Decaturish remembers 9/11

Posted by September 11, 2013


Sept. 11, 2001 is one of the few days many of us can point to in our lives and say “I know exactly where I was and what I was doing at that point in time.” From classrooms to newsrooms, each of us at Decaturish were affected by the terrorist attacks on our country. Dan watched the aftermath unfold at a friend’s apartment, Ralph and Joe both heard about it while they were in their cars, and I watched replays of the planes crashing into the Twin Towers all day at school.

On Sunday, I watched a 60 Minutes broadcast about the  9/11 Memorial Museum that’s currently being constructed in New York and it took me back to that day 12 years ago. What struck me while watching was that there will be generations to come who learn about 9/11 in history books and at that museum. There are a finite number of “this is where I was,” stories regarding 9/11 and one day all of us who hold them will be gone.

On this 12th anniversary, we at Decaturish encourage you to share your “where were you?” 9/11 story with us in our comments here and on our Facebook page.


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  • I was living at home in southern Maryland, taking a community college class before I left for school in January, and my mom woke me up and said, “A plane crashed into the World Trade Center.” I walked downstairs and a stranger was sitting on our couch. He looked at me. I was in my underwear. I walked back upstairs and put on clothes. I walked into my mom’s room.

    “Who the hell is on the couch downstairs?” I said.

    “The exterminator.”

    I walked back downstairs, sat on the couch, didn’t say a word to the guy, and the second plane hit the trade center. Watched that for a while. My dad came downstairs and remarked how similar it all was to Tom Clancy’s “Debt of Honor.”

    The buildings collapsed, and the exterminator had been on our couch for about two hours. I drove to my class but classes were canceled.

    I don’t know what I did for the rest of the day, but the next day, I showed up to my job in Kmart’s sporting goods department and spent most of the day calling in background checks to the FBI for people who were hoping to buy guns.

    Two very strange days.

    • Ralph Ellis

      Good story. I have never met an exterminator who was not weird.

  • Wow, Jonathan, what a story! Thanks for sharing it with us, and thank you so much for reading.

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