#1968 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
My husband and our two small children were on our way home to Illinois from Texas. We were a few miles outside Texarkana when the radio show we were listening to said they were cutting away to national news. The terror and confusion we felt was mixed with even more fear as the realization of how far from home we were. Luckly the kids were to small to realize what was going on. As we passed the Little Rock Airport it was eerie to see all the planes grounded and police everywhere. Listening to the radio, holding on to my husband hand and looking back to see my kids, was how I passed the long trip home. My heart went out,and still does, to everyone at the WTC, the Pentagon, and Pennsylvania. J. Schueler Columbia, Il
Janet Schueler | 29 | Illinois

#1955 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
September 11, 2001 began a normal day in the 7th grade for me. When I got to my second period class, I saw the tv on, and everyone was watching it. I asked someone what happened and was told that a plane had crashed into on of the World Trade Centers. I thought it was just a plane crash, and didn't give it too much thought. Then I saw the second plane hit and pinpointed the exact moment when our world changed forever. One girl in my class began to cry. I watched in horror as our own plane hit our building and collapsed, causing more destruction then I ever imagined. I saw our nation's weakness. I saw evil. I saw terrorism.
Amanda T. | 13 | Illinois

#1951 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
I was in school. It was second period, at 10 am in Brimfield, IL. And the teacher had the TV on and they were showing it. I didn't know what the Trade Centers was or the Pentagon. I was in the 9th grade, a freshman in high school. Someone told me what they were, but I still didn't see how serious it was. And the thing was that in 1st period we were decorating the front of our note taking books, and I wrote on mine "I love (heart) NY!". That was before I knew it even happened. GOD BLESS AMERICA!
Amy Siegel | 15 | Illinois

#1849 | Monday, September 9th 2002
As I awoke on the morning of september 11, 2001 I remember looking around the room and noticing my roommate watching the television. I got out of bed and walked towards him and asked what movie he was watching as I saw a building with a giant hole in the side of it engulfed with flames. News reporters were commenting on the event but I was too focused on finding out what movie it was. My roommate said that it was not a movie but that a hijacked plane had crashed into the world trade center. My jaw dropped to the floor in complete disbelief. I slowly walked to the couch and sat down still unable to close my mouth. I remember sitting there and watching the once massive building begin to crumble and buckle due to the crash. All of a sudden the camera cut away and showed another plane(one that i thought was just a replay of the first crash) unfortunately crashing into the second building. It was like a gunshot to the heart of America. I was motionless upon my couch with no will to move as I sat and watched the horrible tragedy occur. Never in my life had I seen anything as devastating as this. I prayed that everyone would be saved knowing that it was already too late. The feeling of helplessness overwhelmed me and I did not know what to do. That day is a memory that will be forever with me. A story to tell the kids about in the future and explain how America pulled together during this crisis and showed their pride. I had never seen so many flags displayed since that day and made so many people proud to be an American and show their support. September 11, 2001 will never be forgotten and I along with everyone else send sympathies to all those who have lost their loved ones. I realize how lucky I am to have the people in my life and appreciate it so much more.
Joshua Daniel Steffy | 19 | Illinois

#1817 | Monday, September 9th 2002
I remember Spetember 11th like it was yesterday. I had just dropped off my son at school and was on my way home with my younger son. I turned on the tv and saw the first plane in the tower. My curiousity turned into horror when I realized that MY country was under attack. I cried and wanted to pretend it didnt happen. I appreciate my country and my family more so today then I did a year ago. Life is precious enjoy it while you can.
Heather Starks | 30 | Illinois

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