9/11 Tribute

Wolf

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Fuckin Verizon using a tribut to 911 victims for a commercial. Fucking sickening. Budwieser did it too.:mad:
I seen the Budweiser commercial and I thought it was done respectfully!
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3eQmzw6n3k]9/11 Bud Commercial - AIRED ONLY ONCE - YouTube[/ame]

I never seen the Verizon one, but after watching it on youtube, I do find it a bit lame.
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXOVP3Tk6Lw]9/11 Tribute Verizon Commercial - YouTube[/ame]
 

blueneon36

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I remember I was heading to work at a bank on a Bright Sunny Morning near Pittsburgh 10 years ago today. Normally, I listened to Howard Stern on 105.9FM everyday on my way to work.

This day was different. For the first time in my 3 years listening to the show at the time, I played CD's in my car on the way to work. That was odd...

When I got there around 8:50am, I walked in and some of my fellow employees told me about what happened. We had our TV on in the lobby and I remember immediately feeling terrible for all of the families that lost loved ones as a result of the plane hitting the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

Then, we opened the branch for the day, and I watched the 2nd plane hit the south tower live as it happened, the reports of a plane hitting the Pentagon and its confirmation, and another plane crashing very close to us in Shanksville, Somerset County (About 100 miles east of here.)

My manager kept telling me to wait on customers and ignore the TV because waiting on people was my first priority. Little did we know that history was unfolding in front of our eyes. Everyone in our branch was watching, so I was going to do the same thing, even if it meant that I lost my job.

One customer came in after the second tower was hit and said that this was an act of terrorism and whomever was responsible for this act of cowardice better stick their heads between their legs and kiss their ass goodbye, because when we find these people, we will make them pay dearly for this crime committed against innocent men, women, and children of this great country. :bow:

After the last plane crashed in Somerset County, our entire bank decided to close all offices at noon. We were to punch out and go home, just in case there were additional unaccounted for planes. (News about planes still in the sky and fighter jets going to escort them were running rampant, IIRC and this was after they decided to stop ALL air travel in the US.)

Years later, I got to hear Howard's broadcast of that day on Sirius. His broadcast on that day gave me goosebumps that I will never forget. He immediately went from Shock Jock asking Pamela Anderson to show her boobs to trying to provide the public with any information to help out. He even stayed on the air until the National CBS Feed took over around 12 Noon that day.

Without a doubt, it was the most harrowing day of my life, even though I dont know anyone who personally lost a loved one. May god bless everyone that was directly affected by this tragedy.
 
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I was in 10th grade when it happened. It was first hour of classes and the Principal came on over the intercom and said that two planes hit the World Trade Center. And at the same time someone called in a bomb threat so we all had to go to the gym for about three hours. After that we were sent back to our classes. But every class was somewhat cancelled. Meaning there were no assignments, so it was pretty much free time. And every classroom had the news on.
 

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I was driving to work. Unlike a typical day, I was blasting a new CD instead of listening to Howard.

I got to work at about 8:55. As soon as I walked in the door a co-worker told me a plane hit the WTC. I asked "a small plane?" She didn't know. I figured it must have a small private plane since it was such a nice, clear day.

I went to my desk and searched for NYC skycams on the Internet and found one at the Empire State Building. I looked at the WTC from there and couldn't believe what I saw. Then the other plane hit. At that moment, I KNEW bin Laden was responsible. And I knew we were going to war. I just didn't know with whom... Saudi Arabia?!? What implications would that have for us?

I never thought the buildings would fall, but I was communicating with my wife via email as this was going down. When I saw the first one come down I told her, I said it collapsed to the ground, she said "Are you SERIOUS?!?"

Our friends work in NYC right in the area of the WTC and I tried calling them ALL DAY. Maybe 50 calls or so. All I could get was a rapid busy signal.

Driving home was tough. We live 19 miles from the WTC and it's seen prominently on the skyline from here. It looked like an atomic bomb hit NYC from here that day. The buildings were gone and there was nothing but massive plumes of black smoke in their place. I initially thought I would go home, get my camera, and take photos, but I later decided against it.

About the next day we all smelled plastic burning from here.
 

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Fuckin Verizon using a tribut to 911 victims for a commercial. Fucking sickening. Budwieser did it too.:mad:
I seen the Budweiser commercial and I thought it was done respectfully!
9/11 Bud Commercial - AIRED ONLY ONCE - YouTube

I never seen the Verizon one, but after watching it on youtube, I do find it a bit lame.
9/11 Tribute Verizon Commercial - YouTube
I saw a State Farm one on the football game last night too. Didn't see the Verison one. The Budwieser one was well done but why these companies need to advertise and associate their name with it is lame marketing.
 

limegrass69

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I saw a State Farm one on the football game last night too. Didn't see the Verison one. The Budwieser one was well done but why these companies need to advertise and associate their name with it is lame marketing.
Advertisers are in a tough bind. The time is probably bought and paid for. So, what to do? Go with the usual "dude in a bar" Budweiser ad, or go with something that attempts to pay tribute. At least the Bud ad was a refresh of the one that ran post-9/11. If I recall, the flood of "tribute" ads were very well received right after 9/11. Probably not so much now...since some feel it borders on exploitation.
 

scotchandcigar

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I figured there have been DRC threads dedicated to 9/11, and so I thought as a remembrance, I'd look for one. This is from the 10th anniversary - it's got an interesting mix of stories and feelings about the event, and the aftermath.

I work in a place that was on lock-down for weeks after the attack. A company VP from our facility was on a plane that hit the towers. I watched the whole thing from my office on CNN streaming video. My wife was concerned about our kids at school. For days afterwards, the threat of anthrax attacks was very real.

As a kid, we'd regularly drive from northern NJ to Brooklyn to visit my grandmother. The towers were under construction during those years. At my college in Hoboken on the Hudson river, I'd watch the reflections off them, of the setting sun. I think I stood on the rooftop observation deck three times.
 

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I guess I never shared my story when this thread came out. 2001 was the first year I got together with my college sweetheart after being apart for 15 years. We are still together of course. But we were taking our first vacation trip and went up to Duluth for a beautiful autumn vacation to watch the ships harbor and visit all the Minnesota/Wisconsin waterfalls in the Duluth area like Gooseberry Falls and Amnicon Falls. They have some really good ones up there. The weather was spectacular. On the morning of the Twin Tower attack, we were up getting ready to go down for breakfast. I happen to have it on ABC which I believe was the only network that had a live shot of the second tower getting hit. We were going to bike ride to jay Cook State Park. You can get on a bridge there and see dozens of mini-water falls. I had the volume down on the tv and just saw the first tower showing the smoke. I told my sweetie the World Trade Center was on fire, thought maybe it was some rooms on fire or something, then we saw the second building get hit. We watched for the rest of the morning in the breakfast lounge of the hotel. We still decided to go on the ride around noon. We got back around 6pm and heard all planes were still grounded. But around 11pm we went outside to the Canal walk bench to talk and we saw a plane in the sky. Always wondered about the plane, maybe a military plane making rounds or a military escort plane.
 
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At 6 AM that day I was stunned to hear KFI newsman Gary Hoffmann say an airplane crashed into one of the World Trade Center towers. I turned on CNN just in time to see a plane crash into the other tower. That is when I, and every American, knew the crashes were not accidents. Later a third plane hit the Pentagon and a fourth plane headed for the White House crashed in Pennsylvania after its passengers thwarted the hijackers in their final moments of life.

Donald Trump sent out a "We Will Never Forget" tweet this morning. Critics added the words, "Except when we invite Taliban terrorists to Camp David." Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, who masterminded the attacks, faces the death penalty. His trial is set to begin – finally! — on January 11, 2021.

Here is CNN's coverage of September 11, 2001, the day Alan Jackson described in song as the day "when the world stopped turning":

 

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I was unemployed and sleeping at the time, when I heard the distinct noise of the TV blaring in the other room (not normal for that time of day). Walked in to see a replay of the 2nd plane hit. I knew things would be dramatically different from that day forward. I also lived in between two airports at the time, one a regional and the other DIA. Eerie feeling to not hear a plane flying in the air. Dead silence.
 

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The guy in the office next to me had a portable radio, and he had it on WAAF (sadchild would know), but for weeks, it was preempted with a national news broadcast. That was one of those things that made it a unique time in history for me.
 

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I thought that I had told my 9/11 story somewhere before, but I don't see it.

I was home on vacation. The Mrs had turned on the TV that morning, saw the smoke from the first tower and asked me what was going on. I thought that it was some sort of a disaster movie. The smoke just looked too much like CGI or something. We turned the volume up and realized that it was real. We watched the second plane hit and it turned from shocking to surreal. We had spent enough time there that we recognized all of the shots that they showed inside the buildings and from the plazas. I found a picture of me that was taken on the rooftop observation deck. I could tell that it was a matter of time before they fell. We watched till about an hour and a half after the towers fell, then had to get out of the house and away from the TV's. We went to the museum for some quiet and to look at beautiful things for a while.

Flashback to 1997 or 98 - I had just graduated and went to NY to visit some friends and see the architecture. I went up to the observation tower on the roof of south tower. I hung out for a while, took some pictures, yadda, yadda, yadda. Decided that it was time to head back down. I was about to step on the escalator and all the sudden the fire alarm goes off, the escalator shuts off, and everyone starts walking down to the inside observation level. I had flashbacks to when they bombed it in 1993, and I was thinking, "Great, now this is happening.....There's going to be a LOT of stairs to get down to the street." When you were on the stairs from the roof, all you hear is the sound of the alarm - no voice recording with instructions. Once I got to the inside observation level, the recording could be heard. The voice said that it was just a test of the alarm...... It would have been nice for them to have tipped us off before the test.

The days leading up to September 11th, I was in Chicago with a buddy. We had hit a Cubs game and gone bar-hopping. On the 10th, we went to the Sears Tower and were up on the observation deck there. I was telling him about the alarm going off at WTC. At Sears Tower, you can see the planes landing at Meigs Airport a few blocks away. It's weird looking down to see planes landing. We talked about what would happen if one hit the Sears Tower, and how one had hit the Empire State Building in 1945.
 
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When I was up on the observation deck, I found it cool to look around and see so much, and then on the other side is the roof of the other building, just slightly lower. It was a weird perspective.
 
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HecticArt

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I try to find observation decks in as many cities as I can, even if the buildings aren't super-tall or iconic.
If you can go on your first day in a city, it really helps get you oriented and makes getting around easier.