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17 Responses

  1. Abby

    As trite as this will sound, great post. We all have a story of where we were that day, and thank god we’re all hear to tell it.

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    • Amy Vansant

      Thanks! Considering what so many went through that day I almost feel silly even talking about my day, but was surreal… as I’m sure it was for everyone one way or another.

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  2. Carol Mc

    I’m always interested in hearing where someone was on 9/11 and what they were doing when they heard the news of that first plane….I think the reason I’m so interested is I’m still struggling to make sense of it all…..

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  3. Christine

    First, this is just a good, well written piece.
    Second, as the decade anniversary approaches, I’ve been realizing that the majority of my adult life has been “post 9-11” and just how significant and epoch it was. It’s really interesting to me to hear the experience of my contemporaries, whether, like me, one awoke on the West Coast into the midst of the inexplicable and sat glued to the TV for the next 4 days and then got frisked ever afterward at the airport; or like my friends here in Hoboken who say they remember the smell in the air for months afterward are taken back to the day every time they smell electrical wires burning, or tires burning or basically anything that shouldn’t be burning. Thanks for sharing your story.

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    • Amy Vansant

      Thank you. That description about the smell taking people back was very well drawn – really hit me. I love little details like that.

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  4. Courtney

    Wow. Your story really took me back – you have an amazing writing style, and this post was particularly wonderful. Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

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  5. Jessica

    You shouldn’t feel trite at all about this story, it’s actually very powerful. It honestly gave me chills.
    I think the crazy part about something like this is it effects all of us in such a different way, but hearing other people’s stories actually makes you feel connected.

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  6. Amy Vansant

    “it effects all of us in such a different way, but hearing other people’s stories actually makes you feel connected.” Well put!

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  7. Cheryl

    I, too was flying on 9/11. I was on my way home to Jackson, MS, from visiting friends in St. Paul. I had a layover in St. Louis. Initially we were told not to leave the gate area in case our flights could leave, because we would not be allowed back through security. Stupidly, I waited. A woman struck up a conversation with me…she was on her way to Lincoln, NE. Eventually, we were all told that we had to leave the gate area. That is when the full shock of what had happened hit me. Lots of extra flights had landed in St. Louis, and there was utter pandemonium in the airport. By that time, there were no rental cars to be had, and the bus and train stations were very near a federal building, and so had been closed. In those days, I did not take my cell phone with me everywhere I went, so I didn’t have it with me. I spent lots of time standing in lines at pay phones. I figured I’d just spend the night in the airport. But then an announcement was made that everyone had to retrieve their luggage and leave the airport ASAP. I had no idea what I was going to do. As luck would have it, while I was searching for my luggage, I ran into the woman I had been talking to earlier. Her husband was in the military and he had suggested that she go to the USO office in the airport and see if they could help her find a hotel room. She graciously told me that if she got a room, I could share it. The USO got her a room at the nearby Marriott, and after we FINALLY located our luggage, we got on the shuttle to the hotel. By this time, it was around 3:00 p.m. My flight had left Minneapolis at 6:30, and I was hungry, exhausted, and emotionally drained. But I will never, ever forget the kindness a total stranger showed me that day. Some really good friends drove to St. Louis the next day and brought me home. While what happened to me was nothing compared to what happened to the people on the East Coast, it was still overwhelming and traumatic. Everyone has a story of that day, and I believe it helps to share them.

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    • Amy Vansant

      It was amazing how everyone came together and helped that day. Shame it takes a tragedy to do that as a rule…

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  8. Steve from NYC

    Great post. It made me laugh on this Day of Remembrance. I was there when the towers fell, was there for the cleanup, and was there to bury loved ones. Thank you for making me laugh today, I can’t tell you how much that helps.

    Steve from NYC

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  9. Talkative Taurus

    I cannot imagine what it would have been like to be on a plane when all of that happened! It was bad enough being at work and having my mom call to tell me. I’m glad you got home safe and were here to tell us the story. I was glued to the TV for about a week, I think. I can’t imagine what it was like to not see what was going on when you were driving back home.

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    • Amy Vansant

      It was definitely weird – I had no one to react to with it when I finally saw it – they had already been talking and watching for 24 hours.

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  10. Jessica

    Wow, your story really took me back. I didn’t really get a chance to reflect or think back on the day because we were actually flying home on Sunday from a lengthy vacation and pretty much spent the whole day traveling. Now, I’m trying to catch up on the 300+ blogs I’ve missed while on vacation and so far this post has been the most meaningful one I’ve come across. I’m glad I didn’t miss it. Thank you for sharing your story. I almost started crying while reading as it brought back memories of that day. I don’t have much of story of my own to share, no family or friends affected, but it was still such a massively traumatic event for us all.

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  11. Amy Vansant

    Thank you for the kind words! I’m lucky I didn’t know anyone either. I knew people who knew people though, and that was bad enough. I met a delivery truck driver who said a body landed on his truck and he had to abandon it at the scene. The long trip from TN was nothing!

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