My parents always told me about what they were doing when JFK was announced to be assassinated. They remember, forty+ years later, where they were and exactly what happened. For me, I have an event that is like this too, before 9/11. It was when I watched the Space Shuttle Challenger blow up. I was at home sick from my Freshman year of High School. It was being broadcast because the teacher in space program was happening. It blow up, and I spent the whole day watching coverage. Hoping someone would be found alive. For some odd reason, it all felt better when Reagan talked about it later that day.
I never thought there would be another event like that. Then comes 09/11/01. I was getting up to got to a physical therapy appointment for a injury I had. I was off from work that day. I turned on the television, and saw the towers burning. It was a surreal moment, like I was watching something that should be a movie and yet it was not. I remember thinking, this happened with the Empire state building once, a place hitting it and wondered, "How are they going to fight that fire." I did not want to think, terrorist, I wanted to think it was just an accident. Then they came down, all those people died. So sad, a sadness I hate to think about. I felt so worried, wondering what was going to happen next. I went to my appointment and the lady who was working on me could not do it. She just excused herself and we rescheduled. I did not mind, I wanted to get home and watch more coverage. My spouse was sent home early too, as they were afraid that people might attach banks and credit unions. It was so odd of a day, almost a dream.
May it never happen again!