#2504 | Friday, September 13th 2002
I remember I was at work in my office when the clerk next door to me knocked on the door and said that her husband just called and a plane flew into the WTC. She knew right away it was terroism, but I just said "that's too bad" thinking it was just a minor accident. Phone calls from family members were flooding in and it soon appeared that a second plane had hit the second tower. Then a bunch of us turned on a radio and sat around listening to it. Then all of a sudden a ton of information started pouring in: the pentagon hit, more planes in the air, first tower collapses, president in a secret location, second tower collapses...We thought the world was ending. There were even rumors the White House was destroyed and California had been bombed beyond recognition. This was all in the matter of one hour, of which had been preceded by a calm, beautiful morning. We honestly thought the world was ending. When you hear the capital of the US is destroyed, Manhattan is collapsing and the President is in hiding, you know something bad is going on.
Throughout the day all we could do was listen to news, not really knowing fact from fiction, just knowing many, many people died from a terrorist activity.
At the end of the day, I just remember feeling so exhausted and drained from the sadness, the tears and the worry.

Chris | 21 | New York

#2474 | Thursday, September 12th 2002
I was sleeping when my grandmother woke me up around 7:30am yelling something like, "Oh my gosh, they bombed New York!" The first picture in my head was of fighter planes dropping bombs on New York City, but I joined her in the living room to watch the news and saw the pictures of something just as horrible.
The first image I saw on the screen was extremely shocking. And when I listened to what the news anchor was saying, I was paralyzed. Just from speaking to people from other countries on the internet, I knew America had enemies, but I never thought there were people out there who DESPISED America so much as to commit such murder. I was glued to the television all-day and everyday for the next few weeks. My life has been forever changed since Sept. 11th. I am so well aware of the world... of people... and everything that is going on around me more than ever. My whole perspective on life is now in wide screen view.
I regret those tiresome mornings at school when I would barely mumble the The Pledge of Allegiance. September 11th showed me the importance of having pride in your country and the significance of not taking the freedoms you have for granted. If the Pledge of Allegiance is ever recited in a place I happen to be, I'll be sure to belt it out.

Tammy | 21 | Arizona

#2443 | Thursday, September 12th 2002
Tuesday morning, Sept 11. Just another ordinary day. But it wasn't gonna be that at all. I was asleep at 8:46 when my fraternity brothers began knocking on my door as hard as they could. I woke up and was told to turn on my TV. I had just learned that the North Tower had been hit. I turned to look at everyone and they all went downstairs to the chapter room. We tried for a few minutes to sort this out with all the different theories and ideas in our minds. Just as all 25 of us were in the chapter room, the South Tower was hit. We all knew it then, without a doubt in our minds. Our school had cancelled classes for the day. We all sat in horror and awe as the events unfolded. We took turns calling all of our closest friends and family, trying to get as many people as we can together. We wanted to make sure that we were all safe around each other.
Tim | 21 | Ohio

#2379 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I remember september 11th 2001 like it was yesterday. A day I will remember all my life.

I had just finished eating my lunch when the BBC news flash came on British TV, minutes after the first plane hit, and was glued to the TV for the rest of my lunch hour. I just couldn't beleive what I was seeing.

Immediately my heart went out to all those who were at that moment suffering, and those who were about to learn they had lost a loved one in what seemed to be a tragic accident. Little did we all know at that moment the horrors that were still to come.

When I returned to work, my collegues were all unaware of what was happening and didn't beleive what I was telling them until we turned on the radio.
Today, one year on, my heart goes out to all those who have lost loved ones in the tragedy and to all those who are living with memories of escaping from the towers themselves.

I'm currently hoping to join the police force here in the UK and I pray to God I never have to experience anything as horrific as what happened a year ago today.

I find it sickening that today the Pope prayed for forgiveness of those responsible for the attack. They should never be forgiven for the pain they have caused to so many innocent people. I've heard people say they should be left to live with what they have done, the pain they have caused, but I'm certain they will never show any remorse. No punishment on this earth will ever be adequate.

Let us never forget those who lost their lives in this tragic event, and continue to thank all those who gave their lives, time, love and effort in the weeks following September 11th 2001.

Louise | 21 | United Kingdom

#2331 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I was at uconn sleeping when the first plane hit. My roommate awoke me and directed my attention to the televion. Wow I thought look the special effects of that movie. Then as the second plane collided with the second tower I said " oh fuck" its not a movie. And so me and the television were inseperable for the remainder of the day.
Basili | 21 | Connecticut

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