#2380 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
That morning I didnt' wake up knowing that this day would be put in history books or would change America as we know it the day before. We don't live in a country where fear was present every day. We never went to bed really wondering if we would wake up the next morning or I would see my friend. That isn't how we lived. America was always safe to me. I was always taught America was safe. We are the greatest nation in the world is all we ever heard. I never understood we had enemies. I was grown up in a pretty protected environment. Never worring about anything.
That moment they flew that airplane into the World Trade Center everything changed. I relized that we didn't have a protection shield around us like everyone else said we did. I had a slap across my face. It would leave a mark I will try and never forget.
The United States bonded together in this time of sorrow. It really brought the word united to a hole new level. Beyond anyone or anything describe. We really did prove that our name should be United States.
IM PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN
God Bless America

Anastasia | 13 | South Dakota

#2367 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
On September 11, 2001 I thought it was just going to be an ordinary day...I woke up at 7:00 just like any other day..I did the normal routine...When I got to school I had not heard about the attacks yet..We had our Science class and then I remember that my Reading teacher came into the room and told my science teacher about the news..We turned on the t.v. in the classroom..The first thing we saw was the WTC with a big hole in it...I didn't know what was going on...I was clueless..I just figured it was an innocent accident..But I was Way wrong....We started our reading class and about 10 min. later another plane crashed into the other building! Now I knew this was no laughing matter...It was now a war! I was scared to death...I thought of all the kids sitting in their desks in New York...I was thinking to myslef...What if I was in New York...What if I was in one of the WTC..I had a lump in my throat...I felt so lucky to be in a safe enviornment...All day everyone was talking and crying and trying to live their normal lifes..But that was almost impossible, How could you live your normal life if Someone just murderd thousands of innocent Americans?! When I got home that day my mom and dad called me...They said that they were all right and everything was going to be fine...I remember asking them if ther was more to come...They couldn't answer...No one could, for the next couple of days America was silent and millions of tears were shed...I remeber September 11 and I don't think anyone could ever forget!! it is a moment I will carry in my heart forever! God Bless America!
Jayda Lynn | 14 | South Dakota

#2359 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
That day in the morning everything seemed a little bit different from the morning I had woken up until the end of the day. There was a sense of silence.
I went to school and was a little quiter than usual but it seemed like that was the case. I heard the bell ring and I daddled off to my first class of the day, Science. I was only in 7th grade and was cluess about everything around me. I was grown up pretty protected from the rest of my country.
I soon found out from my science teacher what happened. I didn't understand. I was completly confused. I just thought it was an accident. Until they said something about two planes and I knew something was up. At this point of time I hand't even know what the World Trade Center was or the Pentagon. I was suprised and austruck. It took me most of the day to figure this out. We had an early dismissal that day. So I went home and most of the problems had complete cover on every channel.
All I have to say is that I hope America grows from the tears that have been shed, the lives that have been taken, and the hatred we have all lived in. We need to come together and fight this.
GOD BLESS AMERICA

Elizabeth Cleopatra | 13 | South Dakota

#2325 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I remember where I was on September 11th 2001......I was sitting in science class, I remeber when I heard that the WTC had been hit by an airplane... I thought it was just an accident, but then another on hit.....Now I knew it was a terrorist attack! I was terrified!!! Even though I live many states away it felt like this was happening in my own town!!! Some of my classmates were in tears, some were filled with fear and others like me were just plain shocked! I remeber those who died everyday and I'll never foget this tragic event....May God Bless all who have have suffered this tragity
Jayda Benson | 14 | South Dakota

#1933 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
I was on my way to school when I heard it come over the radio and by the time i got to school the second tower had been hit. We sat in American History and our teacher tells us to shut our books because this is american history happening right before our eyes and the whole rest of the day we watched the tv to see if anything else had happened. We had an assembly that afternoon to talk about it everyone was shocked and suprised even life here and south dakota changed that day.
Becky K | 17 | South Dakota

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