#2153 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was teaching my 6th grade DARE class. I am a police officer in Ohio, and this morning was no different than any other, until I got the horrific news as everyone else did. I watched the events unfold on the TV and for days to come felt a huge emptiness and loss for our country, the victims and families of the attack. At the same time, I was planning my wedding, which was to take place on September 15, 2001. I was angry, hurt, and sad all at the same time. How can this happen to us??? I want to thank the heros and the families of the victims/heros of September 11, 2001. Your strength got me through this long year. GOD BLESS YOU and OUR GREAT NATION!
Jamie Van Wagner` | 29 | Ohio

#2128 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
On Septmeber 11, 2001, I was asleep when the first plane crashed into the North Tower. I woke up to see the second plane crash. I was in complete shock. All I could think about was all the lives being lost as I sat in front of my TV. I felt useless, like I couldn't do anything to help. So I prayed, I prayed for the families of these people, for our country, for myself and my family, knowing everyone I loved was accounted for. My heart, thought and prayers go out for those who have lost the ones they love.
Robyn | 24 | Ohio

#2080 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I was giving my daughter a bath when the phone rang. It was my Mom. The time was around 8:50 a.m. She told me a plane crashed into a building in NYC. I thought she was kidding. You see, we were going to be flying to Los Angeles on September 13th to attend the wedding of a friend. We were going a little early so we had some time to take my two kids to the San Diego Zoo and some other attractions. As we were talking, she told me to turn on my TV. Since my almost 2 year old was in the bath, I could only see part of the TV in our bedroom. I turned on CBS and saw the second plane hit the second tower. I just couldn't believe that people would intentionally crash planes into buildings.

As the day progressed, I tried to locate my friend who was getting married. She was a flight attendant for United Airlines based in San Francisco. I was so afraid that she was on one of the United flights. I finally located her and she was fine, thank GOD. She lost co-workers but she was ok.

She still got married on September 15th but we didn't make the wedding. We couldn't see taking a chance that other terrorists would try something else.

Lisa P | 32 | Ohio

#2055 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I was at home working on the computer and a friend called me. I remember thinking that this is impossible! How could this happen to our beautiful country and its' beautiful people. The first thing I did was to embrace those around me, my friends and my family and give thanks for them, and then came days upon days of grief and sorrow for the poor souls we lost and the heroes that tried to save them and lost their own lives in the process. Then came the pride I felt as our nation came together in the following days and grew stronger. God has truly blessed us in our time of need and we will overcome the tragedy but will never forget and will forever honor the brave souls that gave their lives for our country and for their fellow human beings.
Diana Dorn | 46 | Ohio

#2041 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
Sept 11, 2002 is a day that is permantly etched into my mind. I had little sleep for the past 4 days due to nightmares about planes crashing, buildings falling and poeople covered in smoke....had I only known. I had a dr appointment that morning, and my mom and I then went out to eat. it wasn't till we got back in the car did we hear about the 2 planes that had already hit the WTC. The first tower to fall fell shortly after we started listening. Still for my the dreams didn't seem important...maybe it was me hoping my dreams weren't true...I'de been wooried for days about my brother in Chicago, tall building falling my first thought was Chris in Chicago. We arrived home I ran literally into the house, flipped on the TV and stood in shock as the other tower began to crumble it was in seeing it that I began to think I dreamt that. Over the months before the attacks several people had describe dreams to me and while I didn't know when I was trying to explain...within a hour of returning home I knew that it was all about that day.

Suddenly I felt exausted and my mom forced me to go lay down before work...It was the best I had slept in days no dreams nothing just a calm. Within day the calm of sleep was gone, I felt like I was spending the night working in my sleep, a year later I still have thoughs nights, actually this morning I feel like I didn't sleep a wink even though I just slept around 6 hours.

For my my dreams are important and while some don't believe the usaully happen. So I can say I am super happy I haven't had any dreams...but then again that just mean anything that does happen I just didn't pick up on.

Holly | 24 | Ohio

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