I was 10 at the time. I don't really have any personal response to how it effected me, as much as now, looking back on it and having heard the stories of family and friends from it.
My aunts, uncle and cousins lived 5 blocks from the Twin Towers, I have heard the stories from them, how my cousins(then 10 and 15) were trapped on the subway and couldn't get home to their parents for 3 days, and how much destruction and emotional terror it put through them.
I went to Ground Zero in October of 2008 and that was when it hit me. The massive wave of emotions, when I was just standing there looking at the chain link fence with green camo wrap, and the crane on Ground Zero with the Flag hanging off it, preparing the grounds to rebuild. I'm not angry over it, I'm incredibly sad and pretty numb still, when I think about what happened.
And then this past June, while I was waiting for a flight to NY out of my home city, I met a fire fighter and police officer who now lives here, but was based in Pennsylvania at the time. His fire dept. was less than an couple hours from NYC and was one of the first responders on the scene... To see this guy describe the scenario and what happened, and see the emotions in HIS eyes is probably one of the most real things I've experienced. To hear the respect, sadness, and strength in his voice...it was very sobering and bone chilling.
You just can't wrap your head around something like this...
I have an immense amount of respect for anyone who has had any connections with 9-11 and for our country as a whole, how we handled it, and how we are (still) overcoming it.
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