(Fort Wayne) - During all the memorials for the September 11th attacks yesterday, several area residents shared their memories of where they were when America was attacked.
Cathy of Fort Wayne said:
"I was in Alice Springs, Australia on 9/11. You cannot believe the closeness our group of 18 felt being away from home and watching the TV that morning. We all thought "Why are they showing that kind of movie at 7:30 am?" Then we realized it wasn't a movie. We all met in the lobby of the hotel and immediately were overwhelmed by the love and concern of all around us. We were given a private room for breakfast and everything else (dinner, drinks ETc was on the house. We attended a candlelite service in the center of town that evening and you couldn't get near the place - until people realized we were Americans and they made space for us."
Emily of Auburn says:
"I was in fourth grade. My class was walking in from gym, then my teacher turned on the radio and called her husband. Later that night I was at a school football game for my brother, and on the way there I can remember seeing cars lining up in the side of road to get gas."
Charline of Fort Wayne says:
"My husband, Dennis, and I were airborne between Sarasota, FL (President Bush was there.) and Ft. Wayne. We knew nothing of what was happening in NYC until we made our scheduled stop in Atlanta to change planes. As our plane pulled up to the gate, the pilot came on the loud speaker and said, "Ladies and Gentlemen, there's been a national emergency and the Atlanta airport is now closed." He gave no details and said we'd learn more when we entered the Atlanta Terminal. After entering the Terminal, we saw everyone watching the overhead TV monitors and seeing the nightmare happening in New York City. Both WTC towers were on fire at that time, but no one seemed to know what had happened. Thousands of people began to evacuate the Atlanta airport, the busiest airport in the world, for fear that it too would be a target of a hijacked plane. Rifle-toting National Guard soldiers were everywhere in the airport, along with bomb-sniffing dogs."
John of Fort Wayne was:
"Working Corporate Security in Las Vegas, as the news spread, and the sky's became silent, it was truely eerie, my thougths and prayers were miles away, and my heart was saddened, God Bless America, Then and Now."
Linda of Fort Wayne was:
"We were in Charlotte, NC visiting our daughter. She teaches elementary school & we were going to visit her classroom. She called and said it was chaotic, parents were there picking up their children & not to come. Needless to say the events made us sad & put a gloom on our vacation."
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