On September 11, 2001 I was in Washington, DC.  At the time I was in an office building that sat right on the Potomac river.  When we first learned of a plane hitting the first tower, myself and a few others rushed to the only television in the office to hear more about this horrific “accident”.  We then watched in horror as a second plane hit.  The realization then sank in that this was no accident. 

When we received word that the Pentagon had just been hit, we all rushed to the windows – knowing the Pentagon was just on the other side of that river, a view obstructed by trees.  From our location we could see the smoke billowing up into the air.  From there, everything just seemed surreal.  Everyone was scared.  Everyone was in panic mode – what should we do?  We all did the only thing we knew how, get out of the city the best way we could.

Forever changed, our daily lives can easily be described as before 9/11 and after 9/11.   From airport security screenings to all of the “See Something, Say Something” messages encountered on a daily basis, the way we do things are forever altered.  Minor inconveniences so that a tragedy like this can never happen again. 


Forever changed are the lives of the families who lost their loved ones.  Mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters left for work that morning, boarded flights, only to never return.  Just as the events of that day are seared into our minds, the men, women and children who lost their lives on that fateful day never be forgotten.


September Sapphire Blog Challenge Prompt: Where were you on September 11, 2001? 


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22 Comments on Where Were YOU on 9.11.01

  1. Kimberly H. Smith
    September 10, 2013 at 2:52 pm (4 years ago)

    It’s so important to remember that there were 4 attacks that day–not just the one at the World Trade Center. Thank you for sharing this.

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    • Beignet Mamas
      September 10, 2013 at 3:40 pm (4 years ago)

      That’s true. We hear more about NYC than anything since it was the largest. Unfortunately we hear even less about Pennsylvania.

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  2. Mikaela D'Eigh
    September 10, 2013 at 8:08 pm (4 years ago)

    I was just outside of DC; it was so surreal!

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    • Beignet Mamas
      September 11, 2013 at 2:06 am (4 years ago)

      I think ever since that day, traveling into DC area, there’s always that thought that something can happen. Everyone is always on guard now.

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  3. Mocadeaux
    September 10, 2013 at 9:58 pm (4 years ago)

    Beautifully written account of the terror and confusion of the day everything changed. I think one of the worst things about the day was not knowing if more attacks were to some. I agree with you. I’m happy to put up with the minor inconveniences if they can, even in some small way, make us safer.

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    • Beignet Mamas
      September 11, 2013 at 2:03 am (4 years ago)

      That’s so true. We were dealing with the shock of the day’s events, but also afraid and wondering if something else was going to happen.

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  4. Sarah @Snow Globe Shaken
    September 11, 2013 at 2:29 am (4 years ago)

    I agree that we need to remember that there were four attacks. Also the bravery of the people on the plane that went down in the field.

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    • Beignet Mamas
      September 12, 2013 at 12:18 am (4 years ago)

      So true. They refused to go without a fight. Their bravery saved many lives.

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  5. TLC
    September 11, 2013 at 3:47 am (4 years ago)

    Beautifully put!

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  6. TLC
    September 11, 2013 at 3:47 am (4 years ago)

    Beautifully put!

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  7. Joi @ Rx Fitness Lady
    September 11, 2013 at 10:47 am (4 years ago)

    Wow Kennie! So up close and personal. I know we were all affected on different levels, but your location just seems more touching. An extra special air hug to you today as we all cherish the memory of lives lost but also the emotional affects on the community.

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    • Beignet Mamas
      September 12, 2013 at 12:20 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you Joi! Air hugs to you too!

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  8. Shawnna Silvius
    September 11, 2013 at 2:07 pm (4 years ago)

    That truly must have been frightening. You have a view of the day that many of us couldn’t fathom. It makes me so sad to think of the people on the planes that may or may not have kissed their spouses and children good-bye for what was to be just another ordinary plane ride.

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    • Beignet Mamas
      September 12, 2013 at 12:27 am (4 years ago)

      That day made me realize that we really don’t know what’s in store for us. When our loved ones walk out the door, we don’t know if they’ll return to us safely or not.

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