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It’s been 14 years since two planes hit the World Trade Center in New York City, killing thousands and changing our lives forever. Since then, America has been dealing with the effects of the day, engaging in wars in the Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as other military actions around the world.

Fourteen years ago I was in college, getting ready for class, when I heard about the World Trade Center attacks. Back then, I couldn’t quite make sense of what I was seeing on my television screen.

Since then, everything from our travel habits to our economy has been affected by the events of that day, but where were you?

What do you remember about 9/11? Has it affected your life?

Please share in the comments section below! 

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  • binks

    I was in the 10th grade during history class (how ironic) when I first heard the news. I went to the science lab for lunch period and just watched TV of all of the images and victims, particularly those who jumped (those images are imprinted in my brain like it happened yesterday). September 11th change the game on how I view the world and threats domestically and aboard. I think this tragedy woke a lot of people up from the cocoon and bubble we used to live in and made us realize that what affects one side of the world will eventually affect this side. Globalization has its positives and negatives but one thing I learn is you can’t escape it, Either you deal and adjust or you go back to that bubble of false illusions.

    • 10th grade. You are a young’in Sister.

      Great Points.

    • binks

      LOL yeah, but sometimes I feel older than I am.

    • You have a wise soul.

    • binks

      Thank you Truth! But let my mom tell it I was born 35 and independent…sighs that poor woman…lol

    • No one can argue against mom.

    • Noirluv45

      :-D

    • Noirluv45

      LOL!

    • Mary Burrell

      Well said

  • constance

    I was a freshman in high school. I was living in Upper Manhattan at the time. I was feeling sick so I didn’t go to school that day and i remember watching the Ananda Lewis show when an announcement came on. The news anchor said that a plane had hit the Twin Towers and it looked intentional. I just remember thinking “Why would Anyone intentionally crash a plane into a building”? I was just so naive.

    For the ten year anniversary I did a research project and I discovered an image online called ‘Falling Man’. The picture is of a man suspended in midair and it is just breathtaking. For some strange reason I don’t remember thinking about the attacks after they happened. I certainly did not see any live shots of bodies falling in the sky. It wasn’t until I got older and started watching TV specials about 9/11 did I fully understand the gravity of the situation.

    • Noirluv45

      One of my most vivid memories, Constance, is of the falling man. I wondered what he (and others who had to make the grave decision of either jumping or burning) were thinking at that moment other than terror. I thought about how their family members would suffer knowing their loved one either jumped or burned. I shudder when I think of all the victims/family of that terrible tragedy.

    • Mary Burrell

      I saw that too i remember being on my job and the television was on and i could swear i saw a falling figure. Now that it’s confirmed it’s still so horrible how someone could go to their death in that manner.

  • Mary Burrell

    I remember being in the grocery story and how eerie it was everyone was being so polite and there was this weird quietness and the atmosphere was just so surreal and the churches were full standing room only.

  • Mary Burrell

    The poor sister covered in dust known as The Dust Lady she died recently. RIP to all the victims.

    • I remember the Sister too. Certainly, 9/11 reminds us abut how precious life is and that helping our neighbors is very important.