September 11th Memorial Edition, History ChannelIt’s been ten years since the 9/11 attacks that changed our world forever. If you’re like me, it’s really difficult to watch the footage from those awful, dark days and yet, it’s also important to never forget the good folks who perished, the lives that were thrown in disarray, and what it all means for our country.

History Channel has put together an excellent 2-disc DVD set called September 11th Memorial Collectors Edition, and I have FIVE copies to give away. The collection includes:

  • 102 Minutes That Changed America, an Emmy-award winning, intensely personal perspective of the tragedy as it was experienced by people around New York
  • Hotel Ground Zero, the incredible tale of the 940 tourists, visitors and staff in the Marriott WTC Hotel, located beneath and between the Twin Towers
  • The Miracle of Stairway B, the story of 12 firefighters, three office workers, and a Port Authority police officer who survived the collapse of the North Tower
  • The Day the Towers Fell, a riveting special that reveals the never-before-told stories of eyewitnesses, including amateur and professional photographers, caught in the horror of the World Trade Center tragedy
  • I-Witness to 9/11, a remarkable short film companion piece to 102 Minutes That Changed America

I remember where I was when I heard the news: upstairs doing laundry. My husband called me down to watch the horrible events on TV that day. I just remember being stunned and dazed for several days. Where were you that day?

To enter for a chance to win one of these DVD sets, leave a comment on this post by midnight on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. Tell us where you were when you heard the news about the planes hitting the Twin Towers. 

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  1. I was @ home getting ready to go to work @ McMurry University in Abilene, TX when daughter Christy called from VA & told me to turn on the TV. Nobody got much done that day.

  2. I was in St. Benedict School in Highland Park, MI. Naturally, we had no tv’s or radios on that morning, but the word still got to us quickly that something terrible was going on in New York City, and soon we were watching/listening in stunned horror. I used to live in Bergen County, NJ and had often seen the towers. Every time I see that skyline now, I still look for them.

  3. on my way to work. the radio announcer said something about the first plane hitting the tower just as i was pulling in to the parking lot.

  4. I was living in NY at the time, and was on my way from my home in Astoria, Queens to Bryant Park. I was a magazine editor and had a ticket to one of the Fashion Week shows in the tents there. On my way, the #7 train offered a brilliant view of the whole skyline and I thought, “what an amazingly beautiful day. Hmm… wonder what that smoke downtown is?” Then the train went under the East River. A the fashion show, someone in the crowd took a phone call (this must have been at about 9am) saying there was some sort of explosion at the World Trade Center, but then the show opened and we filed in. Afterwards, I went back to my office at 54th and Fifth — by train, at 10am. It was’t until I came above ground, at about 10:30 am, that I heard it all, in one fell swoop — a plane, another plane, a tower down, both towers down — from a radio on a street vendor’s table. I looked straight down Madison Avenue and could see the horrible cloud of smoke. I ran to my office and found my husband there, on my phone, trying to find me. We made our way back home on foot. Every second of that day is indelible for me.

  5. i was working at an accounting firm, when one of the partners came in and said they had just gotten a phone call from a friend in New York that one of the towers had been hit by a plane. We had a little color tv and no cable in the office and rigged an antennae out of tin foil in order to watch. I remember watching updates on MSNBC on my computer and hitting the refresh button unti the second plane hit. We finally got a channel in on the tv and they cut to Washington where the 3rd plane had hit and then went back to NYC….I saw the picture and said something very bad had happened as the smoke wasn’t the same. The first tower had collapsed. It was such a pretty day here in Ohio.

  6. I was doing GPS survey work in a Minneapolis, MN suburb. When I went to the survey truck to move equipment, I heard the news on the radio. I called my office on a two way radio to see if this was real and was told to come in to city hall right away. It was a very eerie trip in as I saw several people in other vehicles who had blank or stunned looks on their face. As I entered city hall, all was silent except for a radio or TV somewhere. No one was in sight until I got to the room with the TV and everyone was watching in silence. I will never forget that moment or that day.

  7. I’ll never forget that day! It was so sad I watched it live on tv..A year later my husband and I visited New York City and visited the site it was so eerie felt alot of lost souls there, I had chills as I walked around, I broke down in tears that day.

  8. I was at home, asleep, when the first plane hit the Towers. A neighbor called me and told me to turn on the tv…that the WTC had just been hit by a plane. I turned on the tv, just in time to see the second plane hit the WTC. Needless to say, most of the rest of the day, I sat rivited to the tv, watching the carnage unfold. The day was surreal, and I remember going out to gas up the car as gas spiked locally to $5/gallon…with long lines at the pumps.
    That day, 9/11, has been etched in my mind forever. The events have affected me in unforseen ways, just as America was forever changed.

  9. We were in the car–heard it on the radio–stopped at a service plaza and everyone was in shock. Were going to Vegas and it was surreal. . . . no planes were running, it was almost deserted, unbelievable.

  10. Leaving class for a police science program I was in. Ultimately was hired. Made the decision to go back into the National Guard that day.

  11. I was at home with my then two-year old when my husband who was/is a soldier called to tell me to turn the television on. My neighbor came over. We stayed glued to the tv, feeling frightened and sad all at once.

  12. We live in California so it was early morning for us when the news broke. Hubby always turns the tv on in his office when he gets up. When we heard about Washington D.C. we got concerned for our son-in-law who was there for a conference. It took him days before he was able to fly home. But he was safe.

    I was working at a middle school and one of our teachers was to travel to Southern California for a science conference. Her partner for the conference was on the plane that went down in PA.

  13. I was getting ready to go to the bank and cash in some spare change. My birthday was the next day and I was going to buy myself something. I didn’t feel like celebrating after I saw the news.

  14. I was at home on the computer entering sweeps and a friend called me and told me to turn the tv on RIGHT NOW and hubby was watching the tv and I made him turn it. He thought I lost my mind cause I said it was an emergency and we were so speechless

  15. I was already watching TV and was scanning the channels until I found the devastating news. I remembered calling my mom and dad to watch the news together. Everyone was so serious and shocked that time. My mother’s face was very wet with tears.

  16. I was house sitting at a friends house after working a 3rd shift job. I watched the first plane fly into the trade centers in a sort of blur because of being so sleepy. it felt like a dream;however, when i woke up later around 2, I realized that it was no dream.

  17. I was teaching a high school social studies class and heard the news from the school secretary. I turned on the TV and we watched as the first tower fell. The Principal ordered us to turn off all TVs and not to discuss it with the kids.

  18. I was at work when my husband who was home sick had heard the news about the first plane. My co-worker and I turned on a black & white TV and were watching as the second plane hit. Remember having a moment of panic worrying about my children that were in elementary school and wanting them with me.

  19. I was getting ready to go walking at the MOA and turned on FOX news while putting on my shoes. Before I could comprehend what they were saying I watched the 2nd plane strike.

  20. I was riding on I-295 about to turn onto Route 73 in NJ on my way to work. I pulled over, listened for an hour, not even thinking about how late this would make me. I was stunned to disbelief, speechless! When I did finally get to work, no one even noticed (or cared) that I was late. They were just as taken aback by the attack as I was. I don’t think anyone said a word until after midday!

  21. I was at home about to start playing a game of gin rummy on yahoo games when someone said what was happening in the chat. I tuned into CNN and didn’t do much of anything else for the next 2 days.

  22. I was driving to work and one of the radio morning team members said a plane had hit the WTC. She said it wasn’t yet known if it was a small plane, airliner, etc. As I walked into my building, the flat screens TVs in the lobby were showing live coverage from NYC. A lot of people just stood and watched a while but we couldn’t get the sound on. I went to my desk and pulled up the live coverage on my PC and sat as stunned as anyone else. I called my husband (who worked in the tallest building in Philly at the time) and told him to come home in case other cities were targeted. The day unfolded like some terrible nightmare.

  23. I had just pulled up to the gate to go and feed my horses. My mother called and said a plane had just hit the Twin Towers. I said, “It must have been an accident!?” We all thought that, at first. By the time I got home, I saw the second plane hit and I went and woke up my husband. It was horrifying, terrifying, even in the Midwest. They didn’t know how many more there were, they just knew they had at least two other planes “lost” to air traffic control and radar. Our daughter called from Germany as she knew it was the time of the year for our vacation and knowing how much I love NYC, she wanted to make sure we weren’t there, or on a plane. I still cannot watch anything from that day without crying. So many innocent and promising lives lost. So many loved ones in mourning, still.

  24. well i was getting ready for work when my mother called screaming on the phone,,,that day was one of the worst in my life–im crying again thinking about it—hmmmm her sister worked on the 92nd floor-thankfully she went very quickly im sure–we were a world away in Kansas but could feel it from there in our souls…god bless

  25. I remember it very clearly, i was in senior social studies in HS. Doing work when all of a sudden we were told to turn on the tv that was in the room. It was one of the most horrible things to see, and not knowing if my uncle was ok was agony in itself since he lives and works in NY. A little after we all saw the attack on tv, you saw some students leaving early because of family or friends who were there. It was a very sad day, and the rest of that day didnt even feel real.

  26. i was watching the news when it happened and my mouth hit the floor when i saw the second plane it was so awful and i will never forget that day which seems like it was just yesterday 🙁


  27. I was home that morning, didn’t have to go into work until 11am. I was watching TV and chatting with my father online when the news of the first plane hitting came on TV. I watched it live as the second plane hit. I knew as a NJ EMT first responder that my life had just changed.

  28. I was driving up I-77 to Northern Ohio and heard it on the radio right before I got to my mom’s house. I remember my mom, grandma and me were watching the news completely stunned and then the second plane hit…Such a sad and horrific day 🙁

  29. I was driving down the road on my way home from the store.
    I remember hearing it on every station of the radio as I was driving.
    The first thing that I did was to go to the school and pick my children up just so that I could have them close.


  30. I was sleeping–I lived in California at the time–my Mom called and woke me to tell me that my sister who works in Manhattan was safe–I wen to work where we watched and cried then we all went to church together and cried some more.

  31. I was actually living in Japan at the time so it was late evening and I was reading a book. The biggest thing I remember is going out to the phone booth near my apartment and spending almost an hour trying to get through to someone back in the states because my Japanese was bad at the time and I didn’t know what was happening.

  32. I got up a little late, because I wasnt feeling well. I was at home, by myself. I was in shock when I turned the tv on. 10 years later, I still remember how I felt that day. 🙁

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  33. I was driving to work. I got to the office an we decided to close down. We watched it all day on the T.V. I’ll never forget that day.

  34. I was at work when my son called me and told me that planes had flown into the World Trade Centers.

    dwellenstein at cox dot net

  35. I’d rearranged my work lunch to take a morning Econ. class and I was sitting in it when the school went crazy. Our professor made us stay until course end, saying it was no big deal. Little did she know…

  36. I had just walked in to the Neonatal ICU at CHKD where my preemie twins (10 weeks early) were being taken care of. They were showing the image of the first Tower that got hit by the plane on TV. Everyone was standing there watching transfixed and silent.

  37. I was driving to class and was listening to the radio when the announcement came over about the first plane hitting. The rest of my day was spent in an attempt to do my work while focusing on the news and listening to all the new updates.

  38. I was in my car heading to Rainbow Foods to do some grocery shopping. I had my radio on, and that is where I heard the news. Of course, when I was checking out, the cashier was talking about it. And, everyone in the store was talking about it. How awful. I hope we, in the United States, NEVER have to experience anything like this again.

  39. I’m French. This day, I was in high school. I was 16. Back home, my parents were watching a news report. Like probably in most countries, French TV channels were running extensive special news editions, I didn’t know it yet. It was probably about 4 or 5 PM, local time. 10 or 11 AM, New York hour. So, I saw the tv. TF1’s journalist Patrick Poivre d’Arvor was the anchorman. Very unusual for this channel, which runs news editions only at 1 PM and 8 PM. “L’Amérique est attaquée”, my father told me. “The towers, you know, the New York towers, they are down”.

    This tuesday afternoon, like in so many households around the world, shock prevailed. What would come next ? I think I had the notion, back then, that the world would never be the same…

    (Years later, I took an internet initiative about 9/11, link attached to this message)


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