I was still with Ford Motor Company as an investigator. Was working on
a case and printing out some documents for a meeting. The printer was in this
middle common area where they also had TVs etc. I walk to get my print
outs and see all these people watching the TV. At this time people
thought it was just a horrible accident (1st plane). People were talking and wondering how someone could have lost control of a plane or what malfunction could have caused that to happen. No one (at this point at least) even thought it was a terrorist who flew the plane into the building.Than the 2nd plane
hit and at that moment everyone knew it was no accident. People rushed
to go online to see what was going on, but CNN, FOX, DRUDGE were all
down due to server overload. I called a friend of mine who worked for
the airlines and she said they had military and police in the airport
running around and all flights were grounded.
Shortly after the
building came down and the feeling inside was surreal. There was the one guy who as the buildining crumbled broke down into tears. People had radios going all over to try and get the latest news updates. Soon after Ford
ordered all employees to exit all work buildings and head right home.
Streams of cars leaving all the offices, plants and businesses all
over. The breaking news broadcasts and rumors on what was going on.
good friend worked midnights and I knew he was still sleeping. I called
him and said what happened and he did not believe me. To say the words,
"I think we are at war" was pretty weird to say.
I still remember at night with people waving flags. The local grocery store had trucks all over getting filled with food and supplies to send to NY. In a weird way, a lot of good came out of that day. It seemed everyone across the board at that moment became one country regardless of color of skin, who you voted for or what you did for a living. Sad that it took something that horrific for people to actually give a shit about one another.
What were you doing on 9-11?