#530 | Wednesday, December 19th 2001
I was in my living room watching CNN and talking to my son in El Paso, TX, who is in the Army. He was saying "mom, we've just been attacked by terroists" when the second plane hit. I live in a small town in central IN and today I cannot understand what they did or why they did it. It is beyond what I have the scope to understand. Kathy Cox, Shelburn, IN
Kathy R Cox | 52 | Indiana

#523 | Tuesday, December 18th 2001
This atrocity has not changed my patriotism, except to intensify it. I have and have had American Flag oriented T-shirts commemorating varuious National Holidays for some time before this "popular" tragedy befell our nation.
DSJones | 52 | Florida

#521 | Tuesday, December 18th 2001
I had just gone on morning break. One of my co-workers always gets in his car and turns ont the radio (we are the "smokers"). When he told us of the 1st crash I thought it was a small plane with a malfuntion. Later I found myself funtioning through a haze the rest of the day.
Yesterday, I began to question "UNITED WE STAND" while waiting for the bus home and seeing the people driving (as usual) crazily, honking, screeching tires.
Looks like we're UNITED until we get behind the wheel.. Then it's every man/woman for themselves. Life's too short for road rage or any other kind of HATE!!!!!!!

Donna Jones | 52 | Florida

#201 | Friday, October 12th 2001
I am a court reporter, who had left home at 8:45 that morning to drive an hour and a half to one of the county courthouses in my state. I had no idea about anything happening until an attorney arrived at the depositions, telling us what had occurred. Our depositions weren't concluded until 12:00 noon, which was the longest three hours of my life. Then I had the hour and a half drive home, only gaining details of what had occurred on the radio. Listening to the reports, I tried but just couldn't picture in my mind what they described over the radio. When I did finally get home, I immediately turned on CNN to finally see for myself what I was unable to picture in my mind for the last hour and a half. I could not leave my TV set for the next several hours.
For the first time in my life (and I'm 52 years old) when I went to bed that night, I didn't feel completely safe doing so. That sounds so minor, but, yet, so major, that I had been able to live 52 years and never know that feeling.
Then I realized the precious price my dad was willing to pay in WWII and my husband, in Vietnam. I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude for what Americans like them have been willing to do over the years. And then I felt an enormous sense of determination to stand strong for this country and keep it strong, for the price has always been high, and Americans have always been willing to pay that price.
The terrorists think they've crippled us with total fear, but they will never fully realize who they've angered and the strength that's born in us. We come from generations and generations of brave souls and unless you have that blood running through your veins, you could never realize our strength, and the tragic mistake anyone ever makes by under-estimating Americans.

Judy K. Vealey | 52 | West Virginia

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