A Memorable Day

I was at work, at my desk, when Phil, one of my co-workers, ran into my office. “A plane just flew into one of the World Trade Center buildings in New York,” he said.

We ran together to the company cafeteria where a small group of people had already started to gather in front of the TV mounted on one of the walls. Phil and I got there just as a second plane flew into the other tower.

More and more employees came into the large room and gazed fixedly at the television screen. Some stood around the TV, some sat down at the cafeteria tables. All were mesmerized and horrified by what we were seeing and hearing.

No one was speaking. Everyone in that cafeteria was shocked into a frozen silence. The only sounds that could be heard were those coming from the TV and the sniffling coming from those watching, as most of us were crying. Even I, a typically stoic, unemotional man, was crying.

I spent a lot of time that day — and much of that week — crying. And being angry. Very angry.

It was a day that changed everything. It was, indeed, a memorable day.


Written for the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge, where Sue W and GC ask us to share images or tell about a memorable day.

12 thoughts on “A Memorable Day

  1. rugby843 September 11, 2021 / 9:47 am

    Our oldest son lived there at the time so we were beside ourselves

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  2. Marleen September 11, 2021 / 11:13 am

    I was at home. I was a home-educating mother. My husband called, pretty much served the role of your Phil. He said, “Turn on the television and look at a news station.” I didn’t know why, though. And I came in on the story at nearly the same place where you did — a little before seeing the second plane.

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  3. Sue W September 11, 2021 / 3:06 pm

    It was the most awful shocking day of most of our lives.
    It was almost the end of our school day here in the U.K., I didn’t have a class. Our caretaker’s wife who lived on site ran into the building and pulled me into our staff room where we had a TV. I watched as the second plane hit. We watched in shock and disbelief and we cried.

    When I planned this challenge (always in advance) I hadn’t registered which day I had chosen, and this is probably because we do our dates the other way around. You say nine eleven, in my head the date is the eleventh of the ninth.

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us, I appreciate it.

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  4. Nope, Not Pam September 12, 2021 / 2:42 am

    I just remember feeling numb. Like it couldn’t be happening.

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  5. leigha66 September 21, 2021 / 7:33 am

    I was shocked most of the day but as a cashier I had to maintain my composure. I wandered through the day in a fog. It was the next day that the emotions hit me about two blocks from home when I saw the first flag at half mast and I cried the rest of the way into work.

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