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FDP Forum / Moe's Tavern (_8^(I) / 16 Years Ago - 9/11/01

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Philly, B-3 Capital

don't dream it be it
Sep 11th, 2017 09:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

one of my best friends called and asked if I was watching TV and told me what was happening.
I asked where he was and he said he was just admitted to a hospital.
6 months later he died from an aggressive form of leukemia.

I'll never forget on many levels.

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Sep 11th, 2017 09:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I lived through it while working in DC as an attorney for a big law firm.

My one friend visited the twin towers the day before with his family. His kids asked "what if these buildings fall down"? VERY spooky!

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NW Pennsylvania

Sep 11th, 2017 09:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The flag at the Post Office is flying at the top of the mast.

Today's "Google Doodle" is a small black ribbon that doesn't even do anything when you click on it.

And the trending stories on today's Google News are "Florida, Apple, Hurricane Irma, Hillary Clinton, and Cleveland Browns."

So what are you guys even talking about?

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Memphis, TN

Sep 11th, 2017 10:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It was a VERY dark day in our history and drove home the fact that even though there are two oceans to insulate us from the rest of the world, we are indeed vulnerable.

For days after with no air traffic it was eerily quiet in Memphis as we always have both the Memphis airport as well as Fed-X flying all the time.

We honor those lives lost by keeping them in our hearts.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Don't tell me town ain't got no heart
Sep 11th, 2017 10:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Most of us will never forget so why do so few remember?

Scott L.
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Mr. Crump don't 'low no easyriders here.
Sep 11th, 2017 10:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I heard about it from the FDP thread that sad day.

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So. Cal. USA

Sep 11th, 2017 10:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm still.......ANGERY!


Forgive your enemies

but never forget their names
Sep 11th, 2017 10:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My wife and I were on our Harley around Las Cruces, New Mexico. We had just turned on the bike's radio and at first we thought we were listening to a "war of the Worlds" type of radio show but when the second plane hit I remember saying "this is for real".

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Staten Island, NY

Godzilla the Thread Killa
Sep 11th, 2017 11:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Had a job interview right in the middle of everything that wasn't until the afternoon. I remember being upset that I had to wait until the afternoon, I would have preferred it in the morning.

I'm fortunate that I didn't get what I wanted.

I'm also fortunate in that despite my living very close to the WTC site, and having lived here my whole life, I didn't lose anyone close to me. There were a few people I knew, a few relatives of people I know, but not what a lot of the folks around here went through. A lot of people lost someone.

I was first back in Manhattan about 6 days later (maybe sooner, I can't recall at this point), and I remember seeing the pieces of the destroyed exoskeleton of the building kind of just sticking up out of the rubble. It made it so you could tell what it had been instead of just being a pile of rubble. And the smell, I will never forget that.

And also, the dead silence on the Staten Island Ferry, which I'd been riding most of my life, while approaching the dock on the Manhattan side. Usually full of all kinds of noise, conversation, and unusual people yelling at themselves, nobody said a word.

And that was just from going by. I can't even imagine what its like for the survivors.

RIP and never forget.

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Mass., Amerika

CO2 ... is there anything it can't do?
Sep 11th, 2017 11:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

We lost more than lives that day.

I won't forget that either.

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Clawhammer Rules!
Sep 11th, 2017 11:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

We have never recovered. I am hopeful that someday we will change trajectories.

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Methuen, MA, USA

Sep 11th, 2017 11:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

EVERY time I am in a stairwell I think of the fear and exhaustion of those trying to climb down, and especially of those unimaginably brave firefighters and others climbing decades of floors in heavy equipment to try to help. It is mind boggling how many were able to get out.

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State of Jefferson

Sep 11th, 2017 11:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"A date which will live in infamy" also describes 9-11-01.


Undiscover'd country

from whose bourn no traveller returns.
Sep 11th, 2017 11:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I ignored the first news, not knowing what size plane was involved. A bomber had once struck the Empire State bldg, so I didn't think much of it.

When the 1st tower fell, I phoned Mrs. E and headed to the co cafeteria where the news was playing. I saw tower 2 fall.


(This message was last edited by Electron at 02:16 PM, Sep 11th, 2017)

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Sunken Heights

North Carolina
Sep 11th, 2017 12:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

On 9/10 a couple of other NCOs, some young troops, and I went fishing at nearby Kiest Lake on Ft. Bragg during our lunch break. One of the troops, a young Specialist, caught a bass by sheer accident by gilling it with a treble-hook. It was a lot of laughs, very relaxing and we looked forward to doing it more often.

The next morning, 9/11, it all went to Hell and I didn't fish again for another seven or eight years. Of that group, one was killed in Iraq a couple of years later, and the young Specialist is now a Master Sergeant in the 82nd Airborne with about four or five combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He will probably deploy again at the rate we are going. We were all were sent on multiple missions all over the place during the coming years as part of the 4th PSYOP group, Airborne!

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Back In The UK!

Swinging The Lead
Sep 11th, 2017 01:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was eating lunch with my mother, the TV was on.

A live news broadcast came on after the first hit, and as soon as I answered a call from my sister in law over in Philadelphia, the second plane hit. Her immediate response, US Navy, was, 'We are going to turn the Middle East into a glass parking lot!'

The most surreal moment in my life that mind altering substances had no involvement in.

I can't help but hope that, with the gains being made against Daesh, that there is an end in sight to all this madness.

Roger Ball
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New guitars, old amps. Perfect.
Sep 11th, 2017 01:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

At the time I was working for a defense contractor and was walking down to the I.T. department for some reason. There was a group of people gathered around a monitor looking at the first reports. There wasn't much information (no video) so we thought at first it might be a small plane that lost control or something. When the second one hit, we pretty much knew what was happening. It was an awful feeling that only got worse as information came out over the next weeks and months.

Also, my wife was working at the time and told me her boss and daughter were in NYC on vacation at the time. They were on their way to the Trade Center for a scheduled tour. They would have been inside one of the buildings if they hadn't been delayed by traffic for half an hour or so.

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Sep 11th, 2017 05:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was on top of the World Trade Center in 1997, and remember looking DOWN at the Continental Express prop planes whizzing by.

I remember thinking, dang, we're higher than planes are flying!

So my first thought when I heard the news was, yep, it was only a matter of time until someone messed up and crashed into the building on accident.

Of course when the second one hit I knew it was no accident and knew we were at war.


Alexandria, Virginia

Sep 11th, 2017 06:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Saw the news while first being reported a small plane hit the first tower. Seeing the video on the news I was thinking that was a hell of a small plane... walked out the back door 3 feet and felt the concussion of the explosion of the Pentagon hit (other side of the city)... didn't know what it was, but still remember thinking it was something big to cause it. The smoke smell came not long later... It still haunts me.

Thanks mod for adding the date to my thread title.

FDP Data Goon

We all want

our time in hell
Sep 11th, 2017 07:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

One of my other servers crashed that morning, so I was up.

I went in, booted it, came home to it happening.

Went out soon thereafter and filled everything up with gas and filled the jerrycans in the van and got some more ammo.

For me, the day is best remembered by the folks on 93.

They weren't paid first responders, they didn't know their families would be taken care of, but were willing to lay it down as normal, average citizens.

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