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How Has September 11 Changed You?

On Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania killed almost 3,000 people. The survivors, families of the victims, and first-responders found their lives irrevocably altered -- as did all Americans.

Ten years later, the Yahoo! Contributor Network is asking you: How have you changed?

Perhaps you lost someone close to you. Or the attacks compelled you to join the military or volunteer more of your time. Or, perhaps more simply, you hold your loved ones closer to you than ever before.

In honor of the victims, survivors and heroes of 9/11, we want you to share your stories and memories of that day; tell us how 9/11 changed you.

 

Your story will be featured alongside thousands of others on Yahoo! News' 9/11 anniversary site.

 


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  • Julie Kolb  8/7/2012

    Answering this question for me, grabs at my heart.
    My husband was on home based annual training at the time, and made it as far as the end of the drive, hearing the news on the radio that morning. Basically, I spent the day shutting our HVAC business down and he continued on to the reserve center to prepare for deployment. My husband was deployed and our eldest son was in basic training that fall. I closed our business permanently and sold our home, returning to active duty military service due to initial deployment orders being extended. Over the last ten years, at one point both, my oldest son, and husband were stationed for a time in Iraq, different branches and different types of duty. Our plans to build a house and expand our business all changed. We had no plans and haven't until recently. We are only now starting to make plans for a future again, after military retirement.

  • Tina Marie Musgrove  9/16/2011

    My entire family has changed since that fateful day - September 11, 2001. I remember like it was yesterday. My oldest daughter, Alyssa, was just nine months old and we lived very close to Wright Patterson Air Force Base here in Dayton, Ohio. The whole area was on high alert and a sonic boom from the Veterans Medical Center about 15 miles from us scared us all to death! My (then) husband was an Air Force brat and his Dad was 30+ years USAF retired. They both worked at a mailing firm that handled government mail, almost exclusively and the whole plant shut down! We all gave blood and gathered supplies for the relief efforts going on...Also, within the six months thereafter, all three of my younger brothers joined the service! Army, Air Force and Marine Corps - and off all three went to war. The only good I have seen come from the tragedy of 9/11 is the greater appreciation I have for our many freedoms! God/dess Bless the Victims, Families, Rescue Workers and Our Troops Who Avenge Them!

  • Tina Wilson  9/16/2011

    9/11 was a day that would change my life along with every other American's life forever. I will never forget the video being displayed on the news and the feelings that turmoiled through me while watching as the towers began their decent into the ground. My eyes filled with tears and I began to sob for the people who were trapped within the buildings. Then it was over in the blink of an eye and I knew those people were gone forever.
    I was completely horrified at what the T.V. was showing me and I kept saying to my fiance is this real? Did this just really happen? Although deep down inside I new it did. I said to my fiance how could this happen? This is America this cant happen here; but it did.
    Then came the news of the Al Quaida and I thought well this is it. Now we can get these terrorist once and for all. Then I just knew that we would show them and the rest of the world just who they were messing with but we didn't.
    A couple years went by and I thought to myself what is wrong with this picture? So I began looking some of the events of 9/11 up amongst a few other things. What I learned made me just sick. Just the idea of it alone was more than I could stomach.
    What I learned was almost to much to take at all but I still kept looking into it further. I found something more sinister than just some men from another country that hated Americans instead what I found was a government cover up. A cover up that included certain government officials, the President of the United States and a group of greedy bank investors. All of this was done for the 6 reasons (1) to create a war against certain countries that the greedy bankers were (2) yet to get their banks into. (3) to control the oil (4) so these same greedy bankers could control the money in these countries by being the ones to print it. (5) So the could create a law in the United States of America called the patriot Act. The Patriot Act goes against the constitution and revokes the rights of Americans. With it they can come into your home, take you away to one of their FEMA Camps and lock you up for the rest of your days without any warrant or any due process at all. The only thing they have to say is that you are a suspected terrorist and nothing else. Last but not least (6) These particular bankers who also own the Federal Reserve Bank which isn't even part of our Government at all want leadership not just to a country or just our country but instead to every country in the world. Maybe you have heard of it they are calling it THE NEW WORLD ORDER.
    So this how 9/11 has changed my life and made me what I am today. I am considered by most to be a conspiracy therorist and a radical. If this is true then ask yourself this. How did the towers fall so perfectly straight down the way that they did just like a building does that has been scheduled for a demo with dynamite?

  • h fisher  9/12/2011

    i had just started a new job that day. it was at a mobile home dealership. it was 10 minutes away from home. i had been watching the "Today" show as i always did and still do. about 9:40, i shut off the t.v. and left for work. everything was fine, no breaking news. by the time i walked in the door at the office, the first plane had just hit. our office was set up in a home setting and we had a t.v. in the living room. i said good morning to everyone, but noticed that the three other people were in a dead stare at the t.v. i looked to see what they were looking at and could not believe my eyes. i sat down next to my boss, asked him what had happened, and he could hardly speak. when i finally got it out of someone, i was horrified. a cold chill went through my body, as i got this bad feeling that this was going to turn out bad. my daughter and her two month old baby had just joined her husband in germany, who was stationed in the army over there. she had asked me before she left if i thought she had anything to worry about, with her husband possibly having to leave her over there for any problems. i told her nothing much going on at the time, but we were keeping an eye on this "bin laden guy", but not to worry. then the second plane hit, and all i could do is worry about my kids in germany. i knew this was going to be the beginning of a bad situation. my folks came here from germany after wwll and i remember my mom telling me about the bombs. thats all i could think of. the new york situation was getting progressivly worse, and all of us were totally glued to the t.v. the phone never wrang once, as im sure nobody was leaving their homes to come look at mobile homes that day. i just couldnt believe what i was seeing. i was so shocked, i couldnt even cry. at 12:00, the main office told us to close up for the day. i went home and had several calls from my daughter from germany, my mother in chicago,(i live in florida) and my husband, who had heard about it on a radio. we were all crying and just sick. i had to give the details to my daughter, as they were still sketchy in germany at that time, and my husband was trying to get details,as he works in construction, and my poor mother was just besides herself because this was dejavou all over again for her. she never thought she would have to witness these horrors ever again. of course, we spent the next few days watching in shock, like all my other fellow americans. it has changed me to the core, because it made me realize just how fragile our freedoms are. i am really leary of people from mideastern countrys, i have a fear of flying, and i live keeping in the back of my mind that it could happen again, within the blink of an eye. we live in a military town, so there are times when i hear jets flying over us, and i wonder if they are ours, i also live by the international airport, which keeps me on my toes, and i hate to be in malls or other subject places at certain times. when i see pictures of two empty spaces that used to be the towers, i get a sick lump in my throat and i feel for the people of new york, that they must still miss seeing those buildings, and all that goes with that. when i go home and see the (sears) tower, i just want to cry. i cant imagine what it would be like to never see it again. i miss the comrauderee that we as americans felt in those first few months that we went to war, and i hate the fact that we have lost so many more.. i feel guility on sept 11, because my oldest grandaughters b-day is 9/11, and my husbands is 9/12. i just hold them a little tighter on those days, for those who cant anymore. and i long for those peaceful days when we didnt have this as memories, but then i think, at least i still have my family, so many more have so much less, and i feel like one of the luckiest people alive!

  • Valerie Barto  9/9/2011

    how 9-11 changed me was it was a few days before my birthday and i just sat in front of the tv watching everything happening in nyc it broke my heart and i never look at my birthday the same way all i do is think about all the familys that lost loved ones on the worst day in history i have held a moment to reflect on that day wish it never happened my heart and prays go out to all who have lost some one very dear to them that day.

  • irma Gon  9/8/2011

    It was early morning of Sept 11, 2001 and I was listening to the radio and getting ready for work. I heard the DJ say something about the tower being hit. I thought for a moment "what tower"? I live in El Paso and we do not have towers in this city, so I said to myself "could it be the twin towers"? So I turned off the radio and turned on the TV, and sure enough it was a twin tower engulfed in fire and burning so bad. I sat there in disbelieve for a few minutes and I heard the anchor guy say it looks like an accident. I knew right away that it was no accident. I knew it was some sort of attack from another country. My son had just joined the Coast Guard and was leaving to boot camp in a week, and I thought to myself "oh my God and my son will be there in New Jersey facing all of this"! So I became mad with whoever had done this. I went and woke up my son and told him of the attack on the twin tower, and maybe New York City was under attack. He looked at me and said "Mom have you gone crazy"!? Who would want to attack NYC? I left for work and told him to keep me posted on what was happening, and a couple of hours later he called crying and told me the two towers had come down. At work we ran to the nearest TV and watched in horror all those people walking around in a daze, and the alarms were sounding from the firefighters who lost their lives in those towers. I will never forget that day as long as I live.

  • Marian Carter  9/6/2011

    I worked for the City of Charleston when the 9/11 Incident occurred. It was my husband’s birthday, and he called me, I thought, to remind me of the significance of that day from his part-time job. Instead, he called me to alert me that a plane had crashed into one of the World Trade Center Towers. Initially, there was confusion about the size of the plane, and it was reported that it was a small plane off course. I thought to myself that no plane had any business flying in that area of N.Y.C., as LaGuardia Airport’s final approach is over water, and planes would not be routed to fly over the City during take-off.
    As soon as my husband got off the phone, my son, whose company, Les Ballets Trockadero deMonte Carlo, had danced during the World Trade Center’s Festival that prior Saturday night, called me to tell me the same news. His report differed from what my husband reported – it was suspected that that crash was not an accident, but an act of terrorism. While he and I chatted, he told me, “Mama, another plane has crashed into the second tower.” By then, I told the whole office, and everyone listened to me as I repeated what my son told me that was coming from the television reporters.

    Later, he told me that the Path Trains from Jersey had been stopped from coming into N.Y.C. to connect with the New York Transit System’s trains. Then, the un-thinkable happened when he told me, “Mama, the first tower has collapsed.” I felt like the wind had been snuffed out of my lungs; I was extremely saddened when I considered all of the souls who possibly had lost their life expressions in that collapsed tower. When he told me later on that the second tower had collapsed, I felt utterly weak because my emotions were so raw with grief in behalf of other souls who were no longer expressions of life through the vehicles for their Spirit-Souls. I questioned how one could be so mean and hating that they would do this to people they did not know.
    When it was revealed that the acts were from Islamic Jihadists, who had also flown a plane into the Pentagon, and also one was crash-landed in Pennsylvania during a struggle with the pilot and certain passengers attempting to prevent a take-over of the plane’s aviation, I became very dismayed and angered.

    Later as a result of academic studies, I am allowed to understand where the flaw in thinking originates: There is no physical heaven, and there are certainly not one virgin, much less more than a great number of virgins waiting for them in heaven/paradise. There is only Life, and when the life expression has ended, there is only more life, with the same retained level of consciousness; death is a continuum, per se, of life. What a surprise that must have been to the jihadists, but we will not have a way to learn of their reactions. For those who understand the fundamentals of Quantum Physics, everything is energy either expressed or depressed. The plane crashes puts another meaning on “The Big Bang,” I suppose.

  • Michael T. Martin  9/6/2011

    I remember virtually everything about September 11th, 2001. I was in college, living with a roommate in Columbus, OH. I was sleeping when my mom called me to tell me a plane crashed into the World Trade Center. I was half asleep and dismissed it, but then she called back a few minutes later to tell me that a second plane crashed into the other tower, and that it wasn't an accident. I spent the whole day in shock and horror watching CNN until I couldn't stay awake any longer. I cried a lot that day. However, nothing could have prepared me for what I encountered many years later, when I met the love of my life and learned that she was on the 89th floor of the North Tower when the plane struck and that she barely made it out alive as the South Tower collapsed. While 9/11 was already very emotional and tragic for me, it has since taken on a whole new dimension, knowing that I was so very close to never knowing someone that I can't live without. So many people lost their loved ones that day. It is my hope that we all - everyone around the world - take the time to understand what happened that day and in the days since, so that we never have to endure such a thing again.

  • Savana Hatten  9/2/2011

    I was only four at the time and yet that day sticks out in my memory. I walked into the living room where my dad was watching the news. I couldnt belive my eyes my dad was actually crying! In all my life i have never seen him cry. I looked at the tv and I saw people running from this giant cloud of dust an debris. And I had no idea what was going on but as years past and it was explained to me I have felt more American then ever before. And I niw know exactly what america is to me....home.

  • Kirk Nida  9/2/2011

    I WAS A TRUCK DRIVER DELIVER A LOAD OF PLASTIC BOTTLES TO A WAREHOUSE JUST EAST OF SACRAMENTO. AS I WAS GOING THROUGH THE GATE TO A DRIVER COMING OUT SAID "DONT BE ANY HURRY TO GET OUT OF HERE. ALL THE FREEWAYS ARE ALL STOPPED AND THEY HIGHWAY PATROL IS ON HIGH ALERT. SO YOURE NOT GOING ANYWERE FAST. I ASKED HIM WHY HE SAID 2 JETS HAVE ATTACKED BUIDLINGS IN NEW YORK AND THE US IS UNDER ATTACK. SINCE THIS EVEN HAS HAPPEND I AM ON HIGH ALERT FOR ANYONE OF THE "MUSLIM FAITH" NOT KNOWING WHAT THEY MIGHT OR WILL DO NEXT. MOST OF THEM ARE NICE BUT THE MILITANT ONES WOULD DO ANYTHING TO KILL ANY HIGH AMOUNT OF WHITE PEOPLE. WELL, EACH TO THEIR OWN BUT WHEN YOU ATTACK MY COUNTRY LIKE THAT, YOU ARE MY ENEMY. I WILL BE THERE FRIEND AT ANY TIME TO ALL OF YOU BUT BE ON ALERT, YOU ARE BEING WATCHED. THIS IS AMERICA, LAND OF THE FREE AND HOME OF THE BRAVE, BUT DONT HURT MY FELLOW AMERICAN LIKE YOU ARE DOING AND EXPECT US TO FULLY FORGIVE YOU. BUT I WILL PRAY THAT YOU WILL COME TO SEE THAT UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT YOU DID TO THE USA MAKES ME VERY SUSPICOUS OF EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU CAUSE YOU CONTINUE TO WANT TO BOMB EVERYTHING IN AMERICA. THE NEW NAME FOR ME OTHER THAN WHAT YAHOO LISTS IS J.T. KIRK. "NEVER FORGET 9/11" I SAY

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