had ground to a halt, people were in their parked cars at the curbs with their windows down and their radios turned on to the news and everyone on the sidewalk gathered around to hear.

Parents didn’t want us to see the news so one mom took a bunch of the kids from my class who lived in the neighborhood out for ice cream so folks could turn on the TV, but at the ice cream shop they were playing the footage of the planes hitting over and over.

At school the 3rd graders took a field trip to Ellis Island every year and we’d been given a scavenger hunt of landmarks to spot going down the west side highway. Of course the towers were one of them. It was too immense of a thing to confront the real impact and gravity of what happened right there in the ice cream shop, so instead I kept asking, “What will they do for the scavenger hunt now?” Such a kid response. I just couldn’t process at first what had happened (although, could anyone?).

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A senior in college. I enlisted in the Army after this and fought in the invasion of Iraq. I ended up doing 3 tours in Iraq and 2 in Afghanistan.

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I was in high school. It was the day I decided I would go ROTC and join the army. After ten years and tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa, I finally decided to hang up the uniform. Although I would have given anything as a kid to look up and see two towers instead of a cloud of dust and soot, I wouldn’t trade my time in service for the world.

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Far braver than me P5! Thank you for your service 🇺🇸

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Today is my birthday. I was a sophomore in college. I ended up joining the Marines and did 8 years and 2 tours and then finished college and joined the workforce.

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In 3rd grade. Didn’t fully comprehend what was going on but knew it was a moment that I’d remember forever based on how teachers/adults were reacting.

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High school in Virginia. A lot of concern for family working in the city, at the pentagon, and uncertainty of follow on attacks. I remember the entire day with such a stark crisp clarity. It’s like a time capsule I can revisit again and again over time and not lose any details. It was just so absolutely shocking.

Today I drive by the pentagon every morning on my way to work and can still clearly see the segment that had to be replaced after the crash. Flags go up on all the buildings in rosslyn for 9/11 so that they face the pentagon a mile or so away. It’s great to see every year and the flags are massive. The one on my office building there is over 8 stories in length.

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I was working a project at a weapons mfg outside DC. One of the Army program officers had been my CO when I was in the army. We were having coffee when it started. I spent part of the day walking a security perimeter with a rifle for him while his team took a missile battery from the shipping area and set it up in the parking lot to cover part of the air space around DC.

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I can’t believe it’s been 17 years. I was in high school, watched the towers go down live on tv. My history teacher had us collect articles related to it starting that day and for the reminder of the school year. I still have that massive binder filled with news clippings. Haunting to look through

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2nd grade! Oh that amazing life

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On my way to work in the Chicago suburbs when I heard about the first plane via a news alert on my 2 way pager. Spent the rest of the morning worried about my SO and friends also being in danger working downtown that day, watching the news, and learning all of the awful details. Such a painful and sad day that always brings back tears to think back on it.

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In bed itching to go to school the next day. This would have been the second Wednesday of Grade 5. I thought “wow, I’m almost done elementary school”, felt fly and thought I was pretty much an adult.

Later that day, I was brushing my teeth and heard what happened. As a kid, I thought it was horrible, but didn’t fully understand the impact and how the world would change forever.

Oh how naive I was and so little I knew 👧🏾

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I read about 10 replies before I realized this was a 9/11 thread

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Was a junior in high school in first period weight training class, sitting between sets on an an machine when we heard on radio that terrorists had crashed planes into twin towers. Joined the Marine Corps and went to Afghanistan years later. Out of active duty, Still in reserves

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Analyst living/working in NYC. One by one friends showed up at our Village apartment, often covered with soot, after walking up from financial district. Everyone was okay. Lots of hugs and soul-searching.

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In an army recruiters office.

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In my current job. Two levels down

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Sophomore in high school. Really had no idea the gravity of the situation. Was literally sitting in class when the teacher pulled out the tv and turned on the news.

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P5 and BA1, you are truly inspiring. That was one hell of a brave thing to do. Thank you.

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I was in 2nd grade. I remember they made the announcement on the loud speaker at school and then kids started getting picked up. I didn’t really understand what was happening. My father picked me up and said my mom was there who was a detective at 1 police plaza a few blocks away (she was a detective in the counter terrorism task force). He assured me everything was okay. We waited hours for her call to see if she was okay, finally she got through to us. I remember being so relieved but she didn’t come home for several days as she was assisting in the aftermath. She unfortunately lost some close friends, it was a tough time.

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