Most people remember where they were on Sept. 11, 2001. Readers from throughout our communities were asked to share their stories. More than 200 people replied. Here are some of their stories. (Some have been edited for clarity and brevity.)
I was in my office at 13th and G streets in Washington, D.C. Suffice it to say that I walked home that day.
— Aaron Pryor, former Kent resident now living in Rochester, New York
I was working at a state park in Florida when someone drove up to our check-in station and said, "We’re at war, they’ve bombed New York and the Pentagon." It wasn’t until I got home that night and saw the news that the actual magnitude of it all hit me.
— Julie Stone, Diamond
I lived in Rochester, New York. I was scheduled to work a recruiting job fair that morning when it happened and everything was canceled and our building was secured as extra precaution.
— Casey Clear, Brimfield
I was coming home from Akron Children’s Hospital after injuring my knee during my freshman year in football. My dad and I were driving along Main Street when we first heard the news.
— Ryan Kinnan, Cuyahoga Falls
I was in Falls Church, Virginia, about 4 miles from the Pentagon, in the parking lot at my work.
— Judy Jones, Cuyahoga Falls
My mom met me at my locker at Bolich Middle School in Cuyahoga Falls and told me what had happened. The World Trade Center towers were the first buildings I remembered from my trip to New York City when I was 5, so my first thought was "my first memory of New York is gone."
— Marissa Patterson, formerly of Cuyahoga Falls, now living in Kent, Washington
I was working as an IT contractor at Matco Tools when a colleague told me what was happening. Even after he showed me pictures on the web, I still wasn’t sure I believed what I had seen.
— David Jensen, Stow
I was at work on the phone with a car dealership about picking my new car up later that day. When out of nowhere he said, "Oh my gosh a plane just hit the tower, Ms. Fuller if you are by a TV turn it on. I can’t believe that just happened."
— Erin Fuller, Stow
Doctor appointment/migraine and called in sick from work. Occupation was American Airlines flight attendant. Never felt so lost as I did that day!
— Doreen Madonio, Atwater
I was working for the Stamm’s contracting company on a masonry project for an addition to the Hudson Community Center on Oviat Street in downtown Hudson.
— Dan Wysznski, Mantua Township
I was the attendance secretary at Waterloo High School and was at work when we got word of the plane hitting one of the towers. We turned on a TV, watched in horror and then had many decisions to make concerning students and staff. One thing that came to mind was that my son, who was a senior, was "Oh no! It will be war and he will have to go!"
— Debi Heppe, Randolph
I was in my sophomore year of high school. I was actually headed to my current events class when I found out.
— Anthony Mozer, Ravenna
On Sept. 9, 2001, I was hit head on by a semi truck that had lost control and crossed the median at 65 miles an hour. I was in a coma for the next week and completely missed the tragedy. I was in the hospital for a couple weeks and my family sheltered me from the TV when I woke up. I was still sleeping 20 to 22 hours per day for a while and really didn’t understand what was going on for months later. I legitimately did not even know the towers had fallen until watching a documentary 6 months later.
— John Ruediger, Streetsboro
I was in Hagerstown, Maryland on Day One of a new job. My family at was at Black Rock Park.
— Mile O’Connor, Ravenna
I was a U.S. Navy Aviation Ordnanceman Chief and I was in my Weapons Department office at COMNAVAIRLANT on board Naval Station Norolk, Virginia.
— Kevin Meagher, formerly of Ravenna, now living in Fort Walton Beach, Florida
I was in my ninth grade English class.
— Samantha Meeks, Ravenna
I was sitting with the wife of a pilot who also took off from Boston and was called back 10 minutes after takeoff. We waited all day before he was allowed to call home to say he was safe.
— Diane Harris, Ravenna
I was in Mr. Hamilton’s fifth grade class when the principal came over the intercom to announce the tragedy.
— Mike Wells, Kent
I was in social studies class. I remember looking around the room to see if I was imagining the second plane flying in. Everyone was awestruck.
— Kathryn Lowther, Ravenna
I was living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I was walking up the street to grab my morning coffee when I saw people crying on the street. When I arrived at my boss’s apartment he was yelling that we were under attack and led me to the roof of his building where I saw that both towers had already been hit.
— Erik Knoyer, Kent
I was driving to work in Springfield, Ohio. The elderly lady I took care of stood in front of the TV and cried all day. It’s a day I will never forget.
— Alta Slaughter, Ravenna
I was in Mrs. Cross’s fourth grade classroom when Mrs. McCully, the teacher across the hall, ran in the room with her entire class, and told them to sit anywhere while she talked to our teacher. Mrs. Cross turned around and started flipping through the channels on the TV and Mrs. McCully told us, "I want you to pay attention to what’s happening because this will be in your textbooks in high school."
— Corey Autry, Diamond