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I was in college (not AU) on 9/11. I had been in biology lab for over 2 hours trying to stay awake. This was pre internet on cell phone days, so no one had any idea what was going on outside our classroom
I left lab still half asleep and was walking out with a couple of girls from class when a car full of guys pulled up beside us. They told us "somebody has bombed the World Trade Center, or something". I was a college athlete at the time and was oblivious to anything outside my bubble, so I didn't pay much attention to it. I had places to go, so I kept on walking.
I got to the UC where I was going to get my usual sausage biscuit when I saw hundreds of people packed around the TV's in near silence. As I walked up, I knew something devastating must have happened. We watched it all unfold right there before us. Some were in tears, some were in shock, but all of us felt a connection to what was happening.
My college was about 15 miles from a very large military base, so a large percentage of our student body was made up of former military and spouses of active duty soldiers. Needless to say, I feel our campus took it about as hard as anyone.
That single event woke me up and changed my perspective. I started paying attention, not just to politics and foreign affairs, but to everything around me. I'll never forget how that day changed my life. I'll never forget what those bastards did to us. And most importantly, I'll never forget how that single event brought this nation together like nothing else I've experienced. War Damn America!
I was at the beach and it was a beautiful day on the gulf coast, but no one was outside squealing and laughing. Occasionally we saw fighter jets fly by in formation. It was a surreal experience.
I agree, OP, that event did bring us together. I miss that unity in this nation.
Was driving to work listening to Talk Radio, (one of the last times that I did that). Listened to it unfold real time, trying to imagine with my mind what my eyes couldn't see, wondering what in the world was happening to our way of life.
We've carried on but it's never been the same. Prayers to all of those who lost loved ones at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
And eternal gratitude to the brave passengers of Flight 93 who were the first to fight back. They showed what a 'spirit that is not afraid', really looks like, when there's a lot of reason to be very afraid.
God Bless America.
This post was edited by mhtiger87 22 months ago
I was in my office in Atlanta called Overlook II. I was getting ready to leave for ATL and catch a flight. Had a district manager (a reservist) call me who lived in Virginia and told me what he knew. I turned on the TV just in time to see the second crash into the Twin Towers. Such a horrible feeling never to be forgotten. Needless to say all domestic and international flights were cancelled and flights in progress were grounded. My nephew's remains were never found in the debris of the fallen Towers. This was the second national event which impacted my life. The first was the assassination of JFK. Puts things in perspective. Two football losses no big deal. Once again my sincerest condolences to all the families and friends who lost a loved one in that tragic event.
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