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Published: Monday, Sept. 5 2011 5:00 a.m. MDT

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Glendale, AZ

At home in the shower getting ready for work.

Spanish Fork, UT

I was on the way to work, listening to the radio when I heard it. I burst into tears, my heart twisted in pain for all those people. I pulled off the side of the road for a minute and cried, then, still crying, continued on my way to work. It was then that the last verse of the National Anthem came into my head. I had never tried to memorize it, yet I knew it. With that came the knowledge that my then 14 year old son would put on a uniform and serve his country. I kept that knowledge to myself, not wanting to influence his choice. (He joined the military shortly after his 19th birthday and is in uniform today.)

O thus be it ever when free-men shall stand
Between their lov'd home and the war's desolation;
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserv'd us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: In God is our trust!

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

Watching it on TV at home, and thinking this. There is little in the Islamic society that would encourage the rest of the world to believe they are peaceful. In most places they refuse to assimilate to any extent, instead living in conclaves and mostly closed communities and many of their mosques are used to preach hate against Israel and America and recruit jihadists. A Muslim speaking publicly against the violence of Islam is an anomaly. The United States is fighting on three fronts as I write this piece, all against Muslim forces. There are continuous attempts to kill Americans in public places with explosive devices, all set by Muslims. There are ships being captured and people being killed off the coast of Africa all by Muslim pirates. There are rockets being lobbed into Israel into neighborhoods of family people, all being done by Muslims. There have been videotaped beheadings; terrorist attacks around the world, kidnappings and torture all done in the name of Islam. If this is not true Islam, then it seem to me that the Muslims who practice true Islam should separate themselves from the hijackers. Islam "IS NOT" a peaceful religion.

That's my view.

Montesano, WA

I was flying to work that day. It is something I will never forget.

Layton, UT

Getting ready for work. I was a school teacher. It was very hard to teach that day. I wanted to shelter my 9 and 10 year old students. Did my best to reassure them that they were safe during the next few days. Some worried that an airplane would crash into our school. Scary times.

Manti, UT

I was at work. It was shortly after 6 AM. We were working on a special project, I had gone in early. As people started arriving, they were talking about an airplane crashed into the World Trade Center. I thought it was a small, private, inexperienced pilot who made a mistake.

Then as the day progressed, the horror stories started coming in. I was desperately trying to get any news on my computer, but couldn't get through. I did get bits and pieces of the burning buildings and audio, especially when the announcer said: "Ladies and gentlemen, the World Trades Center is no more"

I couldn't stop crying, and because I was working in a federal installation, the whole place was put on lockdown. Finally, someone got hold of a TV set and we watched the unfolding events. I worked close to the ocean, and saw battleships patrolling the area and the military was on full alert.

It was a horrible, unimaginable day. The United States of America was under attack and I knew that our lifestyle would never be the same.

We must never forget that horrible day and never let it happen again

Eagle Mountain, UT

My wife and I were just married, living in some student apartments in Provo during my junior year at BYU. I remember getting a phone call from a buddy in Idaho telling me to turn on Fox News. By the time I had turned on the TV, the first plane had already hit the first tower. Everything else we saw was live and to this day, remains the most disturbing live footage of events I've ever seen. Campus was crazy that day. A lot of students in tears. Classes only consisted of professors briefing us on the situation, watching the news and allowing the students to talk about what was going on. I think most of us stayed glued to our TV sets watching the news for the next several weeks. I remember telling my wife that this would be a new part of world history and that our children would study it in school and that it would be known as one of the biggest travesties our nation has ever faced. Who would've known that as a result of 9-11, we'd still have soldiers in the middle east, even today?

Sainte Genevieve, MO

I was doing the news on a local radio station. We generally do not do national news events, because we are strictly local and it's a one man operation. That morning, as usual, I had one of the national networks on TV with the sound down and went with the story based on what I saw on television. Just before 9 am local time I watched the first tower go down and even though it took awhile for the network guys to realize what had happened, since the view was obstructed by the other tower, I knew exactly what had happened and had to report the development live on the radio station. Later that morning my wife and I went to our oldest grandson's school to have lunch with him for "Grandparents' Day". The third graders had not been told of the event and the adults didn't say a word about it during the meal. It was very surreal. That afternoon I was at our city hall and watched long lines of motorists buying gas at the station across the street. I had the sense that life in this country was going to change dramatically.

Clifton Palmer McLendon
Gilmer, Texas

I was at work in a small law office in Center (Shelby County) Texas. One of my colleagues told me that a jet had hit one of the towers. We all went into the conference room and watched the television. We saw the second jet hit the other tower.

We did not accomplish much the rest of the day. When work was over, Sister McLendon and I donated blood.

I am a US Navy veteran. I was 48 at the time. I wrote a letter to the local Navy recruiter describing myself and offering my services.

Denton, MD

Sitting in a dental chair having a crown cemented in... Heard somebody come into the front office telling the receptionist in a panicked voice to turn on the radio, which came over the muzak speakers into the treatment rooms. Will always have the image of the dentist's eyes getting huge above his mask as his eyebrows went higher and higher and his brow began to sweat.
The following Sunday, we had the Primary lead the congregation in singing and "My Country's Flag." and "Gordon B. Hinckley: Constant as the North Star." It was an awesome, healing moment and so good for the children to see that they really could do something to help the adults by sharing these messages of patriotism and hope.
Another image that stands out is Dan Rather on the first Letterman show after the attacks. The usually stone-faced Rather choked up as he pointed out that the verse if America the Beautiful that says, "Thine alabaster cities gleam, undimmed by human tears" can never be sung with the same meaning again.

Lake Havasu City, AZ

My husband and I had been following the Mormon Pioneer trail from Nauvoo. We were tracing the steps of my ancestors who had been driven from Nauvoo. We are at Independence Rock in "Wyoming" and had not had the car radio on, however, when my husband asked someone why they were so sad, they told us what had happened, and we then turned on our radio and listened as we drove. As we visited Martin's Cove, our thoughts were no longer with my ancestors, but with the many people who had lost their lives, that day in New York City.

Salt Lake City, UT

I was in the Boston Temple as I was driving there I saw a plane leaving Logan Airport and had a bad feeling. I didn't learn of what happened until 4:30 that afternoon when the people we were going to get a ride home from arrived. At that time the temple was expecting people not to come - well they came and the temple was very busy. When we got home a little after eleven that night the first thing we did was turn on the tv and saw the video of the terrors of the day. I was sad and ticked. It's hard to believe that people can be so mean and evil. But what I can't understand is why there was a camera already set up to capture both planes going into the towers? I can see capturing the second on tape but not the first.

I should also note that the sunset the night before looked "evil" - not normal for the northeast. Even then I had a feeling that there was something bad about to happen.

Vilnius, Lithiuania

I was alone in the Honduran Rain Forest, with the sweet people I was serving as a volunteer Medical Doctor. I heard nothing of it during the day. At night fall, some children lead me to the only home that had a short wave radio, and there received almost no details.
Over the next few days, bits and pieces of information filter in thru this one man and his short way radio, as I was preparing to leave for the US.
One friend thru and interpreter begged me to stay with them where I would be safe. Please stay with us, since we have nothing the muslims would want to bomb.
I that time I understood the safety of isolation.

blue springs, MO

I was watching the morning news show Good Morning America. then they quickly showed the first tower...my heart ached, i cried aloud...then BOOMMMMMM went the next jet into the south tower. i screamed so loud my husband came running into the living room. we cried for those whom were on the flight and the towers. we listened and watched....could not take our eyes off the screen could not hear enough about the situation. i called a friend who has a sister that lives about 10 blocks from the towers. she didn't know so she called her sister...her sister saw the second jet hit and felt the pressure. after watching the news and hearing about the pentagon and the brave passengers of the jet that went down in a field my eternal sweet heart and i had prayer...praying for all involved. my heart still aches. this week is a week of remembering the brave !

Durham, NC

I was in the air on the way to indonesia, and only found out what had happened when I arrived at my hotel just past midnight my time. My experience was completely and totally different than 98 percent of most Americans. I was stuck over in the region for a week while flights waited to resume. On my return flight, I flew first class where the lady working that section was personal friends with crew of one of the United flights. Upon returning home, I learned one of my buddies who worked with my at Oracle at the time lost his life in the United flight that crashed in PA.... and that his voice was the one on all those phone recordings later played back.

It was deeply personal because of the people I knew and lost, and yet different because of the deep caring and hospitality of the muslim community that hosted my while I was stranded in their part of the world.


I was at work that day. I was planning what I was going to do that night seeing that 9-11 is my birthday. I took it hard, but realized that I cannot let those people ruin what is good to me. I was not going to let them win by terrorizing me to not appreciate my birthday. I sorrow and shed tears each year for those who died needlessly and for those who died serving their fellow men. May God continue to bless and care for those families and the United States.

my slc
Newport Beach, CA

I was in still in living in SLC at the time and driving to work when they announced on the radio that a plane had struck one of the trade towers.

When I got to work the news was on in the conference room, by noon we knew of both towers falling.

It was a surreal day, phones not ringing at work, the internet impossible to connect. There were lots of tears during the day. Downtown SLC that night was empty and still. I remember driving up Main by the Conference Center to get home. There was nobody on the streets. The sky was a beautiful clear blue, but no planes out of the airport.

desert dweller

I'll be glad when september 12 gets here just like any other disaster I can only listen to so much of it. example Hurricane Katrina after awhile I got tired of seeing it on T.V and Im already getting tired of hearing 9/11 its the same thing over and over and over

Marilyn Wouden

Where was I on 9/11? Is a very heart felt experience. I had just returned from the care center where my mother passed away. She was always early for appointments. She died at 2am. I felt she passed away then before their was a crowd. She also liked to help others in need. So she left this life to help those behind her.
That morning before the tragedy I had also just called my son on a mission in Switzerland and a daughter on a mission in Ireland to tell them their grandmother had died.
I couldn't go back to sleep. So I got ready to go to work for a training, when it was announced an aircraft had exploded into the World Trade Center. I was numbed my mother's passing and then the tragedy. I went to the training, so numb. I thought it was all a dream. But it was real. I will never forget where I was on this horrible day.


I sat down to watch after the first plane crashed, and knew when the second one crashed that it was not an accident. I listened on a portable radio as I went for my morning walk to the fall of the towers and the crash into the Pentagon, passing cars whose drivers met my eyes and mirrored the horror I felt. And when I heard of the plane that crashed in PA, I knew those people had given their lives to thwart the terrorists' goal with that plane.

I kept thinking of how those who were murdered were welcomed by God and His angels into heaven, and how the heavens wept over the men who had done this terrible thing to their fellow humans. What a terrible thing it is when people think they can justify evil by claiming that God wanted it done.

I suspect the terrorists were very surprised when they found out what was really waiting for them after they died.

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