Point Lookout 9/11 Memorial (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

September 11, 2001 is a day that will forever be known as the day New York City was attacked, the day the world as we knew it changed, and the day that Americans came together like never before.

Where were you on that fateful day, when you learned that the world would never be the same? Many of you have already shared your memories with us via our Facebook page- some of which are posted below. If you would like to comment, please do so in our comments section at the end of this page.

Michael Oliva: I was driving a MTA city bus S57, on SI it was my first day in uniform as a Bus Driver. Never will I forget, the sick feeling inside me.Steven James: I was working for Bear Stearns at the time in IT and we were all on lockdown because no one knew what to expect.Heather Schlichting: I was at my home in LI with my infant daughter when my husband called me from his office in Midtown. He told me to turn on the news. I was in fear for my husband, my child, and my country.

Randi Tompkins-Byock: I was explaining the homework to my group of 5th graders in the Bronx. Our staff developer came over to me and told me that a plane had hit the WTC. Then things got really chaotic and parents started coming in droves to pick up their kids. We had to stay calm forn their sake. I went to the school library and saw footage of the towers falling. I sat their in shock and cried. I went to HS with a guy who died. My brother lost 14 friends/acquaintances. Absolutely horrible and I’ll never forget it…

Jennifer Addeo-Soran: Going to work but my brother was a NYC cop and we could not find him till 5 pm that day and that he was OK…

Sandra Johnson Kaufman: My husband (who works for the Port Authority) and I just got in from having our “Yay, the kids are back in school breakfast” @ IHOP when his mother called us to tell us what happened…. turned on the tv and could not believe what was unfolding…we saw the towers fall right before our eyes!! Horrifying… Even scarier when we learned of what happened in Shanksville PA and at the Pentagon!

Bernie Wagenblast: I was at home in Cranford, NJ planning to leave for a conference in Atlantic City.  As a former Port Authority employee my first thoughts were for my former co-workers in 1 WTC.

Elisabeth Kehoe: I was a Jr. in High School at Kellenberg Memorial it was towards the end of third period. I will never forget how quiet the usually busy hallways were during the change of classes and the images on the tv, which was turned on during my forth period history class. I also will never forget my history teacher saying “This is the start of something big.” What a terrible day! It feels like it was only yesterday.

Anne Lipton: My mom and  I were watching the morning news and discussing our trip to NYC when we saw this terrible crash.At the World Trade Center our hearts sunk and we both burst into tears. On this senseless act of terrorism.

Brenda Lisy Torres-Harrison: I was on my way to work at about 9 am. I was able to see the smoke from the WTC site and some of the survivors covered in dust walking down 6th Avenue. It was a day in NYC history that I will never ever forget.

Charles Butman: I was working in Ridgefield Pk N.J. watched on a customers tv in disbelief. First heard about on while listening to the howard stern show and thought it was just a freak accident.will never forget that scared feeling from that horrible tragedy.

Stew Kupperman: I had worked in the world trade center years before the tragedy. I thought and wondered about all the people I had worked with. but, my biggest memory of the day was in the evening, after everything had happened. I was in maplewood nj takin…g my dog for a run in the park. i came back to my car, which was parked at the maplewood train station. I saw a woman get off the train, and was met by her mother. the woman who had gotten off the train had come back from work in nyc. the two of them hugged and cried for a while. all I could think was “was that woman around the trade center, and thought she was going to die”?

Mike Nauer: working 25 blocks away on 18 street and 6th ave and heard the plane flew over and then the boom

Billie Rama: Katie Couric was the one who informed me of the attacks via my television screen. I watched in horror hoping it was just a tragic accident, only to soon realize that it was anything but. I’ll never forget receiving a call from my grandmother later that morning who asked me, while sobbing, “Why are they doing this to us?”  

Shirell Gamble: I remember being stuck on the no.2 train going back to brooklyn and i was extremely shaking praying that I will come home to my mother.

Daisy Noel: I was getting out off on 8th street Broadway to go to work, when I look up I saw one of the building falling and I could not believe what was happening……That day I did walk all the way from the village to Queens and get home around 7:00 PM…

Phil Frandino: Teaching 5th grade in CharleySouth when I heard about it, got visibly upset in my class as I knew I had a couple of High School buddies who were/are NYC firemen.  One, happened to be my SCUBA BUDDY Captain John “JAY” Jonas, hero of Miracle on Stairwell B, whose story has been immortalized in the movies.  Hero’s all!  Teaching 5th grade kids, especially boys, it’s all right to cry!

Stacy Doering Ferguson: I was living in Secaucus New Jersey at the time.  That morning I was at the vet putting our beloved dog to sleep.  When I left I heard the news and drove to my girls elementary school which had a clear view across the river and scooped them up and headed for our vacation home in PA.  When we got there, it was as if nothing happened.  It was business as usual for anyone outside the tristate area.  Thankfully I did not lose anyone in the attacks.

Michelle Neckonoff Jenner: I was across the river on the Jersey City at my job on the waterfront. We were evacuated and as we were walking away from the building I saw the 2nd tower fall. I will never forget that image.  For all those that perished that day-may they rip and never be forgotten. Condolences to the friends and relatives of all those that were lost.

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Comments (44)
  1. Rhiannon says:

    The smell of burnt cherries; th emix of ash, people and jet fuel is what I remember. The fallout from the debris cloud was fine particulates that burned as we breathed. I still cannot be near a swirling dust cloud. This was an act of genocide pure and simple.

  2. Dixonofdockgreen says:

    This was a terrtible day for the wold and not just for the USA and New york/Washington, law abiding people destroyed by terroist bombers funded by an enemy you once held to your bosom. Strange that now you can see what terrorism does to a nations people However for at least the previous 40 years prior to 9/11 The UK and its citizens were under threat of such mindless murders and bombings perpetrated by some of our closest neighbours in Ireland and , tradgedy of all aided, abetted and funded by our closest ally.Now you feel the sorrow as we have done here in the UK as a result of groups within the US of A funding the IRA’s murder campaign against british citizens.. . How do you think we feel about sections of the New York public? , fund collecting for arms,explosives and propoganda apologists for terrorists in Northern Ireland. The war on terror omitted all that out …BUT LEST WE FORGET.. God bless the western alliance , god bless America in this of all days.YOU at l;east know your friends unfortunatley we here in the British Isles are still wondering.

  3. Dorijones says:

    I was in second grade, but I still remember my mom running into my bedroom and telling me and my sister to wake up. She was crying and we ran into the kitchen where we saw the second plane hit. I remember going to school and having a moment of silence during our spelling test. God bless the heroes who died and their families and loved ones. God bless america.

  4. SS says:

    That memorial in downtown Manhattan looks like a sewer drain.
    A fitting tribute to the terrorists.

    1. Andrew says:

      I was in Brooklyn on the Belt Parkway on my way to Long Island. I believed the whole “official” conspiracy theory for a long time, but have since looked at WTC7 and more video of the explosions as the towers collapsed, the explosive squibs, watched ALL of the Toronto Hearings and am 100% convinced it wasn’t Islamic terrorists. Steel framed buildings don’t just fall down. With or without an airplane stuck inside them. Photos at the Pentagon show an explosion occurred with little to no plane debris and a hole way too small for a 757 to make. It is utterly ridiculous really. Sad, very very sad. And I want those responsible to be held accountable. And they weren’t Muslim terrorists.

  5. patricia roberts says:

    this is one wound that time will never heal. still so painful after all these years

  6. siteunseen says:

    My sister-in-law called us, as we don’t watch television, and we live in the Northwest, and told us that we were attacked by China. Now she really had it straight didn’t she? We immediately became panicked, turned on the Radio and listened. All I could hear at that point was that the Tower are Gone, they’re just Gone! It didn’t take much time for them to fall to the ground. Many claim there were other detonations in the Towers, and since my Brother is a structural engineer, I’d have to agree with them, but let’s just say, the Muslims had it figured out to a “T”, on how to take those Towers down to the wire. We finally put the pieces together and found out it was a terrorist attack, and they thought one plane was still missing. My dumb-bell sister-in-law told us it was coming our way….she’s very cynical in times of disasters, she’s one of a kind. Don’t ever get any news from a cynic.

  7. Lee says:

    I was at home on the morning of September 11, 2001. My Mom woke me up and turned on my TV to see a large building on fire which was one of the WTC towers in NYC. I watched and saw the second plane hit, heard about a crash at the Pentagon and another in Pennsylvania so I knew then it was NO accident…it was deliberate. I could not believe what was going on that day. So many lives were taken away because of this.

    Barely nine years later, my sister and I visited Ground Zero on a trip to New York City and Washington, DC for the first time in August 2010…an experiance I will never forget.

    My heartfelt condolences go out to all the people who were affected by this terrible tragedy of the 9-11 terrorist attacks 10 years ago today on September 11, 2001.

    Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.

  8. M says:

    My sister is a survivor, worked in the South Tower on 95th. She was late to work (normally very punctual), but was running late. Entered the building through the subways underground when her building was impacted. She was evacuated. Later made it to a nearby street, only to witness her building collapse. She had to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to Queens (near Long Island) and made it to safety.

    Just want to say a deep ‘Thank You’ to all those who served, helped, evacuated people and put your own lives at risk. Also, love & thoughts to those who did not make it. You don’t know what you did for other families, and may God’s love, peace, strength continue to guide you always. In Christ.

  9. Celebrate Life says:

    Lets go forward, enough is enough

    1. TS says:

      We have been moving forward every day since September 11, 2011. It’s a shame that some people can’t honor those lost even for a day. I can tell from your response that your hard and callused individual. You have probably never served or helped someone and for that matter, probably never lost anyone close or that meant something to you either. I pray for people like you everyday and hope that one day you will be enlightened with what truly matters on this earth. Love, honor and compassion.

  10. Big Nards says:

    I will be glad when this day is over. I won’t forget but I am moving on.

  11. The Badger says:

    Since the end of the cold war there had been plenty of time to put a new potential enemy in place, and September 11 th was not a new idea.
    As Zbigniew Brzezinski had written in 1997, the “immediate” task was to develop and simultaneously control a “direct external threat” to manufacture an attack “like a new Pearl Harbor.” That required a credible (at least in the public mind) and well-developed enemy. The need for the same kind of attack was mentioned by the Project for a New American Century (PNAC) in its September 2000 report Rebuilding America’s Defenses. Such an attack would then provide a pretext for massive sequential military intervention to secure the energy supplies of the Middle
    East and the lesser (but terribly important) oil-bearing regions including West Africa, Venezuela, Colombia, certain portions of the Southwest Pacific, and any other region with smaller but more readily accessible reserves. The essential thing would be that terrorists or their “allies” must conveniently turn up in each needed area, on schedule.
    No problem! That’s what the CIA, Mossad, MI6, and every other major intelligence agency does for a living.

  12. Danielle says:

    I was a sophmore in high school in my Science Class when I got the news.. By the time I had gotten to Human Growth and Development they had a TV in there and we all saw the horror.. Never thought those towers would fall.. My mom worked in NYC at the time only a few blocks away from the towers.. My sister and I waited for her to get home.. My son is 7 now and wasnt even born when this happened.. Its amazing how time has flown.. I will never forget the horror of that day and my son will grow up knowing about 9/11 and we will never forget.. 9/11 United we Stand Divded We Fall!!! God Bless America

  13. pugphan says:

    This should be a solemn and sacred day to honor our people, alas bloomie has made it a secular one. Shame on him! The peeps should have boycotted it. What good is it without God? smokersodysseycom I don’t know but it seems jews are
    always trying to take Christ out of our hearts.

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  15. Sharon says:

    – I will never forget that day. I was in 8th grade. When I came home from school that day and turned on the TV I remember my body shaking and I began crying hysterically from fear and disbelief.

  16. michaelfury says:

    International Hearings on the Events of September 11, 2001


  17. 911 was an inside job says:

    911 was an inside job

  18. Alden C. Sheremata says:

    Unbelievable. But when your training kicks in you don’t have time for bewilderment and shock. Among other things you want to Identify and pinpoint the source. That’s why this angry opponent seeks to be unknown. Why he seeks the darkness.

  19. Meme Meyagi says:

    there are 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa, what is being done about it?

  20. Rosemary says:

    The Saturday before 9/11/01, I received a call from my mother telling me one of my dearest friends had passed. Lisa had been battling cancer for the previous five years. The shock came because we all thought she was in the clear having been cancer-free for five years. Little did we know that she kept her recurrence a secret. She didn’t want to worry her friends. I lived in Rhode Island, so I only spoke to her on the phone or via email at the time. I had been trying to call her that week, but figured she was travelling rather than leaving us. I later, when my mental dust cleared, figured God had taken her a few days early so she would be ready to help the thousands of souls who passed that day.

    I returned from Connecticut on Monday evening and the Towers came down the next morning while I was teaching at an Armed Services YMCA. We were evacuated due to our proximity to the base (right outside the gate to Naval Station Newport). I remember listening to the news as I looked in my rearview mirror while heading North to Bristol, RI, with my 2-year-old in his car seat. We didn’t know if our husbands would be deployed to help. We didn’t know what would happen to the base. We just did not know anything at the time.

    I, like many others, watched TV after my son went down for his nap and waited for my husband to come home. He arrived at 2pm and we held on to each other while we watched the news of the Towers, the Pentagon and Flight 93.


  21. pete says:

    911 was an inside job

  22. Emily says:

    that day was very sad. i was 2 years old when that happened so i dont remember wat happened. im 12 now and i am very angry and sad for what had happened. innocent people had to jump out of windows and had to die of a very painful death. i hope all the innocent people that died that day…i hope they rest in peace…..

  23. Annie May Lewis Alberta says:

    I was at Dunkin Donuts or maybe it was krispy kreme I know it was not starbucks because I had a donut.Well the donut was amazing that day vaniila and sprinkles I think I got it at a street truck near Penn station yes that where I got it.I was walking towards Macys when I received a phone call from Uncle william we call him Bill wait I think it was Aunt Mary yes that was it and she said a ship crashed into the bridge now Aunt mary got everything backwards so i called uncle Bill up and he told me what happened and it was extremely sad how those arabs tried to tear us down.But the commute home was another tragedy 6 hours from nyc to brooklyn now that was what i remeber about that day In a time of crisis Mta is not around.

  24. Very conservative says:

    Not in the WTC that day thankfully.

  25. SOS4USA says:

    Just know that all across America and the world, prayers and well wishes went up to the God of all comfort and strength, for YOU. God bless you people who were actually first hand affected that day. infowars.com and antiwar.com

  26. Alex Thomas says:

    Where was I? Well i was at my house eating breakfast and at the end of the day i was wondering how a building that wasnt hit by a plane could collapse – WTC 7!


    1. SOS4USA says:

      good web site to recommend. I will check it out and tell my friends. We are always looking for answers to our questions about how this was pulled off, but we know why. Quo bono

  27. Mary Martin-Kovar says:

    I was working my first day on a job as a receptionist at a Doctor’s office and the first patient I greeted said to me “A pland flew into the World Trade Center” and I replied to him , “are you joking”?……. That man turns out to be the man in the iconic picture with President Bush a top the pile of debrie with the bullhorn, Bob Beckwith.

  28. Bob Fowler says:

    To all of those who ran in, instead of out, there will never be enough thanks.

  29. Jacquie Bockius says:

    I was asleep when it first started, and it took a few minutes for me to understand what the heck was happening. My late husband woke me up in a panic. Then I had to go to work. It was a slow day at work; we turned the TV on to stay in touch with the horror that was happening. I cried all day long, wishing I was with my (now late) husband. My boss was such a slug, he sat at his desk playing a computer card game the whole time, while our world was falling down around us. It was so devestating, I could not stop crying, yet had no one to commiserate with. It was so frightening, to hear and see all the death happening right there on TV. I could not understand the reality of the hate those fanatics have for us, it is still hard to fathom.

  30. dbearz says:

    South Mountain Reservation over looking NYC. Really did not understand the long term ramification that day would have.

  31. Nancy Gonzalez says:

    To Lee Harris…..Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. You were with us that morning and i will never forget your words and the tone in your voice. I am SO greatful it was you who calmly and professionally broke that horrible news to me.

  32. JasonS says:

    I was swimming in a public swimming pool when it was all happening. There was literally nobody else in the pool. I had no idea what was going on and remember thinking how blissful it was to have the pool to myself. After my swim I went to the supermarket and heard odd bits of conversation talking about a building collapse and “people on the upper floors.” I thought that maybe there had been a gas explosion in an apartment building or something.

    By the time I got home I had forgotten about it and turned the TV on. The first thing I saw was a rerun of one of the towers collapsing. The voiceover was saying “and there you have it, the World Trade Center is no more.” Even at that point, it didn’t click. I thought my God, did they demolish the WTC? Why on earth would they do that? Then came the replays of the planes hitting the building and it dawned on me the towers were full of people at the time. Never before in my life have I experienced such a crushing, sinking feeling. I kicked the TV right over in anger.

  33. Arthur Notarbartolo says:

    I was a network engineer for Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield on the 36th floor of the North Tower. I had just arrived to work at 8:30AM after a relaxing ferry ride over from Weehawken, NJ, on what was otherwise a beautiful morning. As I arriv…ed at the office, I put my bag down and was about to head back downstairs for my morning coffee/breakfast ritual when a co-worker stopped me and asked to see some photos of my children that I was telling him about the day earlier. As we were standing at his desk, the first plane hit the North Tower. Had he not stopped me, I might not be here today and I truly believe that he saved my life. We have since lost touch but I will never forget him, as long as I live.

  34. Kesha Samuels says:

    I was sitting at my desk on the 101st floor of 2 World Trade Center when suddenly we heard a loud bang. The building began to away and the lights began to flicker. We felt a huge amount of heat and saw a large fireball from the window. From where we were it seemed as if the for was coming from another part of our building. So we decided to evacuate because we really didn’t know what was going on. We walked down to about the 50 something floor when an announcement came in that told us we were safe and to go back to our offices. Suddenly there was a huge bang and were thrown down the stairs. Now hurt we continued down the stairs not knowing still what was going on. By the time we neared the bottoms we saw fireman going up into the building as they asked us what floor we came from. When we got outside it was pure madness! I was blocks from the WTC when I heard what sounded like thunder. I turned arouand the building I just came out of was falling like a house of cards. I canremember anything after that, and hope I never do. I wish all of my 9/11 memories would go away!

  35. Lou says:

    It was my birthday, it was a slow day at the Flag Mfg I worked for, my boss had told me to cut out & go enjoy the beautiful day. We’d already learned about 1st plane & had wondered how could such a tragic thing happen. As I was leaving, my co-workers suprised me with balloons & cake, just then, another employee came running down the hall yelling another plane crashed into other tower. The only sound that could be heard was hissing noise of blazing candles on the cake For what seemed an enternity, but probably only a few seconds, everyone was suspended into disbelief & shock. We all consoled one another & I decided to go on home to be with my college age son. I recall walking outside on this sunny clear day thinking we must be having an eclipse things seemed so eerie. Starting next day, my company worked 12-16hr days, 7 days/wk for next couple months trying to meet impossible demand for US Flags, maybe being busy & feeling we were contributing helped us get over the initial outrage, but none of us will ever forget the pain felt after we rec’v a call requesting large quantity of casket size US Flags needed in NYC.
    I celebrate my birthday on the 10th now, I feel it’s important to always recongnize the day of 9/11 for what it was, a day of terror that somehow managed to create hero’s out of ordinary people, bring unimaginable grief for others, but pulled this nation together in unity in a way that will never be or should be forgotten.

    Don’t be a “Convenient Patriot” & wait until something happens to own/fly the US Flag. There already is a reason, we are American’s & that Flag speaks volumes as to our resolve, endurance & the pride we should all feel about this nation mainly formed by immigrants yearning to live free.

  36. M.M.O'Reilly Jr. says:

    I was voting at the old Stuyvesant HS on 15th street in the NYC primary
    as this area is known as “Bed pan alley” because of all the hospitals in
    the area of first avenue ,while voting I heard many sirens going down
    second avenue ,seemed like hundreds of sirens by the time I finished
    voting and walked to 3rd avenue people stopped their cars with the
    radio’s on listening to the news that a plane had crashed ,walking west
    towards 6th avenue another plane had crashed and we all knew this was
    not an accident.

  37. niki says:

    I was in fourth grade just starting my school day and finishing up our morning announcements when the first plane hit the first tower then after the second plane hit all i can remember is chaos in my small town in westchester county ny

  38. Chistine Inzana says:

    I lived right off of the Henry Hudson Parkway in Riverdale and the thing I remember most was the constant sounds of sirens going down the highway. It was over 24hr. and sirens didn’t stop. I was such a sad, sad day to be a New Yorker and an America!

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