#2247 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I just dropped my daughter off at daycare when it all happened. The first plane hit when I was leaving. I was thinking about turning back and going to get her after I find out about why it happened. The very sad part is I used to work at Marsh in St. Louis and they had a office in the World Trade center and most of them didn't make it. I didn't know any of the people, but just to have a little conection makes it hard. My deepest sampathey with all of the families.
Jennifer Hertfelder | 24 | Oklahoma

#2227 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I woke up to my mother leaving a message on my voice mail about planes going into the World Trade Center. It was only about 6 a.m. pacific time and I was still in a sleepy haze when I turned on CNN, but the sight of the two buildings- which I had peered up at in awe when I was in NY a few years ago- on fire startled me into reality. I didn't leave my television for three days. I remember finding out that one woman who died on one of the planes was the mother of actor Oz Perkins. I had just interviewed Oz at the premiere of his film "Legally Blonde" a month earlier, and his mom was with him that night. She was gorgeous, smiling and seemed very proud of him. It was so sad to realize she was now gone and they would miss out on so much. There are so many sad stories like that one, and it never gets any easier to hear.
Jennifer | 24 | California

#2226 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I woke up to my mother leaving a message on my voice mail about planes going into the World Trade Center. It was only about 6 a.m. pacific time and I was still in a sleepy haze when I turned on CNN, but the sight of the two buildings- which I had peered up at in awe when I was in NY a few years ago- on fire startled me into reality. I didn't leave my television for three days. I remember finding out that one woman who died on one of the planes was the mother of actor Oz Perkins. I had just interviewed Oz at the premiere of his film "Legally Blonde" a month earlier, and his mom was with him that night. She was gorgeous, smiling and seemed very proud of him. It was so sad to realize she was now gone and they would miss out on so much. There are so many sad stories like that one, and it never gets any easier to hear.
Jennifer | 24 | California

#2224 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I had graduated from college in August 2001. I was still searching for a job on September 11. I awoke about 9:00 in the morning when my mom came into my room and told me that something terrible was happening. I quickly turned my television on to see the horrifying image of the World Trade Center engulfed in flames and thick black smoke. My first reaction was to curse the bastards that had done this to our beloved country. My thoughts briefly shifted to the events of December 7, 1941. I thought that the way I was feeling at that exact moment must have been what it was like for so many from my grandparents generation. A short while later I watched in horror as the first tower came down. I began to think that this could be the end of the world. As different news events kept flashing accross the television screen I came to realize that we were at war. I thanked God that we were fortunate enough for George W. Bush to win the presidential election. I thought how awful it would be to have a liberal Democrat in office right now. Still in shock I went through the motions of getting up and dressed. After the FAA had ordered all commercial and small aircraft grounded I heard a small jet flying low and fast into our little local airport. I wondered at first if this might be another terrorist, but fortunately it was not. I went to lunch that day with my mom and aunt. Everyone in the restaurant was in the same state of shock that we were in. I did not sleep a wink that night or for several nights thereafter.
Mike | 24 | Ohio

#2213 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I was at home, asleep. My mother, who was 71 at the time lived with me, and I remember her talking to my sister on the phone in her room. Then I heard the tv go on in there, and she screamed and called me in. I assumed it was some normal accident on the highway or something. I can remember being slighlty ticked that my mom was freaking out over something so small. But I turned the corner into her room and saw this second plane slam into the second tower, and I fell to my knees and I was in compleat shock. She then told me all of what was going on, and I was scared. I was honest to God scared. I did not know if some navy was sitting off our coast, or what. Terrorism never crossed my mind until I had been watching it for 10 or 15 minutes, and then it became all to real, and close. My office called and said everybody stay home, and watch the news for information if we needed to go someplace. Being in Las Vegas, NV, we have a air base, we have all these landmarks, we have Hoover Damn, and we were scared that we were next. My mother and I stayed up all night watching CNN. My mother was angry because she could remember Pearl Harbor very well since she grew up on military bases as a child during WW2, and on the night of 9/11 I held her as she cried. She told me she didn't want to be here to see another 9/11 since it was also my fathers birthday, and she is nto here to see it. She died on 9/3. I don't grieve for her, I grieve for us who have to continue to live in this sick world where evil lurks and the innocent die.
Devin B. Manning | 24 | Nevada

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