#1927 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
I was at home with my one year old daughter watching TV. The programme finished and they said there was a newsflash. The newsreader said "a second plane has hit the World Trade Centre", and then they showed the plane flying into it. The hairs on the back of my neck stood on end, and a cold chill went through me - it was obvious it wasn't an accident. It was like the end of the world was coming. I just wanted to pick my five year old daughter up from school and know she was safe.

We were all glued to the TV for the rest of the day in a state of shock. My boyfriend and I couldn't stop crying at the images we saw.

I am so sorry for people who lost a loved one in this attack, please know that we are thinking of you.

Julia | 27 | United Kingdom

#1887 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
I was in Cairo, Egypt on September 11th. We were there through the Leprechaun Foundation of Cleveland, Ohio that was funding my 21 year old brother’s “last wish” trip. I remember that we were supposed to be touring a mosque and some other sites of the city that day, but my brother wasn’t feeling good so he and my mother stayed in the hotel and my father and I went out to get some souvenirs.
When we returned to show off our gifts my mother and brother relayed what was happening. The first tower had been hit and as we watched and listened we saw the second tower as it was hit, the news of the pentagon being hit, the Pennsylvania flight crashing and so on. It was like a strange nightmare. We were so far from home and felt so helpless as we watched our country under attack. We could not get a phone call into the U.S. for hours. When we left the hotel later that day we were starred at by everyone. Many Egyptians said that they were very sorry about what happened to our country and said that they would pray for us. Some newscasters tried to interview us, but we politely declined. We did not want our quotes mistranslated and we really didn’t know any more than what CNN told us.
I remember that my brother, who was in so much pain, said, “This is the start of World War Three. I need to get back to tell Matt (his best friend) to stay in college and not run to join the service.” On Sept. 12th we saw the great pyramids and by Sept. 16th we were back on U.S. soil. Because of by brother’s condition we were thankfully allowed to go home without much of a problem. As our country mourned for its loss, so did our family as Greg left us on Sept. 21st. I will never forget what it means to be an American and how lucky we are to have the freedoms that our forefather’s died for.

Catherine Boylan | 27 | Egypt

#1833 | Monday, September 9th 2002
I was asleep when the phone rang and my fiance was yelling at me to turn on the TV. He said that the World Trade Center was on fire and had been bombed. I immediately turned on the TV to find that they were shutting down all flights and that the building had been crashed into by a plane. I immediately called my parents because they were supposed to be on a flight out of Phoenix to New York about an hour after the first plane hit. I told them that all flights had been stopped and we watched TV together while still on the phone in silence as the events of September 11, 2001 continued to unfold.
Mandy de Bruin | 27 | California

#1795 | Monday, September 9th 2002
I was at work in Milton Keynes UK. I overheard someon ein the office mention that a plane had hit the Wolrd Trade Centre. At that stage I had no idea what kind of impact just one plane would have, but thought it would be major. I thought it was an accient. Then another phone call and another plane. The office was in a frenzy instead of the usual dreary morning activity people we trying to find information out. the internet was jammed access to all the news sites was slow and impossible. I tried my WAP phone, but kept logging out. I called my wife at home to see if she knew anything and she was watching SKY NEWS. She said it looked bad and it was thought to be deliberate attacks.

I will never forget that day, even though I knew no-one there I know people who work close by. No one could say they were not touched by these events and the aftermath.

Now a year on ( 2002) the memories are flooding back. God Bless all those who lost loved ones and God Bless America amd the world, in its fight against the evils of terrorism.

Kevin Higgs | 27 | United Kingdom

#1733 | Saturday, September 7th 2002
On September 11, 2001, my husband & I were getting up to get ready for work that day. My husband turned on the stereo, as he does on every day when he gets ready for work as a soldier in the United States military. When he turned on the radio, I barely heard what was going on, when he called me out of bed. He hurried to get his uniform on & told me I was going to call-in because he did not want me leaving the house without knowing what was going on. We knew right away, it was no accident as all the news reports were trying to make it sound. He worked long hours in the first few months after the attacks & he is now away as part of the efferts to fight terrorism & defend our freedoms. As the song by Alan Jackson says,"...the world stopped turning" for me. God Bless America!
Cathy | 27 | Arizona

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