#817 | Monday, March 4th 2002
I was at work when it happened, about 2 in the afternoon UK time. We usually had BBC radio playing, and when the newsflash announced that the first plane was hit, we all thought it was some terrible freak accident. Then, about 30 minutes later, we heard the news of the second plane. All of us sat in stunned silence, hardly daring to believe what we had heard. We had updates all day, and most of us went to the electrical store in the shopping centre at some point to watch it on tv. By the time I got home at 6pm, I heard everything, but seen nothing. The pictures were more shocking than I could ever have imagined, and my father and I sat in astonishment, staring at the television all evening. Still, 6 months on, it barely seems true, and the two towers, which we once all took for granted in movies and tv programmes, stand out now whenever we see them. My thoughts continue to go out to all those in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, and anyone else affected by the tragedy.
Lindsay Evans | 18 | United Kingdom

#815 | Monday, March 4th 2002
I'd been web-designing all day and I hadn't been looking at the news. My mum called my name from downstairs when she got home from work. She was asking me if I'd seen the news, if I knew what was happening in America. She told me that Georgia, my younger sister, was sitting in the kitchen in floods of tears. I didn't know what to think so I went online and looked at the BBC News website: it was everywhere. News tickers were streaming across the screen and there were horrifying images of billowing smoke emerging from the Twin Towers. I honestly couldn't believe it, New York's skyline looked desolate. I signed onto about four chat programs and tens of people messaged me about it, asking me if I'd heard. I just couldn't take it in. I think it really hit me when I saw the live footage on the news over the next couple of days... I'll never forget how those images made me feel and how scared I was for the lives of those close to me.
Bonnie | 20 | United Kingdom

#802 | Saturday, March 2nd 2002
I was home from school with a bad cold my dad was at work and all of my friends at school. I was watching tv when my mum came running into the room
"Quick put CNN on" She said "A plane has hit the twin towers in New York" So i put CNN on and surley enough there was one of the towers with smoke bellowing from around the 100th Floor
we sat there watching and listening to how all of the reporters were saying what a terrible accident it had been... Then all i heard was one of the reporters "Oh my god theres another plane what's that plane doing" then all we saw was the plane dissapear behind the tower and then the biggest explosion i have ever seen. We watched for hours, both towers, victims and speeches we were sat there for 6 hours just watching My mum found out a Few weeks later that one of her colleagues for an internet based group had been killed in the tradgedy

Rob | 14 | United Kingdom

#795 | Thursday, February 28th 2002
I was living in Peapack, in Northern New Jersey, no more than 45 minutes outside Manhattan but on 9/11 I was with my girlfriend in her college dorm room when she turned on her computer to be greeted by the news that a plane had hit the WTC. Both of us presumed that it was no more than a small engine aircraft, a 2 seater perhaps, and whilst shocked, had no idea of what was really going on. I left straight after that, as I had planned to, to make the half hour journey home. All the way home, I had the radio on, and unaware of the magnitude of what was going on, I was slightly oblivious until it was announced that a second plane had gone in, and the Pentagon was being struck too. I will never forget driving down I-78 that day, people were either driving atabout 50, concentrating on their radio's or doing about 90 to get to wherever it was they were going in a hurry.
I got home, and sat in front of the TV with my housemates, as we all thought about calling our relatives and parents in England to let them know we were ok, however our phonelines were jammed. The feeling as the morning went on was horrible, the situation just kept getting worse every five minutes. It was actually quite surreal. One consideration was whether our coaching sessions (I am a soccer coach) that evening were going to take place when eventually I recieved a call saying that they would be cancelled because it was likely a number of the kids would've lost parents in the tragedy, which is when the whole thing really hit home.
The rest of the day was spent in something of a daze, we walked for some lunch to the local bar, which is next to Gladstone station, the last station on a line out of Penn Station. People there were just taking refuge having just jumped on a train, any train to escape Manhattan. We also wondered how many cars in the train station car park would remain unclaimed that night. All these thoughts I will never forget.
The attitude and response of the American people however was fantastic. If this kind of tragedy was to have taken place in the UK or anywhere else in the world, I am not convinced that people would have reacted as magnificently as the Americans. I look forward to moving back to Jersey in March.

- | 20 | United Kingdom

#794 | Wednesday, February 27th 2002
Some people find it odd when they ask me or the members of my class what we were doing on 11th September 2001, it even seems odd to me. It was 2.10pm (British time) I remember we had been set a test on the development of a child and then all of a sudden we heard a really loud noise from outside, and as we looked out there was a plane circling the school and this went on for about 20 minutes. We thought this was a little weird but finally the time came for us to go home. I'd just got on a train to go home when my mobile phone started ringing, and as I picked it up I realised it was home, so I answered and was told 'Laura, get home quickly world war 3 has started'. I automatically thought this was a joke and didn't believe my sister but she started saying how New York was coming under attack by aeroplanes but still I didn't know what to think. I did feel like crying because this was all my worst fears coming true but I kept telling myself 'It's not true, it's not true.' However when I reached my destination the train station had the radio on and I heard it all clearly for myself 'The world trade centre had been hit by an aeroplane and there was still some planes missing'. I was terrified and felt so sick for the poor people who had died in the accident. I couldn't watch the news as it just scared me and that night I didn't sleep at all; worried that something else would happen. When I think back on it I can't believe how weird it was that our school was being circled by a plane just about the same time that the first plane crashed into the world trade centre and just hope that nothing like this ever happens again.
Laura | 18 | United Kingdom

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