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Old 09-11-2017, 10:41 AM
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In a high rise in Times Square. Watched the fires but left before the collapse. Walked from 42nd Street to 180th Street in Washington Heights to try to walk over the GW bridge. Got there about 5 minutes after they closed it to pedestrians. Found out years later that the Port Authority employee in charge of the bridge has same name as me. Odd coincidence. Ended up having lunch in a Dominican restaurant at 11 am and drinking a few Presidente beers. All very surreal to say the least. Walked miles and miles that day but was on adrenalin and utter confusion.

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I was at work as a high school principal at the time. I remember going from class to class and not much work going on as the staff and students were in shock. Many parents came in and picked up their children and took them home to share the moment. I remember talking to some of the older students about the significance of this event and how I thought our country would never really be the same.

In looking back it is amazing how resilient our people are. Things went in a tailspin for a while, but as usual we picked up and kept on with our lives. Hope this sort of attack never happens again, but it seems hard to imagine it not happening with all the forces of evil in the world.
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I was working for Lucent Technologies, at a local Waffle House.
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Old 09-11-2017, 11:16 AM
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I was driving from Stamford, CT, to Purchase, NY, on the Merritt Parkway when the radio mentioned that it was believed "a small prop plane" hit one of the towers. Initially, it didn't sound nearly as grave a situation as it really was. I walked into work to see a bunch of my colleagues gathering around a TV in a conference room. We watched live as the towers fell, and there were folks in that room who knew people in and around those buildings. We were sent home from work, and I remember falling asleep later that day in hopes that I'd wake up to learn it was all a bad dream. It wasn't.
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Old 09-11-2017, 11:29 AM
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I was in Annapolis, listening to the morning news on the radio while preparing for work. The news sent me to the TV, and I stayed home to see the whole horrible story unfold. But my wife had to take our baby to his two-month checkup that morning, and so I was wondering the whole time if the events of that day would change the world that he would grow up in.
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Old 09-11-2017, 11:33 AM
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My ex was divorcing me and I was as driving home from a counseling session. Heard it on the radio. I was an FAA air controller on a 4-midnight shift. When I got to work all air traffic was on the ground and suspended.
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I was on base in Minot ND doing some work for the base commander at his office. I remember hearing something and looking up at the TV and seeing the first tower on fire. The base commander made a call to SF/MP "upgrade ThreatCon to Delta. This is not an exercise. I repeat ThreatCon Delta is not an exercise!" and closed the base down. He told us to pack it up and report back to our Shop and await further instructions. He said "I just know this is not an accident" Seemed about 30 sec later the second plane hit.

Regardless of peoples support or opinions I do not regret anything other than getting out to soon. I got to be part of the surge, Battle of Baghdad, OEF, OIF, OSW, and so much more.
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I was on my way to work on Route 22 in Union NJ. There is one bend in the road where you would go around it and the towers in NYC would be right in front of you. I got around the bend and saw the smoke coming from the first tower that got hit. Got to work as quickly as I could and was the only one listening to what was happening (small manufacturing company). My boss was in a meeting and I told him about each of the towers as they fell. Rat bastard wouldn't let us go home early.

So 5:00 I am leaving and as I get outside and look up I see the smoke and dust from the towers going over the area in NJ. For days afterwards the was an amazing stillness. Not much auto traffic and no plane traffic. The silence would be broken when fighter jets roared overhead.

My father had worked in the towers for decades. I have pictures of my family watching the bicentennial fleet of ships (1976) coming up the river as we watched from near the top of one of the towers. He moved on from that job in 1988 but he knew many people from that office that was still there who were killed.

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As I, too, mentioned in another thread, I was on a subway under the towers as the second plane hit. Back then I lived in Brooklyn and commuted to Manhattan every morning. I had heard a "rumor" that a plane had hit one of the buildings as a boarded the 2 train at Grand Army Plaza, heading for midtown via Wall Street area. I figured it was a small prop plane, if anything.

As we got to the downtown stations, Fulton Street, etc., the train didn't stop but just kept going through. Over the speaker we heard there was a "police investigation" so we were going to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall. When we got there, instead of people getting off as usual, the subway got mobbed by people boarding. They were in tears and visibly shaken. That was how I learned that a second plane had hit.

I got out at Grand Central. As I walked up the stairs to Lexington, across the street from the Chrysler Building, they were evacuating the building, and everyone was looking up expecting a plane to hit it, too. I got home that night by walking over the Manhattan Bridge, under a thick cloud of black smoke and military helicopters whirring above me - and F-15 fighters a bit higher in the sky. There were dozens of people handing out water and graham crackers to anyone who crossed the bridge. My apartment, which once had a view of the Twin Towers in the distance, smelled like burning plastic for quite awhile, as the smoke floated over Brooklyn for what seems like it must've been at least a few weeks.
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Was on the NJ turnpike listening to Imus when Werner Wolf called in to report he had seen a plane hit a tower. Looked to my right and saw smoke. I worked at the Meadowlands, when I left for home our parking lot was filled with ambulances and emergency aid vehicles. When I arrived the next morning, they had all been replaced by heavy construction vehicles.
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