#2376 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I was in my science class at my high school in Kansas City when the PA comes on saying,

"Everyone please turn on you television sets....(pauses for a few seconds) One of the world trade center towers has been attacked by an airplane and please keep all all of these people affected in your prayers"

So my teacher turned on the TV and complete shock came to me when i saw what was projecting at me.

The next class I discover that my band teacher knew about eight people who worked in the south tower. It was undescribable the reaction on her face. Throughout the next week she found out that all eight of them worked on the 89th floor. They all perished that day.

Throughout the rest of the day the stories kept on comming out about who did it, who died, heroes in the towers, and survivors.

A year later its been a very chilling and haunting to see all of this unfold to us once again in the remeberance of that day. I hope that no one forgets this tragety and celebrate life after 9/11.

Phil CLine | 16 | Kansas

#2374 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
The morning it happened, I was at home, completely unaware of the tragedy until my neighbor came up to me and told me to turn on the television. I couldn't believe my eyes... I was seeing this airplane hit the World Trade Center! I heard shouts of "Oh my GOD!" and other things from the film I was watching, and I just couldn't believe it. I was watching the T.V. religiously until I remembered that there was school. At school, My first period teacher turned on the television in her classroom and twenty minutes later the class was writing about what adverse effects this tragedy held. At school that day I felt like a shell. Then I heard what one of the passengers of the flight that crashed in Pennsylvania had said in his call to his wife. He had sacrificed himself and others to protect the White House, which was that flight's target. I was touched by that noble action he and several other passengers took on there. I decided from that day on that I would never let fear completely consume me, nor would I ever let up to a terrorist, no matter what he or she did to me. I hope that the U.S. can capture Osama Bin Laden and make him pay for his crimes, but I believe that the U.S.A. needs to open it's eyes completely to the fact that we are considered oppressors by many peoples. We should find a way to make peace with those that think that way and pave the way for a truly peaceful future...
Giovanni L. Canapino | 16 | Hawaii

#2372 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
It was 9/11/01, my spanish teacher came in saying that a plane had crashed into the world trade center. It took me a few minutes to realise what this meant, then my emotions just seemed to numb. Hopefully, this was just an accident and no one could confirm the size of the plane so how bad could it be? I got news updates throughout the day and was watching the smoldering ruins on TV when I got home from school that day, the day that changed my life....
Anonymous Poster | 16 | New York

#2371 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
On Tuesday, September 11, 2001 I was in school. I was in 10th grade and in my second period English class when I heard of what had happened. It was my new English teacher that said "a student in my 1st period class came in late and said he heard on the radio a plane hit the Twin Towers." I remember thinking it must of been an accident or something and the teacher was trying to use the computer to get more information on the internet, but the internet was down and wasn't working. I remember going to lunch and learning more about what had happened and then going on to another class 4th period. I remember the teacher crying because a friend of hers was in one of the towers. I remember that was when I learned it wasn't an accident, it was a terroist attack, something I never even thought about. I remember moving on to my 5th period Math class when I learned not just the WTC was hit but the Pentagon was also hit by an airplane. We did no work in any classes for the rest of the day, we just talked about what had happened. I had never lived through something like this or any war and didn't know what to expect in the coming weeks. I just wanted to go home but the day continued. Finally it was 3:00 time to go home. When I got home I was greeted by my mother and I right away went to the TV to see what was going on. After about an hour or two, I went outside with my friends. I live in New Jersey and I remember we rode our bikes up to this road where we saw the smoke from the WTC. It was a black cloud and I had never seen anything like it. I ran over some glass on my bike that day and I tried to call home for someone to come get me but all circuts were busy and I couldn't get through so I walked. I got home at about 6:00 and ate dinner. For the rest of the night we watched the TV. I remember every channel from ABC to MTV was just news about the WTC. I remember going to bed that night thinking about what I'd heard in school and on TV about going to war about more attacks and I remember thinking how 24 hours earlier we never thought we'd be going through this. I remember how that morning here in New Jersey it was sunny and warm about 80. I remember heading off to the bus stop for the 5th or 6th day of school. Never did I think it would be a totally different world when I came home 6 hours later.
Ed | 16 | New Jersey

#2370 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I was in my 3rd period class in school. When I came in, one of my friends was crying and I asked her why. That's how I found out. I think its all very depressing to remember, but very necessary at the same time. When my generation has children, this will be in their history books and our kids are going to come home from school one day and ask us about it just like we ask our parents about JFK. The questions will be things like, where were you, what were you doing, and how old we were. It will bring up memories that we think we've forgotten, but they'll still be there. I'll be glad to tell my kids about it and to tell them that my father was a police officer and my step-father was a firefighter, which are now considered two of the most important jobs since 9-11 and people are now realizing that the police and firefighters are heroes, even if they didn't help in the rescuing of the people in the towers, at the Pentagon or in Shanksville.
Ginny | 16 | Ohio

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