Where Were You on September 11?

Patch is compiling a list of stories from readers on what they remember from Sept. 11, 2001.

President John F. Kennedy's asassination.

The Moon Landing.

The Miracle on Ice.

The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

The TV generation has given America a front-row seat to tragedy and triumph, and September 11, 2001, is no different.

The morning is so etched in many of our memories that we can readily recall where we were, who we were with and what we did for the next three hours.

I was the business editor at the (Spartanburg) Herald-Journal and was out on an assignment with another reporter and a photographer, doing a piece on the Upstate's rich textile industry history.

When we got back to the car, shortly after 9 a.m., my fiancee (also a newspaper reporter) frantically called. Her sister lived in New York City and some crazy things were happening. We rushed over to the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport to talk to travelers. We arrived in time to see the second tower tumble. We worked on the story from the airport for hours after that.

That's where I was.

Now, it's your turn. Patch is compiling a list of stories from readers about what they remember about the morning of Sept. 11. Share your story in the comments below.

Jonathan Allen September 10, 2012 at 02:03 PM
I was driving into downtown Charleston on my way to class at CofC. I was listening to NPR and had gotten in the car a couple of minutes after the first plane hit. The Morning Edition hosts, like everyone else, didn't know much at the time and were initially reporting it as a tragic accident until the second plane hit a few minutes later. When I got to class we had a test that day, I don't remember what class it was, but I do remember that we went ahead with the test and then seeing large groups of students congregating around every TV on campus to watch the coverage.
John H September 10, 2012 at 02:45 PM
I was making field visits when a superintendent at one of the sites said that something was happening at the World Trade Centers, then incredibly, the Pentagon. One of my colleagues had a family member there. The cell phone lines were jammed. We got her to a land line as quick as we could, to no avail. All we could do sit and watch on the TV at the restaurant. We watched in horror. We commented, "Are those people falling off the side of the building?" As the towers came down, I remember saying to myself, “I wonder if people were able to get out. Am I watching thousands dying?” After the surreal image of the Towers crumbling to the ground, there was deafening silence and dust. We came together as a nation during that time, united in love and concern for our fellow humans.
Angel September 10, 2012 at 07:26 PM
I was at home clipping coupons and reflecting on the loss of my mother in June. The television was on but I wasn't really watching it when I heard screams and people saying "noooo My God". At that point I started to pay attention as I saw The Twin Towers fall I began to cry. I thanked God that my mother had not lived to see this. (she had seen so much war in her life) Then I became fearful for the safety of my boys, I wanted to go to the school and get them so they would be with me. This is one day I will never forget!
Carolyn Farr Smith September 10, 2012 at 07:35 PM
When the towers collapsed, I was standing in front of a television in the newsroom of the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, along with several other reporters. There was an audible gasp from all of us, as we saw the buildings crumble on so many public servants who had gone in to assist those still in the towers. I will never forget.
Naomi Aguilar September 11, 2012 at 01:23 AM
I ws at home speaking with a friend of mone which worked for the airline that operated the highjacked plane. She got an emergency call in the middleof our conversation her telling what had happen and that she had to go to the airport immediately. A few moment slater I received a call from my employer telling me that there might be security issues at my place of employment since it is a communications company .. I was told to stay home until further notice. I will never forget how I felt - and then the aftermath, adn what he rescue teams went through and endured.


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