#2017 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
Dear where were you.org;

On the day of this horrific tragedy, I was at work as usual. I found out from a co-worker who had heard from another co-worker about this event. Throughout the working day, I was listening to what what was happening in New York City and Washington D.C. on the radio. I was just full of disbelief.

I felt like this was something out of a Hollywood movie.

On that evening, I was seeing the horrific images on the news repeteadly at a downtown bar. This time I was in total shock. Just seeing the two airplanes colliding into the two towers, and seeing them collapse onto themselves like they were made of dust, brought alot of grief to my heart. Also, to see all the people jumping out of the two buildings, from many stories high, in hopes of getting out of them only to fall to their deaths just overwhelmed me with sorrow, and still does to this day.

Seeing people run for their lives as the two twin towers were collapsing in New York City was just heartbraking.

I just wanted to break down in tears. I didn't want to leave the downtown bar where I was at. I wanted to know more if something else had happened.

There hasn't been a day in this past year where I haven't thought about all this. Just typing all of this out brings alot of pain, and sadness to my heart.

I would really like to thank where were you.org for giving people a chance to write down their comments, and feelings in regards to this event that changed everyone's lives so much.

Roberto Carlos Calderon | 29 | Canada

#1804 | Monday, September 9th 2002
When the news came of the horor that occured in New York, I was in history class. My teacher had just finished explaining the aftermath of a nuclear blast hitting Toronto, and we bagan to talk about WW3. A few seconds into the conversation, your student concellour came in, and called my teacher over. In the same way that president Bush was later shown being told the news. We then dirrected our attention to my car, and my class gathered to listen on the radio. When the second period began, I could not stan still. I rushed to a classroom which had a radio, and I listen. By 11 am, I couldn't take it any longer. I went home, a mear 20 min drive, and watched the towers collapse as CNN was showing them. Then, I felt that it wasn't fair that no one at school could se this, so I grabed my small 11 inch tv, which had a much needed antenna, and I went back to school. The reception was poor, and we only got one channel, but all afternoon, classes came into the classroom i had set up the tv to watch. I'll never forget that day. EVER.
Will Daigneault | 18 | Canada

#1717 | Saturday, September 7th 2002
My husband & I slept late that morning so the towers were already down when we heard. We were both upset but tried to continue with our days. A dear friend of mine lost close friends that day, a husband & wife who both worked in one of the towers.
But through tragedy we gain strength.

I am more proud that I was born an American.

I find Canada is different now, more patriotic instead of apathetic.

I am more afraid whenever a jet flys over on a training mission.

I see many more Canadian flags flying than ever before (except on Canada Day) and people are not ashamed to show their feelings for our American neighbours as many also fly (or only fly) American flags.

It was impossible to buy an American flag right after 9/11, we had to go on a waiting list.

God Bless America

Our thoughts and prayers are (and have been for the past year) with the survivors, the victims and their families.

Pam Webster | 38 | Canada

#1712 | Saturday, September 7th 2002
I had just woken up....the news on my clock radio was on saying that planes were crashing and suggesting that people turn on the news.....I did.....

So, on September 11th, I woke up to the sight of the second tower coming down on live tv.

I called work and said that I was going to be late.

I called my mother in Ontario - two time zones away. We just sat on the phone and cried.

Then I went to work and watched more news.

Mike Bingley | 26 | Canada

#1688 | Friday, September 6th 2002
I live in Toronto and I was typing an assignment for class at home. I had the radio on and someone in New York City had called in about quarter after nine.

While I listened, I thought, "What a horrible morning radio show joke." At that moment, the caller screamed a scream I knew that was genuine. She cried that another plane has hit the World Trade Center. I rushed to the living room, meaning to put on CNN, but the television already had the disaster on NBC.

I continued to watch until long after the buildings collapsed. I consider myself to be a non-racist, but it took me more than a week to get over the anger I felt for the act, and for the street celebrations of the common Palestinians. I still am not ready though to face the anniversary of the tragedy in less than a week's time.

I always thought that the Challenger disaster would be my "day of shock". For those who have seen "New York: A Documentary Film", they would remember a very graphic description of a textile fire. I found that World Trade Center, as well as being a "fresh" disaster, brought back horrible memories from the Triangle fire. Those two fires will always live in my memory.

Aaron | 27 | Canada

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