Never Forget 9/11/01

Submitted by Croatian_Blue on September 11th, 2010 at 9:51 AM

9 years ago, I was a freshman in high school and it was most likely the scariest day of my life.  My dad, thankfully, had went into work late that morning and was not in New York that Tuesday morning.  

Yes, it is the Notre Dame game and I am counting down the hours, but 9/11 is a day that I will never forget. 

Go Blue! Let's Roll!



September 11th, 2010 at 10:00 AM ^

Yes, most definitely. While the first thing I thought of this morning was Notre Dame, I can't also help but think of and thank all the men and women who are seriving and have served everywhere so that we have the freedom to think about football non stop and not worry about other things.

Go America.


Go Blue.


September 11th, 2010 at 10:04 AM ^

I was in 8th grade, and all I remember was feeling awful because all i heard originally was that some idiot had crashed a plane into a building on the way out to play soccer for gym class and a few friends and I joked about it for a few minutes. Then we came back and found out how incredibly awful it really was.

I know there are a lot of folks that are in the military or have been in the military on here. Thanks for what you do, because that's a sacrifice I'm not sure I could make. Thanks for making the world a better place.


September 11th, 2010 at 10:07 AM ^

and I can still remember clearly, that whole day. Thoughts, prayers, and thanks to those who have fought and died for this country so we can spend time enjoying something as, in the grand scheme of things, meaningless as football.


September 11th, 2010 at 10:14 AM ^

Was 17 or 18, didn't go to school because I had a dentist appt. at noon. Back then, I always woke up and watched the news, and saw everything unfold live. What a horrible day, may those bastards rot in hell. IN HELL!


September 11th, 2010 at 11:08 AM ^

you joined the army, + as much as I can give you. Very thankful for all our military people.

I was a senior in high school told by my math teacher we all thought it was some mistake or he was jokking. we had no idea what just happened. One of the very few days i think everyone will remember where they were.


September 11th, 2010 at 12:56 PM ^

Appreciate it, but no thanks is needed.  It was the best decision of my life.  Wanted to join after high school, but my parents talked me out of it.  Was in my senior year at Lawrence Tech for architecture when that happened & I knew it was time.  After 4 years I came home with all of my fingers & toes, and served with some of the greatest people I have ever met.


September 11th, 2010 at 10:16 AM ^

I had just moved back to Michigan after a summer of working in Iowa (which is a terrible place to live BTW).  Drove all day on the 10th to my inlaws house near Jackson, was woken up on the 11th by my wife and mother-in-law  shrieking and crying in front of the TV.

I remember how blue the skies were in the days after the most.  No comtrails... it was spooky thinking about what it meant.

I am sorry for all those who died or lost someone that day.


September 11th, 2010 at 10:24 AM ^

i was in college in one of my engineering classes.  Someone came to class and said some plane accidentally hit a building in new york.  We turned the tv on and skipped class while watching the new coverage.  My parents were in Lake Tahoe gambling and watched the whole thing in a casino.  They were stuck there for 4 extra days with the flight backups.

03 Blue 07

September 11th, 2010 at 12:27 PM ^

I was a junior at U of M, and I still remember it like it was yesterday. I was in the shower getting ready for class, and a roommate pops into the bathroom and says, "dude, a plane just hit the world trade center. Actually two of them. We are under attack. Seriously." And you knew by the tone of his voice he wasn't fucking around.

God, Bin Laden needs to die. (sorry- I know we're supposed to keep it apolitical around here, but fuck, man, I'd like to think we can all agree on that point).


September 11th, 2010 at 10:27 AM ^

It was in 3rd period science class, watching the coverage on TV, that I decided to join the Army. Next year that vow I made to myself and my country will come true.


Never forget. God bless America.


September 11th, 2010 at 10:30 AM ^

I was a freshman in college in Fairfield, CT and it was the 2nd week of classes.  I went to a 930 Econ class and the professor said something is happening in New York.  A plane flew into the WTC, classes are cancelled.  It was a crazy time.  A lot of kids at my school were from the NY area.  Nice sentiment, OP.  Never forget


September 11th, 2010 at 10:37 AM ^

I was a Senior in high school.  Listening to the radio during an art class, and thought the DJ was joking when he started talking about the attacks.   I just remember the uncertainty of everything that day.  


September 11th, 2010 at 10:51 AM ^

during 3rd hour English class. I remember how nobody did anything in school the rest of the day. Some kids were crying and being comforted by other students. I remember how scared we all were riding the bus home and how eerily awkward and silent that bus ride home was. Never forget.

+1 to you all. Go America and Go Blue!!!


September 11th, 2010 at 10:51 AM ^

On September 11, 1973 the Chilean military, fully backed by the United States, overthrew the democratically-elected President of the Republic of Chile and threw that country into a twenty-year dark age, during which thousands of political opponents were imprisoned, tortured, killed or simply "disappeared," and thousands more were forced into exile. A number of exiles ended up in Ann Arbor and I remember those who taught and studied at Michigan while I was a student in the late 1970s. Perhaps it was this experience - seemingly forgotten by Americans - that made it possible for me to better understand the dynamics of September 11, 2001 both in my personal and professional life.


September 11th, 2010 at 11:04 AM ^

that everyone remembers where they were.  For me, I was on the way to the Pentagon for a meeting.  Needless to say, the meeting did not happen.  Outside of the looks on people's faces, the thing I will always remember was my wife panicing because she was trying to call me and cell phones were basically worthless. 

God Bless America and thank you to my fellow veterans.


September 11th, 2010 at 11:06 AM ^

I was sitting in the EECS building waiting for EECS 482 to begin, reading the Daily, when a student came in and said a plane just flew into the World Trade Center.  We turned on one of the TVs in the room and watched the coverage.  At that point nobody knew it was a terrorist attack.  

Then we watched live as the second plane struck.  Everything changed then, we all knew it wasn't a mistake. 

Not knowing what to do, our professor decided to still hold class.  After which, the president canceled all classes for the rest of the day and the day after.

I remember walking across the North Campus diag and some military jets flying over head, heading from Selfridge for the person who decided to take off from AA airport.

I remember being absolutely speechless watching what went down.

I pray all the families who lost somebody that day have been able to find some pieces of normalcy in the years since.


September 11th, 2010 at 11:18 AM ^

I was in a Psych lecture in East Hall.  Some faculty or staff came in and announced what happened.  She thought it'd be a good idea to say, "If you know anybody who works in the WTC, they're dead.  Everybody's gone."  I remember some guy running out of the hall, obviously having a loved there. 


September 11th, 2010 at 11:18 AM ^

I was working already and saw a low flying plane outside my office overlooking the hudson river and said that plane looks kind of low.  it was surreal.  For such a sad day, it was the nicest weather day.  Beautiful blue sky without a cloud and fairly nice, high 60's low 70's weather.  I think everyone will always remember where they were that day.


September 11th, 2010 at 11:41 AM ^

I'm not really sure what this is supposed to mean. I'm all for having a discussion about "why"(as much as anyone can really "know" the why) this happened. That still doesn't make what happened anything less than a cowardly attack on unarmed, unsuspecting and innocent people who likely had nothing at all to do with historical foreign policy, beyond living in the United States. I don't know why it is so hard for people to recognize that this was an attack of the worst kind. I just hate it when someone says "man, that 9/11 was horrible" and someone else says something along the lines of "well it was deserved" or "the government did it" or any other thing of the sort. If someone asks you about your opinion on the causes of 9/11 then by all means go ahead. If not, have some compassion and understanding for your fellow countrymen. This thread was not meant for political conversation. It was meant for rememberance. End Rant.


September 11th, 2010 at 11:33 AM ^

in grad school.  One of the profs for the program walked in and said "They're bombing us.  We think.  We don't know what's happening."  Then we were sent home.  I trotted home to find out WTF was going on.  I remember so many small details of that day.  Stupid crap you shouldn't remember like eating humus, getting a headache and walking to 7-11 to get a 40.

Man that day was awful.  

931 S State

September 11th, 2010 at 11:34 AM ^

Fall of senior year.   Had just moved into an apartment at State and Packard with my younger brother.  Didn't have a TV and woke up to my mom blowing up our landline that had been connected maybe the day before.  She told me what was going on and I sprinted all the way to my buddy's apt at Liberty and Thompson to get in front of a TV.  Went to my 10:00 class @ MLB which cancelled about 10 min in.  

Sgt. Wolverine

September 11th, 2010 at 11:35 AM ^

"A plane just crashed into the World Trade Center."  My brain couldn't really start to put that together until I got to a tv and saw the horrifying images.  Honestly, my brain still can't really put it together.


September 11th, 2010 at 11:42 AM ^

I was a junior at BGSU under the new Urban Meyer regime. i was on my way to the stadium for my mornig workout when i heard about it on the radio. we were preparing to play South Carolina that weekend, but the game was cancelled.





September 11th, 2010 at 11:54 AM ^

I woke up feeling slightly ill that morning before school.  Thought to myself - 'it's just any other day' as I tried to convice myself to stay home that day rather than go to school.  Remembered how evil my parents were when I stayed home from school (no tv, radio, video games, or really anything) and opted to go to class.

I'll never forget, it certainly was not "any other day."  Teacher walked into the classroom, explained what had happened, then proceeded to say "please turn to page 87 of your social studies text book."  We all just looked at him dumbfounded.  Why discuss ancient history when its unfolding before us?

About an hour later, I went home sick.  Half of it was the illness from the morning, half of it was just coping with how much evil exists in the world and how some want to kill innocent people.  My uncle works a few blocks north of the site, luckily, he wasn't in the office that morning.

PS- Fuck terrorists.  All of them.  Their lives must really suck if they can't enjoy it and love the world they are in.


September 11th, 2010 at 12:02 PM ^

I was in my second week of my freshman year in my freshman communications class at Purdue. I remember going onto during class and being speechless. Our game against Notre Dame the next weekend was postponed.  We should all remember the brave first responders that gave their lives that day. 

Blue in sec country

September 11th, 2010 at 12:04 PM ^

I had just finished my math test. I was a senior in high school. Went home early and sat there with feelings of anger, sorrow, and disbelief. I'll never forget. God bless those who serve, those who lost their lives, those who gave their lives, and the families of all those. Thank you for all you do.


September 11th, 2010 at 12:05 PM ^

I was home sick that day, and my mom didn't have work either. I was watching some cartoons or something mindless while my mom went to the pharmacy. She came back inside with tears in her eyes and told me to turn on the news. I just remember that it didn't feel like it could be real, it didn't sink in for a while

James Burrill Angell

September 11th, 2010 at 12:38 PM ^

David Alger, MBA'68; Yeneneh Betru, MD'95; Brian Dale, JD'91; Paul Friedman, MSE'83; James Gartenberg, '87; Steven Goldstein, '88; Darya Lin, '91; Todd Ouida, '98; Manish Patel, '02; Laurence Polatsch, '90; Stephen Poulos, '77; Gregory Richards, '92; Joshua Rosenthal, '79; Christina Ryook, '98; Meta Fuller Waller, '73;... Scott Weingard, '93; Meredith Whalen, '00; & Marc Scott Zeplin, '90


September 11th, 2010 at 12:37 PM ^

I was a sophomore in high school, walking over to gym class when someone told me Palestine bombed the Pentagon (obviously I later found out the Pentagon had been hit, but not by Palestine). As I was walking to gym class, confused, my principle pulled me to the side. Since I am Afghan, he told me to go home for the day to avoid any harassment. I smiled, thanked him for his concern, and decided at that moment that I won't live in fear due to the action of a select few who kill in the name of a religion. I stayed in school, and not once did anyone say anything insensitive to me, and on top of that, many just wanted to be educated on the religion and on Afghanistan. Point is, this country is a great place and to be honest, what 9/11 did for me was show to me the true quality of the people that live here. God bless the soldiers and the victims of 9/11. Go Blue!


September 11th, 2010 at 12:52 PM ^

I was working in the lab and an Indian coworker came in.  The lab is really noisy, and the guy talked real fast, and all I really heard was "plane" and "World Trade Center."  I had the normal reaction that it was just some small Cessna and some idiot fucked up and crashed into the building. 

About 20 mins later, I walk out of the lab, and everybody's around the TV.  Which is rare because this is Ford and we normally only get FCN on there, which is boring and shows Ford stuff on it.  The powers-that-be had CNN on and I look up and both buildings are burning already and first tower literally comes down right as I look up at the TV.  It was pretty startling, and I thought that just the top had fallen over, which is awful enough, and I didn't know till later that the whole building came down.

They let us out of work, and you could just feel that people on the Southfield were edgy as shit and traffic was really weird.  A very strange commute home.

I went to the Western game (the one that got cancelled and rescheduled) and I did have a hint of apprehension going to the Big House.  I mean, really, if you want to kill people, it seems that would be the ideal place to crash land a plane.  I wasn't freaked out, but my mind did wander a little during that game.


September 11th, 2010 at 1:09 PM ^

We just happened to have an office meeting that day, so everyone was there. And we all huddled around a tv with antenna, while trying to get updates on the net. People thinking tragedy, until the second plane came, and we a realized it was an attack, and the world had just changed forever.

Michigan-wise, I do remember Western, being glad it was a more friendly game with an instate team, rather than a big rival. Never have more people been that quiet than at the moment of silence. Then when we went up to MSU for Spartan Bob, earlier in the game a plane flew right at the Stadium, low, before veering off to it's destination. But people were worried, and a few plays were missed. Only time Spartans and Wolverines agreed on anything that week.