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Red star

Red star

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Sep 15, 2018
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I was in grade 8 and we were on a retreat of some sort, then during an activity the teacher tells us whats going on and then we pray for the victims. It felt surreal at the time, I had no idea what the world trade center was. When I got back home it was all over the news for weeks.
 
Help_Me

Help_Me

Gene pool mistake
Oct 21, 2018
546
Believe me or not, but i still have a VHS with recorded broadcast of 9/11 from our federal channel. I stumbled upon it this summer when i was watching my old tapes. This one was marked as "terrorsit attack in America". Back to that time : I was 10 and simply one day my mother told everyone come close to TV set. ofc i had no idea what is a trade center, but i understood something extremely horrible was happening on the other side of the planet. It was literally very hard to watch. This was one of my first conclusions in life, that there are some garbage human species living among us which are not even worth to be called "human" [i mean those who made this attack, of course]. My elder brother was sitting in another room and recording the broadcast to vhs tape i mentioned above. He later told me something like "This is the f*cked up world we all have to live in, brother". I felt uneasy for the rest of the day cause we also had our local series of terrorist attacks few years before (some group of people detonated an appartment buildings in 5 or like 6 different cities), so you can understand everybody was already in deep state of shock and panic even before 9/11.
 
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I was about 7-8 years old at the time and our bus driver told us about it when we were coming home from school. We didn't hear much about it at school or I didn't remember it being discussed. When I got home from school, I found out what happened and it felt crazy. My dad was in the military and he would end up being deployed a few years later.
 
Wantingpeace

Wantingpeace

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Aug 16, 2018
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I was 17. My dad had had a brain haemorrhage early that morning so I didn't really know much about it until much later that night. I remember hearing on the hospital radio about a plane flying into a building but had no idea the scale of it. My dad had no idea until months after and when he saw it on tv he thought it was a film.
 
worldexploder

worldexploder

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Sep 19, 2018
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I was a senior in high school. When I walked to my gutair class everyone shushed us and pointed to the TV. A plane had hit one of the World Trade Centers. News anchors were talking about how it could have been an accident. I figured it was terrorism. Then BAM! I saw a huge fireball appear on the screen. A second plane hit the other WTC. Yup it was terrorism! Then we got word of a plane that crashed in PA...then the Pentagon. We were all shocked. Eyes gluded to the TV. The news anchors equally in disarray.

The news also started getting false reports of other explosions that didn’t happen such as the Mall of America blowing up and shit. When the first World Trade Center collapsed, I remember yelling HOLY SHIT! The teacher was like “watch your mouth”. Geeze I just watched 1000s of Americans die. Anyways, the second tower soon collapsed. It was utter pandemonium.

I figured World War III was imminante and other attack’s would follow. After my block was over I walked home to be with my grandma. We watched the news all day. EVERY TV station was ether covering the events or telling us to turn to news outlets. Even Nickelodeon had a scrolling message at the bottom. AMERICA UNDER ATTACK was pretty much the main headline for the next month. We saved the newspaper the next day. Those attacks really tore me up...and everyone else as well. We were pretty united until Bush started yammering about Iraq.

Then a year later Saddam Hussein was our “biggest enemy” for some goofball reason. You couldn’t even speak out against Bush without being called an anti-American terrorist supporter (even though Iraq had nothing to do with the attacks). People worshipped Bush like some sort of god-King for awhile.

What a shame. One of the worst presidents in history when we needed true leadership the most.
 
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Angst Filled Fuck Up

Angst Filled Fuck Up

Super duper enlightened
Sep 9, 2018
1,707
I was 17 and had just come home from school. Back then I lived in Europe so it was afternoon while it was still morning in the US. Hopped off my moped, fixed my carefully-engineered boyband style spiky hair, and walked in to the living room to find the TV on and the action unfolding. It felt very surreal, like a movie, and I remember kind of thinking "is this really happening?"

It was weird too because just a couple of weeks prior, I had taken one of those same flights out of Boston as I had been in New England during summer break touring colleges in preparation for the year thereafter. I later wound up going to college there as well.
 
Lunar

Lunar

Student
Aug 14, 2018
189
I don't remember exactly what I was doing precisely, I would of been in school though and 11 years old at the time. I can't remember a lot in general to be honest because of memory problems. I couldn't tell you what happened on such a such date because I have no clue. I don't know if that's because of depression or med withdrawal, both or what it is.
 
worldexploder

worldexploder

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Sep 19, 2018
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Unrelated - but I remember the OKC bombing, the Waco siege, and watched the OJ chase live. I have witnessed a lot of news events.

Some of my first news memories was the fall of the Berlin Wall (I was in kindergarten and didn’t understand what was going on), and Desert Storm.
 
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lv-gras

fledermausßßßßßßßß
Jul 27, 2018
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.......

it sucked, both for the people there and for the worry of what warmongers would do to muslims.

then after remember people using it as an excuse to make people be more fearful and increase surveillance and control. american politics in particular seemed to get a lot nastier.
 
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satou

satou

not yet
Sep 3, 2018
225
I was home in the afternoon and happened to be watching TV. Unless my memory is making stuff up, I think that after the first plane hit, running programs were interrupted for breaking news with live footage. Second plane confirmed it was an attack, which was still unclear.

It was kind of unreal and I didn't really feel much at the time other than a vague sense of disgust.
 
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BjartNO

Student
Sep 21, 2018
166
I remember hearing news about a plane crashing into the WTC. I put on the TV immediately, and they were showing the scene live, it was CNN I think. After watching for a bit, I saw the second plane crashing into the tower, live and direct. Bit of a WTF-moment, to say the least
 
littlelungs

littlelungs

Arcanist
Oct 21, 2018
495
I was 6.

(Some background information: My stepmom and I would get up early during the weekdays and stop at Tim Hortons and then head over to her friend's house to eat breakfast and have coffee, and then her friend's son and I would go to school together from there.)

Anyways, I was getting ready for school... it must have been about 6am here. My dad and stepmom had the news on, and I just remember hearing, "Oh. My. GOD" come from the living room. I went into the living room and looked at the TV and I just saw a building completely engulfed in smoke and flames. I didn't understand the significance of the buildings, I didn't know what the World Trade Centre was, I didn't know what terrorism was... I just knew that whatever I was looking at, it was BAD. At the time, the adults just described it to me as, "Bad people took over some planes and crashed them into buildings." I also remember it being busy as all hell in Vancouver because a lot of planes were being re-directed to Canadian airports.

I remember seeing the newspaper cover images of the planes crashing into the towers, the emergency services outside the pentagon, the people falling from the buildings, etc. and one particular day after looking at the pictures in the newspaper, I asked my mom why it happened. I'll never forget the look she gave me when she said, "I don't know."

I think 9/11 was my first real, hard glimpse into how terrifyingly ugly humanity/the world could really be.
 
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