#1934 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
I was at work...when I heard of the first crash I thought it was sad, but just an accident. Then the second, third, and forth came. I had to keep working but kept listening to the radio.
It was very hard to focus, but we can not continue to be victums by stopping our normal production. I thought it best not to discuss the events with my children. Some things are best not to focus on. Just keep on going and look ahead not behind.

Linus | 40 | Pennsylvania

#1882 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
On the afternoon of 11th September 2001, I sat at my desk at work in an office building in Dublin, Ireland. It was after lunch, a fine sunny day and I was, frankly, bored. Then someone came and said a plan had crashed into one of the Twin Towers in New York. As the details became known everyone logged onto the internet to get more information. The system jammed, the phone lines to New York were down. Then news came in of other attacks in Washington. An air of disbelief was followed by sadness, and an underlying fear. That's what I remember most about that day - an anxiety to get home, to be with friends and family. I rushed to my friend's house and we sat watching the unfolding disaster on television, unable to take in the reality of it. I have never been so upset and afraid in my life. It felt like the end of the world. On the 13th September 2001 we had a national day of mourning in Ireland. This year we will have one minute's silence when we remember those who died and those who survived. God bless you all.
As a PS may I suggest that the best memorial to the brave firefighters and police officers who lost their lives that day is not a plaque or monument but a change of attitude in how they are treated? They risk their lives every day but it is only in such times of extreme danger that we witness their selflessness. Mostly they are taken for granted - a little respect would go a long way.......

Sineid Ni Charthaigh | 40 | Ireland

#1850 | Monday, September 9th 2002
I was sitting at my desk with a cup of coffee and doing some work on the computer at home when my daughter called me to tell me that NY was attacked. And for me to turn on the TV.

I did...and to my horror I saw something that would haunt me until I die. I saw the Twin Towers crumble to the ground and the news teams saying that there were hundreds trapped and that some one had the audacity to attack the United States.

All I could do was cry. Why would anyone want to attack the US? As long as I have been alive, the US had always came to the aide of hundreds of people in need...take a look at the war when the first President Bush was in office. Why this unadulterated attack on us? What did we do?...All these questions when I first saw what happened.

Now, a year later, I still don't have those answers...but I have alot of pride in my country. My country has done a wonderful job upholding what's right. I do not hold against those whose beliefs and religion just happens to be the same as those who attacked the US. For they too feel the hurt and pain this has caused. Whatever the goal was in attacking the US...those people have failed. We as people of the US stands united...as we should be!
Let those who feels the same as this stand with us and continue on. For those who lost loved ones...know that your loved ones memories are not forgotten. For without them...the many who survived wouldn't have...and for those who did the attack...We the people...of ALL nations..of ALL religions..stand UNITED!

Joyce | 40 | Colorado

#1709 | Saturday, September 7th 2002
I was awakened by the phone ringing off the hook and messages saying to turn on my TV. We are a homeschooling family and I sat on the sofa with my two children and watched in horror the planes hitting the World Trade Center. My husband was awakened by the sounds of all the sirens on the TV.

I cannot even begin to describe how I felt, how I still feel about this horrific act. I was sickened to my very core the day it happened.

I am truly proud of how we came together as a Nation and I'm proud to be an American. I feel the best way that I can fight terrorism is to live my life as I always have without fear. I won't let them take that from me.

Lisa Myers | 40 | Iowa

#1628 | Saturday, August 31st 2002
I was on a business trip in Dover, DE
only a couple of miles from the Air Force Base. I was sitting in a diner having breakfast around 9:00am when my cell phone rang. It was the news that forever changed my life. I used to work
in the World Trade Center from 1984 to
1989. I'm a native New Yorker. Every time I saw on television the clips of the towers and how they crumbled down to the ground I would cry. It was like a scene out of a movie. It makes me so sad that all those people perished for no reason. It breaks my heart to think of all those young children you now have no mother or father. I could only think of my old co-workers and if they were all alright. I feared for my 8 year old son who was sitting in a classroom in Maryland and I couldn't get to him. It was the first time in my life that I can honestly say that I feared for the safety of our country, especially after hearing about the Pentagon. I immediately thought this could be WWIII. Since 9/11 I have developed a greater sense of pride to be an American. I only hope that people never forget and continue to be as patriotic as they have been since that day. God Bless America.

Judy | 40 | Maryland

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