The 10th anniversary of 9-11 gave us a moment to pause and remember where we were a decade ago. These are some of our stories.
Jennifer Hrycyszyn: "Pregnant with my first child, I grew accustomed to spending leisurely mornings watching Katie Couric on the Today Show before heading to my office in Silicon Valley. On the morning of September 11th that all changed while I watched in horror as the second tower come down."
Katie Gardner: “On September 11, 2011, I was a freshman at Needham High School, and for me the day started like any other day – begrudgingly getting out of bed and going to school. Of course, the events that would transpire that day made it not like any other day, but one that will be memorialized forever.
“For me, as a 15 year old student, it will live in infamy seeing the second plane hit the towers while I sat in Mr. Cooke's English class.”
Aaron Kellogg: “There is a blue house on Maple Avenue in Sudbury, MA (my hometown). The woman who lives there had black hair, she was young – maybe early 30’s – with a young child. My friend Greg mowed her lawn.
“The evening of Sept. 11, 2001, the Maple Ave. neighborhood was pitch black, but lights lit up her house and cars packed her driveway. Her husband left on a flight that morning, but didn’t come home.”
Amy McHugh: “I was working as a reporter at ABC6 in Providence on 9/11/01. I was woken up that morning by my pager going off, with a message to turn on the TV, then call the assignment desk asap.
“Once I realized what had happened, I called in and was told a photographer was on his way to pick me up and then head for Logan Airport. We camped out there all day, well into the night, waiting for Massport to brief the media about what they'd discovered regarding the terrorists' entry through Logan security and onto the plane. I remember walking around in a fog, doing liveshots with little to no information, and feeling completely helpless.”
Jessica Boardman: “I was a freshman in high school finishing up a Project Adventure (PA) class where we did rope courses and other team building activities. After PA, I made my way to my favorite class with my favorite teacher — English. I usually walked into that class to see my teacher with a huge smile on her face or cracking a joke, however, that day was different. I had never seen such a solemn expression on her face. It was then that I noticed that the TV was on in the classroom. I looked up to see the twin towers, smoking. The second plane had just hit. I had no idea what was going on and listened to the chatter, mostly around the word "terrorism." The rest of the day was a blur, but I do remember being very happy to see my family and feeling guilty for celebrating my birthday the very next day.”
Anne Norris: “My 15-person earth science class at my tiny high school in central Maine was interrupted by a brusque announcement from our principal stating that ‘the United States has been bombed!’ Within a matter of minutes, classes were dismissed and everyone scattered like cockroaches when the lights come on. We crowded into buses and cars at the suggestion of the principal, for ‘protection.’ I approached him in the hallway and asked if it’d be alright to walk two streets over to my friend’s house until my mom could come pick me up and if only words could adequately describe the expression of fear, doubt and confusion on his face! He inhaled sharply and said that if I had nowhere else to go, that’d be fine, but that I should be extremely careful.
“At this point, I still had yet to hear any sort of official account of what had occurred. I had not seen/heard news via TV, computer or phone. After the intrepid dash to my friend’s house, we hunkered down on the couch to see Matt Lauer’s somber expression as he recounted the grim series of events that had taken place. Ohhh, so this happened in NYC? Why are small town Mainers panicking? I couldn’t fathom the repercussions of what seemed like an isolated incident in a city hundreds of miles away, but ten years later, it’s clear that the events of September 11, 2001 have affected the day-to-day existence of Americans everywhere.”