#2047 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
Where was I? Well, I remember it like it was yesterday. We were in grand Forks, ND. My father in law had to go there for a biobsy on his lungs. We had walked into the hospital lobby at exactly 8:49 a.m. and we looked on the screen on the lobby T.V. and there it was. The first tower. It was hit. I couldn't believe what i was seeing. Everyone that was in that lobby just stood there in silence and disbelief. I wondered of my daughter was watching this at school. I wished that I was with her. I grabbed my husband hand and looked at him. He never broke his gaze at the T.V. The world did indeed stop turning that very moment. That same day, my father in law was told that he had only six months to live cause the cancer was too far advanced.
My life changed from that moment on and I was very glad that my father (a Vietnam Vet) was not alive to see what was taking place that day and the many days after. I also remember is there was a guy next to me in the lobby (he was Austrailian) and he said "This does not happen in America!"
I just looked at him and said "knowone ever thought it would, but we were wrong". Grand Forks was in a panic after that because there is a mjor Army base there. The malls all shut down, the Army Base closed to anyone coming in and out unless they were Army personal and the Airport shut down completely. We heard they were not letting any airplanes in Grand Forks air space. I was neglectful to the fact that since I lived in the United States, that nothing would ever happen, that I would always be safe (as well as my kids). From that day forward, I haven't felt safe since.

Dana S. | 28 | Minnesota

#1999 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
I was working at the time in a deli as the manager when i had customers come in and say that a plane had crashed into the WTC i could hardly believe what i was hearing! We turned on the television in the store and to my dismay it was true from that point on the day was a blur to me...you see there were many members of the fdny that had trained me a few years ago in the skill of building collapse and rescue....these same men were now in the situation they had trained me to respond to! Within 48 hours of the towers crumbling into a pile of puliverized concrete, steel, and brother firefighters i was there using the very skills they taught me to rescue them! GOD BLESS THEM ALL!!!!!!!
Dave Bailey | 28 | New York

#1997 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
Sept.11,2001 is a day that I will never forget. I was having a fitful sleep.. I had been dreaming a horrible dream only to wake up and see bits and pieces of the dream coming true right before my eyes. I had been dreaming of three planes crashing into each other and I was running for cover i could feel glass and debris hitting me stinging me.. my husband woke me up right when the wing of one of the planes was going to fall right on top of me... I was relieved to know that I was only dreaming.. But then came the news.. There was no good morning it was only America is under attack... I thought oh no this is one of the dreams where you think you wake up but you are still asleep..but it wasn't.. he told me that the world trade centers were gone they were no more... the pentagon had been hit as well and that the white house was thought to be next on the list.. I was gripped with intense fear.. i began to cry out WHY??? I did not know what was going to happen next... My city has the biggest oil refinery on the east coast... I was afraid that they may try to attack that as well.. I did learn something from this day that i had always known but never practiced until that day... DON'T EVER TAKE ANYONE FOR GRANTED..TELL YOUR LOVED ONES THAT YOU LOVE THEM.. BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN IT IS TIME FOR YOU OR ANYONE ELSE TO GO.. AND IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED CHRIST AS YOUR SAVIOUR DO IT BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE...
Renae Deacon | 28 | North Carolina

#1938 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
I was at work when the first crash happened and just come back home when the second did. I still clearly remember the strange feeling that I felt just entering my home and I swichted my TV. I can't forget what I felt in those moments,but it still seems like a movie... just incredible!
What I can tell now, one year after,is: may all the victims of the 11th Sept 2001 rest in peace!

Ilaria Papucci | 28 | Italy

#1839 | Monday, September 9th 2002
On September 11, 2001 I was getting ready for bed. I am Australian, and I turned the tv on in my room to watch the late news as I always did and was SHOCKED to see the Terror unfold before my eyes! I remained awake until very early in the morning, glued to the Tv set. This day changed the world forever!
Debbii | 28 | Australia

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