#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 Whitaker | 21 | Arizona

#2369 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I was getting ready for work in the pre-dawn when my neighbor knocked on the door and told me I'd better turn on the news because a plane just flew into one of the World Trade Towers. I thought he was joking, the idea of it was unreal. I had the radio on all the way to work, could hear the sirens, screaming, could hear the confusion even in the announcer's voices. That's when it began to be more real; and each siren brought more tears, for a circumstance I couldn't believe, a reason I couldn't understand, people I didn't know. By the time I got to work, both towers and the Pentagon had been attacked and the word "terrorism" was on everyone's lips. There was confusion, maybe unbelief is a better word, everywhere; and there was perhaps a feeling of "where next" all that day and for many afterword. Now, afterwords, the seemingly impossible seems possible -- this was seen in hope as well as terror. By the time I got out of work that day, the stores had already sold out of American Flags and any scraps of red, white, and blue ribbon and fabric. "Unity" is a word that has made its way back into America's vocabulary...to the glory of God! And in Him may we trust in more real ways every day -- He's got it under control.
esther | 20 | Arizona

#2358 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
WELL ANGEL AS YOU KNOW BY NOW YESTURDAY SEPT 11, 2001 WAS A DAY TO NEVER FORGET. IT ALL STARTED FOR MYSELF BY GOING TO WORK AT MY USUAL TIME, BUT WHEN I GOT TO CHAMBERS STREET (WHICH IS&NBS; ABOUT TWO CITY BLOCKS FRM W.T.C.)&NBS; A AIRPLANE CRASH INTO THE SIDE OF WHERE I WORK. CAUSING A MASS RUN FOR COVER . WE ALL TAUGHT THAT A PLANE HAD FLOWN TO LOW AND HIT THE BUILDING, BUT WHEN A SECOND AIRPLANE NOW HIT BLDING NBR 2 WE KNEW THEN THAT WE WERE UNDER ATTACK. WE RUSHED TO GET OUT OF DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN IN FEAR FOR OUR LIVES. ONCE I WAS ON THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE A LOUD BOOM OCCURED AND I TURNED AROUND TO SEE MY PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT COLLASPED INTO RUBBLE. WHAT A NIGHTMARE IT WAS JUST LIKE SEEING A WAR MOVIE IN PERSON. I'M STILL TRYING TO CONTACT MY EMPLOYER FOR NEWS ABOUT WHERE TO REPORT. WELL UNTIL YRS YR. BROTHER WHO LOVES YOU GOD BLESS. ANGEL. This was sent to me by my brother. I live in Arizona. We have the same name.
Angel M. Noble | 59 | Arizona

#2002 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
Where was I on September 11th... a place that involves the future of America. I was at my high school, Ironwood in Glendale, Arizona. I got to school and my friend came up to me and said did you hear what happened, and I had no idea. When I heard about it, I had no idea how big it actually was. So I went to first hour and watched the building , I was honestly naive at that moment. Then I went to 2nd hour, and the horror began to drift over me as I watched this horrible act unfold. I almost cried in second hour, but the severity still hadn't sunken in quite yet. My heart mind and soul were in a state of shock, misunderstanding, and complete and total just "what... how... when...why????????". You can't explainexactly how it felt when those chills ran through your body, shaking your soul with all the might of the world. As I walked into 3rd period, a wave flew over me of just complete and total, "Oh My Dear Lord Please Bless All Those In Need, Please Lord this CANNOT be happening". My teacher then announced that she had a brother in law who works there and called her, and then the phone went dead. So she was fighting more for her composure than anyone in the room. As I stared at the television, my heart sunk as a man's voice was heard on the news(he called into the t.v. station). He was so completely shaken, he said that he was watching people jumping out of the building, and that he thought about 6, 000 people were going to die. My whole body was gone and I lost all my composure, the tears began to pour down my face. All the kids in my class just stopped talking and looked at me... I was balling, and I went to the back of the room, where my teacher asked me if I was okay. I simply told her that what was happening was just aweful, and I was overwhelmed. I just cried and cried for hours, and hours. I watched the tv waiting for a body to be found, for someone, just someone to come out... just to say "Ha We BEAT YOU!!!" that is all I desired, all I wanted to see. Just one person to walk out, and one less person to die. I wanted to go there and dig, dig with my bare hands for somebody to come out. Even to this day I still wish that they would just find someone alive. All I want is one more life back, to stop the pain, but God Blessed all those that were in that building, My strength has been multiplied, I love the world, and allll that live in it. What A glorious place.
God Bless Those That read this and have felt the same as me.
Rain-Kane
Glendale, AZ

Raini Tieman | 17 | Arizona

#1789 | Sunday, September 8th 2002
I was getting ready to go to class. The phone rang and my sister told me that "something" was going on in New York at the World Trade Center. I turned on the TV and my heart sank. I sat there and watched the images on my TV screen in complete shock and horror.


Lorie | 24 | Arizona

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