On September 11, 2001, we were in London walking back from the British Museum when we saw the newsstands with the horrible pictures of the Twin Towers. We though it was some crazy gossip mags or something before it sunk-in. The people there were amazingly supportive and we all knew this was an attack on the world and all of us. We sat in packed pubs drinking pints and watching CNN all night on the walls that usually would be showing football matches.
I will never forget how many people came up to us to tell us they were ex-pats and now living in the UK. What was really amazing was the outpouring of the sorrow of the English people down around the US Embassy. Here is the location on Google Maps. I was able to take some pictures.
I dug them out of the archives and looked at them this weekend. I am sure this sort of support was in many other countries as well, but I am still struck at how remarkable it was and how much it all made us feel at home with our country mourning the horrendous events of that day even though we were thousands of miles away.