Where Were You On 9/11?

Share your recollections of what you were doing when you got the news of the terrorist attacks on America.

It was 11 years ago, at the moment this piece is being published (8:46 a.m.), that our lives changed forever.

It was 8:46 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001 when a hijacked airplane crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center, beginning one of the saddest chapters of American history.

Much like the assassination of John F. Kennedy a generation earlier, the events of 9/11 will never be forgotten by those who experienced them.

Patch would like to know where you were and what you were doing when you heard the news that America was under attack. Please share your personal memories of that day in the comments section below.

Zack Huot September 11, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Mr. Devosts 4th grade class watched it all happen on CNN in class
Tim Jensen September 11, 2012 at 12:56 PM
I had just emerged from a meeting at the newspaper I worked for, when one of the graphic artists who worked for us said his girlfriend had just called and reported the attack. We all went downstairs to a break room and spent most of the day transfixed in front of the television.
Tom McGuire September 11, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Was at work and everyone stopped and watched the tv. No one could believe it. Few years later I became a firefighter in the town of Enfield.
Daniel Cima September 11, 2012 at 01:00 PM
I was providing an inspection at an apartment complex in Windham, when the manager of the property came running up and told us to go home to our families; the US was under attack and planes were crashing into buildings all up and down the East Coast. Seeing it on TV was surreal. I enlisted in the Army shortly after, and spent 5 1/2 years in the Fourth Infantry Division. 9/11 really did change everything for me, and I can't watch the footage to this day without crying...
Erin Quinlan (Editor) September 11, 2012 at 01:04 PM
It was my second week of my freshman year at UConn. My husband (then boyfriend) and I were in psychology class when we started hearing that something might have happened. When class got out, we went to the Student Union and found a television. We couldn't believe what we were seeing. Shortly after that, he decided to join the Marines and defend our country. A couple of kids grew up really fast that day and it changed the course of our lives forever - without us actually being in New York City.
Pat Droney September 11, 2012 at 01:11 PM
I was working a road job on Elm St. near Rte 91 as a member of the Enfield Police Department. I remember that it was the most beautiful late summer day, not at all unlike today. It was a cool morning with no clouds in the sky. I got a call from my friend Chuck Grasso, also an Enfield officer who asked me if I had the television on. I told him that I was working a road job, and he told me that a "small plane" just crashed into the World Trade Center. I thought that strange because knowing something about flying, I wondered why a small plane could hit one of the towers. As he was talking to me, suddenly he said, "Oh my God something just hit the other tower...it was an airliner!" At this point, I knew that we were under attack by someone. I called my wife at home, and asked her if she was watching TV. She said that she had it on but wasn't watching. I told her to go look and she said that the two towers were both on fire. As I talked to her on the phone, people were stopping by while driving and telling me what happened, asking if I knew what had happened. I spoke to my wife for a few minutes and then hung up and called the station. The dispatcher told me that two planes had crashed into the towers, one in each. It was just such a surreal moment in time...a little bit of time went by and then Chuck called back and told me about the Pentagon. I knew that we were now at war and that life had changed forever. I will NEVER forget 9/11/2001...wish everyone wouldn't.
Jayme Kunze September 11, 2012 at 01:14 PM
I was in my eighth grade music class. We turned on the TV and saw the second plane hit, but afterwards we weren't allowed to watch or discuss what was going on. If anything, I think not being able to talk about it made it scarier for us all.
Kristen Levasseur September 11, 2012 at 01:24 PM
I was working in the infant room at Country Day School in Enfield when we heard the news on the radio. I was in shock. I'll never forget that day....
Ted Glanzer (Editor) September 11, 2012 at 01:32 PM
I was home in Lebanon awatching the whole thing unfold in real-time on television. I remember just sitting there stunned when the first tower collapsed, then the second. I picked up the phone and called my father, who was born and raised in New York City, and just said dumbly, "They're gone. They're all gone." He was retired and hadn't turned on the television on all day; he had no idea that anything was happening until I called.
Lindsay Caouette September 11, 2012 at 01:35 PM
I was walking out of a meeting in Southbridge MA and headed to another meeting in Worcester MA. Someone in the parking lot told me "go home to your family". I thought the guy was a nut job. I didn't have a clue who he was and he was acting strange. I got in my car and turned my radio on to hear the news caster talking about the first tower being hit by a plane. I didn't know what to think. I headed to my mom's (where my children were) and heard the account of the second plane hitting as I pulled into her driveway. I just sat there for some time. I then went into my mom's scooped up my infant son and held him close and colapsed on the couch next to my mom. My 2 year old played on the floor as my mom and I sat staring at the tv. At some point my 2 year old looked at us and said "Why are you crying?" I didn't know what to say. What do you say to a 2 year old when your country is under attack? Today my now 13 year old and I will watch the events that happened 11 years ago....
Erin Belden September 11, 2012 at 01:36 PM
I was sitting in my dorm room at CCSU saying goodbye to my roommate who was about to get on a plane bound for Colorado when I turned on NBC and told her that she probably wasn't going anywhere. We sat in disbelief and watched the news for hours, called our friends and families and knew that our Nation was forever changed.
Kathy Smith September 11, 2012 at 01:37 PM
I was on my honeymoon in Mexico......watched cnn the whole day in disbelief.
Bill Lee September 11, 2012 at 01:43 PM
I was with an instructor about to gather students into a 9 AM class at NUWC, part of the Navy's complex in Newport, RI. The Today Show was on outside the room. We all witnessed the first attack and a the staff began to buzz. Moments after the second plane hit cell phones all around us began to ring and the anxiety level climbed fast. The civilian and Naval staff scrambled and within moments the bustling training rooms were empty. The last guy in the classroom came up to my colleague and I and said "Get your equipment packed, and get yourself over that [Newport] bridge before they lock this island down tight." I remember driving very fast home to Enfield listening to the radio coverage... Route 2 seemed empty. Was very relieved to get home with my wife and baby.
Jesse Boissonneault September 11, 2012 at 01:45 PM
I was in school at fermi, I had gotten to history class after the first plane hit, they had the tv on already. I thought the class before us was watching a movie until i saw the date on the tv and then the second plane hit and everyone started screaming and a few crying i knew something was not right. I will never forget that sad day. I remember going home and my dad sat me down and we talked for awhile about it.
Maureen September 11, 2012 at 01:51 PM
I was at home getting ready for work as an operating room nurse. I had the tv on and heard about the 1st plane, then watched the 2nd plane. I headed into work (in Albany, NY) where our manager was waiting in her office praying for word from her daugher who worked in the towers, eventually she rec'd word that her daughter was ok. We went into disaster prep mode, all non-essential surgeries were cancelled and we readied our OR's for expected overflow patients from NYC...then we waited and watched our computer screens and listened to our radios horrified to realize that so many had been murdered.
Lori Gates September 11, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I was at work (in a doctor's office adjacent to a hospital) when we were called and told what had happened. I remember the office being on call for emergencies, and then realizing there weren't going to be any calls once the towers fell. Watching my boyfriend (now my husband) receiving the military alert status call and knowing he was going home to pack his gear...seeing no traffic on the roads except for emergency vehicles headed south down the Berlin Turnpike toward NY; no sirens, just lights. The part I choose to remember most is everyone on their front porches with candles and flags, united as Americans in grief as well as in patriotism.
Suzy Q September 11, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Making lunches for the kids while they sat at the bar eating breakfast with Good Morning America on the TV. In Colorado GMA was just starting for us...we watched in disbelief as the first plane hit then as we were shaking our heads thinking is this REALLY happening? The 2nd plane hit...the whole day was spent in front of a TV any where we were watching and praying for all that were impacted. Pray to this day for our country, some days it seems we are so divided...we need to continue to stand together and be strong, no matter what our political view is...in the end we all want the same thing...to live in a free country where we can think for ourselves and pursue our passions. Thank you to all the military families who put their lives on the line for all of us to live in the land of the free and home of the brave! God bless...we will never forget!
suzanne taravella September 11, 2012 at 03:03 PM
I was home with my 1 month old baby,and watching the Today show,in disbelief called my best friend to tell her to turn on channel 30 and that's when the other plane hit.I called my husband and asked him to come home right away ,it was the creepiest feeling ,very scary, sad day that will never be forgotten!
Diana Parker September 11, 2012 at 03:14 PM
I had just finished walking with my friend & we stopped for coffee at Dunkin' Donuts. As we finished and were leaving, we saw a report about an airplane crashing into one of the towers. At this point, we all thought it was truly just an accident, sad but not terrifying. I headed to the gas station & on the way home, the radio announced the 2nd plane crashing and then the crash into the Pentagon......i tore home and called our son, who was away at college in D.C., not 5 miles from the Pentagon. I woke him up & made him promise NOT to wander downtown to see all that might be going on. Then I called my husband, who was donating platelets at the Farmington Red Cross & begged him to come home. I drove to McAlister to get our younger son & the 3 of us were glued to the television in alternating states of disbelief, shock, horror & desolation for the rest of the day. Our oldest son came home at the end of that week, needing a break from all the chaos & told us then that though it wasn't televised, there had been tanks patrolling the D.C. area.
Meri September 11, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Thank you for your service, Daniel. I am so grateful that our nation has men and women such as yourself, who give so selflessly to us.
Meri September 11, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Thank you, Erin, and your husband, for your service. I am so grateful that our nation has men and women, and their families, who give so selflessly to us.
Tim Jensen September 11, 2012 at 04:50 PM
From Vivian Endsley via Facebook: I was at My Best Friend's House in Calif., readying to head home to Texas. Was Awoken by Her Cries To Me.... I Remember So Well.. Watching The On The Spot Moment When The Second One Flew Into The Twin Tower.. :( Hugs to all those who have a Fallen Family Member, My Prayer's, for Your Angel's Are Near you Alway's!! ♥ Vivian Endsley..
Karen O'Hara Zimmerman September 11, 2012 at 10:29 PM
I work for American Airlines and was at my desk at our Reservations Call Center when the first plane, one of ours, hit the tower. Call Centers are normally noisy, with hundreds of people talking to customers, however as the news spread the place became eerily quiet, everyone in shock and disbelief. To the passengers and crews of American Airlines flights 11 and 77, United Airlines flights 175 and 93, as well as those killed on the ground, their families and the countless heroes in New York and Washington, D.C., we reflect and pay tribute to you on this eleventh anniversary of that tragic day.
Nadine Bourgault September 12, 2012 at 01:37 AM
I was at work, waiting for morning report to begin, when the social worker entered the room and told us that a plane had flown into the World Trade Center. We all thought it was a small single engine plane, and that air traffic control had made an error. Then we heard that the second one had been struck. Now we all were aware this was no accident, but a deliberate terrorist attack. It was also my son's birthday (he was turning 32). It took him a long time to be happy on his birthday again, as it took all of us to believe what had happened to the greatest country in the world. Thank you to all those men and women who assisted during this tragic time, and God bless all those who lost their lives. May their families get some comfort from all the love out there for them all.
Joe Grieco September 12, 2012 at 02:01 PM
I had returned that Friday night from a two-week business trip in the Middle East (Amman and Dubai). I was on the way to the cafeteria where I work to get a cup of coffee when one of my co-workers told me "Hey, a plane just hit the WTC." As this guy had a reputation for poor taste and inappropriate statements I initially ignored him until I realized that folks in the caf were riveted to the TV screens instead of engaging in conversation. I turned around, saw what they were looking at, and had to sit down. Then the second plane hit! "My God! Who could be doing this!" I thought.
Kathy September 12, 2012 at 04:55 PM
I was sitting at my desk at work in Hartford when my and everyone elses computers went black at 8:46. It didn't take long before word came of what was happening. My company occupied several floors in the WTC and lost 295 colleagues that day, two of which worked primarily in the Hartford office but just happened to have business to conduct that day in the NYC offices. I still have the last email I got from my colleague Dick at my desk. The email is dated Sept 6 3:36pm and is just a simple thank you for typing something for him. So every year since, the company has a community volunteer day on or close to Sept 11 to honor our lost colleagues and remember all who perished that day.
Tom Kienzler September 15, 2012 at 12:25 AM
It is still crystal clear, I was away in Allentown Pa on business and eating breakfast at the hotels restaurant watching the news, when they cut to the World Trade Center saying that it had been reported that a plane had hit the building......I watched, unable to take my eyes off the screen for the next 2 hours as the buildings were attacked and collapsed.....Talking back and forth with family as it unfolded. I remember being very angry and on the edge of my seat about what might happen minute by minute......I cancelled my appointments and drove the 200 miles home.....As I drove around New York city I could see the smoke in the distance....I was heartbroken for all those who died. I will never forget


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