#596 | Monday, December 31st 2001
That terrible day was like any other i was just going to go to school see my friendsand learn something new,but i will never forget it because i have a picture to prove and remind me of it.the picture was my eighth grade class picture.that morning i went to school and went to my first period class which was literature and my grade was to go second.anyway the secretary called on the intercom and said for the eighth grade to go to the auditorium for your picture and so we did not knowing what my english teacher was going to tell us.So we went in there i was wearing a lime green tank top and a pair of blue jeans with clogs.So we got in there and a boy in my class went ahead of me and i was second seeing as we were going in alphabetical order.so i went and after that two or three more girls in my grade went.so after that me and the other girls were just talking when my english teacher came in and said that the world trade center had been hit by a plane.At that moment everybody started asking questions on how did it happen,when did it happen,why it happened and who did it?Also if we found out another country did this to us were we going to war with them.I was one of those people to ask questions.Our english teacher i could tell was upset and confused on why this terrible act had happened.My english teacher found out from my dad which is the history teacher at my school.So after that i went back to my class ,we were playing a game for my literature test the next day.A couple of minutes later the bell rang to go to our next class which was my dad's class to keep study hall so we went and then i heard the pentagon was hit which made me more scared so me and my friends were wondering on whether were we going to war???So then my dad came in a he decided we shouled watch the news so we did the whole class period.So at break also me and my friend stayed in and watched the news we also saw the second tower collapse.We watched the news every class periond except two.Like everybody else we were all worried about our families,i wanted to call my mom in jackson and se if she was alright and hear her reaction on the attack.On the way home from school everthing seemed like all a blur the sourroundings around me seemed different ,the sky looked lonesome because no planes were flying .It all seemed so quiet and felt like i was the only one left on earth.It was also scary because even a little local airport where they keep private planes was shutdown.Also my mom came home early because there was a rumor that the gas prices went up in my state.so my parents had to go get some gas at the gas station which took about an hour because of the lines.Also when i got home and saw my mom i was relieved and happy to know that she was fine and my whole family was safe with me,also my dog to.That night i thought about the next day was something going to happen,were we going to declare war or find out who did this.That day i had so many questions running through my head that nobody could answer.I was confused and upset like the whole nation was but my parents told me it was going to be alright and that are president was going to take care of the matter and he has and he has done an excellent job so far.And will in the years to come.Now adays when i see a plane in the sky i wonder where that plane is going or who is in it,like that song by Alan Jackson "Were were you when the World Stopped Turning on the September Day"that song is so true and simple it defines americans everywhere on that day.That day brought Americans closer and made them stick together as a whole and if we can keep it up we can conquere anything including this because americans are known for their bravery and we're not going to loose that reputation just because of this attack.That is why i am proud to say "i am proud to be an american!!!!!!!!"But there is one question that still lingures in my mind ,why would somebody do this to our great nation which helps so many other countries in hard times and gives to so many countries.WHY??WHY??WHY??GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!
hannah | 14 | Mississippi

#595 | Monday, December 31st 2001
I think it impossible to ever forget where I was, what I was doing, and how I felt that tragic day, Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Like a lot of people I got out of bed nonchalantly and and got dressed. it was no special day to me. Just another horrid day I had to spend at school. I headed to school and went through first period not knowing what had happened. While many lives were taken I sat in French wishing the bell would ring. I soon got my wish and went out of the 200 hall, onto the breezeway, and into the 400 hall. I never could have even conceived those steps I was taking would change my life forever. I entered the Computer Tech room around 9:46. I noticed my teacher had the television on watching CNN. In a matter of minutes I shared in the confusion around the nation. More than confusion swept over me though, fear, heartache, pride, uncertainty, alarm, and ambush all found their place that morning. I cried like so many others. I was hurt that people in other countries hate me so much, and they have never even met me. I was confused how fellow classmates could laugh and joke and pretend nothing out of the usual had happened. My life was turned upside-down; it was forever changed. I remember going to a prayer service that night. Sharing with the pain of so many, I put aside my differences and tried to do a small part in the healing of lives. I remember watching President Bush that night, feeling proud he was my president. Before this tragedy I often mocked and made fun of him. I easily came to support everything he said and did after this tragedy even though I am a democrat. Political Parties had no place in this. We all came together and put petty differences aside. I will never forget the words spoken by our President that night, "None of us will ever forget this day, yet we go forward to defend freedom.", and truly that is what happened. This tragedy was definitely terrible, but a lot of good came out of it. Afghanistan is regaining freedom, many people started attending church again, and families were brought together, among other things. Our country united, and the pride of America shone through. They "awakened a sleeping giant", and if the terrorists sought to tear our great nation apart, they truly failed. I believe Senator McCain said it best "God may have mercy on these terrorists, but we will not." I have never been more proud to be an American. In a lot of ways, I'm glad this happened when I was young. Hopefully, I will carry things I have learned from this with me the rest of my life.
Kayla Porter | 14 | South Carolina

#592 | Monday, December 31st 2001
I walked into my French class and my teacher had the television on. I asked her what was going on and she said she had no idea. The whole class sat glued to the TV until the guy behind me tapped me on the shoulder and told me some place in New York had been bombed. I had a bit of a panic attack after that until about five minutes later our principal came on the intercom. He told us the World Trade Center had been bombed.

Next thing everyone knew, the internet and cable were cut off. I later found out this was when people were jumping out of the fiery buildings. We had a very short French lesson that day and talked about what had happened for the rest of the period.

Then the bell rang and I went off to Science in a daze. What bothered me immensely was that some people were totally oblivious to the fact that this would change everyone's lives forever. I spent the rest of the day explaining to people who didn't understand what the whole thing meant.

It's such a sad thing that happened.... I know that's a huge understatement, but there is no word for the amount of pain and suffering on that day. God bless America.

Allison | 14 | South Carolina

#590 | Monday, December 31st 2001
I am a freshman in a brand new high school. I remember the news as clear as anything. I went to my study hall class, and there was my teacher trying to tune a TV with the teacher next door. The school is brand new, as i said, so the TVs were not installed yet. I asked why the urgency to tune the TV and radio, and they told me that Palestinian terrorists had crashed two planes into the World Trade Center.I was reminded of Israel's violence. I remember my 7th grade teacher saying a paper clip gets good reception for TVs so i did that. I stuck a paper clip on the back of the TV.

We were watching NBC as the towers came crashing down. Then, we went to a pre-scheduled club fair. Radios were on full blast. This was when the FAA grounded and diverted every plane in the sky with some unaccounted for. I thouhg "some unaccounted for? what?" talks of nuclear war were everywhere. I remember that morning.

Jesse | 14 | Kansas

#581 | Friday, December 28th 2001
on the morning of september 11th i wke up just as any other day i went threw all my normal morning actvites befor school,that morning every thing was going normal untill about 8:30 9:00, at first a few people just went home early and some one said that it was beacuse they didint get a shot or something,than almost half the school was on there way home by lunch they said they would make an anoucment,by than we all knew something was deftinally wrong.it was such a butiful day and they wouldent let us go out side for lunch beacuse all the mother were comming to get there kid's i had no clue what was going on,my mom knew rite when it happens she works in a special edd class in an kindergarden-2nd grade school,she knew what happen and a women she work with was coforting her beacuse my dad only works 2 block's away from there even tho' i live a good 145 miles away it was still as bad as ever the lady hellping my mom deal not hereing from my dad's brother in law had ben one of many fire-fighters lost in the loss. at lunch my friend told me what happen her mom called to talk to her and old her what happen and she was picked up rite after lunch,the teacher's only told us that there was a problem in the city they still didint say what or were but i kne it was bad,as i said my dad works in that area of the city,they made us stay after school to go home a parent had to come get us,after about an hour after school one of the teachers came and told us what happen he didint tell us they had fallen but that 2 planes crashed in to them.i finally got home and my mom told me it wasent till 1:30pm that she found out my dad was okay.He was one of the many people running from the debree he is now one of many of my hero's who were involved with saveing lives he carried a lady who had fainted in the street to a building. he got home a few hours early that day. when i got home i turned on the t.v and i video taped most of it,and i taped things off the radio i could not belive what had happened i was so scared all i kept saying was "omg i cant belive this" over and over just flipping threw the chan's. witch all had something about it on.my best friend came over and alotta people called to see if my dad was okay he come home covered in all that debree,it was just horable.

So many people close to me were effected by this my friend's with 6 children in there family's dad was a fire-fighter killed i went to a wake for him,a girl who worked with my mom's brother was killed he was a contractor on the top floor,my best friends mother quit her job in aguest to move to albany every one from her old job was killed all her old friends and boss.my close friend made a butiful pome and in my school year book we are deadacateing a section to 9-11-01 and her pome is head lineing the year book,it's just terriable

Megan | 14 | New York

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