Remembering 9-11: 10 Years Later

WBFJ Remembers September 11, 2001

For different generations the stories change.. For different age groups, “HISTORY” takes on a whole new meaning. But no matter your age today, Americans’ lives have been profoundly changed by certain events:

Great-Grandparents remember December 7, 1941
Parents and Grandparents remember November 22, 1963
And of course we ALL remember September 11th, 2001.

No doubt you remember where you were when you first heard of the attacks in New York, Washington D.C. & Pennsylvania.. Maybe you were watching the morning news, sipping the morning coffee, and saw them happen on LIVE television.. Maybe you were driving and heard the breaking news on the radio, nearly running off the road because you couldn’t believe what you had just heard. Maybe you were at work and the morning meeting was cut short.. Were you in class? Were you at the gym? We all have our stories, and the staff at WBFJ remembers where we were…

Jeff Foster
“It was a sun-shining Tuesday morning. I was in English class, as a college Junior @ Liberty University.. We were taking prayer requests when one of my friends from High Point expressed to the professor, ‘I just heard that a plane flew into the World Trade Center’ — at the time we had NO IDEA the severity of the crash. The first Plane hit at 8:46am, we were taking prayer requests at 8:50. And our lives changed that quickly. Class was cut short as word passed along, and when I returned to my dorm room, my cousin (also a student at Liberty) called me, told me to turn on my TV, and I thought I was watching a MOVIE… How in the world could this be happening on our own American soil? At 10:00am a community prayer meeting was held and Dr. Jerry Falwell ‘attempted’ to stand strong for the entire Liberty family. Along with the rest of the world, I was fixed to my TV the rest of the day.”

Bonnie Hilton
“It began as a day like any other day.  I had dropped  the kids off at school and came on in to work.  I hadn’t been here long, when I went back to Wally’s office to discuss something.  The televison was on as it is every day.  We looked up at the televison and in complete shock.  The plane went into the building.  Wally and I went back and forth about the possibility of what happened and then the second plane hit. We knew it was something more than a plane going off course.  For the rest of the day we stayed glued to the television, heartbroken for those losing their lives and the families of those who perished.”

Wally Decker
“I had just returned the night before from Nashville on what was literally the last flight into Greensboro.  We had CNN on in the office that morning watching Steven Curtis Chapman sharing about adoption.  It wasn’t long until the events of the entire day began unfolding in front of us.  As members of the media, we were no longer passive observers but rapidly forced to actively relay information, offer comfort and ensure hope.”

Tami Rumfelt
“On September 11, 2001, I was working as the Preschool and Nursery Program Director at the Kernesville YMCA.  That morning, I had been running back and forth between the two programs helping our staff get the day started.  When I stepped back into the nursery, the TV (which was usually playing a Veggie Tales video or kid shows on PBS) was instead showing the image of one of the Twin Towers, smoke billowing from it into the blue sky.   Before I even had a chance to make sense of what I was looking at, a second plane careened into the other tower.  Time stood still for a little while as I listened to newscasters speculating about what had happened and who was responsible.  Finally, I snapped back into reality and realized that this was not a wise viewing choice for the little eyes in our nursery, so I put a video on and invited our staff to take turns watching news coverage in the YMCA’s employee break room.  Throughout the morning the news about the attacks worsened and my fear of the unknown deepened.  Would there be more planes crashing?  Would bombs start dropping?  Could the enemy attack us with chemicals? Would terrorists target our area, too?  Was it even safe to take the children outside for playtime?  What about the oil tank farm near the Greensboro airport, was that at risk?  It took weeks before my world felt somewhat safe again.  Like most Americans, I will never, ever forget that day; and, it has forever changed my worldview.”

Verne Hill
was at home in my living room listening to the WBFJ Morning Show.  The television was on NBC…with the sound down.  Mike and Donna were not their usual ‘chipper’ self. And they were sharing some sketchy details about one of the Twin Towers, an airplane and smoke coming out of the building.  In the matter of just a few minutes, I saw the second plane hit the second Twin Tower.  Wow.  As the morning unfolded, all I could think was that I needed to do ‘something’.  I came to WBFJ to help compile spontaneous church prayer gatherings and local updates police and emergency officials. The afternoon of 9/11 2001 turned out to be my first official ‘news cast’ here at WBFJ…

Abigail Owens
On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was in my 3rd grade classroom at Friedburg Elementary School. My classmates and I were seated at our tables, working on assignments, when someone rushed into our room and told my teacher to turn on the news. We then watched as the Twin Towers went up in smoke. As an 8 year old child, it was a very scary and also confusing moment, because I didn’t really know what was going on. When I got home from school, my mom met me at the bus stop and explained to me what had happened earlier that day. Right then and there we stopped and prayed for everyone that was involved in such a terrible tragedy. It was certainly a day never to be forgotten.

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Special 9-11 FOCUS ON THE FAMILY Broadcast Part 1
Special 9-11 FOCUS ON THE FAMILY Broadcast Part 2
Special 9-11 TRIBUTE SONG: Written and performed by Tommy Hicks.

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9-11 Survivor Sujo John tells his dramatic story – GROUND ZERO – VIDEO
9-11 Survivor Brian Birdwell shares his story – PENTAGON – VIDEO

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