Thursday, September 11, 2008

September 11th, 2001


Matthew 5:4
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

I was getting ready for my 9:15 class in my apartment that I shared with two other girls. I was a Sophomore at the University of Central Arkansas. I was listening to Big D and Bubba while putting on my makeup when they stopped all their joking and talking and in a serious voice said, "We have just heard that the President will be speaking in a few minutes." I thought that was weird that they would announce that. For some reason though I decided it sounded serious so I went and turned on the TV just in time to see the second airplane crash into the second tower. I was in shock. I woke up my roommates and we watched the news with tears. I went to my class and was surprised to see that my professor didn't really care and wanted to just continue on with class, even though one of my classmates was hysterical because her husband was supposed to be on that flight. It turns out she was able to get a hold of him and he wasn't on the plane.

I was thankful my younger brother didn't go on his high school Jr. trip to Washington DC that week. His classmates were on a bus headed to tour the pentagon when they learned of the attacks. They saw the airplane that crashed into the pentagon.

Every year I write the anniversary on my calendar because I never want to forget. I will never forget the ones who died that day or their family members. I am so thankful for the men and women who fight for our freedom everyday.

Where were you?


Psalm 121:1-2
I lift my eyes to the hills-where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.

43 comments:

Darlene said...

It was such a scary day. I was at home with my young daughter just glued to the TV. I couldn't take my eyes off it. Our lives changed that day because strangers wanted us all dead...it was so sad. Today, as every 9-ll, I pray for those families that lost loved ones. I pray for our country. I don't want anything like that to happen again.......

On a lighter note....I am so excited and don't you worry...whenever you get the box mailed out it is fine. I can't wait to get it though and do a post on it. Thanks so much Shannon!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for remembering those who were hurt or affected by 9-11. I was home in Hot Springs getting ready for work. I never made it to work that day.

I was a drug rep and we were told to stay home to see what other attacks were still unfolding. I agree with Darlene. It is insane to think a group of people actually want us dead because we are a nation under God.
Praying for healing and protection.
Amanda

Christy said...

Thank you for remembering and paying tribute on this day. I was at home talking to one of my best friends making plans for a get together at my house that evening. I was watching Good Morning America-part of my morning routine, while talking to her and watched the events unroll before my eyes. I couldn't believe what I was watching. I was scared, worried, uncertain, and more than anything I wanted my children ( 2 were at home and the other was at school) and husband who was at work home with me. I knew that as the events that played out that I would never be the same. America would never be the same. Today we do remember the lives that were lost, the families that lost loved ones, and all the men and women that served our country that day and now. God Bless America!

At Home In Georgia said...

I will never forget what happened the terrible day! I never thought something like that would happen on American soil. My kids are 6 and 8 and they know a little of what happened, but it's so hard to explain such tragedy to them.

the undomesticated wife said...

I was here at work. Someone came in and mentioned something, so we all went to the conference rooms and watched the coverage on the TV all day.

My husband has just flown home the night before (he'd been out on tour for a few months). I'm glad he was able to have gotten home instead of being stuck in another city.

I work at the corporate headquarters for my company. They used to be based in Manhattan, so we have lots of people here who are from NY, have family there, etc. One art director I work with has a sister who worked in the one of the WTC buildings. He was so freaked out. Fortunately, we learned later in the day that she had called in sick that day. It gives me goose bumps just thinking about that.

Vanessa Greenway said...

I was working at the HR office at Ericsson in Brazil when around 7:45 (our time) somebody in the office shouted: the towers are going down! We had a big screen at our office where we quietly watched those horrable images.That day every place in Brazil was closing their doors, watching the news on TV and having a minute of silence in respect of that horrible tragedy. I could not believe that 3 years later, I would be coming to US to live with a family who had lost their husband/daddy on that day.

My home - My life said...

I remember that day to vividly. My hubby (at the time boyfriend) and I were on our way to visit a college for the day, just the 2 of us. We had CD's playing to we didn't know anything was going on until his mom called and told us. We tried to use our phones to call my parents but couldn't get through. The day touring the campus was just weird and unproductive. It wasn't until we got home that evening that we really saw and knew what was going on. We were actually not far from where the plane went down in Somerset Co., PA.

Such a sad day. I did not know anyone who experienced this horrific day first hand and feel blessed for that but I do pray for these people. My heart goes out to them... I cannot imagaine their pain...

Marie said...

I did another post today regarding 9/11. I wasn't going to, but changed my mind. I am sad today and decided to tell why. Anyway... 7 years ago I was at a dr appt. We were living in military housing at the time and getting back on base was difficult, to say th least. The base was in lockdown, our children were sent home from school... kids were kept home from school for a few days. I spent days with friends huddled in front of the tv...we are all so worried what it meant for our military husbands. Thank you for your beautiful post today.

Heather @ Home said...

I was working at a doctor's office, it was a slow day, just me and the office manager there. We had the radio playing overhead, and the DJ announced that a plane had just hit the WTC. They didn't know if it was pilot error or what at that time. In a few minutes the DJ started yelling "Another plane just the the other tower!". I called my husband who was home from work that day. He turned it to FOX news and saw the second plane hit. Such an awful time! My cousin was living in NYC at the time managing an apartment building, the Saturday Evening Post building that had been converted to apts. She had to secure the building and ran up to the roof. She saw the second plane hit and saw people falling from the sky. She has never been the same. God Bless America!

Alyce said...

I will never forget that day either Shannon. I was telling my 7 year old the story this morning on the way to school. She was 6 months old. I was standing in the living room ironing, she was on the floor playing and watching Sesame Street. I was tired of Elmo, so I turned it to the Today Show..and as I did, I saw that second plane crash too. It was horrible and I hope I never forget that and what it means.

Susie Harris said...

I was cleaning house and a friend of mine from church called me. She had told me to turn on the tv and watch. I could feel myself go limp and all I wanted to do was to run and get my kids.... I will never forget that feeling. Your story had some very close calls. Whewww! God is good!

joelandbecca said...

I was at work and we couldn't turn off the TV. Just glued to it and in shock! No one was calling in...the whole nation seemed to be at a stand still.

I didn't have aminute to think about Sept 11th last year, but this is year is different. I am glad I have the sanity and time now to think about it, and remember. I love our nation's ability to grow because of our hardships. I hope we have.

Jenna said...

I was in class - AP Government actually. The principal came to our classroom and brought us into his office to watch CNN as the attacks were unfolding. One of the local area teachers had a sister killed in the twin towers. Everyone was sent home early that day. My family gathered at home and watched the horrific events unfold on tv. It's a day I will never forget.

Southern Fried Gal said...

Thank you for posting this blog! We need to remember.

I had actually gone to work early that morning and my husband was still at home. A co-worker that lives in NY sent an email and told us that her building was being evacuated b/c of the 1st plane. Her building was just a few blocks from the WTC and her home was fairly close as well. While we were conversing the 2nd plane hit. She made it home but she was terrified and we communicated back and forth throughout the entire ordeal. I kept getting updates from my husband since I was at work and he was home.

I was working in the TCBY tower at that time - tallest building in AR so they evacuated us for safety precautions around the middle of the day.

Thank you again for helping us remember! God Bless America!

duchess said...

I think everyone will always remember what they were doing at that moment.....

I was at home with my daughter, then a baby while my hubby had taken our son to preschool. I've always been a morning news person so I was already watching the Today Show when they started the report about the first plane.

I pray our country is never invaded like that again.

Michelle said...

What a beautiful tribute, Shannon! I was at work when I heard the news. We were all just glued to the TV. Finally I left to go pick up my 3 then-elementary school aged children. Like so many other parents, I just wanted to hug them and hold 'em close.

I have a cousin who lived in NYC at the time and the train he took to his job was delayed that day...otherwise he walked through the WTC every single day. What is interesting is that he, to this day, claims to be an atheist and for the life of me, I wonder how he can't recognize that his life was spared...I just continue to pray for Jason :)

Our Complete Family said...

We lived on an AF base when it happened and right away the tanks started rolling through housing, patrolling, because we had no exterior fences in housing. What a tragic day for our country. My family remembers and prays with you...xo, Les

Blanca said...

I too remember exactly where I was. I had just pulled in to the parking lot at my work when I heard them say on the radio that a small plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. I was running late so I rushed into the office when one of guys said quickly turn on your tv. As we sat there and watched the first tower on fire along came the second plane. That's when we knew this was no accident. As they continued to air this tragedy I remember saying to my friends that building is going to collapse. I wanted to be so wrong but I did not see how it could hold up. As the hours went by and we learned more through the media we all were just in shock. Any loud sounds we heard freaked us out. We were eventually told to go home. That was the longest drive home. I have to drive by DFW airport on my way home and it was eerie to not see any planes in the air. I remember thinking how could this be happening in America. This kind of terrorism only happens in other countries.

Michelle said...

Hey Shannon ~ What I forgot to add about my cousin Jason is that he ALSO lived in Thailand when that tsunami hit and he escaped all harm...now how in the world does he still NOT believe?! He still lives out of the country and I saw him this past spring; he hasn't really changed much. Thanks for praying for him...he definitely needs it! Oh, and thanks as well for visiting my blog!

Weeksie50 said...

I was working as a teachers aide at a school on an army base.. I was standing in the library along with the speech pathologist and the principal. We were watching FOX news.. It was horrible..

I went to UCA for one semester.. I love Conway.

Becky

Anonymous said...

I was sitting at work when someone came in and said a plane had crashed in NY, and she thought her sister was on it. We turned on the radio and listened when we heard about the other plane someone hooked up a TV in an office, and we all stood there and watched as the towers fell. With tears and gasps of disbelief that it was happening.

There was a guy in our office that had just came back from vac from there on Sunday. He was just crying knowing he had just been there and seen the towers standing. Unbelievable...and I remember sitting there pregnant with my first child thinking about those that lost their spouses and family.

Thanks for remembering such an important day in history.

Heather in IN

Diane said...

Just posted a short little post on my blog. Sad day.

Mommy said...

I was in Walt Disney World. I wanted to come home so badly but had no way to get here. I did my 9/11 post earlier today and cried through the entire thing. The greatest national tragedy of our lifetime (mine being 30 yrs). Still so very sad.

The Rose Room said...

At home in New Zealand, our wake up alarm is the radio and I lay there listening in disbelief thinking the radio station was playing a prank. We got up and turned on the TV to find it was real . . . Blessings to those whose lives were personally changed forever by this tragedy. Rachaelxo

diXymiss said...

Remembering with you today.

l e a h said...

I was a junior in college. It happened while I was in my anatomy and physiology class. I had no knowledge of it until I went to my psych class, where I also had the same experience as you...I still remember the professor saying "even with all the goings-on in NYC today we are still going to go on with class"...I was still dumbfounded because he didn't explain at all what he was talking about!
I then walked to my boyfriend's apartment and turned on his old ancient TV that got one channel, and found out exactly what happened at that point.

AJ said...

It was something I'll never forget. I blogged a little about it today. Thank goodness your brother did not go on that trip!!

Jen said...

It was 2nd day of student-teaching when I was in college. I was teaching a high school world history class, and it was eery that we were actually living world history at that moment.

Also, 9/11 is my birthday...that was my 24th birthday. It was very hard for me, b/c when I was little my birthday was bigger than Christmas to me. It was my special day. I was worried that it would always be a sad day for me and that nobody would remember that it used to be a special day. However, all my family and friends seem to go out of their way now to make sure I have a special birthday, even though it's such a sad day to remember in the past 7 years.

THE ROOST said...

We should never forget that day....I was in a prayer meeting before bible study and one of the girls cell phone rang and she answered it & her husband told her the news. We all started praying for whatever was happening to our country....Little did we know how bad it was.

Cherry's Jubilee said...

I was at home in bed...my son had just woke up and we were snuggling...I turned on the tv. to put Blues Clues on and saw the twin towers in smoke...horrific. cherry

Twice as Nice said...

I think that day is one everyone can remember what they were doing. It was such sadness.

Blissful Nikki said...

Thank you so much for remembering! With all this Hurricane hysteria here in Texas, it didnt even seem like news! Really sad.

I had just gone to school (my senior year of hs.) and was in English when the first plane hit. I was late so I just saw the aftermath on the TV. I walked into class and everyone was silent, watching the TV. Then, without warning, the second plane hit, and right then, everyone knew this was no mistake.

I remember going to my second period class and just staring at the planes in disbelief. I was acutally 7 months pregnant at this time, so I tried not to freak out or get stressed. Then I got a note saying my step dad was there to pick me up. My mom came home from work, and we all jsut sat there. Staring at the TV as one plane crashed into the Pentegon, then one in a field. Then we started hearing they had been hijacked. I have never been so frightened in my life.
I live really close to three miliary bases, and it was mass chaos here in Austin. People thinking they would bomb the military bases.

It will forever be the saddest day I can ever remember.

Jennifer said...

September 11th is a day that I along with many will never forget! I was sitting in class when I heard the news. I immediately called my husband, fiance at the time as he was working as a meteorologist for American Airlines. The day in itself seems as a blur. It is important that we continue to pray for those that died as well as the families that they have left behind. Thanks for posting this tribute!

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

Thank you for posting this remembrance. I couldn't quite put my arms around it to post, so I'm thankful for those that did.

Emilie Nichole said...

I posted my "where were you" story too... thanks for sharing yours!

A Hint of Home said...

You are so right. We all need to express to a troop when we see them that we appreciate their sacrifice.

The same can be said for firefighters and policemen.

Tanya said...

I was teaching high school in Houston. I blogged about it here: http://txtanya.blogspot.com/2008/09/september-11th.html

Jill -Forever and Ever House said...

I was at work in Ontario, Canada. I remember being shocked and full of disbelief at the severity of the situation.

One of my friends is an Air Traffic Controller at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ontario. I remember how exhausted and stunned he was as he told the story of having to land all of the planes.

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

hi there - I am finally posting about the luncheon plates that you turned me onto and thanking you for the award. Can I snag a picture of yours, when I give you the credit for finding out about them?

cara said...

I did my 9-11 post too.. I think if we don't look back, we'll forget what that day meant..

Leigh said...

Look under my post on Sept 11 for the where I was. Click the link. I put my heart into it.

Katy said...

Thanks for remembering that special day. I was in my Junior year at UNT and was headed to class. As I got on the elevator another student was in there with me and mentioned that something horrible was going on in New York. She didn't know the details of what was happening...so when I got to class we turned on the television and watched in horror at the events that were taking place. I will never forget that day...

Kim said...

I was pregnant with my second child and was having my sonogram to determine the sex of the baby. My sonographer received two phone calls while we were back there. It seemed serious, but we assumed it was something to do with her children or mother. As we left the office I remember feeling like we were the only people with smiles on our faces. We didn't find out what happened until we got out to the car and the news was on the radio. The video from that day of our family's one and only name sake spans the time of the attacks on the towers.