#2506 | Friday, September 13th 2002
On September 11, 2001 I was getting ready for work. I normally don't watch the news in the morning but for some reason I turned the t.v. on that morning. I was working the 10am-8pm shift at the Castle Rock Police Department in Colorado as a Police dispatcher. I imediatly called my loved ones to make sure everyone was ok. That day at work the only people that called were family, friends, and fellow co-workers. When I think back to that day it is like a total blur and in slow motion like on movies. We spent the day in front of the television watching the devistation and a lot of us cried. Only one of our officers got called to duty and after a year is still not back yet. Our Victim Advocate went to to Ground Zero to help out the family's affected by 9-11. I know this story doesn't even compair to most, but I wanted to share and let the family's know that they are in our thoughts and prayers here at the Castle Rock Police Department.
Allison | 24 | Colorado

#2464 | Thursday, September 12th 2002
I was still in that groggy just got up in the morning state when the phone rang, my husband told me to turn on the tv. As I watched trying to grasp what I was seeing on tv I asked is this a joke, this is just a movie right? So many thoughts went through my head, I was up after the first plane hit and then to see the second it just seemed to keep getting worsed. I cried for all of the people lost, and was in shock to see it unfold. Then I began to think had I sent someone on one of those planes (I am a travel agent) and I began to cry. I held my children tightly and cried.

Proud to be an american & military wife.

Heather | 24 | California

#2424 | Thursday, September 12th 2002
This day still makes me feel a little bit creepy. Back in those days I used to work as a Flight Attendant for a portuguese airline (AIR LUXOR). And during the Summer 2001 we were having 3 flights a week LISBON (PORTUGAL) to JFK and NEWARK.

I was in the last flight crew. As the plane returned to Portugal, we stayed in Newark resting and we were returning to Lisbon (in a TAP AIR PORTUGAL flight) during the 10th September afternoon. I was with my wife, Sara, who was also my colleague, and I remember crossing a bridge towards JFK Airport as we saw Manhattan, and the Statue of Liberty, and I said: "Look Sara, this is all we get this year. You know... I'm already missing those walks downtown through ChinaTown, TriBeCa, SoHo. And look the Twin Towers, the ...".

Ten minutes later a car crashed into the van that was carrying us to the airport. We stayed still in a traffic jam for a long time and when we arrived at the check-in it was closing. We were the last 10 people to check-in.

The next morning at home, watching those images I wondered what could have happened to me if had stayed there. As we had the car crash and were thinking about losing the flight, we were planning to climb the WTC the next day. Everyday in the Summer 2001 when I was in NY, we stayed in Newark and we used to take the train to the WTC station, where we were used to arrive about 8.30/9.00 in the morning and have breakfast near the station exit.

Was it luck, was it God. I think will never know. But one thing I know. I WILL NEVER EVER FORGET THOSE TWO DAYS AND HOW THEY COULD HAVE CHANGED MY LIFE.

God bless you all and that those who deceased rest in peace forever and in our hearts.

Gonçalo | 24 | Portugal

#2413 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
The morning of the 11th I woke up a little later than I'd planned (not an unusual occurence), and was in a hurry to get to work (I'm a web programmer in Houston, TX). I guess it was about 8:50 central when I got in the car. So at that point things had already been happening in NYC and elsewhere, I was blissfully unaware. I was preoccupied thinking of the upcoming day of work, so I rode silent in thought instead of turning on the radio to the local alternarock station (KLOL, 101.1fm) like I usually do. Most of my drive to work is along a road called Westpark, I think I was about half way to work (probably somewhere around Fondren and Westpark) when I turned on the radio. Instead of hearing music, I heard Dan Rather's voice, talking about combat air patrols over New York City and DC, something about towers falling. I had no idea what was going on those first few minutes, at first I thought it might have been a modern equivalent to the 30s-era War of the Worlds radio production (were that my stupid idea had been correct). Subliminally I think the world was different that morning, perhaps this is a case of hindsight. The air seemed colder and crisper, almost empty. I didn't notice much traffic, and I didn't see any jet contrails in the sky (very odd for Houston). When I got to work, everybody was clustered around one of the machines watching a realvideo stream... All the major news sites were totally hosed, so this must have been from some affiliate station I guess. That's when I saw the first footage of the second plane. I thought that it looked like a bad movie, but the sickening thing was that it was really happening / had happened just bare hours before. Real people, thousands of them, just gone, while I was waking up, showering, or speeding to work worrying about getting in another row with my boss about being late... We all went home after about an hour or two, unable to concentrate on work. Who could, on a day like that?
Mike | 24 | Texas

#2394 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
September 11th 2001. I, as well as many others of the 319th Civil Engineering Squadron of Grand Forks Air Force Base, ND, was on a temporary duty assignment at Eskan Village, Saudi Arabia. We had the luxury of CNN, and were able to follow along every second of the tragedy of that day. It seemed like a horrible movie, and took a second or two to realize that it was very real. That night at the dining hall, nobody spoke of the day's events. The next day a memorial service was help at the make shift chapel. After 9-11, the atmosphere on our little 1 sq. mile base was never the same. Commraderies appeared seemingly out of mid air. Everybody bonded closer together than ever before, especially with us being so far away from home, and yet so close to the origin of this evil that tried to bring our great country down. We prevailed then, and will prevail in the future. It seems a little old, but still true.....what doesn't kill us, only makes us stronger. Remember that America. Keep your heads up high. Be proud of who we are!!!!!!!!!
Jan | 24 | North Dakota

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