#1922 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
i WAS TAKING A CLIENT HOME WHEN HIS FATHER SAID THERE WAS A PLANE CRASH AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTRE. WHEN I WENT HOME I COULD NOT BELIEVE WHAT WAS HAPPENING IT WAS SO UNBELIEVABLE. IT STILL BRINGS A TEAR TO MY EYES ALL THOSE INOCENT PEOPLE GOING ABOUT THERE EVERY DAY BUSINESS. HOW ANY HUMAN BEING COULD HAVE CARRIED OUT THOSE HORRIBLE ACTS AGAINTS SO MANY INNOCENT PEOPLE IS UNFORGIVABLE AND WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.

JAMES PENMAN
(BRIDLINGTON UK)

JAMES PENMAN | 31 | United Kingdom

#1812 | Monday, September 9th 2002
I was listening to the radio and getting ready for work. The DJ cut into the song to announce that a plane had flown into the World Trade Center. For some reason I didn't comprehend the magnitude of the event. I guess I was thinking about way back in history when someone flew a little commuter plane into the Empire State Building or something like that. So I left for work, and when I got there,the my floor was deserted, which was pretty strange. I went down to the cafeteria to get some breakfast, and found it packed with employees glued to the cafeteria TV screens. It suddenly hit me like a punch in the stomach. Everyone was staring at the TV monitors with a stricken look on their faces. As I watched, the second plane hit and a collective gasp of horror flew threw the room. Then silence. I spent the next couple days feelings scared, horribly sad, and pretty shocked. I still cry whenever I watch media reports of 9/11, even though I didn't personally know anyone that died. I like to think that we have 3000+ angels watching over us now.
Kelly Fosen | 31 | Texas

#1775 | Sunday, September 8th 2002
On the morning of the attacks I was asleep. I over slept and rushed out of bed and got my daughter off to school...my radio was tuned to KGO radio..its a news channel in the bay area. I couldn't believe my ears... I dropped my daughter off at school and returned home..I rushed in to see the news..and at that moment I knew what real fear is, they were talking about a second plane that was on its way to San Francisco..I was horrified and Panic set in...where was this plane and was it on its way here? Did they have anything else planned? Are they going to kill my family next? I was and still am choked up when I think of that day in September...For those who died and for the children.here are no words that can decribe the wide range of feelings that the Terrorists brought to America that September day...I just know that when our American heart heals there will still be a big ugly scar left by those murders. God bless this World.
Lauren | 31 | California

#1708 | Saturday, September 7th 2002
I had resigned from my job on August 31, and my husband and I took off on holidays - we hadn't had a holiday in 2 years. We had a restful and remote 2 weeks in surf and sun, with no tv, no phone, just dropping into tourist places and talking to the locals. On September 11 we went to a theme park, and we were chatting with the lady at the ticket entrance, when she told us that 2 planes hit 2 of the towers. She looked a little shaken, and I could see fear in her eyes. We couldn't believe it. But not having access to a tv, we didn't see any of the telecast until we reached our home.

September 11 was also the day we checked out of our accommodation, and began the drive home. The first minute in the door (around 5pm) we turned on the tv, and saw the images of what was happening, people running, ducking behind cars, crying, jumping out of windows.... It was like we had come from extreme peace and rest, to return to utter conflict, confusion and destruction. It took some time for the enormity of events to sink in.

There are so many emotions - even for someone like me who has travelled extensively, but never to NY. I have shed tears for people I do not know, and I have ached for those family and friends who have lost precious people, who were their heart and soul in life. I feel very humble, very human, very fragile, and almost vulnerable. These people just went to work on a normal day, and never came home.
Then, and now, I still cry when I read about widow, and children, and parents of the lost ones.

How many times do any of us silently and proudly congratulate ourselves on how hard we are working, how well we are doing, and how many things we are accumulating in life - the measure of success.

As cliche as this is going to sound - I have made a new motto in my life. To do a certain amount of good deeds every day, on the roads, in the office, in the supermarket, in our home... wave another person through first, smile at someone, make a colleague a cuppa when you make your own, give someone encouragment. Love and give. No, that probably doesn't help on a global scale, because people are still out there doing evil deeds - but us in our smaller lives have won - with love.

Sally | 31 | Australia

#1691 | Friday, September 6th 2002
I was at a seminar at a local movie theater that morning. When we were on break at about 10:00 or so, I went out to the lobby to use the bathroom. When I came back out into the lobby, everyone was standing around the television out there. I went over to see what was going on, but the t.v. was full of static, so much so that it was difficult to make out the picture. However, I could make out the first Trade Center building with the smoke coming out of it. Rumors were flying about what happened, and it wasn't until we got back into the theater that the organizers announced to us what had happened. What a hard day it was to go back to work...I think I cried for half of it.
The commute home I will never forget. It normally takes about an hour, but they were just waving us through the tolls. The highways were almost empty, because much of the city of Boston had been evacuated hours before.
God bless all of those who were injured that day, who lost loved ones, and who worked so tirelessly and selflessly to help others. My thoughts are still with them, constantly, a year later.

Matthew Schena | 31 | Massachusetts

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