Monday, September 12, 2011

Star Pillow Box Ornament

Hey guys! Back for another week?! 


Yesterday was really special. I loved reading all of the tributes to 9-11. I remember being a sophomore in college at BYU and one of my roommates was from Washington DC and her mom worked at the Pentagon. We woke up to a phone call from her dad screaming to turn on the TV and to stay calm. Ahhh...not really possible! I remember the day like it was yesterday. It's incredible how those feelings come back so strongly when you hit an anniversary like this. I am proud to be an American and hope these feelings of unity and tolerance stay with us forever and not just for moments like these!



"Heroes can give their lives all at one time or they can give a little each day." 
-Deena Burnett, wife of Flight 93 hero Tom Burnett

I spent Friday & Saturday at the Scrapbook USA Expo! I loved meeting so many of you and hearing how much you love the blog!! It made me so happy :) I snagged a box of goodies from the booth and brought it home for one of you. Leave me a comment on this blog post telling me where you were on 9-11 and I will pick a winner on Wednesday :)


I have another ornament tutorial for you! This one is seriously EASY!! 


I love how you can take this tutorial and really make it unique by putting your own twist on it!! This would also make a great favor by filing it with a little Christmas candy :)

Download your template HERE.


I need to pick a winner from Friday's giveaway too! Congrats to: 

Kelly Braund said...
Awesome! Love the 
wood accents and tapes!

69 comments:

  1. 10 yrs ago, I was at home getting ready for work. I was in the bathroom when i heard a bottle of water fall over (my window was open and the wind blew it over) I went into the bedroom to make sure the lid was on and there wasn't water all over the floor. I had GMA on just as background noise and just as I walked into the room the 2nd plane hit! I sat on the bed and watched in shock and awe. Needless to say, I was late for work. All during work we listened to the radio. I worked in a restaurant, and the whole day, not one customer came in!! Once I got home I spent the WHOLE night watching all the news that I could. Even as a Canadian, my heart was hurting. Yesturday, my brother got married...a little joy brought into a day of sadness.

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  2. We lived in NJ and could see the towers from our apt. on a clear day. It was my 2nd day on the job as an associate (was a contractor for several months before.) My husband had been in NYC the night before working through the night and I called, woke him up, told him to turn on the TV and call his mom to let her know he was ok- he always went through the Towers train station when he went to that part of the city to work. Work sent us home at noon and I drove looking at the smoke ahead of me on rt 80. I went home and my husband and I went to the parking lot and just looked at the smoke on the horizon for a while.

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  3. I was at home with 2 little kids. I remember hearing about it on the news that morning and just watching all day for any updates. I felt scared and worried about my children's future.

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  4. I was a freshman in college coming home in-between classes when it happened. I did not understand what was going on until I came home. I watched the coverage in awe of what was happening. It didn't seem real.
    ~Rosalynn

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  5. I am not even from America...I'm from South Africa...but I also sat clued to my TV the entire day...needless to say I felt so sad and stunned and scared!

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  6. I was home from work (sick) that morning and my Mom called me crying saying that a plane had hit the WTC. So I turned on The Today Show and not long after, watched the second plane hit the south tower. I remember it like it was yesterday. The CEO of the company I worked for (GreenPoint Credit) lost his son in one of the towers. It was just all so sad.

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  7. I was at home with my hubby and 2 little ones getting our son ready for Kindergarten. My mom called and said to turn on the tv and that a plane just hit one of the towers. We watched all morning and I just cried. How could anyone be so horrible to other human beings? My son was 5 at the time and he still remembers that morning. I have an uncle that works at the Pentagon and fortunately he was on the other side of the building when the plane hit there. So sad and still stunned over the events of that day.

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  8. I was home schooling my 2 children. The youngest was 12 and it became a current events day filled with prayer for all those affected and for our nation.

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  9. I was asleep in our home on Ft. Carson, CO. My neighbor woke me up banging on my door screaming for me to come over. I thought something had happened to one of her little boys. I got over there just in time to see Tower 1 get hit. Tower 2 was still standing. We both new instantly it was terrorism. The base was shut down. Nobody in or out. The military vehicles patrolled up and down the streets with weapons ready. It was a sobering experience. We did not feel safe at all. I have never cried so much for those I did not even know and you for all of the lives lost. It seemed as if it was not going to end. The Pentagon and then Shanksville, PA. I hope and pray we never have to relive that again.

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  10. On 9-11-2001 I was awakened by my mom calling to let me know that my brother was in a car accident(he was ok, banged up and bruised) and we are being attacked by terrorists. So I spent the day tending my 16 month old son and sitting on the ottoman with my enourmouse pregnant belly, also sitting on the ottoman(only comfort)watching the news over and over again. Only to wonder why do I want to bring more people into a world like this. Only to see now that the world did not end on that day, it was a new beginning. A beginning for us to realize the importance of sticking together and loving one another.

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  11. I actually started a scrap layout about 9/11 this weekend - here is part of the journaling that I am including in that LO:

    "On Tuesday, September 11th, 2001 I was a sophomore in high school. In every way it was a really normal school day morning. Clear sky and a crisp, cool September morning greeted me. That day I remember that I had a 20th Century American History test first period. I remember one of my classmates asking the teacher if we should be concerned about the "new york thing" and he brushed it off, telling us that what we needed to worry about right now is the test because it was worth 30% of our final grade. I had no idea what they were talking about and I didn't really pay any attention at the time.

    When the bell rang all of the kids started spilling out into the hallways as usual for a passing period, but the administration had pulled out all of the TVs and lined them up in the library and commons and had different news channels on. It was absolute silence. Everyone just sat and watched, completely horrified.

    The belief that we were somehow invincible, that somehow our country was above these sorts of atrocities had been shattered. For the first time my generation faced the facts that are now our reality. Not everybody thinks that the US is the greatest country on earth, and just because you live here in America does not guarantee you safety, and yes, there really are people out there who will do horrible, awful things to other people.

    There was no second period - the faculty didn't even ask us to go. So we stayed, and watched.

    By lunch time we were sent on our ways. Photography was my third period, and my teacher, who originally was from NY, was so consumed with trying to find out if her family was ok that we were allowed to do whatever we wished. I ended up laying on the cool concrete floor of the dark room and spent the 90 minutes listening to the radio where the talking heads were rehashing the morning's events.

    In my last period of the day, Technical Theatre, we hung lights for a gig later that week. But no one talked. We did our work silently, and were let go a half an hour early.

    I spent the evening watching the news coverage. I don't think that my 15 year old brain had really recovered from the shock. This was the first big, society-changing event to happen within my lifetime.

    9/11 marked the first day or a whole new era. One whose effects and consequences are far reaching, and only starting to be understood."

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  12. I'm from NYS but was in NC for college. I saw the first tower hit when getting on the elevator after class. In my room, I watched the rest of the events. Everyone knew I was from NY and kept asking if my family was ok. I reassured them that we lived in the state part 8 hours away, not on Long Island. It was really amazing to see everyone's concern for someone they had known for only a few weeks.

    When I called home that night I used a Walmart prepaid card. It was the fastest I had ever been connected and they didn't charge me for the call. Companies were helping people however they could that day.

    The next class I had was taught by an architect. He pointed out that the buildings stayed UP long enough for a lot of people to get out and that it collapsed on itself instead of falling to the side which saved even more people. With that, despite all the negativity during that time, I was glad the building's designers had done such a good job.

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  13. Ten years ago yesterday I was a sophomore in high school. I was on my way to my second hour World Geography class with my favorite teacher... he was constantly a goofball, and it made his class my favorite. I heard somewhere between my first and second hour classes that someone had crashed a plane in NYC, but the severity of the occasion hit when I walked into Maue's room and saw how very somber he was... Most of the rest of the school day was devoted to watching the horrific scenes on the news over and over. It was horrible. I don't think that, as a 15 year old, I realized what the idea of us being "at war" meant... it was something that happened very far away, and Thank God my family and friends were not involved. Now, as a 25 year old, I wish that I had understood more the depth of where those actions that day would lead us: war, recession, and American soldiers being sacrificed. I pray that those who lost loved ones have found peace, and I also pray that our American soldiers can come home safely as soon as possible. I think if we are all a little more tolerant, a little more loving, the world would be a much better place to live.

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  14. I was at home and saw the second tower hit, while watching Fox News. The cast and I thought we were watching a replay of the first tower being hit, then the camera men said that that was live and the second tower had just been hit. Everything started to unfold, and it made me so angry. I realized this must have been a small inkling of how the generations before me had felt about the attack on Pearl Harbor. And those were soldiers who had taken an oath to protect and serve our country. nathansmom7@gmail.com

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  15. I was at work on a military base and someone told us to turn on the TV. We watched in horror as the events of the day continued to unfold. All I can say is I hope it never happens again. I thank God for our troops who have gone into harms way to protect us from these types of terror attacks. It is hard to see them go to war, but it would be even harder if the war were to come to the US. I am proud of the men and women who serve our country and I wish more people would thank them for their service.

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  16. I was driving to work. Even though I was in Las Vegas, three hours behind New York, I saw most of 9/11 live. I had to be at work super early in the morning so I heard about the first plane on my drive in and watched the rest live at work. It was a day I will never forget, like most of us. Shortly after 9/11 I ended up moving to New York for a job. I felt first hand the aftermath of what happened. Yesterday was a day of remembrance for of us, for me everyday is.


    Thank you so much for this giveaway.

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  17. I was at home getting ready for work. I had the TV on as I always watch the news as I get ready. I saw the pictures and heard the news. I was glued to the TV until I had to leave for work or be late. Once at work, we went into our conference room and turned on the news so taht we could all get updates. Not much work was done that I day as we were all trying to process what was happening and what it meant.

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  18. We were on vacation, our second day on a cruise ship, in Glacier Bay, Alaska. Woke up to CNN showing film of planes hitting the towers (we were 4 hrs. behind). Feeling so alone, no phone service, had to wait for computer time. Daughter back in PA, all my family in New England....the not-knowing. Having to stay in cabin to get news. Being boarded by police/security. Watching a passenger being airlifted ashore after suffering a heart attack. All tours involving planes cancelled. Seeing USN warships patrolling when returning by ferry to Seattle. Being glad we had extended our trip by 3 days, since flights not flying, but wanting to get home! I have never felt so disconnected.

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  19. So amazing reading all the stories. A day I will forever remember. I was a preschool teacher at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas. All of a sudden we had a complete base lockdown and a flood of military children come in all at once. The active duty military members were immediately called in. It was an honor to serve the military families as they prepared to serve and protect our country.
    Thanks for the chance to win the box of goodies!!

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  20. What's interesting is that 10 years ago, I was also a sophmore at BYU and my best friend called to wake me up and my roommate woke up really mad because it was too early for her to be awake and as soon as we turned on the TV she stopped yelling at me.

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  21. I was at work and we went to the neighboring office because they had a TV. We watched for a while and then went back to our office and turned on our radios. A day we will never forget...

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  22. On 9/11/2001 I was working at my desk at home as a medical transcriptionist. My husband was in the living room watching GMA and he called me into the living room telling me that a plane had hit the WTC. At first it was thought to be accidental, but then I saw the second plane hit the second tower and we both knew at that moment we were being targeted by terrorists. Needless to say, I didn't get much work done that day. My mind was racing, grieving for those lost and their loved ones, as well as the consequences that this would bring us into a war. The only other happening in my lifetime that affected me so dramatically was when President Kennedy was killed.

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  23. I was a work, when we heard it over the radio. Then we got a phone call from a co-worker, he was over in detroit with the semi, while we were here in Windsor Ontario Canada (North Americas busiest border crossing)letting us know that the bridge and tunnel had been shut down, and could we call his wife and let her know we didn't know when he would get back across. I truly did not know the magnitude of it until I saw the images on tv when I got home. I just sat on the edge of the couch, glue to the tv crying. It is a day I will never forget

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  24. I was 15 when it happened and lived in Phoenix. It was very early in our time zone and my dad woke me up and told me planes had hit the world trade center, and I didn't even know what that meant or what the buildings were. It was still clear that something was very wrong, all the teachers in school that day kept the TVs on CNN and we watched all the coverage. Now I live in CT, and actually spent the 10 yr anniversary in new york city yesterday, and that was the most I had ever felt the impact of it, ten years later.

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  25. I was at home with my roommate and we were getting ready to go to class.
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  26. I was in the car listening to the radio when I heard the news of the Trade Center attack. The events seemed completely incomprehensible to me and I didn't fully understand what had happened until I turned on the tv at home. Those images still stick with me.

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  27. I was a senior in high school and was getting ready for school when my step mom came through the front door and told us to turn the TV on. My sister, step mom and I watched in horror as the second tower was hit. During school in all my classes we watched the news. It is what inspired me to join the Navy. I enlisted after high school and instead of going to college. I am out of the Navy now and happen to be a BYU student.

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  28. 10 Years ago I was at work in my Pet shop and a customer came in and told me about the first plane, I turned on the T.V. in my office, watched for the rest of the day in fear and disbelief, no customers came in the rest of the day...they were all doing what I was doing. It was a very sad day for America,
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  29. I was at home in bed when the first plane crashed into the WTC, my mom hollered up at me and said I needed to get up, thats all she said and I could just tell by the tone in her voice, something wasn't right. I got up and she had the Today show on, there we were watching and it wasn't long after that wwe sat and watched the second plane hit the WTC. This is a day that I will never forget, the quienness in the sky because there were no planes in the air, the long lines for people waiting to get gas and it just felt like everyone was waling around in a haze hoping to wake up from an awful nightmare.

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  30. 10 years ago, I woke up to my son on the phone. He was on the highway driving to work in Seattle listening to his favorite morning show on the radio. He asked me to turn on the radio, and said to listen, because he couldn't tell if it was a practical joke or not. (just disbelief and shock) It sounded real to me, so I turned on the tv to the Today show, while talking to my son stll, and saw them talking about the 1st tower and the Pentagon. While I was watching, I saw the second plane fly into the second tower. I told my son what I thought I saw, and then a minute or two later they confirmed it and started showing the replays. We were all in shock. I tried to go to work, but ended up closing the store early to go pick my daughter up from jr high. My son came home early too, and we just all sat and watched tv and cried.

    I called my best friend later that evening...that day was her 40th birthday! I asked her how it felt to be showed up on her birthday...joking of course. Yesterday was her 50th birthday...another milestone, but all we could talk about was the attacks.

    amyis300 AT hotmail DOT com
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  31. I'm from Canada. On that day I was working at a warehouse. And someone had announced the news of the plane crashing into the WTC. The management set up TVs in the boardroom so we could watch it. The events that unfolded that day were unreal. When I got home from work I was glued to my TV. My heart goes out to those people and the families effected by that horrible day.

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  32. Hi Erin,
    I was in Turkey working and thinking about my upcoming wedding in 3 weeks time, when our manager called us to the office I couldn't believe what was happening just the previous november I had visited New York and had taken photographs from the top of the WTC, I am from Northern Ireland and have grown up with bomb attacks and terrorism and my thoughts go out to all the families and people affected by this dreadful act.

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  33. That's a really powerful photo of the NYC skyline...without the towers!
    I remember I was driving to drop my son off at his preschool on my way to work. I heard on the radio that the towers had been struck, and they were speculating that it had to be the work of terrorists.
    When I got to work, I tried to get to cnn.com immediately, but everyone else was doing the same thing! My co-worker went to get her portable radio so that we could hear what was happening - she's the one who told me that the North tower fell.
    We were supposed to have a big company meeting that afternoon, but then we got word that the meeting was cancelled - everyone could go home. I rushed out and picked up my son and went to my sister to stay at her house. I didn't want to be alone.
    Such a tragic day. I cried so many tears that day, and maybe more yesterday as I watched all the news stories and the remembrances from the victims of that day.

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  34. On 9-11, I was driving to school and heard it on the radio. They were reporting the second plane crashing into the 2nd twin tower as it happened. I had to pull over...I'll never forget! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  35. If only I could just say "I was at work."

    I was. In a room filled with active duty & reserve Navy officers, career government civilians, and contractors to discuss program status. Moments after our director started talking, a coworker slammed the door open, telling our director that he had an important phone call that he needed to take immediately....About five or ten minutes later, director returned, telling us about the first plane crash. He continued his meeting intro - only to be interrupted again. A second plane had hit the other tower!....Our director was the military liaison to FEMA for the NYC area. He activated his unit from his office, using his gov't magic to get open phone lines. .... We continued our meeting until we learned that the Pentagon had been hit - finally the ranking Navy officer terminated any thoughts of continuing the meeting. The program's DC offices were less than a mile from the Pentagon. Several people knew individuals who worked in the Pentagon.... The phone lines were jammed, all circuits busy. ... We crowded into a small conference room to watch the only TV. We kept looking at each other, hoping we'd realize we were dreaming. Alas, we weren't. ....I was able to talk with my husband because we worked in the same facility. We hoped that our children were not being told....By late afternoon, visitors began reaching their coworkers in DC and their families. We knew the interstates were clogged with fire and rescue vehicles heading north to NYC and, farther south, headed south to DC. Only one lane was flowing in the opposite direction. ... Our visitors didn't leave until about 6pm, when they were assured that they would be able to reach their homes. ... I had a dozen people working in Hawaii. Immediately we were in contact - only to learn that all flights were grounded. The team was not allowed to set foot on a plane without providing all flight information to me beforehand. ... Many people drove to their flight destinations; not possible when you're in Hawaii. ...By the time I got home, my husband had explained the basics to our children and a friend had arrived from DC.... Thankfully, the school superintendent decided not to tell the students, nor send them home early. ... We spent the evening watching the TV coverage, often in tears.

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  36. I was teaching at a Catholic school, making copies when the planes hit. The custodian came to tell me about it and I thought he was joking until I saw the TV footage. It was comforting to be able to go right into church for prayer and reflection.

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  37. I am an MRI technologist in Connecticut and we were learning a brand new machine that we had bought. I went into the patient waiting room and heard the news. Needless to say we learned nothing about our new machine that day. We were all glued to the television. There was also talk of our staff having to possibly be mandated to stay at work in case our hospital was needed to treat people. It was a day I will NEVER forget.

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  38. Like so many, I was at work. At the time, I worked at a travel agency so not only were we in shock and awe but our agents were scrambling to deal with flights and trips -- most that people were cancelling. One of my co-workers had just gotten back from New York literally a few days before. We had all just looked at the pictures of her smiling on top of the World Trade Center with a beautiful view behind her. It didn't seem real. It still doesn't even now. As my husband and I were watching some of the footage yesterday, it dawned on us that we had a daughter sitting there with us who had no idea what all the ceremony was about. Even as my husband was explaining that day to her, he glanced over at me and said, "How do I sugar-coat this?" I said, "You can't." It was sobering.

    On a much more fun note, I absolutely love your project and have saved the instructions and template so I can make them for friends. Thank you for the giveaway and thank you for your tribute.

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  39. I was in college back on 9.11.01. That morning, I got up and took the bus from the main campus to the downtown campus. At the end of my Econ class, our professor randomly told us to go home and turn on the news. We were all confused. When I got to my next class, some of the students were talking about what was going on, but I don't think anyone really understood the severity of the situation as none of us had seen the news coverage yet. After that second class, I had a friend bring me back to my apartment so I didn't have to wait for the bus. I remember turning on the tv and calling my mom right away. That afternoon, all the students gathered on campus where both the university president and student body president spoke.

    ~ JD ~
    jdscricuteering{at}gmail{dot}com

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  41. Great tutorial..... I was in 10th grade on 9/11/01 and I was going to my next class which was history and our teacher had a news channel on his tv. So when I walked into the room and noticed what was on tv that is when I found out about what happend. We didn't do anything in class that day except watch the news and it was during this class that we witnessed the towers collapse while watching on the television. We were let out of school early that day but I remeber while we were still there, the entire school was quiet as we were all in disbelief.

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  42. I was at home in Utah anxiously awaiting a phone call from my daughter. She had been saving for a year to go to Hawaii with some of her friends. Their plane had taken off from SLC airport that morning before all of this happened. When all of the planes in the air were grounded they landed in Las Vegas. They were not able to make it to Hawaii and after several days and still no planes going out, one of the parents drove down and got them. It was a sad day for everyone and one that we will never forget!!

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  43. I was actually in bed when my husband called me after the first plane hit. I turned on the t.v. and watched in horror for the rest of the day. I immediately went out and put out our flag as soon as they said "terrorists". I had a daughter and 2 son in laws in the service at the time. I was on the phone to all of our family checking on them. On Sunday I watched for hours reliving the moments. I was as touched then as I was when it actually happened.

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  44. Great tribute. I was at work when I heard about the plane hitting the first tower. Someone turned on a tv in the conference room just as the second plane struck the second tower. I immediately left work and went to my father and step mom's house thinking I wanted to be with my family if something terrible was going to happen in Detroit. We watched the news and cried all day.

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  45. I was sitting in my high school sophomore English class. I was 15 years old, I remember our classes watching the news most of the day to see the updates.

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  46. As a fellow American,i was living in Australia..watching in disbelief with my then partner & my soon to be 10mth old baby girl.the tv in our apt.never turned off the whole weeks after the attacks. i felt a piece of my heart rip into zillion pieces knowing i couldn't do anything about it being so far from home.except for the birth of my daughter,never had i shed so many tears for people & their families. now 10yrs on...i can't believe it's been that long. i still see the images everywhere. sending love from new zealand & wow thanks for sharing a inspiring tribute

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  47. I was home with my children. We were getting new carpet laid and the kids were watching the carpet guy put the carpet on the stairs when I got a phone call letting me know that the tower had been hit. We had family that had flown out that morning and a cousin that works in the Pentagon. It was a very stressful day until we had heard from everyone. A day that I do not care to repeat again.

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  48. I was at work and had walked over to another department when one of the ladies told me what had happened. I could not believe it. I seemed like I was watching a movie yet this was so real. I was in so much shock that I went back to my office and just sat and cried. I still today can't believe how evil and hate live in people. My husband says I live in la la land because I can't understand how people can hate, envy and backstab someone. How sad.
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  49. I was at the Montgomery, Alabama regional airport. My father-in-law was leaving in his C-54. However while they were getting the plane ready to all the planes were grounded. Very scary day! I will never forget!

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  50. On 9-11 I was at work. I'd just started my first job after finishing university. I was working in the university I'd just graduated from. As I am in the UK it was mid afternoon when I bumped into a girl I recognised as working on the same floor as me at the vending machine. She asked of I'd heard abotu the plane crash in NY. I hadn't. When I arrived home that evening I watched the news unfold with my Mum. I was 22. I couldn't quite believe what i was seeing.

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  51. I was at home with my one year old daughter watching Blues Clues when my husband called me to turn on CNN. I described to him what I saw on the tv, all the smoke and flames when the second plane hit. I couldn't believe what had just happened. It was so horrible as the day when on. I didn't turn off my tv for 2 weeks. I left it on hoping they would find more survivors.

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  52. Working as a secretary in a school district administration building, struggling to meet deadlines at work while trying to figure what was happening and what might happen next, worrying about my son at school and relatives in both NYC and DC. At one point I ran into the superintendent, who looked at me with an agonized look and asked me for my opinion about whether he should close the schools and send the kids home, or have school continue as normal. That was the question for everyone that day. Drop everything and run home to hug your family, or soldier on with as normal a day as possible. The other question that kept running through my head was, "What have we done to make these people hate us so much?" Ten years out, I don't feel we've made much progress in winning hearts and minds. With God's help, I hope we can still achieve world peace someday.

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  53. I was at home with my 18 month old twins doing laundry of all things. I remember my disbelief that the first building was still standing and then came the second plane. It's amazing how even ten years later I can still remember so many tiny details.

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  54. I run a daycare center and didn't even know that anything had happened until one of the parents came to drop off their little one. I turned on the tv and within a couple minutes the 2nd plane hit the other tower. It felt as if I were having an out of body experience. The whole day was just so emotional. I remember trying to decide if we shold go outside for recess and we did. There was this eerie calm. No airplane noise, no car traffic/noise. Thank goodness for all of the little giggles and laughter to help me get through the day. My heart will ache always for all of the innocent lives lost. God Bless America.

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  55. I was sleeping (had just gotten laid off from my job) and my husband called to tell me to turn on the TV. I turned it on just in time to see the second tower fall. I thought I was having a bad dream and to this day, it still feels that way.

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  56. My husband was up getting the kids ready for school, and I was not quite up...he ran in and told me that a plane hit on of the buildings...I was still groggy and didn't believe him! I jumped out of bed and was glued to the tv from that point on!

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  57. I had just come home from high school when my mom called me to turn on the TV, that a special news was broadcasted about a plane crash in New York. Just at the end of the broadcast the news about the second plane crashing came in, and the broadcast continued, canceling all the other programs that evening. I remember taking a bus to my then boyfriend's house and everyone was in shock and talking on the bus, that this was the beginning of the world war III. Finnish people don't usually talk to strangers, but that day's events made everyone want to communicate and not feel alone. We watched the BBC all evening and eventually saw the towers collapse. I was just turning 18 and that day changed my view of the world.

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  58. Its one of those days when you will always remember where you were when you heard the news - just the November before, at Thanksgiving, I was standing on the top of the WTC with my husband and brother on a trip. I'm from the UK so it was afternoon when I heard the news, I remember turning on the TV and just watching in disbelief... I rang my husband who came home and we watched in horror at the events unfolding; a few years later we went back to NY and went to pay our respects at Ground Zero...

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  59. It was my day off from work, and my husband was getting ready downstairs to get to his wn job. He had the News channel on and was yelling up the stairs for me to get the TV on, because a plane had just hit the first tower. I still remember the sickening feeling I had as I watched the rest of that morning unfold. I did not know anyone personally that was directly effected, but I cried just the same for everyone. Its hard to believe its been ten years, sometimes it feels like yesterday.

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  60. I was getting ready for work, in the bathroom doing the last minute fixings. I had the TV on Good Morning America and was waiting for the local news break to hear the traffic report. When I heard the news break in about the first plane hit, I like so many others probably did, thought it was a small prop plane that had some problem and hit the tower. I stepped into my bedroom just in time to see the 2nd tower get hit. I eventually left to head to work. On the way, I heard on the radio about the first tower that fell, and the Pentagon hit. It was then that I got scared; being away from family and friends in a new state that I'd moved to earlier that year. When I got to work, a lot of us gathered in the lobby and just watched the coverage. I remember one of my friends arriving and not believing me when I told her the tower fell. We continued to watch, and after the 2nd tower fell, I remember we all slowly drifted to our work areas, not really talking, but not wanting to see more either.

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  61. I was at work in a production meeting going over graphics projects in my work cafeteria - saw it on the tvs. Will never forget. Amy am220099@gmail.com

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  62. I was getting my daughter ready for school. Obviously devastated we stayed on the bed all day and watched and cried together. My son was getting married on the 15th with a flight for his honeymoon, which I ended up driving them to. As the flights were all canceled. What a time...
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  63. I was in line at the coffee shop before work when I heard that the World Trade Center had been hit by a plane. I went up to the office and a co-worker and I then went down to the sports bar in the building to watch the news. We saw the second tower get hit by the plane. Although my co-workers and I were at work, I really don't know how much work we really got done that day as we kept talking about, checking out the TV someone put in the lunch romm that day, the radio, and the internet.

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  64. I was at a prenatal appointment. I was 6 months pregnant with my son. I remember getting home and watching what happen and just rubbing my belly to try and comfort myself. It's a day none of us will ever forget.

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  65. I was at my children's elementary school. I volunteered every Tuesday...I will never forget. The principal and other staff had to determine how much information to disclose to each age group. I was riveted to the television for the rest of the day...trying to digest what was happening. Still hard to take it all in.

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  66. I was also a sophomore at byu. My first class was after the buildings collapsed, and it just seemed so surreal. I went because I didn't know what else to do. It was an American history class and I kid you not, the professor walked in, turned off the news coverage, and said, "I know you're all interested in this, but we have more important things to discuss." Oh the irony!

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  67. I was at home. Neighbor told me to turn on the TV and we watched the updates the rest of the day. I didn't know anyone personally but have a lot of scrapbook friends that were involved one way or another.

    Love the stories in the comments. A few made me cry. TFS everyone!

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  68. I was at home when a neighbor called and asked if I had the TV on. I didn't so when I turned it on I was shocked and appalled at what I saw. The second plane was approaching the tower . . .By the time news came that the Pentagon had been hit I had to deal with the total reality that it was not only my country but my city and my family that were in imminent danger. No one can prepare you for this. The human mind immediately recognizes all the heroic and tragic possibilities but the emotions become frozen in that time. Only later after frantic phone calls and finally hearing the voice of your loved ones can you begin to move away from your personal tragedy or triumph to reach out to others. The feeling is as poignant today as it was 10 years ago.

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  69. I was in the bathroom getting ready for work, when I heard my husband yelling for me to come see what was happening in New York. I was in total shock and could not believe my eyes!

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