John Rose didn't hesitate a second when asked what he was doing that fateful September morning 10 years ago.
"I was right here," he said from inside Rose's Auto Body, a business he owns and operates on West Water Street in Hughesville.
Rose said he learned about the attack against America first by radio. The broadcast stopped him in his tracks.
"I turned the radio off and went upstairs," he said.
From there, he turned on a television and watched - as millions did - at the horror unfolding by the minute.
The television cameras focused in on the twin towers of the World Trade Center, which, by then, were burning. Smoke was billowing up from lower Manhattan as if a bomb went off. He didn't realize the Pentagon was struck and a plane went down in Somerset County, either.
He began to question the extent of the attack on American soil.
"I wondered what was happening, who was responsible and why they picked where they did," Rose said.
Over the course of the next few weeks, Rose, as all business owners do, had to keep working, but for the customers it was the topic of conservation.
City resident Ellen Adams was kissing her husband, Michael, a retired city firefighter, before he left for work. It was a habit that the two said goodbye because of his line of work.
"Wait," Michael Adams told his wife, hearing the news.
The couple lost two close friends who worked in the New York City Fire Department that day.
Today, the Adams will ride together with other firefighters from Newburgh, N.Y., into ground zero on lower Manhattan.
It is known as the International Association of Firefighters Heroes Across America ride and Ellen is getting goosebumps thinking about it.
"It's going to be an emotional trip," she said.
"I was at Rolling Thunder during Memorial Day weekend," she said. Michael Adams, who retired as a city Bureau of Fire platoon chief, is a representative of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association.
The group toured the Pentagon and saw places normally off-limits to the public.
City resident Suezie Cioffi was at LA Weight Loss in Loyalsock Township when the first tower was hit. The assistant manager of the store said the television was fixed so that it played LA Weight Loss commercials. When a client came in to say the World Trade Center was struck by an airplane, the employees tuned in the television that only played audio.
Between just after 9 and 11 a.m., only one more woman came into the store, she said.
"We were in total shock and tried to decipher the faces from listening because we couldn't see," she said.
Since that time, Cioffi said she believes the country has taken a step backward in how it treats ordinary Americans in terms of freedoms.
"Our government believes no crisis should go to waste," she said.
Cioffi is opposed to the Patriot Act because she believes it tramples on the Fourth Amendment and is against law enforcement having the right to bug or use surveillance because it is suspicious of individuals.
"It's a complete infringement on our rights," she said.
Jim Groves was in Ohio the day before the attacks to attend to his brother-in-law who had open heart surgery. His sister called him about 9:30 a.m. that morning and told him to turn on the television.
"I was watching the Today Show," he said. "As my brother-in-law awoke, I told him, 'The world changed a little while you were asleep,'" Groves said.
On the drive back to the city, Groves saw a road sign flashing, "God Bless America," as he drove by Pittsburgh.
Groves also recalled the Congress gathering on the Capitol steps to sing "God Bless America."
Marc Schefsky was riding a lawn mower and listening to FM radio on a headset when the first attacks occurred in New York.
The newscaster broke in and said a terrorist attack had happened in New York City and that one of the World Trade Center buildings had been hit by an airplane."
Schefsky said he went to the clubhouse of the golf course where he worked and saw the television as the second American Airlines flight struck the south tower.
"I called the crew and told them to get home to their families, " he said.
When asked what images he remembered, he replied, "You didn't hear a sound from the airport at Daytona," he said.
The Federal Aviation Administration shut down airspace.
"I also recall everybody buying guns," he said.