Wednesday, September 11, 2013

What were you doing?

As today marks the 12th anniversary of 9/11 we want to take a few minutes to remember the day and honor those who were lost in the Twin Towers, Pennsylvania, and DC. Nearly 3000 men, women, and children were lost on that morning that changed our nation and our lives forever.

The morning started for me and for most like any other normal day. I woke up early and headed out for my morning run before the kids (then 5 and 2) woke up. I remember I was running on Collierville-Arlington Road when I heard on my Walkman (yes, the wireless radio headset) that something had hit one of the Trade Center towers. Honestly, I kept going not really realizing at that moment the magnitude of what just happened. They were still trying to figure it all out and how in the world a plane could hit the building. Then, another one hit the other tower. Then I stopped, I called my husband, woke him up - told him to turn on the news and see what was happening. When I got home we were watching the news coverage as another plane went down in Pennsylvania and then another in DC. This was unbelievable. Then I can remember standing in my bedroom as the first tower fell ... oh my gosh, the sinking pit in my stomach. All those people! The workers, the first responders, those on the street ... how in the world was this happening.  I can still remember the day as if it were yesterday.

The rest of the Girls Run the 901 recall what they were doing that September morning ...

Dawn - I was getting my son, JD, ready for school. My husband, Mark - a City of Memphis Fire Fighter, was at the station. We talked and decided that JD would go ahead and go to school that morning but shortly after I dropped him off I went to pick him up. With Mark at the station - I wanted all my kids with me. We went to Stacey's and spent most of the day together there.

Debi - I was eating cinnamon rolls my Hunny made me for my birthday.

Jennifer - I was in my 6th grade math class.

Dana - I was sitting in my kitchen feeding Connor (18 months) oatmeal and pears while he was sitting in his high chair acting silly. I was watching the Today show.

Janell - I was getting ready to head to my college class watching Good Morning America.

We have read about several running challenges to remember those on 9/11. Some are running 9.11 miles today or within the next couple of days. Or you could run for 9 minutes 11 seconds. Start your run at 9:11. There are several options.

What were you doing when you heard about the Twin Towers?

How will you honor the memory of those lost in 9/11?


  1. I was driving to work. The radio DJ said a plane had flown into the Towers and they were just assuming that it was a small prop plane. And then they got confirmation that it was, in fact, a commercial airplane. I got to work and to a TV just as the second plane crashed. My uncle was working at the Pentagon at the time, and my family was all in NJ, outside of NY. It was hellish not being able to get in touch with anyone until the next day. I still fill up when I see the skyline and I have not been able to visit Ground Zero.

    I honor the memory of those lost by remembering. That memory is etched in my brain as sharply as the day it happened.

    1. Wow Jennifer, I just got chills reading this, how awful it must have been for you and your family. It is definitely a day that shook us all to the core, and it will never be forgotten. Thank you for sharing such a personal experience.