I'm sure that a lot of things happened on this day in history that didn't occur in the year 2001, but as far as I'm concerned there is only one event worth mentioning today. It's our generations Kennedy assassination, or moon landing, or Pearl Harbor. Everyone I know will tell you exactly where they were when the twin towers came down. My experience was an interesting one. I was on the phone with my girlfriend until the wee hours of the morning the night before, so I planned on sleeping in. I wake up to my dad banging on my door and yelling "Wake up Robbie, we're going to war!" to which I responded "What in the hell are you talking about?".
"Turn on your T.V."
By then the first tower had already collapsed. There was smoke enveloping most of lower Manhattan. I really thought we were bombed at first, I didn't know what to think. As everything came together for me I was shocked at the images that were brought before me. The news stations were doing their best to reconstruct events and get first hand accounts of what was going on at ground zero. They kept showing the second plane hitting the South Tower over and over again, followed by images of the Pentagon and Shanksville. Eventually the media stumble upon a video of the first plane hitting. It was remarkable that a fire unit was filming a routine exactly when it happened.
I must have watched all day until I had to go to work. I was a driver that night and I had my radio on for the entire shift. I can't watch the videos without just a small flashback to that day. It was a remarkable tragedy that, for a time, brought everyone together. The conspiracy theorists out there are some of the stupidest people alive. They're just looking for a reason to attack our government. But all they're doing is disrespecting everyone who lost their lives on that day. I saw this a few years ago and it puts all of those arguments to rest.
It's an interesting watch to say the least and it really puts the conspiracy theorists in a bad light as it takes all of their arguments and destroys them case by case.