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Norwalkers Remember the Morning of 9/11

NORWALK, Conn. – It was the first day at a new job for a reader of The Daily Norwalk, and she will never forget it: Sept. 11, 2001. Judy Morales Marroquin and her new coworkers heard on the radio that a plane had hit the World Trade Center's north tower at 8:46 a.m. She was on the phone with her husband 17 minutes later when a second plane flew into the south tower. "It was a very emotional moment. I will never forget that day," she wrote on The Daily Norwalk's Facebook page. "RIP to all the people who lost their lives on that day, and to all the soldiers who are still losing their lives. ..."

The question "Where were you when the 9/11 attacks took place?" drew eight responses, all of them emotional.

Lorraine Stokes was home with a sick child when her mother called and told her to turn on the television. "I had a friend who worked in the city and could not get a hold of her," she wrote. "But thank God the next [day] I did and she [was] fine, shaken up but fine."

Kristen Hallett Rzasa was on a plane flying from Paris to New York. The airliner was rerouted to St. John's, Newfoundland, along with nearly 40 other jets. "We did not disembark from the plane until [the next day]," Rzasa wrote. "Then [we] slept at a naval base for the rest of the week. We could only bring our passport and Delta blanket off the plane, but the Canadian Red Cross took great care of us."

Don Burr was working at a local elementary school. "Folks were unusually calm," he wrote. "Many parents simply chose to pick their children up. That said, it wasn't long before we learned the sad news that one of our former school families lost their father."

Where were you when the 9/11 attacks took place? What was the first thing you did?

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