#824 | Wednesday, March 6th 2002
What happened was something so devastating and horrible. I remember I just woke up and was getting ready for school when my mom came into the room and said "You need to see this." I was so overwhelmed by it all.
Everybody was affected by it. I noticed how my teachers weren't the same. So my school to help we donated money. It was over 4,000 dollars but that was still not enough. So we held a dance and I couldn't attend so I just donated the money anyway. But nobody is the same after what has happened. I walked through the hallway at school and bump into this person I never meet before and now I talk to her almost ever single day. The on thing I am afraid of the most is the what ifs.
I could not be able to live with myself so to the families of loved one's lost I wish you the best and always remember their in a better place. Also to all the soldiers everywhere good luck and god's speed. To Osama Bin Laden you can not hide forever we will find you because you are human and you are bound to make a mistake.

Jamie Cudd | 13 | California

#805 | Saturday, March 2nd 2002
I woke up only when my ride called me at 6:45 am to ask me why I wasn't answering the doorbell. Oops. So I got ready in the quickest three minutes ever and sleepily stumbled into her car mumbling a good morning along with an apology. Her reply?? "The World Trade Centers have been attacked!" Man did THAT wake me up. We were listening to the radio so intently.
That whole day at school, every teacher touched a little if not a lot on the tragedy. Before second period I listened to the radio for a few minutes and was shocked to hear that two MORE planes had crashed. Some teachers let us get on the internet and look up more information so that we could comfirm facts from plenty of rumors that students claimed were true. (i.e. That Hollywood has been hit too, etc)
When i got home from school, all i could do was watch the TV and a thousand prayers went through my head. I was so glad that everyone I knew was safe, but I still couldn't help but cry for the thousands of people who weren't. We had two family friends make it out of there alive. But then I found out that my neighbor had been on the flight that crashed into the Pentagon. Then it made me think: All those flights were en route to LA... maybe everyone i know ISN'T safe. A lot of San Diegans fly via LAX.
That day and the weeks following, I cried so much more than I ever thought I would. It's a day I'll never forget and in a way, i think that's a good thing.

Shreya | 16 | California

#796 | Thursday, February 28th 2002
Every morning the first thing my husband and I do is turn on the news while we're getting ready for work. This particular morning we didn't turn on the news. He had the day off for some reason I don't remember why but we made coffee and sat outside for a little while drank our coffee enjoyed the morning with our dogs. I finally had to go and upon entering the building of my workplace one of the ladies said, "I can't believe they're crashing those airplanes into those buildings!" and of course I said, "What?" in disbelief, and immediately went over to the big television, that we have in our main reception area, turned it on and witnessed all that was happening. As more and more of my co-workers arrived to work a crowd formed in front of the TV and we were in shock. This went on for days we'd come to work and stand or sit in front of that TV and just watch and listen in disbelief together. The thing that touched me the most was those dear people in the face of despair had the presence of mind to call their loved ones for one last "I love you" and "goodbye". To this day I can't quite grasp it all. I feel like I'm in a daze. It's always there. It won't go away. It will never go away what has been done to us. But God gave us a sound mind and not a spirit of fear but strength and power. Let's all draw on that together and keep this country going. I "am" proud to be an American. We will survive.
Sincerely,
Lillian M. Parra
Chemehuevi Indian Reservation

Lillian M. Parra | 56 | California

#789 | Sunday, February 24th 2002
On September 11, 2001 My Husband and I were to go to Las Vegas. It was a first for the both of us. We were to leave at 2 pm when I got off work. I got up all excited about my day. Get to work at 6 am. About 5 minutes later I get a call from a customer of ours, telling us to turn on the Television. The Twin Towers had just been hit by a plane. Hard to believe I turn it on. And there we all stood in shock. Needless to say we never made it to Las Vegas. And we still havenít gone
Heather Balagh | 28 | California

#788 | Sunday, February 24th 2002
Where was I on September 11th? I was not where i wanted to be. I was born in New York and I just moved to california on August 16th 2001. Some people call me lucky. I would have given anything to be able to help my friends and family through everything that they were going through. I wanted to be out there helping people. doing anything i can for my fellow New Yorkers. But instead i cried and cried as i watched in horror as the Twin Towers fell. I was unable to do anything but worry where my family was and friends. All i can say is God Bless everyone and every day i think bout what happened. It will never leave my mind. Love to everyone.
Ashley Jane | 15 | California

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