#2509 | Saturday, September 14th 2002
--Sept. 11, 2001...

At first, I wasn't really aware of the attack of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. It was about 6:45 in the morning when I got up and got ready for school. The t.v was on in the living room as I started eating my breakfast. My grandma always had watched news in the morning. I was kinda busy eating when watching the news hearing something about planes being hijacked and crashed. At first, I thought it's the Muslims getting problems with other people from Israel. Actually, there are a lot of problems in the Middle East to be exact.

Anyway...I just finished eating when I noticed the familiar Pentagon. I was wondering what happened to it. Then I saw two planes crashing into these towers. At first, I didn't recognize the towers right away since i've only visited New York once and that was about 6 years ago and I'm all the way in Hawaii. Then I finally recognized it was the World Trade Center. It was realy scary on how the plane crashed into the twin towers causing it to collapse. The people running made it seemed like Godzilla the Sequel. Only thing is, this is reality. When I came home, I spent most of the day watching the horrible scenses over and over again of the planes crashing into the Trade Towers. My mom heard about it way earlier as she had woke up in about 3 in the morning (9 in New York Time).

God bless those who lost their lives and for those who had lost your loved ones. May you always be in America's prayers...

Kristine Galimba | 15 | Hawaii

#2499 | Friday, September 13th 2002
I DID NOT FIND OUT ABOUT THE ATTACK ON THE TWIN TOWERS AND THE WORLD TRADE CENTER UNTIL MY UNCLE TOLD ME ON OUR WAY TO DROP ME OFF AT SCHOOL.I WAS SCARED BECAUSE I THOUGHT THAT THE SAME THING WOULD HAPPEN TO HAWAII.I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE PEOPLE WHO DIED ON SEPT.11,2001 AND I WILL CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR THOSE WHO LOST FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES ON THIS TERRIBLE DAY.
S.J.F. | 15 | Hawaii

#2498 | Friday, September 13th 2002
While the attacks on September 11th were going on, I was asleep because it was 3 am here in Hawaii. The phone rang and it was my Uncle calling me to tell me that we were was being attacked. Still half asleep, I panicked, and asked why they were attacking Hawaii. But he quickly responded, "No,they're attacking the world trade center." I turned on the television and was shocked at what I saw. As I was watching, I saw the second plane hit..and I just couldn't believe that I was actually watching it happen. Throughout the day, I remember feeling scared and paranoid because no one knew if they were going to attack the U.S. again. I just hope that everyone will get on with their lives, but never forget what happened and who lost their lives on that fateful day.
Chelsey | 15 | Hawaii

#2423 | Thursday, September 12th 2002
I woke up early in the moring to get ready for school and my older brother turned on the T.V and we were changing when he put it to the morning new. ounce i saw one of the twin towers whit a plain on it's side i was very shock. we woke up our mom because on the bottom of the screen it was saying what schools and jobs were still going on. we saw our mom's work name on the bottom and so she called up her work because she works on military grounds so she was calling her boss and asking him if she needs to tell evryone to still come to work or just say home for the day.
Me and my brother went to school and there were a lot of people in school so shock of what had happend that morning, some people didn't even know till other student told the about the incident that had happend.
Couple days later the US were getting a lot of background about what has happend, who has done it, and if we were going to war. I wish we were going to find Bin Laden and that we couldn't go to war because i have family memebers thats in the force.
Well ever since that day everything has changed in my life. I couldn't go out for a few months and if i go out i have to be with my parents, i guess that they were scared that they were going to attack us again but this time were we live. I understood why they were doing this but i got mad that i couldn't go out with my friend, Oh-well.
This is what i could say of the day everything has changed in my life and that nothing would ever be the same.

God Bless America...
Oh yah... Our Colors don't Run.

James Tabil | 16 | Hawaii

#2418 | Thursday, September 12th 2002
One year ago, I was sleeping in my bed, in my home, with my husband laying next me, and my 6 month old daughter asleep in her crib in the room next me. We were all safe. It was around 4am when the phone rang. My husband said "A plane hit the Pentagon." He's a soldier, he got dressed and went straight to work. At 4am, this did not register. So I fell back asleep. The phone rang again at 6am. It was my sister in New York yelling "The world is ending. Turn on CNN NOW!" I followed her instructions, still oblivious to what was going on. I watched as these two planes crashed into the World Trade Center, over and over again. At this point it was already noon in New York, so all was pretty much said and done by the time I had a clue what was going on. I grabbed ny daughter, because we were no longer safe. We lived on a military base, I feared we were a target. Living on a small island, and all planes grounded, there was no where to run to. So for the next 72 hours, my baby and I stayed glued to the tv, stayed on the telephone trying to get accountability for all of my family in New York, and prayed for my husband and his soldiers. My husband did not have answers to my questions, Why? What is going to happen to us? What about all of those people in New York, my friends and family? All we knew was that the MP's oredered us to stay in our homes, and my husband was told he was going to be deployed. He did not know where, he just had to prepare to fight an unknown enemy in an unknown location, at an unknown time. I did not sleep those first few days, out of fear and out of just plain not knowing what was going to happen next. During that 6 am call from my sister, she said that this was just the "first wave" of attacks. She had more information than I. She was in New York, in the middle of the chaos. I was a million light years away, in Hawaii. The first wave? Lord help us. For the month following I lived, ate, and breathed CNN, anticipating "the next wave." In the end, my husband was assigned to security on the base, so he stayed home, although he worked in 24 hour shifts and we barely saw him for a while. All of my family in New York were physically safe, and some even left there jobs to volnteer for the cleanup in New York City. I spent $100 on bandaids, rubber gloves, bacitracin, and bottled water, and mailed them to the FDNY and NYPD along with letters of thanks and cards. I held my daughter tight and will never let her go. My sense of fear is not as great as it was a year ago. Most of that fear has turned into pride for my country. And soon, I will be in the Army as a US soldier, protecting my daughter, my family, and my country. May God Bless Us All.
Jillian R Caywood | 25 | Hawaii

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