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Where Were You?

There are certain events in a person's life that are seared into memory - you remember where you were and what you were doing with great clarity. More often than not, the events are steeped in sorrow and grief. On September 11, 2001, I was living as an expatriate in Singapore, waiting for my husband to land at Changi Airport after a trip overseas. To say that this event touched off a firestorm of pain would be an understatement. No matter what your personal politics, I think it's safe to say that the carnage committed on that day was an act of pure evil - and we still feel the repercussions.

Follow this link to hear, 'Where Were You?', performed by Alan Jackson.

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Guest 12-Oct-2007 22:34
I had no idea what this was before I clicked on the thumbnail. How touching that you would think to do this tribute. I enjoyed reading others' remarks about where they were, so I will share mine. My husband was still home as I was getting the kids off to school when a neighbor called and told us to turn on the news. We watched in "real time" as first one, then the second tower collapsed. We were stunned. Shocked. The thing that stands out most in my mind was a reporter interviewing a construction guy driving by in a truck. The first tower was on fire. "They're jumping," he said, leaning out the window. And then you heard a crash. And then another. I'll never forget that.
Alina19-Sep-2007 01:02
I took my son to the hospital for blood work that morning. I want into the waiting room and I saw a lot of patients sitting still and silent in front of TV. Then I saw Twin Tower and the long line of smoke. I felt disbelief, helplessness and anger.
GOD NEVER rewards harming innocent people.
Ian York13-Sep-2007 10:47
My experiences were very similar to Ray Pettit.
I also made meetings that afternoon, and went home early.
The irony is it's my Brother-in Law's birthday, so it is a day of mixed emotions...
Guest 13-Sep-2007 04:17
I was just leaving for work when I heard about the first plane and we began to hear more details throughout the morning after I arrived at work. I felt stunned and scared even though I was thousands of miles away in another country.
Kal Khogali12-Sep-2007 19:23
Around 4pm Europe time at work in Holland..sat and watched it again and again when I got home, wondered why anybody would ever hurt so bad they would do something so cruel and without purpose, and then I realised that like any hurt tiger, the US would lash out, and that world war 3 had begun. And nobody realised it. A great and meaningful tribute Jenene.K
Guest 12-Sep-2007 17:13
Well done. Well said. I can't comprehend that level of hate in a human being.

Guest 12-Sep-2007 08:00
I remember thinking that it was not true... it took me time to realize the reality of it.
An excellent processing here.
Jay Levin12-Sep-2007 04:27
I was sitting at home, preparing for a department meeting, and watching events gradually unfold on television. I had never seen anything so appalling in my life. I called off the meeting around 10:30 A.M. and sat glued to the television for the rest of the day. These gruesome events left me with a state of total disbelief, shock, anger, and overwhelming despair. It is not just "safe to say", it is a fact, Jenene, that it was an act of pure evil and that we must do everything in our power to prevent such a monstrous outrage from happening again. Thank you for your words and image.
shatterbug12-Sep-2007 04:11
Fitting tribute...bravo for the conception and execution!
Roe..12-Sep-2007 02:07
my daughter called to tell me that her husband was injured but she didn't know the details..he worked for the Port Authority as a police officer..I called him today and told him how much I love him and thanked him for the work he did to save others on that tragic day..I also prayed for all the families who haven't been able to call their love ones..Jenene, this is such a moving image..thank you..
Cindi Smith12-Sep-2007 01:44
remember that day well. I was talking to our Company President who is from NYC when we heard. I remember him breaking down and me holding him trying to comfort him. The silence afterwards with all the airlines not running was something I will never forget. The candles being lit and set out on the front porches. The tears, the disbelief and the mourning that followed. I will never forget that day. vote! I'm saluting this great tribute!

Guest 12-Sep-2007 00:17
Wonderful tribute,Jenene.
Guest 11-Sep-2007 22:43
What a very creative tribute,Jenene.
Ray :)11-Sep-2007 22:25
I was at work in the office - just after lunch and colleagues began to get phone calls from wives at home - then we were logging into BBC online to see the pictures but the site could hardly cope with the demand. An hour later I was phoning up another worker apologising I had missed a meeting - I had completely forgotten about it.