Remembering where they were on Sept. 11

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COLUMBIA — Jamie Canine is lucky not to have been a 9/11 victim.

Canine continued his daily routine by driving into a parking garage in Minneapolis that Tuesday; the parking attendant had more than a hello to offer as he explained the events that were happening. Canine went home to the news, and the city was filled with rumors that a 55-story building in downtown Minneapolis might also be hit that day.

Molly Beutenmiller

Molly Beutenmiller

Jack Campbell

Jack Campbell

Manabu Takahashi and Sarah Brandt

Deonte Eanes

Deonte Eanes

Sarah Mitchell

Sarah Mitchell

Johnny Hodges

Johnny Hodges

Diane Oerly

Diane Oerly

Lee Wilkins

Lee Wilkins

Steve Hackley

Steve Hackley

“I remember thinking it was weird because I was stationed in Minneapolis, but with my company I was working with, I was supposed to be stationed in the World Trade Center,” Canine said.

Like Canine, no one will forget where he or she was 9/11.

Molly Beutenmiller remembers being in her fourth-grade class.

“We turned on all of the TVs and piled both fourth-grade classes into one room; our teachers disappeared,’’ Beutenmiller said. “Everyone was crying.”

Jack Campbell was in a seventh-grade U.S. history

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class at Columbia Independent School. The school was small; Campbell said the principal walked around and told each class what was happening.

“Our principal told us a plane had hit an important building in New York City and another plane had been hijacked,’’ Campbell said. “We all went into the library; they turned on the news and we watched both towers fall.”

Sarah Brandt was in her ninth-grade French class when the principal announced casually over the intercom that a plane had crashed into a building in New York.

“My friend and I looked at each other and laughed because it was such an uncomfortable moment,” Brandt said. “We didn’t realize the magnitude of the situation at the time.”

Manabu Takahashi was in band practice outside his high school when the students were told to come inside.

“I went to study hall, and that’s where people were crying,’’ Takahashi said. “That’s when I realized that this was something really bad.”

Lindsey VanSambeek was in her tenth-grade English class at Rock Bridge High School. VanSambeek recalls the students watching news all day but not talking about it much.

Deonte Eanes was in his tenth-grade English class when he heard the news. He doesn’t recall talking about the day in any of his classes.

“We were in shock,” Eanes said. “We had never experienced anything like this before in the United States.”

Sarah Mitchell also was in tenth grade. She was sitting in her history class when she heard the news.

“The first class, when we learned about it, we didn’t really talk about it because we didn’t understand it yet,’’ Mitchell said. “But in my next class, English, we started to all talk about what had happened.”

Ashley Giles was in eleventh grade and had just gotten off the school bus, and when she walked into school, the students saw that everyone was in the break room.

“We all went in there and we watched it. … We were all really freaked out,” Giles said.

Michael Lemens had just begun his day at work when the office heard the news; 10 to 12 people crammed into a break room the size of a bathroom and watched the day unfold on a little black-and-white television.

“Work stopped that day,” Lemens said. “I remember it being the biggest thing anyone talked about for a while.”

Lori Kitchen was at home making coffee and doing her homework with NBC’s “Today” in the background when the planes hit. She was devastated, so she

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“I thought something went terribly wrong, like the pilot had passed out or something. Then the second plane hit … and I realized something had gone terribly wrong,” Kitchen said.

Kitchen was a student in the nursing program at MU at the time, and all students in the program went on call 24/7, waiting for what would happen next.

Robin Labrunerie didn’t have a television at home; she heard of the terrorist attacks on the radio. She went to lunch with a friend, where they talked, watched the news coverage and began to understand how dramatic the event was. Like most mothers, her children were her main concern. Labrunerie and her family looked through pictures online.

“I remember telling my kids not to be scared, but I was scared,” Labrunerie said.

Johnny Hodges was teaching special education at Lee Elementary School when the news came on in the office that planes had crashed into the World Trade Center.

“I don’t think my class talked about it,’’ Hodges said. “I think we just sucked it in for the day. I’m not sure if the kids were supposed to know.”

Diane Oerly was at home, getting ready for another day at work when “Today” announced there had been a weird accident. She continued to watch in shock.

“I watched the second tower fall,” Oerly said.

Lee Wilkins, a professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, was on campus getting ready to teach her ethics class on 9/11.

“I had my ethics class Tuesdays; we discussed the day’s events and things involving the media from the day,” Wilkins said.

Mike Misslin was on his way to work, the radio playing in the car.

“The first plane hit, and I thought it was just an accident,’’ Misslin said. “Then the second plane hit, and I realized this was something bigger.”

Chris Starbuck, an associate professor in the agriculture department at MU, was in his office when he started to hear rumors of terrorist attacks. He finally gave in, turned on the TV and watched the chaos that had hit the streets of lower Manhattan. Starbuck’s daughter and son-in-law were living in New York at the time, and his son-in-law watched the second plane hit the tower.

“My wife and I were moving into a new house the following week and I just remember us thinking, ‘Are we crazy? Is the world ending and we’re about to move?’” Starbuck said.

Steve Hackley was driving down Broadway listening to the radio when he heard the news.

“I was in shock,’’ Hackley said. “I had just given away my TV, so it was nearly a year before I saw the images and the devastation caused that day.”