What were you doing on the day of 911?

I remember crystal clear. I was very young, skinny, no back pain, no responsibilities, not a care in the world. I was only 18, fresh out of High School. I woke up at 10:00 AM, (because I could sleep in, I didn’t have any responsibilities), and I turned on the TV. I saw on TV what I thought was a movie preview for the movie Apocalypse and got annoyed and changed channels. Then this movie preview was on the next channel, so I thought to myself, what the heck is going on? I called my Mom at work and she explained to me and I told her “that’s not what happened, you’re taking it out of proportion”. I was a naive little girl. Then she kept explaining it to me. I was terrified. So I watched the news all day and talked to my boyfriend on the phone.

Let’s take a minute today to pause and reflect for those who lost their lives in the twin towers and the fire fighters that lost their lives. What a horrific tragedy. And for the people that have lost loved ones and that survived but have ptsd or mental anguish from the attacks.

Sincerley by Michelle gast

13 thoughts on “What were you doing on the day of 911?

  • September 12, 2021 at 3:45 am

    Me & a friend was fishing in Florida, & when I heard what happened
    I did the same thing watched in horror & cried & still look for new videos.

    I just dropped a blog about this very thing with this very video in it
    (9/11 Calls from People Trapped) it’s very heart breaking to watch. 😞

  • September 12, 2021 at 7:45 am

    We were over in Canada visiting my grandpa, that day we were leaving to fly home, we made a stop over in America and then home. When we walked through the door when we were back in Scotland and my gran was watching the news reports on the ongoing attack. I always remember looking at the TV and seeing smoke and people screaming. Such a horrible tragedy. We done an 11 minutes silence yesterday in honour of all those who lost their lives.

  • September 15, 2021 at 4:28 am

    I was 32 years old and running a teacher training course in Italy. One of the trainees was from New York. It was a beautiful day and the boy from the bar had just brought up coffee for us all. My boss knocked on the door, came in ashen-faced and asked to speak to me. I knew then that something was wrong. Normally, if he wanted to speak to me, he just screamed from along the corridor. I had to break the news to the trainees and we all went into the staff room to watch the TV. We were on the top floor of an office block and I remember I kept going to the window and imagining what it must be like to be trapped in there and for it then to collapse. Heartbreaking. I remember that I didn’t want to go to work the next day. I thought WW3 was about to start and I didn’t see the point. Now I watch the film “102 Minutes that Changed America” every anniversary.

    • September 15, 2021 at 8:53 am

      What a devastating recollection, you described the devastation and the day well. I remember it being a nice beautiful day, perfect weather when I got up, and then figuring out what happened.


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