I STILL REMEMBER

There are only a few events that have happened in my lifetime that I can still recall exactly where I was standing when I heard the news. 9-11 is one of them.

I will never forget.

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Where were you when you heard the news?

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Zach Detwiler says:

    Sophomore in High School – 2nd period geometery class. Principle came over the intercom and encouraged teachers to turn on all TV’s. We did absolutely nothing that day but worry..

  2. Zach Detwiler says:

    **principal

  3. Stachia says:

    I will never forget 9/11 either, we walked into the hospital just as the first plane hit to have a bone morrow test on Conner to see if he was in remission and responding to treatment. It was a big day because if he wasn’t responding then some big decisions were going to have to be made. I remember that every nurse, and Dr was in our little room in ICU watching the TV when Conners Dr walked in turned off the tv told everyone that they had something important to do that they couldn’t help anyone in New York but they could in Lubbock. The room cleared they did the procedure and when they were done Dr I pulled up a chair and sat with us the rest of the day watching the news. The test showed Conner was in remission as of 9/11. What a day full of emotions!

  4. Mike says:

    I was at work. Someone yelled “we are under attack”, another said “we are at war”.

    We ran and got a TV from the training room, and watched the horror.

  5. Odgie says:

    I was in Arlington, VA., not far from the Pentagon. I didn’t see the plane hit it, but I remember the panic that broke out. By 4pm the entire city was like a ghost town. I still get chills thinking about it.

  6. johndobbs says:

    I was in Denver, having flown there for a course. It was during that week that I became friends with John Alan Turner. And our class stood around a tv set and watched the towers fall … we held hands in a circle and prayed … the veterans in our group were weepy … I just wanted to go home …and wondered if there would be any flights available.

  7. Mrs. Terrazas says:

    I remeber that very day I was about to go to school…just watching who knows what when the news came on and I saw the buildings falling…..there is no words or emotions to explain that day.
    Jason (my husband) works for the Dept of Homeland Sec so I will always remember it because that is what he goes to work every day to make sure it NEVER happends again.

    God be with the familys today that lost loved ones…and may this never happen again in Jesus name!!

  8. Preston Belt, Beautiful Downtown Lockney, Texas says:

    I remember things about that day that I don’t remember about other events in my life. The dew was heavy that morning, a friend and I were checking cotton, getting ready fo defoliation. It was an awesome morning. Our pants were soaked from the dew. I had another friend to call and tell us. I was at the gin here in Lockney when the second jet made impact.

    I WILL NEVER FORGET!

  9. MamaBaker says:

    I was at work. I was the receptionist at a hospital. One of the valet guys came and told us that a plane just flew into the Twin Towers. At that point we where shocked, we turned the waiting room televisions onto the news. Thats when we saw the second plane crash and we just all looked at each other and knew it was not an accident.

  10. blogprophet says:

    Harding has a retreat for all Bible majors, so we were all at a camp a few miles outside of Searcy.

    some people left (mostly ex military guys), most of us stayed and continued on, i didn’t see the TV until later in the day

  11. David says:

    I was turning the corner from my apartment on the way to work and listening to KRLD.

    Once I got to work we turned on the TV and saw the towers fall.

    Horrible.

  12. bikegirl says:

    I was driving in to work at a Law Enforcement agency and listening to the radio. The DJ was describing the first plane hitting and then stopped. He paused before saying did a second plane hit or was that a replay? Folks a 2nd plane has just hit the 2nd tower.

    I sped up and ran up the stairs to the office. I worked in Intelligence and we were on lock down all day waiting for the phones to ring. They didn’t. We watched all the airplanes land at the Nashville airport waiting for the phones to ring. They still didn’t.

    The next day the phones rang and rang and rang. We were running names of everybody law enforcement had ever had contact with and then some.

  13. Katherine says:

    I will never forget, either. I was in my (2nd) Senior year at LCU, and was an RA in the dorm. My radio alarm clock went off about 9:00 to get ready for chapel, and the Christian radio station was saying something about praying for the victims in New York and Washington D.C. I had no idea what they were talking about, and immediately turned on the TV and just watched in shock and disbelief. I was surprised I had not heard from my mom because she had recently spent a few weeks in the World Trade Center on a business trip, and knew many of the people within-so I called her and she watched it, too.

    Everyone on campus the rest of the day just looked in shock-we were watching everything unfold on TV’s everywhere. It all just seemed to surreal-it still seems surreal.

    I pray for all of the families and friends who lost people they loved that day. May they always be remembered, honored, and pray that this never happens again.

  14. Kim says:

    I work for the FAA. I was at work and remember the total feeling of horror when the first plane hit. Because of who I work for I knew then what we would be facing as an adminstration. When the second plane hit I think we all realized this was no accident but we were under attack. I looked at several of my coworkers and said we need to pray. We went into a conference room together and all poured our hearts out to God. If I remember correctly we were sent home. We live near Tinker AFB and are used to hearing planes and helicopters fly over our house very often. All aircraft was grounded for several days. I remember laying in my bed and just listening to nothing. It was very eery and unsettling. I was in constant prayer. The only thing of that nature in my lifetime that compares was the Oklahoma City bombing. What plagues me to this day is the number of people who lost their lives and didn’t know Jesus. It has made me so much more aware of the divine appointments we have everyday to share Christ.

  15. Todd M says:

    I was at my office in a meeting with a vendor. The same vendor, oddly enough, was in to see me today.

    I was to have flown to NYC the next morning. Had the attacks not occurred, I would have been in the World Trade Center 27 hours later than the attack.

  16. Soren says:

    I was preaching a Revival (aka Gospel Meeting) in Missouri. Early that morning I heard on the news that a plane had flown into the World Trade Center (I was thinking Piper Cub or something). Was busy all morning and didn’t hear the full story until lunchtime. Couldn’t fly home at week’s end. Had to rent a car and drive back to Virginia.

  17. Matt H. says:

    I was in the Linemans room at Swisher Electric with the other linemen, we were all in disbelief as we watched the 2nd plane hit.

    To this day as I watch vedio of that same plane hit the tower, I am still in as much disbelif as I was then.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I live in the UK and was actually in a bingo hall. My friend was texting me what was going on and it was quite surreal then I got a call to go to pick my daughter up from school as she had taken a migrane. When i got to the school, they had turned the security cameras off and were watching the news. It was there we watched the first tower come down.

    The events of 9/11 has stayed with me ever since. I didnt know God then but watching a documentary last night about people from the hotel below, i became amazed again how He was there through it all. I am amazed at some of the circumstances and coincidences. Amazed about how some lives have changed because of it and do praise God for the hope, the sense of togetherness and love that was one of the outcomes from the disaster.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Like you Trey there are few events I can remember as clearly as this day 7 years ago. I was standing in the door way of a patients room reviewing a chart, the TV was on (which I normally tune out), but I heard the mother shriek. I looked at her and she was holding one hand over her mouth and pointing at the TV with the other hand. I will never forget the feeling of helplessness when I watched the plane crash into the second tower. The hospital was full of emotion and anticipation all day.

    I also remember going to a prayer service that night, my late husband “the toughy” sat holding our 1 year old little girl and my hand crying in the silence.

    Carrah

  20. TREY MORGAN says:

    Wow, almost some healing taking place just reading through everyone’s comments. I love what you are writing. PLEASE don’t stop.

    Thank you for taking the time to write. Your comments are what make this a really special post.

  21. Jeff Slater says:

    It’s interesting to read all the comments and see where people were and what they were doing.

    I was at the church building, when my secretary received an e-mail about it. I thought it was either a joke, or that a small, single-engine plane had hit the tower.

    Then we turned on the TV.

    When the Pentagon was hit, my secretary looked at me and said, “What is happening???”

  22. Anonymous says:

    I had just walked in my bosses office to give her the tickets I’d just billed. I heard on her radio a plane had hit the world trade center. I remember thinking of it and thought it must have been a small private plane or something. I went back to my office and turned on my radio, not expecting to hear anymore about it really. Thats when they broke the news that it was a commercial airliner…then another…then another…then another. I listened all morning and all I wanted to do was go get my 4 year old out of daycare and hold him and I could not. No one else was leaving work…but I could think of nothing I’d rather do more.

    Email Girl

  23. mmlace says:

    It was my freshman year of college, my very first semester. I’d been at school for just a matter of a couple of weeks.

    That Tuesday morning, I was walking through the student center, on the way to my 8:30 class (which was on the opposite side of the campus from the dorms I lived in) when I saw my preacher (also a student…he’s a young preacher!) and a small crowd gather around a TV there in the hallway.

    I don’t recall that anyone said anything, I don’t even think I said hi to my friend…

    We all just stood there…

  24. Stoogelover says:

    My wife was at school and called to tell me to turn on the television. I had just sent our daughter off to school and our son was about 35 miles away where he was attending college. I very much wanted them both home with me. Didn’t know what we were about to face, but I wanted them to be with us if we were going to face death that day. Who knew when or where this would all stop? It’s still very surreal.

  25. Steve V. says:

    I was driving to work, listening to the radio, when the DJ actually anounced that it was believed to be a small private plane that hit the first tower. Moments later when I was in my office I turned on the radio and the full report was come through. The first thing I did was walk outside to the front of the offices and lower the six American flags at the entrance to the building to half mast. My boss was walking in while I was out there and just paused and watched as I lowered the last one. We walked in together, said a prayer then he told me to go home to be with my family. We all just sat in the living room floor as I held my three year old daughter and four month old son and cried.

    Shortly after the smoke cleared and the clean up began, I found myself in the Army recruiting office signing my name and raising my right hand. Just a little over a year later I was delpoyed so that the “people who knocked these buildings down would hear us…”

    My life and the lives of my family have never been the same since that day.

    I can’t forget it’s seared into my memory.

    May God bless ALL those that witnessed and were changed by that day!

    It was the hardest thing to do, but I actually learned to pray for my enemies through all these events.

  26. Anonymous says:

    I was working in the courthouse as a long-time attorney relayed the news. I was shocked and ran across the hall to my office. The TV’s were on in the conference room. All were silent as we watched. I talked to my Mom who was on lock down at American Airlines headquarters. This post brings back so many memories from that day, week , month etc.

  27. Cressie Willis says:

    I was teaching a class of 3 year olds at a church when one parent came in and told us the news. The kids had no clue and the teachers were all around a radio listening to the news. Didn’t get to see the pictures until I went to mom’s house. Very sad!

  28. Anonymous says:

    I was doing an online training at the hospital where I worked. It was based out of South Carolina. A co-worker popped her head in and said that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. I didn’t think much about it at the time and completed the training. Later, when I realized the scope of the attack, I wondered about the long pauses in the training. I’ll always wonder if they weren’t being informed of the attacks as they taught. I stayed at work but touched base with my husband and oldest son (college 2 hours away) by cell phone.

  29. Francesca says:

    7 months pregnant with Ansley Gayge sitting at home waiting to pick Payton up from Ms. Angie’s. It is a crystal clear memory for me.

  30. Anonymous says:

    After being alerted to turn on the news, I clearly remember watching on a tv in a room just off of the library at school and the phone ringing and my 18 yr old, first year cadet at the USAF Academy calling. He was telling me what actions were being taken there and how anxious they were to hear from several cadets families. One guy’s dad was a pilot for a major airline and another one’s dad worked at the Pentagon. After hours of distress those found out their loved ones were either not flying that day or in a different area of the pentagon from the attack. I remember encouraging my son to trust that God use him to be of service and encouragement to his fellow cadets.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Clearly remember the panic and prayers of that morning. My husband was on a plane, in the air. My brother was supposed to be in Tower 1 that day. Frantic phone calls, no responses. After two hours of worry my husband called and was safe. After 6 hours we knew my brother was safe…his morning meeting was cancelled and he was at a hotel. Other acquaintances were lost that day. When I finally went into work that day at church the staff held me together, but the sr. pastor couldn’t understand why we needed to hold a prayer vigil.

  32. David says:

    I also remember where I was shortly after hearing…I was in prayer.

  33. David Kirk says:

    We were in the hospital. My son Robert had had a sudden illness the night of the 10th and we hadn’t slept. We finally got into a room about 6:30 AM, and the nurse woke us up shortly after 8 AM because she wanted us to see what was going on. I’ll never forget…

  34. Brie says:

    I was getting ready to leave for my morning class at the University of Oklahoma. My Dad was in the living room going through his e-mail and he pulled up the story about the first plane. I remember saying “How could a plane hit a building? Was it really foggy?” and Dad saying “They don’t know yet.”

    I listened to the radio all the way to school. Just before I got to campus, the second plane hit. By the time I made it actually onto campus, the administration had rolled big TVs out of some of the buildings so that we could stand on the Oval and watch the news. I spent an hour standing there with a bunch of other students watching things unfold.

    Chills. Chills.

    The only thing we had had before that was OKC, and obviously 9-11 was on a completely different scale. When the bombing happened, I remember freaking out because I saw smoke drifting over the building where my Mom worked during a newscast. She’s a nurse, and she was at the bombing site within 10 minutes, running triage. That was scary enough. I can’t imagine what the families felt on 9-11.

  35. Amanda says:

    You don’t know me…but I’ll comment.

    I remember that I was in my psychology class my freshman year of college. My professor was told by someone that something devastating had happened… but he said it was a rumor. So, we weren’t really informed about it at that point.

    I left class and went with a friend to the student center, because on Tuesdays they gave out free food. Well, we walked up there and everyone was staring at the televisions in the student center. It was kind of bizarre, but I still didn’t realize what had happened. My friend and I kept looking for free food…but when we saw that there wasn’t any we went on to out next class.

    My second class of the day was World Religions. My teacher announced what happened…and it was so crazy because all of the events from the morning fell into place.

    I started crying and everyone in class was told to go home.

    I think we had one day off from school. All I remember doing was sitting in my apartment and watching the news for hours on end.

    The people at school thought that there could be more attacks in the following days… so I was basically really freaked out and sad because of what happened.

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