Where were you when the world stopped turning?


Each year on the Anniversary of September 11th, 2001, we hear people quietly discussing where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news.  It’s just something that stays with us, like a photograph in our memories that we wish we could erase.  A sharp and painful moment in history that shook us all to the core, and will always stop us in our tracks as we remember each vivid detail of our Nation’s worst tragedy.

This is a close and personal glimpse into what we were all doing on the day that changed the way we view the world forever….

Shoshana was getting ready for class at Syracuse University.  She had received a phone call, telling her that a plane had had flown into the World Trade Center.  The utter shock.  She couldn’t believe it.  Her school had a lot of students from NY and NJ, so one can imagine the anxiety radiating throughout campus.  She spent the day in the student center with her friends, glued to the TV…along with the rest of the world.  “The thought of terrorism on our soil, in NY, PA, and in Washington D.C. was horrific….I remember thinking, are we next??”

Sarah was just a young 8th grader at the time.  She remembers hearing the murmurs in the hall at Tomlinson as she walked from one class to another .  All eyes were glued to the TV as they watched the news that a plane had hit the World Trade Center…a 2nd plane hit.  The classrooms were quiet, the halls were silent.  Soon after, students were being called to the main office as their parents picked them up, wondering if their relatives made it out okay.  Together with her family, they watched the smoke billowing across the sound at Compo Beach.  That went on for days.

Kristin was working in Westchester County that day.  She could see the skyline of the Twin Towers, smoking in the distance.  Wives were frantically worried about husbands…husbands frantically worried about wives.  No work was done that day.  Conference rooms were filled with TV’s and crowds gathered as they all watched the horror unfolding…

Lynsey was working as a nanny in New Canaan, caring for 2 little boys.  It was a beautiful, classic New England Fall day…picture perfect.   She had just put the oldest on the bus and was having a quiet breakfast with the younger one when the phone rang.  It was her friend, telling her in a nervous and shaken voice to “turn on the news.  We’re under attack.”  From that moment on, picture perfect days always give her a funny feeling.

 It’s been 13 years, but feels like just yesterday….a sure sign that life passes us by and loved ones can be gone in a flash.  That day is forever engraved in our hearts and minds, and we would like to send our thoughts and deepest sympathies to those who had to endure the loss of a loved one. 


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