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Historical events you've been around to see personally

submitted on July 21, 2009 by overaged in "Member's Lounge"
We've all been around to see presidents and such come in and out of office so I'm not inquiring about those.

What have you been around to see that you will remember till the day you die?

I was thinking about this today after I saw a picture of mass military presence at an event.

I'm not impressed when i see a cop or two walking their beat down the street or a soldier or 2 driving down the street but when these two factions are in mass, in formation and adorned in their full gear the presence and performance is an awesome sight to see!

I've been around and had the opportunity to eyewitness 2 events that I'll remember the rest of my days.

One was the LA Riots (Massive looting, beatings, fire setting (the whole city was on fire basically), police presence was slim to none when it first started but as they gradually got things together and called in the National Guard, the chaos was restored. The riot itself was spectacular in nature. The masses ruined an entire city in a matter of days.

The other occassion i had the opportunity to see was the Democratic National Convention in Downtown LA.

Things got out of hand down there and the police came in full riot gear and started shooting rubber bullets at the crowds. They came strolling down the street in formation adorned in their gear by the hundreds. It was very impressive and I even had one cop put his arm out to keep me back as they walked down the street rifles in hand and ready for anything. I was there with my son at the time who was propably only about 4-5 years old and it was a mixture of awe and fear being in the middle of the whole thing.

These 2 historical events i'll remember forever and my son still remembers the DNC.

Just curious to find out what others have witessesed that you'll remember forever.

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    Posted by lprjohnny on July 21, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    Cyndi Lauper en concerto 2007 con Rosie Odonnell. (cayate)
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    Posted by Leighbra on July 22, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    I was in Seattle when Kurt Cobain was found dead. I was 13 at the time, so that will probably stick with me.

    Other than that, I live in a tiny town so I don't/won't see much. Which is good really, because mobs freak me out, big time.
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    Posted by JackBauer on July 22, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    I have a bunch of events that will never leave my mind that I was in attendance for. First and foremost, which goes without saying, is September 11th. I was not in NYC at the time, but I was in PA (not Shanksville). I was working for a large National Non-profit organization and I had 2 friends in the Financial District on September 11th. All I could think about was are they all right. Then the next day, the local campaign was put on hold as we began to raise money for the September 11 fund and for the next month, we focused on the needs of the country and not the local community.

    My next unforgettable memory is working as a volunteer for President Bush. I got to see President Bush twice during the 2004 campaign, you might not like the man, but you have to respect the Office of the President. But, as a volunteer, I was stationed in front of the National Press Core room and I got to see all the reporters we see on tv that travel with the President. I have also seen President Clinton and Republican Nominee John McCain. As a graduate of Political Science and hold a Masters of Public Administration, seeing the President is a huge deal.

    The last few moments are surrounded around my beloved Philadelphia Phillies. I have been a season ticket holder since 1993 and have witnessed many great moments in Phillies History. I was there in 1993 when the Phillies won Game 6 of the NLCS beating the powerhouse Braves to get to the World Series for the first time since 1980. I was also at the 1996 All-Star Game which is significant because it is the last time the NL has won an All-Star Game. I was also in attendence for Kevin Millwood's no hitter at Veterans Stadium in 2003. Also in 2003, I attended all 3 of the Final Games at The Vet. Then the following year, I there for the opening of Citizens Bank Park. Those moments are moments I will never forget. But they are shadowed by my greatest Phillies moment, a moment that I will never forget for the rest of my life. The moment impacted me so much that I built a website dedicated to it. Go to it and watch the video on the first page. (Yes that is me screaming OMG, OMG, OMG...YES!!!!) Mike as a fellow phan, I know you will appreciate it.
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    Posted by phunkeey on July 22, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    The Challenger
    O.J.'s slow speed chase in the white Bronco
    • YanBz
      Posted by YanBz on July 23, 2009 [reply] 0 0
      The Challenger

      Did you actually witness its fate?
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    • JackBauer
      Posted by JackBauer on July 23, 2009 [reply] 0 0
      Like September 11th, we all witnessed The Challenger Disaster.
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    • phunkeey
      Posted by phunkeey on July 24, 2009 [reply] 0 0
      I watched it on live television.
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    Posted by vectra5 on July 24, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    I was actually in Downtown Manhattan when the planes struck the WTC... I could see and smell burning towers... I ended up evacuating the island by walking uptown to Queensboro Bridge along with thousands of horrified people...

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