At the time, I was about six, so it didn't make much impact on my brain, but I still remember where I heard it. My mom took us to a thrift store. Apparently, she had gotten a phone call earlier in the morning from a friend of hers- the phone wasn't working anymore though, because there were too many calls being sent, so we just went about our day.
They had a radio in there, and the place was just like still. The counter lady was leaning against it, staring at the radio, and they were talking about how something had fallen. Of course, my six-year old brain- "Oh cool! Buildings are falling!!" but mom didn't look at all happy, so I knew it was bad. The significance of this event did not really sink in until I was about 10 or 11.
2,604 people died in the World Trade Center
87 died on American Airline 11
125 died at the Pentagon
59 died on American Airline 77
59 died on United Airline 175
40 died on United Airline 93
I'm not going to bring politics into this, so I'm not going to say anything about the Iraq war. Or the Afghanistan war. Or the PATRIOT act. Or...
Gah, I'll just shut up now.