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September 11: Where Were You?

In an effort to connect with fellow neighbors and remember those who passed on that fateful day, I’d like to know, where were you on Sept. 11, 2001?

Recently, my family chose to host a foreign exchange student from Australia, and as the anniversary of Sept. 11 approached, I asked her the same question I ask almost everyone when discussing that fateful day; “Where were you?”

Even as an Australian, my new “sister” clearly remembered sitting in kindergarten as educators and parents tried to put into words what had happened on the other side of the world.

I don’t think I’ve met a single person who doesn’t remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when the United States suffered its worst ever terrorist attack on domestic soil.

It’s not that I enjoy reliving the horror. It’s that for me, simply revisiting our memories allows us to continually process the pain and connect with one another as Americans, and as humans.

On Sept. 11, 2001, I was a pimply faced freshman at Mt. Hebron High School in Ellicott City, MD. Sitting in health class, our principal addressed the school and with what little information she had, explained that something crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City—possibly a plane. My friend Candace’s father was a pilot for United Airlines. I can still remember her face—full of fear and uncertainty.

My classmates and I were protected in our classroom—safely tucked in our school. We felt safe. And as information slowly came in through our television, every one of us learned a little bit more about the harsh realities of the world and the preciousness of life.

I consider Sept. 11 as the day my innocence was truly lost.

In an effort to connect with fellow neighbors and remember those who passed on that fateful day, I’d like to know, where were you on Sept. 11, 2001? 

Tell me in the comments.

Head over to Edgewater-Davidsonville Patch's Facebook page to see how other residents remember Sept. 11, 2001.

Annapolis Patch editor Anna Staver was a college student in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. of what it was like being in the big city on that fateful day. 

RB September 11, 2012 at 12:45 PM
I was living in San Diego waking up the kids for school, when my friend called and told me to turn on the news....horrified, scared all those emotions we all felt. Husband went into his medical Navy mode and went into work, walked the kids to school with the other moms trying to be normal. After kids were in the school we all just stood outside on the sidewalk and cried. To make it even worse, when I got back home, my mom called from the East Coast to tell me my Grandmother had just passed away (not 911 related)...those events kept overshadowing her passing and I felt horrible for that. We couldn't go to her funeral either because of the planes being grounded for so long.
Karen Miller September 11, 2012 at 12:50 PM
I was homeschooling my 2 children and I got a call from my mother and said turn on the tv. I turned on the tv and couldnt believe what was happening. Such sadness I couldnt hardly take it all in. We watched tv and I remember thinking all those people in the buildings. I couldnt stop crying for them. I will never forget the sadness and shock that day brought. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families today and all the emergency workers that gave all that day to try to protect and help the people.
Dr. Cheryl Sawyer's poem to commemorate that day: http://www.pageonelit.com/Tragedy/Powerofone.html
Amanda Collinson September 11, 2012 at 01:34 PM
I was a freshman in hs and my 7th grade brother and i were currently being home schooled. My mom had left for her part time job so instead of starting school we had decided to watch tv for a bit. I was watching a morning talk show when it flipped to coverage of the first tower being hit. My brother called me into the room he was in to watch it with him. We sat and watched as they tried to figure out what happened and were still watching as the second tower was hit. I think I realized how bad this was when the news caster said nothing for a few moments and then could only say " Oh, my gosh," over and over again. My brother and I walked down the street to our grandparents and stayed with them waiting for our parents. When we were finally able to get in touch with my dad who worked near DC he asked us what the smoke was that he could see in DC, moments later we heard about the pentagon. My view of the world changed that day. I had felt like no one could get into our 'American bubble' before and that day showed me that wasn't the least bit true. I am so thankful for all of the emergency responders who were willing to risk their lives to go and be hero's for our country during this catastrophe.
Heather Jones September 11, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I was sitting on our couch feeding my 4 month old son watching the Today show. Kayla was at school Edgewater Elementry 3rd grade. Matt Laur was showing footage of the 1st tower being hit as we were watching the 2nd plane hit. My now Husband was still sleeping he worked crazy hours catering I woke him up not sure but felt the need to have him close to us Ryan and I news was breaking that all planes were directed to landed ASAP I remeber Rob and I walk outside seeing planes low ( we live close to BWI) and then thinking after was that the one that hit the pentagon? After the plane went down in PA and the phones were so busy you could not get through to talk to anybody I felt the need to go get Kayla Kurczewski from School and somehow we talked to Robs parents and we went to Pick Dianna Jones from school south river 10th grade (i think) and we all watched in horror as the towers fell and not understanding at the time the feeling I felt but later to know the whole country felt the same way closer to our neighbor all of us united and all angry and sad and stronger as Americans! I WILL NEVER FORGET 9/11/01

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