#963 | Monday, March 11th 2002
I remember distinctly where I was. I was coming off of work. (night shift) As my typical morning I was listening to a popular morning talk show (Bob and Tom for those who know it) and just cruising home.

I decided to grab a breakfast biscuit on my way home. As I was pulling away from the drive thru window, the radio show announced the report of the first jet crashing into the buildings. At first, my reaction was much like many people. Some plane landing/leaving New York had some tragedy, perhaps a pilot died, and this was a terrible accident.

But then, about fifteen minutes later, as I was pulling off Due West Ave onto Ellington Pkwy in Nashville, TN, the radio hosts announced the second hit. Whatever thoughts of the first plane being an 'accident' were wiped in a single shot. I can still remember the shock of the radio personalities as their usually silly show became instantly somber and serious. On my drive home, the police were scrambling all over the city for the Airport/Capitol/etc. I even recall seeing a number of cars pulling off the road as they apparently were listening in on the news.

The rest of the ride home was more mechanical than conscious. I kept my friends who were at work informed, as I had the TV/internet/radio all going gathering any news I could. It was maddening. Not only the WTC, but also the Pentagon, along with other false reports. (CNN reported an incorrect attack on Capitol Hill)

That night when I woke up, I found a barely nibbled-on breakfast biscuit sitting on my computer desk. It went into the trash. My favorite show was having their season finale that night. I taped it. Didn't watch it for a month.

I can't tell you what I had to eat three days ago, but I will never forget 9/11.

Scott | 30 | Tennessee

#921 | Monday, March 11th 2002
I was in a sales training class preparing for a job at Dell computers. We had a quick break and heard a little of what had happened but the impact of it was not full force because only one tower had been hit at the time and we all thought it was just a tragic airplane crash. Dell's building is right next to the Nashville airport and we all noticed how no planes were flying in or out. Normally during a break we would always see five or so. About ten minutes into our class after the break, someone came in and told us about the second plane and the Pentagon and that was when it hit us all. They dismissed our class for about two hours so we could have the opportunity to watch the news and wait for the President to speak on the teleprompters around the building. I remember the fear in my mind of wondering where would the next plane strike. Normally there are over 100 customers waiting to speak to sales reps and it dropped to 0 and stayed that way for days. The impact on me has been tremendous even though I didn't lose anyone close to me. I think about these events everyday and wish I could extend my sympathies to all the families and friends of those innocent Americans who lost their lives. This is my opportunity and I thank those who put this website together to allow each of us to let us express our condolences.
Tammy | 25 | Tennessee

#816 | Monday, March 4th 2002
I was in a hotel room in Birmingham, AL getting ready to leave for a training class for a new job I had taken. I was watching the last part of the news when they said they were following a breaking story about a plane crash into the WTC. When the local news went back to the Today show I wanted to see what was going on. Then, as I was getting ready to turn off the TV to leave, I saw the second plane hit. I knew this was no accident. I stood in the room stunned. I left about 10 mins later and went to where we were having class. They had already brought a TV into the room. We all watched in stunned slience as the event unfolded in front of us. We watched the towers fall. At the same time all this was going on, my daughter back home (350 miles away) was very sick and my wife was taking her to the hospital she called me on my cell phone crying that we were under attack. Neither on of us slept that night as I waited on word of my daughter we both talked on the phone while we watched the news all night.
Don Samples | 37 | Tennessee

#752 | Sunday, February 10th 2002
I sang in the shower that morning. I danced around while getting dressed. I went to work. And then, the world fell apart. I was at the preschool where I work/volunteer when I first heard that something was wrong. One of the parents dropping his child off told us that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. My first reaction was... well, I didn't really know that anything was wrong. I just thought it was an accident. Then the woman who runs the preschool got a call from her son saying a second plane had crashed and that everyone suspected it was a terrorist attack. I still wasn't too alarmed. In my mind, I was picturing a small, one man plane like the kamikaze pilots used in WWII. Then I heard about the Pentagon being attacked and about the 4th plane crash. I was a little scared, but still had no idea of the magnitude of what had happened. After lunch, when we got all the children down for their naps, we finally turned the TV on. The first image I saw was the footage of the plane crashing into one of the towers. I had to get up and go to the bathroom because I thought I was going to be sick. The rest of the day was spent in absolute shock. After I got off of work, I went home. And cried. It was like being in the middle of a bad movie plot. I was sick to my stomach and my head hurt. I just... I just didn't know what to think. I'd never really prayed before. I prayed all day.


Caroline | 25 | Tennessee

#668 | Friday, January 25th 2002
I was in first period Psychology at Lenoir City High School, and a girl came in who was visiting the school, and said something about an airplane hitting a building..we turned on the tv, and watched the 2nd plane hit. this was 8 something, or 9, im not exactly sure. i then went to 2nd block where we watchedthe entire thing unfold. i heard about the pentagon in 3rd block.
josh wells | 16 | Tennessee

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