Date Submitted: 07/02/2004
Author Info: Coleen (Savannah, GA - USA) 
Occupation: Administrative
Lived in NY on 9.11.01?: No
Knew someone who perished?: No

I woke up September 11th in Jekyll Island, GA in a hotel right on the beach with a room facing the ocean. It was a beautiful day but I had to be at a seminar in the hotel conference room at 8:00 am. I turned on the early show and remember that Tracy Ullman was the guest that morning. I left the room and took my place at the table. Next thing I know one of the guys attending the seminar came in and said a prop plane hit the trade center. I remember thinking… Oh that’s terrible, I hope no one was hurt. I quickly turned my attention back to the speaker. The gentelman came back into the room stark white and said… “Folks, we are under attack!” I remember this haze falling over me. All I could think about was my 3 month old daughter 1 hour up the highway in Savannah. And my husband… he is an explosives detection handler for the k-9 unit. I wanted to leave but the instructor said the best thing we could do was to continue. As soon as I got a break, I ran to phone. At that time we had been told a plane went down in downtown Pittsburg. My sister-in-law was going to culinary school that shared residence in the Federal Building in downtown Pittsburg. I called my brother-in-law to see if she was okay and he calmly told me she was on her way back to New York (Buffalo) and that the plane didn’t go down in Pittsburg. Then I called my grandmother because my Uncle has an office in the wing of the Pentegon that was hit. Fortunately he was in Germany at the time. My mom drove my daughter to me the next day. I remember turning on the news that night and seeing my husband. He had been filmed doing a search at the airport. Since Jekyll is so close to Savannah they get Savannah news. I have never felt so alone and frightened. I hope to God that my daughter never has to feel that fear in her life. My thoughts and prayers still go out the families that so unexpectedly lost their loved ones on that sad day. May God bless you and continue to give you comfort.


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