Where were you on Sept. 11, 2001?

Stacey Hartley • Sep 11, 2019 at 8:00 PM

NORWALK — Lives were forever changed when hijacked airplanes flew into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. 

Another hijacked plane hit the Pentagon that day, and another hijacked flight, United 93, crashed in Pennsylvania when passengers fought back against the terrorists.  

More than 3,000 people died as a result of the 9/11 attacks. 

The continuous news circuit that followed carried footage and information of the attacks into homes, televisions and radios around the globe. 

What were you doing when 9/11 happened? Reflector online readers shared their memories of that day:

• Jennifer Case-Lambert: I was 24 years old, sitting at my desk listening to the news the residents were watching in the Rose Garden off my office. I was in such shock. Then all I wanted to do was go get my baby from the sitters and hold her tight and never let her go. My heart still aches for those who lost their lives and the families they left behind. My thoughts and prayers are with them today.

• Debbie Hartley: I was 47, working on a farm in Huron.  I heard (the) news — (the) Twin Tower restaurant was my favorite. We all gathered, held hands and prayed. I cried to all that lost their lives that day for no reason. God Bless All.

• Isabella Slagle: I was in kindergarten. All the adults were stressed and I didn’t understand. My parents watched the news the entire rest of the day.

• Audrey Elizabeth: I was in fifth grade at Maplehurst; Mrs. Opper’s class. Teachers kept coming in and out of the classroom, most of them were visibly upset. A lot of my fellow classmates were picked up early by parents but I was there until the end of the school day. Safety guard was canceled for the day, and I was upset because it was my turn to help at the crosswalk that day. After school, while waiting for our rides, a fellow fifth-grader told me terrorists attacked the U.S. I didn’t really understand or grasp what she was saying. My stepdad picked me up, he was crying and listening to the radio. That’s when it all started to make some sort of sense to me.”

• Alexandria Dietz Cruey: I was 24 years old working as a newspaper reporter in Dayton, living not far (from) Wright Patterson Air Force Base. I met some truly amazing people — people who lost loved ones and courageous people who went to Ground Zero to help. I met one person who had a rescue dog who looked for dead bodies. Those stories will stick with me for a lifetime.

• John Nolan: I (was) just getting off 24-hour duty. I was a 25-year-old kid at Ft. Bragg, NC. I was about to go home and sleep when I was told the first plane hit. I went into the day room, and as I walked in (I) saw the second (plane) hit. I was told to go home and get some sleep. About 30 minutes after I got home, I got the call to grab my gear and tell my wife goodbye; we didn’t know what was going to happen. She took this picture just in case. Lucky, I guess. We were only locked down and ready to go until late afternoon and (then) got to go home. 

• John Stutsman: I had just got to Terra College in Fremont and went to get breakfast in our dining hall. They had a radio on and (I) heard the news. I finished my breakfast and saw what happened on the tv in our student lounge. I was shocked and numb like the rest of the day.

• Amanda Morsher-Hewitt: I was 20 and was attending Ohio State. I was in the car when the first plane hit, and on the radio the announcer came on and said the World Trade Center was being bombed or attacked. My (now-husband) got into the car and I told him someone was attacking the World Trade Center. We went to his apartment and watched the television in shock the rest of the day. I’ll never forget actually seeing the second plane hit on tv, and watching the people jump out of the windows. And how eerie it was not hearing any planes flying outside.

• Andrea Carpenter:  I was getting ready for a doctor appointment. When I went outside, I watched a plane make an abrupt turn in the sky. Being so close to the airport (living in North Ridgeville at the time) I shrugged it off. Later that week, I found out that plane had crashed in Pennsylvania Field. My grandma had the TV turned on to the morning news; she sat with her bowl of oatmeal and quietly shook her head. When grandma is quiet, you know something is wrong or sad. I watched in horror as the cameramen thought they (had) seen debris falling from the towers, when in actuality it was men and women who knew they wouldn't make it out alive so they took their "freedom jump" as one reporter called it. 9/11 May We Never Forget.

• Becky Meier: I was in college. First morning class was a computer class (with) no tv; second class was sociology. I thought the professor had a movie on the television. I walked in that room just as the second plane hit.

• Jessica Bond: I was 14, at Norwalk High School in science class. We watched but didn't know what was going on. I will never forget.

• John Clark: I was on a business trip flying to Dallas. We landed and found flights being canceled. It took several days — until airports reopened — to get back home.

• Casey Bond: I was a freshman in high school at Western Reserve. We had just finished gym when someone told our teacher. My next class was government and we watched it all.

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