#2383 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
On September 11, 2001 I was getting ready to go to school. It was my 8th grade year. I watched the news every morning, and they were live talking with someone only a little bit away from the twin towers. She was talking bout how she felt when she saw the first crash. All of a sudden, she started screaming, and finally the word was given that a second crash had taken place. I ran to my parents room and told them what had happened, and they told me to finish getting ready for school. When I got to school, we sat there the whole day, watching tv and talking bout our feelings. We were scared all day, and our lives have never been the same.
Mara | 14 | Indiana

#2107 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I was starting my second week of college. My mom called me before I went to my math class and said that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. I turned on the news and thanked God that I wasn't there. I was at the World Trade Center the November before. It was too creepy.
Blair | 19 | Indiana

#2056 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I was at work. I was actually being "loaned" to another group and was walking across campus. My cell phone rang and it was my mother. She said "ya know this show I am watching is awful, it appears that the WTC was bombed." I then explained that maybe it was a movie or documentary talking about the attacks of 93. We went on talking for a few moments and then she shreiked "oh my god--this is not a movie a plane just hit the WTC" Around that time I had reached my destination. I then told her to find out what was going on and call me back. When I arrived in the building nothing seemed strange. Everyone was going about their business as usual. I then began to wonder if my mother was losing her mind. Approximately 10 minutes later (after the idea of what my mother described began to wear on me), I walked up to a close friend and mentioned that my mother had stated that something was going on at the WTC. The two of us then decided to get online and check it out. Within 5 minutes of looking online everyone knew. We were literally all crying. I felt awful! We had people in our group traveling that day and even some of our group in New York. I was devastated to the point that I had to go home from work and I literally sat and cried for days while watching everything unfold. Today as I drove into work I noticed that the sun was shining on my building and our flag was flying half-staff. All the memories of 1-year ago have taken over. I find myself again, wanting to go home and cry while watching television. I cannot imagine what people are feeling today. I only know that I feel terrible. God Bless
Brandi | 27 | Indiana

#1903 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
It was a normal day of getting ready for work for me in Indiana. It was about 10 minutes before time to leave when my wife called me from work and told me what was going on. I think I had one sock on and the other was off. I sat and watched the live broadcast in total shock.

On the way to work I heard over the radio a gentleman alleging that he thought he heard an explosion at the Pentagon. I wondered what else was going to happen this day.

Nobody at work had heard anything when I arrived. They thought I was a blathering idiot when I announced it.
Our store stayed open that day, I wish we had closed. I was helping customers for about an hour. During that time both towers fell. In hindsight it is obvious, but at the time I had no idea they were going to fall.

We had visited Manhattan for the first time just 4 weeks prior and we were going to see the city from atop of the WTC, but we walked so much that day we couldn't continue. Now I'll never know.

Ryan | 24 | Indiana

#1867 | Monday, September 9th 2002
As a year is approaching since the attack on our beautiful country, I still remember exactly what happened that day. I didn't have to go to school because the sophomores had standardized testing...we didn't have to come in until 10 am. I've always had a love for New York City and have wanted to live there since I was a little girl. The monstrosity of that city has mesmorized me for years. "New Yorkers" have always had their own style. My dad woke me up at around 8 (9 am NY time) to tell me that the World Trade Center had been hit by a plane. I watched on TV, only to my amazment a few minutes later to see another plane crashing into the other tower. I was in shock. What was going on? Why was this happening? How could this happen? Who could do this? I still remember listening to Katie Couric go on and on about the whole thing. She couldn't believe what she was seeing. By that evening, my life, as well as many other lives in this country, had changed. I no longer took advantage of my freedom as an American because as a naive teenager, I realized that someone WAS capable of damaging our country and what it stands for. I don't ever remember being more scared for the well being of complete strangers than I did on this day. I will never forget Sept. 11, 2001. This day made me see that America is amazing. Americans are the envy of the world. And no matter what, we will never tolerate someone messing with our freedom.
Courtney | 18 | Indiana

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