10:48 PM EDT, September 8, 2011
We asked readers to share with us their memories of Sept. 11, 2001. Here is what some of them said:
Yolanda Milam, Forest Hill
When the attacks on 9/11 occurred, I was at work in Baltimore on a teleconference with Price Waterhouse in D.C. and the New York Office of Foreign Labor Certification. My son, who was at school in Pennsylvania, called and interrupted the conference. He was in shock and asked me if I knew what was happening. At the same time, both the D.C. and N.Y. contacts in my teleconference began to get confused and frantic and we discontinued the conference. Our building was on alert and we were evacuated. Just like everyone else, I was frightened that we were under attack.
Throughout the day and the weeks that followed, as many others I was numb and in shock. To calm down, I started making red ribbons ... I just needed to do something whatever I could to be supportive or useful and I did not know what else to do. Upon returning to work, I gave the ribbons out to state employees to wear in memory of our losses.
Even though I have visited the Twin Towers site in New York, the horror of the attack on innocent human life still remains hard to accept.
Eric Eisenhour, Bel Air
My first Girlfriend, Gretchen Carly Patterson, was on Flight 175. She was killed on 9/11/2001. I was talking to her on the phone when the hijackers took over the airplane. I heard horrifying sounds I will never forget. Gretchen and I were like Father and Daughter. I was on the phone with Gretchen 5 times that horrifying day.09:03 AM. I heard a horrific sound I will NEVER FORGET. I heard Gretchen screaming followed by a very loud thunderous crash. IN LOVING MEMORY OF GRETCHEN CARLY PATTERSON 9/11/20O1
Robin Wood, North Fort Myers, Fla.
I remember being at Harford Community College in my nursing class and hearing about the planes. We turned on the TV in the classroom and you could not hear a pin drop. Several students had family in NYC and were immediately excused. Class was over. We all wanted to get home to our families. I remember rushing to Bel Air High School to pick up my daughter and hold her close.
On 9/11/2001 I was a nanny for my neighbors. The children were 5, and twins aged 2. The children were watching PBS for kids as I prepared their breakfast. The phone rang and it was their dad calling to tell me to turn on the tv. I turned on the small black and white set in the kitchen and kept the volume low. As I watched the horror unfold I had to remain calm so the children would not see me upset. Since I was their security, I could not let them see how shaken I was. We live near an army base and I thought they may be the next target. I phoned my husband who assured me everyone would be okay, but I still went to the high school and picked up my children. I just wanted them near, their presence made me feel like some part of my world could be normal again.
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