#2425 | Thursday, September 12th 2002
I was at work when the phone rang. It was my mother who was at home watching the news and she said...an airliner just hit the WTC. I said, an accident? She said they didn't know yet. As we were on the phone, the other airliner hit and all she could say was oh my God.....oh my God. We stayed on the phone and then she said there was news about an airliner that had crashed in PA....she said that couldn't be related..could it? I said they had better watch Washington DC and she said surely Washington wouldn't let anything into their airspace. And then the Pentagon was hit. I will never forget the images on TV...the horror...staring at it in disbelief. It seemed like a movie instead of real life. I didn't know anyone in the towers or at the other two sites...but I know of people who were directly affected by knowing someone. It wil never be forgotten. And I pray each day for America and the President. God be with us all.
Karen | 35 | North Carolina

#2349 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I was 7 months pregnant and sleeping. My brother-in-law called us just after the first tower was hit. I thought a drunken amateur pilot did it. Then I saw the second plane hit. My stomach dropped. I just stood there is amazement. Not because we were being attacked, but why. My first question was why. I thought about the families and prayed that no one was inside. I watched and prayed and watched and prayed. Then I saw the second tower fall. That was the first time I sat down and really began to grasp the enormity of it all. When the Pentagon was hit, I thought of family in D.C. Turns out my cousin was passing the Pentagon and saw it get hit in his rearview mirror. That had to be one of the scariest days of my life. I never wondered why us, just why in that manner. Not that is should have happened at all, but I wish something could have been done to prevent it from ever happening.Then I turned the television off and prayed. I could not resist looking to see if people would survive, but I could not get upset being pregnant. I did not lose anyone that day, but in spirit I did. My heart goes out to everyone. I love you and your loved ones. Not to trivialize your love, but just know I pray as you pray, and love as you do (maybe not as much). I have read many of the victims stories and I thank all of you for sharing so that I may for a moment, know your people and for all my life remember them and love them too. May God keep you all.
LaShonda Clark-Coulbertso | 22 | North Carolina

#2230 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
When the attacks occured, I was in the 10th grade. I was getting ready to leave my first class, Computer App, when the first plane hit the WTC. I was in a state of shock. Most teachers and students kept their eyes glued to the TV for rest of the school day.
Amber Chambers | 16 | North Carolina

#2207 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
After one year,
I still am having trouble
fathoming the enormity
of what happened.

I was in college -
in Broadcasting classes.
At first, when one of our
fellow students came to tell us,
we thought it was a hoax.

Then we turned on the TV.

But our TV went out,
so we went directly for the net.
and just as the feed began,
we witnessed the second plane
explode into the second tower.

I was numb.
Dumbfounded.
Paralyzed.
Shocked.
Afraid.
and Angry.

But I didn't cry.
I made sure to comfort
those around me.
Tried to be strong.

And I handled myself pretty well.

The Pentagon.

PA.

I said as soon as I heard the report
from Somerset County that the passengers must have taken
control of the plane, or it would have
reached its destination.
I was proud to be right.
My heart swelled.

My best friend and I went to church
that night for a memorial.
And it began to hit me.

After a few days,
I got tired of the media coverage
that was infiltrating our
radios and TVs.
Analyzing and reporting things
that I couldn't process.
I didn't watch or listen for days.
Weeks.

I heard the stories
about the stock market being closed.
About people not being able
to breathe in NY.
About the communication breakdowns.
About the children without parents.
About families broken apart.
About Rudy Guiliani sticking in there
and President Bush taking action.
About anthrax scares.
About Americans flying their flags.
About Congress singing together.

And now, after a year, it has finally
begun to sink in.
I finally feel the pain that I could
block out one year ago.

I have to watch the media coverage today for my Nature of America class.
But I'd watch it anyway.
I have to remember what it was that
hurt me beyond recognition.
I have to feel the pain
the terror
the despair
the pride
the agony.

And through my tears,
I do.

May peace be with everyone today and always.
Especially as we remember the day America paused.

Mandie | 21 | North Carolina

#2082 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I can remember I had just gotten out of the shower to begin another day. I got a knock on my door and it was my friend with tears streaming down her face. I asked her what happened and she stated a plane had hit the World Trade Center. I immediately turned the tv on and just as I did the second plane hit the second building. I ran and got my husband, who is a marine stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC and told him to watch what was going on. With the first word of terrorism coming from from the person speaking on the tv my husband said, "we are going to war, its a given" I immediately started crying hoping deap inside my husband wouldn't have to go but knowing in my heart that if he did I would be so proud because it was his duty and he would be protecting us all. I cried for days in mourning for the people who lost loved ones, and I prayed that justice would be done.
Rebecca Bell | 25 | North Carolina

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