#1855 | Monday, September 9th 2002
I Live In Australia.
So when i found out that America was under attack I was watching Rove on t.v And a voice over interupted saying that america was under attack?So I was like whatever it's gotta be some joke rove pulling cause he's always making jokes on his t.v show.So I decided to go on the internet chat rooms and then I realised that all the chat rooms in america were closed down and I was like that's strange it was about 10:30 at night so i just surfed the net some more got of my computer and I checked my answering machine and we had heaps of messages from family members saying america got attacked that's when everything finally sinked in about america being attacked.I just broke down and cried anyways my whole family all met at my house that night to watch it all together to comfort everyone was so upset and crying non stop i've never seen my family this upset.Even though we never knew anyone in the trade center we all know how much pain and hurt everyone in new york was feeling.We have friends living in utah we know they live ages away from new york but we still rang them up just to make sure they were all right.we hope that nothing as tragic as september 11th ever happens again.I remember the next day going to the shops and everyone was still crying and sad here in australia I know we will never forgot sep 11th.I also remember all the pain my friends who are here felt for their families who live in america how they were all upset that they couldn't get hold of any of their family members cause the phones were too busy.I'll never forget the heart ache or the pain that the terriosts caused that day and I hope that we never have to experience that pain ever again.
God Bless America
Luv Everyone from Perth Western Australia
Our Prayers Are With You And Your Loved Ones

Sheena Cooper | 19 | Australia

#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

#1794 | Monday, September 9th 2002
Hi, im a 12 year old girl from Australia my name is Kirsten and i have just recently been to America (You are al very nice people!!) and how nice the people over there are. I can't imagine the pain you guys felt all over the country. When i first saw it i was still awake at 11:00pm when it first aired on Australian television. AS soon as i saw it my heart broke. so i am feeling for so bye.
Luv Kirsten

Kirsten | 12 | Australia

#1793 | Monday, September 9th 2002
I am a 14 year old girl from australia and want to say that the tragic events that happened on september 11th 2001 were very terrible and touched my hearts deeply. i was at school when i first found out about what had happened and i just want everyone who knew or was related to on of the lost souls on that day, that my heart goes out to them and i cant and never will be able to imagine what pain they were and are going through. even though i knew none of the unfortunate that lost their lives i shead tears for them and prey they rest in peace in the beautiful afterlife ahead of them.
Tina | 14 | Australia

#1792 | Monday, September 9th 2002
I live in Australia but am originally from Michigan - maybe why "it" affected my so deeply.

As usual, the alarm went off at around 7:30 a.m. on a fine Sydney autumn morning, in the "upside-down" part of the world. I usually grunt and roll over - the alarm goes off for my partner and not for me. But I was instantly awake this time - the radio announcer was hysterical, you couldn't understand a thing that she was raving on about. There was a mixture of fear and disbelief and horror in her panicked voice - a timbre that would soon creep into mine as well. I shot out of bed so quickly my butt hit the floor with a thump and I reached for the TV. Oh, God, the black scar and smoke on that building - how could a pilot get it so wrong? Those poor, poor people.

Even though we had slept on, unknowing, and it had happened, all happened, hours before, we couldn't comprehend it. Two buildings? Three? and a Pennsylvania field? A kind of innocent amnesia that initially refused to acknowledge such pure hate. So, I, the ex-patriot Yank watched and watched. Surely, surely somebody from Cantor Fitzgerald would make it. That no-one's loved cat or dog would wait in a dark apartment for the owner that never came home. The dry cleaner who would fret about what to do with that order of shirts, no starch, for which the likeable finance dude with the toussled hair would never claim again. The faces at windows, dumb, like lambs, waving torn drapes from the corporate boardrooms, patiently waiting for the bold rescue that never materialised.

I suddenly became defiant and cruised the Sydney 'phone books to find an American flag, huge, with which to plaster the front of the house. A small flag marked our back gate. "Beware - Yank Within" I was sure they screamed out. I almost wanted someone to challenge me - I was willing to be a martyr and defiance was my main emotion in the early days. The imagined armed middle-Eastern men never did arrive at the door. More likely, someone at the market, on hearing my accent, would ask me what I felt and I could hear my voice start to go up high like the radio woman and I had to try, really try, to stay calm.

I made donations to the American Red Cross and the American Humane Association and ordered Anita Diamant's "Saying Kaddish" so a Sydney Catholic could mourn the New York members of Cantor Fitzgerald in words by which their God might be pleased and ease the pain of their loved ones by just a fraction more. Every tear was a prayer and there were quite a few.

And so my defiance changed to sorrow and my initial action to the dumb disbelief of a beast. Yes, the alarm did toll for me and it pealed out: "the world is not safe, nowhere is safe, not for anyone, not any more". All the sad certainties of my life seem even more certain and of a denser shade of sad.

Susan | 52 | Australia

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