It was still a clear day on Wednesday... below the barricades was a a police state
Im Missouri, Brent was rounding up people for blood drives
Last time I had seen Brent was also at Homecoming. I am very grateful that I had just been with so many friends, and was able to hug them and let them know how much I appreciate them.
Blood Drive in full swing

Posted by W.B. on September 12, 2001 at 07:07:11:

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After the immediate call and some confusion the St. Louis area is donating all they can. lets get it out there.

Follow Ups:

Half an hour later the wind changed. The dust smelled like burnt bodies.

In London, Alexandra was praying for us, sending words of solidarity -even though she'd never met us.
We'd met her parents, Irene and Tim, at Homecoming last week.
Looks like you did a helluva good job raising your daughter Mr and & Mrs Cullis.
Hope to see you at next year's Homecoming Alexandra, or sooner.
Another time I was grateful to have had a chance to hug these people.

My deepest deepest sympathies

Posted by Alexandra (London) on September 12, 2001 at 09:28:16:

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I am Tim(UK message boardhost)'s daughter and I work for BBC News in London. I came back to my desk after my lunch break yesterday to see the live footage of the first tower on fire. We could only watch in absolute horror and disbelief as the situation worsened.

I couldn't relax until I reached the safety of my own home last night and then was kept up by the news until the early hours.

I am full of admiration for the way you have all pulled together and encouraged/comforted each other, and you are all in mine and my friends' prayers.

From Virginia, Jake was organizing demonstrations of patriotism, and writing me on the side begging to come up with a van full of food for the victims and rescuers. I could not help him. I could not even find out where to contribute food, clothing, shelter and blood myself.
So next Tuesday... headlights on and flag is possi

Posted by Ox///M on September 12, 2001 at 13:47:30:

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possible. Now we need to spread the word.

Possible message:

Subject: Headlights ON, Tuesday the 18th of Sept.

In memory of all those that have lost their lives or loved ones in this national tragedy, we ask that everyone drive with their headlights on. Please keep your headlights on as a symbol of support to the families that are suffering during this terrible time. If you are able, attach an American flag to your antenna or window.

Most importantly, spread the word.

Tuesday the 18th of September.

Jake Spruill

Does this work?

In Florida, Jayhox was finding and posting words of resolve. This one particularly helped me through a tough moment. It spoke for me.
Another well written statement of our resolve

Posted by Jayhox on September 12, 2001 at 16:12:32:

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By Leonard Pitts Jr. of the Miami Herald

We'll go forward from this moment

It's my job to have something to say. They pay me to provide words that help make sense of that which troubles the American soul. But in this moment of airless shock when hot tears sting disbelieving eyes, the only thing I can find to say, the only words that seem to fit, must be addressed to the unknown author of this suffering.

You monster. You beast. You unspeakable bastard.

What lesson did you hope to teach us by your coward's attack on our World Trade Center, our Pentagon, us? What was it you hoped we would learn? Whatever it was, please know that you failed.

Did you want us to respect your cause? You just damned your cause.

Did you want to make us fear? You just steeled our resolve.

Did you want to tear us apart? You just brought us together.

Let me tell you about my people. We are a vast and quarrelsome family, a family rent by racial, social, political and class division, but a family nonetheless. We're frivolous, yes, capable of expending tremendous emotional energy on pop cultural minutiae -- a singer's revealing dress, a ball team's misfortune, a cartoon mouse. We're wealthy, too, spoiled by the ready availability of trinkets and material goods, and maybe because of that, we walk through life with a certain sense of blithe entitlement. We are fundamentally decent, though -- peace-loving and compassionate. We struggle to know the right thing and to do it. And we are, the overwhelming majority of us, people of faith, believers in a just and loving God.

Some people -- you, perhaps -- think that any or all of this makes us weak. You're mistaken. We are not weak. Indeed, we are strong in ways that cannot be measured by arsenals.


Yes, we're in pain now. We are in mourning and we are in shock. We're still grappling with the unreality of the awful thing you did, still working to make ourselves understand that this isn't a special effect from some Hollywood blockbuster, isn't the plot development from a Tom Clancy novel. Both in terms of the awful scope of their ambition and the probable final death toll, your attacks are likely to go down as the worst acts of terrorism in the history of the United States and, probably, the history of the world. You've bloodied us as we have never been bloodied before.

But there's a gulf of difference between making us bloody and making us fall. This is the lesson Japan was taught to its bitter sorrow the last time anyone hit us this hard, the last time anyone brought us such abrupt and monumental pain. When roused, we are righteous in our outrage, terrible in our force. When provoked by this level of barbarism, we will bear any suffering, pay any cost, go to any length, in the pursuit of justice.

I tell you this without fear of contradiction. I know my people, as you, I think, do not. What I know reassures me. It also causes me to tremble with dread of the future.

In the days to come, there will be recrimination and accusation, fingers pointing to determine whose failure allowed this to happen and what can be done to prevent it from happening again.

There will be heightened security, misguided talk of revoking basic freedoms. We'll go forward from this moment sobered, chastened, sad. But determined, too. Unimaginably determined.


You see, the steel in us is not always readily apparent. That aspect of our character is seldom understood by people who don't know us well. On this day, the family's bickering is put on hold. As Americans we will weep, as Americans we will mourn, and as Americans, we will rise in defense of all that we cherish.

So I ask again: What was it you hoped to teach us? It occurs to me that maybe you just wanted us to know the depths of your hatred. If that's the case, consider the message received.

And take this message in exchange:
-You don't know my people.
-You don't know what we're capable of.
-You don't know what you just started.

But you're about to learn.

Finally heard from Lisa on Wednesday night. She was working next door to the WTC when it was bombed. Cell phones were out, pay phones were out. I could not find my friend- who I was walking with at 5am on Saturday morning only a week earlier. She does not know where I live, so she ended up walking right past my house, covered in soot and dust, and continued walking for another hundred blocks to her secretary's home.
Her secretary had no Internet access.
Vin and Justine had evacuated Chinatown, called me to say they were OK. They called Lisa's roommate, and she related that Lisa was OK and at a "friend's" in Manhattan.
I couldn't even be that friend.
Finally made it home

Posted by Lisa on September 12, 2001 at 16:36:35:

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After a very long day and an even longer night, I have finally arrived back in PA. I saw sights yesterday that I wish I could erase from my memory. Perhaps the scariest moment for me was after they had evacuated my building and I knew only two things - the twin towers had fallen and all planes were grounded. Walking to my secretary's home (who was kind enough to put me up yesterday) we had reached the area of the Empire State Building...and we heard a plane. I don't think I have ever been so scared in my life. Nor have I ever been so relieved as when I looked up and realized that they were fighter planes. I don't know if I want to go back - I think maybe it's time for a change of occupation.
EdScuba's friend was on my list of missing. I was very happy to take his name off my list. I kept checking at the hospital for the others.
A freind who's a NYFD Chief writes....

Posted by edscuba on September 12, 2001 at 18:47:23:

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Dear All:

I just want to sent a mass e-mail because I received so many calls and
e-mails inquiring about my health and safety in light of the World Trade
Center tragedy. I started yesterday assigned to Elmhurst, Queens but by
9:30 or so we were assigned to the World Trade center. I believe I was
assigned on the 3rd fifth alarm assignment, but things were happening so fast
that I'm not sure. The first building collapsed while I was in route. I
saw a huge dust cloud over the Hudson River and had believe the tower fell
into the river, but I later realized that the tower fell straight down and
what I saw was a huge dust cloud over the river. The second tower came down
when I was about 2 blocks away. I was overtaken by the black cloud of dust
and debris but no real heat. The dust and debris cloud was incredible, it
must have been 12 stories high and moving fast. I guess it was just like
being in an avalanche, You turn your back and start to run but you are very
quickly overtaken. Kind of like one of those Godzilla movies. When I was
overtaken the street went completely black, no visibility at all. I put my
mask on, stumbled into a few barricades, fell down a few times and made it
probably another 3 or 4 blocks before any kind of light returned.
Later that day I watched another 43 story high rise collapse, unbelievable.
We worked extremely hard all day.
The amount of devastation is very shocking.
I am safe, We are working very long hours and its hard work, hopefully we
will reach any and all survivors before its too late. I do believe we are
the best in the business and will reach all possible. I'm home today and
scheduled to work 24 hours starting tomorrow morning. Pretty much its 24
hours on , 24 hours off for the immediate future.
My wife Ginny was also down town yesterday and actually witnessed the
second plane into the World trade tower. She realized it was a day to leave
Manhattan quickly and did so. She had a hard time getting home, but most
importantly she is safe also.

Again, thank you to all for the tremendous amount of phone calls and e-mails
I received inquiring about my safety. I am truly overwhelmed. I hope to see
you all again soon and we will share better times.

Sincerely, Bob

Alan, in Texas, wrote to tell us of a lost hero brother on another of his boards. He must have been feeling the pain intensely as he was scanning his boards for lost and grieving members.
It was the first time we knew as a group that one of us was dead because of the terrorists.
It was not the last time.
One of the board members lost a brother (more)...

Posted by Alan on September 12, 2001 at 20:37:32:

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...I just found out. One of the 6-series board members lost his brother, Brian Sweeney, on the United flight 175. In his post he said that his brother spoke with his mother at 8:58am from his cell phone in the plane saying that they were about to storm the cockpit. The plane apparently went down 6 minutes later.

I don't know why, but hearing of this has hit me harder than anything else in the last 36 hours. The good news is that lots of people we were worried about are checking in and are fine (Rachel, who checked in pretty early...Mark Volk...RichNYC...Ausgang from the E46 board who we were really worried about but contacted someone just a couple of hours ago...and more). Pray for rescues and also for all the families who have lost someone or are waiting for word.


 Posted by: Sweeney NE 86 635csi on 2001-09-12 at 06:45:40
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I am enraged about the whole incident and on a personal level. 
Brian, my brother, my best friend was on United 175, the second plane to hit the towers. 
He called at 8:58am from the plane and talked to our mother. 
He said they had been hijacked, sent his love and in his true fashion,
a former F-14 pilot and born leader, said "We're storming the cockpit".
The plane impacted at 9:04am. 
My heart goes out to all affected by this most cowardly act. 
My first reaction would be to turn the Mid-East sand to glass...let the giant mushrooms grow. 
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