As the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks came and went on Monday, millions of Americans couldn’t help but stop and think where they were and what they were doing when the world forever changed. The Commercial reached out to readers on Facebook and asked for the memories.


“Standing in the motorpool where all our military vehicles were in Hanau, Germany (Pioneer Kaserne)…. getting ready to get off work (9 hrs ahead)…. went to 12 hour shifts immediately….. lasted for months.” — Chris Phillips


“I was Head of Security at NCTR , FDA - adjoining Army Arsenal: complete lock down . Hummers with armed machine gunner and armed helicopters circulating around the army compound!!! Bad day!!” — Jonathan Ray Teafatiller


“I was at work at Centria in Sheridan…they closed down and made us leave…when I got home the carnage on t.v. was intense…I was 23 yrs old and for the first time in my life I felt pain, sadness, and hate all at the same time, it was a memorable event that I truly hope no one else in our country or any other country has to endure again…GOD BLESS AMERICA.” — Jason Doolin


“Getting ready for work. I was at my vanity putting on makeup and watching the Today show as I did daily. Much talk was about the tower being on fire and what may have caused it. Then, suddenly, bam! I saw the 2nd tower hit by the plane and I screamed out to my husband.” — Dorothy Walker


“In my classroom, Talco Texas. We did not have cable or cell phones, so when my husband called to tell me that our son Ryan was safe , I had to ask safe from what? Ryan was finishing his nuclear training with the US Navy stationed in New York. So I ran back up stairs, my students rigged the rabbit ears on the tv and we watch has the planes hit each target. We were horrified and even the Jr High students knew their world was forever changed.


“As a military mom, I knew my son would soon be deployed. Ryan joined his carrier the USS John C Stennis and they began Operation Enduring Freedom. I will always remember how people came together; quitting jobs to join the military or change their profession to a firefighter. People lined up to give blood, school children gave up their snack money to give to the Red Cross and the American Flag proudly flew in front of every home and business across the country.


“Our son still wears his Navy uniform, now as an Ensign. He also wears the uniform of a Trooper with the Texas Department of Safety. His daughter now 12, is a member of the Sea Cadets. So as you can tell our family believes in serving our community, state and country. I can truly say I know where I was and how I felt on the day our world stopped turning.” — Tammie Hare Case


“I was in the break room on the 7th floor of the Dulles State Office Bldg in Watertown NY. We went to the 9th flr to watch it on TV.” — Esther Curtis


“I was in college at UAPB. I was sitting in a childhood development class in a small group when all instructors were told to turn the tv’s to the news.” — Bruce White Jr.


“I was 6 months pregnant with my first child so I was in the bed asleep….resting. My sister calls me and says things are blowing up you need to get up and look. I just hung up on her lol I was big and pregnant and tired. She calls back and says no, you need to get up. I did then and couldn’t take my eyes off the TV all day. It was so sad.” — Joy Holland Latta


“In the 6th grade. I think Mrs. Redus class at Belair Elementary in Pine Bluff. It’s right beside Mrs.Bell class. I remember we all were told to turn the tv’s on and it was shocking.” — Samella Green


“At the time, I was living in Connecticut. As a private pilot, I loved flying down along the Hudson River, circling the Statue of Liberty, and coming back up, passing right by the Twin Towers. I made that flight dozens of times… .


“It was (is) my birthday. I was planning on making that flight that day. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen, and I never flew down the Hudson again… .” — Michel Gutman


“At work at the hospital and saw it on TV. My sister was here from Nashville getting ready to fly back home and I was terrified. She called the airport and to.check on her flight and was told these very words: ‘By order of the President of the United States, all flights have been grounded’… it was so scary but relieved that she wasn’t going to be flying that day.” — Rhonda O’fallon Banks


“I was in 6th grade. My teacher was Mrs. Liddell at Oak Park Elementary. We had P.E. that morning. Mrs. Liddell came out and stopped our physical education to bring us back inside. The TV was on and the news was running. I was sitting at the first desk in my row. I could sense the tension and fear of my teacher from across the room. The principal came over the intercom for a moment of silence. When I finally understood the depth of what was happening, I became scared. I had just turned 11 and now my world, my country was falling apart. I will never forget my fear, my sorrow for these people I didn’t even know, the love I had (still do have) for my fellow American(s).” — Samantha Jernigan


“I was at home with family, we had Good Morning America turned on when they broke in with the news, we watched in horror and sadness as we watched both towers hit and fall. That moment will be etched in my memory forever.” — JoAnn Bumpas Wegner


“I was in nursing school and doing my clinical on 2CE and as I passed a patient room I saw another nurse standing there silently and I turned to the TV and I was in disbelief what I was watching. The planes crashing into the Twin towers and my heart sank. The nurses had gathered in a room and called for me to join and we all held hands and prayed for our country. In that moment I was proud of becoming a nurse but also proud to be an American! Never forget 9-11!! God bless America!” — Laura Watson


“Getting ready for work. I was at my vanity putting on makeup and watching the Today show as I did daily. Much talk was about the tower being on fire and what may have caused it. Then, suddenly, bam! I saw the 2nd tower hit by the plane and I screamed out to my husband.” — Dorothy Walker


“Left my job to go to Physical Therapy for a pinched nerve in my neck. The 1st Tower was hit just as I parked the car, could not move for a moment. While sitting in the clinic, the 2nd tower was hit. Disbelief was all around, everyone stopped and watched in horror.” — Ella Grace Moody


“I was at home in Texas. I had taken the day off since it’s my birthday. I was on my computer playing a game when I heard the news on TV. It was a day I will never forget.” — Vyctorya L. Hughes


“At work, at Big Banjo. Glued to the television. Scared and confused. Heartbroken and sad. Everyone was coming in to watch on our TV. At 12 noon my employees, costumers and I all gathered and prayed together.” — Lynn Brann


“I was in 6th grade. Our teachers were told not to say anything to us, but even then, some of us still heard about planes crashing in New York and D.C. (didn’t hear about the Pennsylvania one until later). My mom was volunteering at my elementary school that day, parked me in the teachers lounge at the end of the day and we sat there for a couple hours and watched TV news. Went home, stayed up all night watching CNN. Really thought World War III was starting that day.” — Jeremiah Salinger