Where were you?

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In an odd way of thinking, today is an anniversary for me. 10 years ago I had just spent 4 days in NYC. On the 9th I arrived back in Utah. New York is one of my all time favorite places! I love the people, Broadway and the vibration of energy at every turn.

Typically I am not one to do “tourist-y” things. But that trip I took myself up to the top of the World Trade Center. I was amazed at how huge the elevator was. My guess I rode with 50 others to the tip tip top.

Because I am VERY afraid of heights it took me quite some time before I got to the balcony and made my way out to the deck.

Even though the day was not windy down below, it was quite breezy up there.

I was amazed that I could see the air traffic lining up on their approach to the airport.

They were below us!! I could see for miles… the sky was a beautiful blue!



After arriving home, 2 days later, I found myself standing in front of my workplace TV saying to others how it really could be an accident;  I had just seen planes that perhaps could’ve gone off course!  I had just been there…

That day became a date in time none of us will forget.

Where were you?




In tribute to the 2,996 lives lost on 911, Sandy, Utah presents several blocks of flags representing the lives lost.


New York City, the Pentagon and those brave people on Flight 93.

I went down to the Mall as they were preparing for Saturday’s ceremony.

There was a reverence as the wind softly moved the sea of America flags.



Trying to photograph this from below fell short.

So I wandered into a near by medical building.

I actually went into an empty office and was able to capture a much better view.


Whether we pay our respects privately

or attend a memorial service

many of us will not be able to forget where we were “when the world stopped turning”

*photo by* Thomas E. Franklin


Hope Rising Bronze Monument Dedication The 2011 Utah Healing Field Memorial will feature the dedication of a new, unique  monument titled, Hope Rising. The monument consists of a magnificent 9ft-tall statue that depicts the three firemen who raised the American flag at Ground Zero, after the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City



What were your memories?

Amidst the devastation and death — they did NOT prevail… America won’t let them.

Please leave a comment and let us know where you were.



Also, my dear friend Deborah has 2,977 reasons NOT to forget 911. Check her lovely site out HERE

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September 9, 2011 at 10:52 pm | America | 15 comments


15 responses to “Where were you?”

  1. Terri Porter says:

    This is so beautifully done, Claudia! I can’t wait to see what everyone does with this prompt.

  2. I was in my car driving in to work when I heard the news.
    I was unable to see or hear any of the news all day, customers kept coming in and giving me bits and pieces of information. I cried a lot when I finally got home that evening.

  3. Claudie says:

    WTW? You were right there 2 days before? OMG Claudia, now that’s what I call fate. I can’t imagine what was going through your head days and weeks and months later let alone 10 years. OMG.
    We were in Scottsdale, AZ. I was in bed, (go figure) and Randy was at work. KIds were in school. My gf calls and tells me to get up and go get the kids RIGHT NOW.
    Needless to say things collapsed after 9/11 in the I.T. world. I wanted to come home to Canada. We stayed a few more months and crossed the border in Detroit on Feb. 5th 2002.
    Such a sad sad time, but glad to be home with my family, friends and cousins.
    I’ve never looked back.
    See you in 4 weeks

  4. A beautifully thoughtful and moving post….
    I was watching Good Morning America as I always do every weekday morning. So I saw it as it happened. I am amazed that you were actually in the World Trade Center just a couple of days before.

  5. Lynn says:

    I too cannot imagaine what went through your head two days later when you watched the horror. I was working, hubby servicing our car, our son just home the night before on leave from the AF. Driving home, terrified I would miss our son who was frantically trying to contact the Base for orders, driving and watching the sky…I am late deafened and use a cochlear implant so could not listen to the radio or know anything until I was home. I did get to hug my son before he left, later to go to Afhganistan. Ten years later it is still shocking to read of bloggers who lived in NYC a the time, or others like you who just were there…… Home to me is 150 miles North of NYC, Albany, NY. Could not reach my mom or family that day. We can never forget the sacrifices that day and from then on for our freedom. Excellent post!

  6. Deanna says:

    What a lovely, lovely tribute to that horrific day. How surreal you must have felt as you watched that beautiful building that you had just visited go down. I know I remember that time vividly, a time that should never be forgotten. Hugs!!

  7. jeanne says:

    Hi Claudia, This is a touching story and also one of the saddest events in our country’s history. Your post is very touching and the flags tell us a very sad story. I can only imagine how you felt having just visited the very building that fell to earth from an evil attack.

    I was home watching Good Morning America and I watched the horror unfold. We will never forget.
    God Bless America.

  8. Francie says:

    I was safe at home, in the middle of no where Georgia. Was outraged then and still am. Now decidedly upset with “mayor” Bloomberg. Oh yes, let’s not invite the rescuers OR any religious leaders .. oh and let’s not call it “ground zero” anymore either. …let’s just sweep it under the rug. Can you see the steam coming out of my ears?
    Your post is beautiful and thank you for the moving photos.

  9. Dotti says:

    Very moving, very thought provoking … very hard to remember, isn’t it? My thoughts are on my blog for today:


  10. {oc cottage} says:

    GREAT post!!!!!! God bless America!

    m ^..^

  11. Aunt Snow says:

    How odd a coincidence that you were there just two days before. It must be chilling to remember the feeling of height.

    I lived in NYC for several years and never once went up to the WTC observation deck.

    Beautiful post. I have posted my memory of that day at my blog.

  12. Claudia,

    Thank you for this tribute to the day in history that the USA got up close and personal with pure evil.
    I will share my memories with you one day. Ten years later and they are still raw.

    Your Friend,

  13. wendy says:

    Great post. I love that photo (always has been a favorite of mine) of the fireman/rescue guys holding up the Flag on the collapsed buildings.
    did you know my husband is a retired Firefighter.
    WOW…….that is almost freaky that you were there just 2 days before. That you actually took the elevator to the top…..that you experienced that, and experienced the masses of people working there.
    My oldest son almost took a job that would have placed him in the World Trade Center a few years before this horrible event.
    Saddest thing ever. I was glued to the tv pretty much all day Sunday watching the specials. Hard to watch, yet IMPORTANT to remember.

    on that morning, (like Claudie, tee,hee) I was in bed. I took the day off work to celebrate my birthday (which was the next day). I’d always treat myself to a day off work during my birthday week. So, I sletp in of course.
    When I got up and turned on the tv, I was stunned by what I was seeing. And that is pretty much where I stayed the rest of that day.

    Also, It has been 10 YEARS since that terroistic attack on America
    and yet, it was on 9-11, 10 MONTHS since the lose of my son.
    doesn’t matter if it is years, or months, or days…………it is painful to loose someone you love (you know, as you lost your sister)

    If you go to my facebook page, go to profile, and here the heartbreaking video/song that my sons wife did ….hard to explain here,

    anyway, good pictures, I remember all those flags in Sandy. Been there many times.

  14. Julie says:

    I was at work when the disaster hit the t.v. At the hospital and we could only imagine what chaos ensued amongst the shock of it all. Would we have been ready for such a disaster? I think not. This year I was a Canadian in Portland, Oregon for a dragonboat regatta and we stopped racing and listened to a tribute over the P.A. system. The fireboat descended on the water and put on a display of plumes of red, white and blue water. Such a moving moment and I don’t think there is anyone who doesn’t know a fireman or a police officer or any other rescue team member – let alone a family member or friend that works in a government tower somewhere. It’s heartfelt even this many years later. We swept away the tears and were blessed to have a lovely sunny day to enjoy in your country. Such neighbors we are but as people we are even closer.

    Love to you all as you pay tribute to lost lives.

    I got your e-mail too and I wanted to thank you for coming along side a friend you haven’t even met. Boy life is such a journey. I am not coming to the big shindig in October because it’s just a little to far and I have no more holidays. So – another time for sure. We will surely meet in person…

    Enjoy my girlfriends. I know each moment will be special.

    Love J.

  15. Carol says:

    So impressed with your talent

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