CNY Stories from 9/11
We all remember where we were, what we were doing and how we felt the day the world stopped turning. Below are some stories that stuck out to us. Join the conversation at the bottom or on Facebook.
I was teaching my first graders that day when my teacher’s aide came into the classroom and told me what was going on in NYC. When I went to see for myself on a TV in our principal’s office I couldn’t believe my eyes. And it got worse as time passed and the buildings fell. Horrible, tragic day. — Judy Terrose Rice
I was at home in england waiting to go and pick my kids up at school. And was horrified, and transfixed watching it on the news terrible. I hope i never see anything like that again in my lifetime. God bless to all the victims and their families. I hope to 1 day go to new york. And put some flowers there aswell xx — Pam Morton
I was at the armory on academy street at the tool sale with my mom and grandmother. As we were standing in line, the national guards came in, in swarms fully suited with thier gear on. They told us we had to leave. Didn’t say anything else. I lived on fairview st and when we got back to my house and walked in just to see the second plane hit as I had left the tv on while I was gone. I was speachless as I held my grandmother as she cried (she was born and raised in the city) so ver close to home for her. As the images unfolded on the tv reality hit as I watched army vehicles and the fire department depart to head to the city to help. That day will never be the same for me. — Bill and Jolene Thompson
I was at work but there was a television in the break room…I just kept going back and looking..in total shock. — Irene Catron
I was on my way to a Parents Meeting – I heard about the first plane on the radio while driving to it and thought “oh my God what a horrible accident.” I was driving into the below ground parking lot and heard that a plane had gone into the second tower and I said “we are under attack.” I felt like my legs were like jelly. I walked into the meeting and someone had a radio playing with more of the news. We left the meeting and it took me over an hour and a half to get home when the trip is usually 20-30 minutes. My husband was a police officer and was held over to work. My daughter was in school listening to the news. I will never forget this day, as I will never forget where I was when Kennedy was killed and the Shuttle exploded. — Rose Lentz
I was working at sanyos that day listing to the radio and when that came in on the news the whole place went quite — Sandra Hill
I was at work at Tower Records in DC. One of our customers told us about the first plane. We ran down to where we sold TV’s and saw the second plane hit. The store manager told everyone that the store was closing immediately. Our store was 4-5 blocks from the White House. My coworker called his wife who worked across the street. We drove through the side streets as the main streets were congested with pedestrians running. We made it to his apartment where we watched CNN all day. I later found out that a friend from my hometown worked in WTC 1 and was killed instantly (probably) when the first plane hit. She worked on one of the upper 90’s. For us, it’s probably like the bombing of Pearl Harbor was for our parents. — Greg Shadley
Took my Dad to a Dr. appt. in Oneonta. Was doing their (Mom & Dad’s) grocery shopping at P.C.. No one said a word about it, so I didn’t know what happened until we got home. Mom came hurrying out the back door to tell us Tom (my son-in-law) was O.K. He was working for the gov. at the time. After that we were glued to the T.V. — Patricia Teter
I was working on the 17th floor of the state office building in Binghamton. Everyone was at a meeting except for the secretary and myself. She told me a plane had hit buiilding in NYC. When I turned on the news and found out two buildings had been hit I left for home. All the radio stations turned into news stations that day. There was no music. On my drive home from Binghamton one after the other towers fell and all I could think of was all those people. I got home and checked to make sure all my family was safe. It took me months to be able to hear a plane fly over without being a bit scared. I did not want to go back into the building but knew I had to. We all sat around the conference table and vented and shared feelings, thoughts, etc. Great therapy. I still cannot even look at a picture of the twin towers…….. — Diane Snel Hendee
We had just gotten to England to start our 10 day vacation on our return from Heathrow Airport our cousin call and said to turn on the telly as America has just been attacked, we did see the second town being hit at that time. The rest of our trip was spent watching the telly. People in England were very sympathetic towards us. There was moments of silence on the main street in the town where we stayed. Our stay was long enough so we were able to return home on time. We will never forget. Emi & Ted Gaisford
I remember where I was that morning. I just got to my Moms to take her to a Dr. appt. I heard it on the car radio you told it. I rushed inside and she was watching it on TV. We sat there watching when the 2nd one hit. I said OH MY GOSH another one hit it too. We were both in shock of what had happened. — Jean M. Fink
I had been at work a few minutes when my boss came over to the area where another worker and myself were working together. She said there was something we would want to know, and she told us what she knew. This was after the first plane hit. We immediately put the radio on and started to try to figure out what it might mean, and when the second plan hit, we had a better idea. The boss said we could close up and go home if we wanted to. I continued to work because focusing on that seemed to be a good way to cope. My daughter called me from school, she was crying and I attempted to calm her down. School closed early and I left work to go pick her up. As I walked to my car, I was thinking to myself “everything has changed, things are different now.” I picked my daughter up, and I think we were both in a state of mild shock. We tried to find out if the Red Cross in Oneonta was taking blood, but we could not find out. (I think it turned out that the number of injured survivors was not all that large, and most likely blood banks in NYC could handle it).
For me, most days and probably most weeks go by without even thinking about it…….but at this time of year, I relive the memories and think about the tremendous loss we all suffered that day. I especially feel bad for the children of men and woman who died that day. I visited the site of the former World Trade Center buildings a little less than a year after the event, and again a couple of years after that. While there is no good reason to continually think about and agonize over this, its important to NEVER forget. — Carolyn Simmons