#1994 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
I was getting ready for school. I usually watch the news when I get ready, and this morning was like no other. The news cut away to a "breaking story" in New York, and showed a live picture of the first tower burning. It didn't hit me that this was something serious. I just thought it was an accidental thing; some plane lost control and hit the tower. I turned around to pick something up behind me and just as I did, my sister yelled, "Oh my God!" I turned back around in time to see the second plane swoop into the second tower. That's when I knew this wasn't accidental. The whole day was a mess. Teachers were trying to get news channels on the TV's, because the school had shut down the cable as not to upset anyone. Kids who had family in the Trade Centers were crying and being pulled out of class. I remember my sister coming up to me after 2nd period, crying, saying, "Oh my God, the towers are gone. The collapsed, they're gone." We had a banquet that night, and all the TV's in the restaraunt had news playing. Let me just say, watching people jump out of the Trade Centers when trying to eat is not a pleasant thing to do.

9/11 affected me greatly, and I'll never forget that horrid day. I pray all the time for the people lost and their families.

God Bless America.

Jennifer | 17 | Nevada

#1991 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
I remember September 11th like it was yesterday. I was sitting in my high school first period psychology class listening to a lecture. One of the social studies teachers (who spent his prep hour watching TV)came in and told us that a plane crashed into the WTC. At first everyone thought he was joking. When we turned on the TV and we were all in shock. Ten minutes later, I saw the second plane crash on TV. No one could say anything. We all thought this was too much like a movie because it was so unbelievable. During most of the school day, our eyes were glued to the TV. School was really quiet that day. I saw people cry in the halls. Many people were angry and the crashes were the only thing people talked about. Everyone was confused,sad and everyone prayed.
J.A. | 17 | Minnesota

#1958 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
Where was I on September 11,2001? I was in school.I still remember what I was wearing.I remember my sister and I walking to school on that day,we looked up at the sky because it was so beautiful,it was a great-looking day.I had thought it was going to be a good day.Boy was I wrong!?! I didn't find out until 1:30ish p.m. though.Others knew,of course--because they saw it on TV but I had not yet been in a classroom with a TV in it and nobody told me so I had NO idea.When I DID see the images on television,I was shocked.I asked "Is this real!?!!!!" Having had lived in Brooklyn,the Twin Towers were a part of my life,and seeing them on fire...oh man,my jaws just dropped...I couldn't believe it.I was too shocked to CRY.And then I found out it wasn't JUST the Twin Towers! I thought the world was ending.What was next?! A THOUSAND thoughts rushed into my head...and to this day,I still can't believe it and I'll always remember that day when the world and everybody's life changed FOREVER.
Cynthia Acosta | 17 | Pennsylvania

#1933 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
I was on my way to school when I heard it come over the radio and by the time i got to school the second tower had been hit. We sat in American History and our teacher tells us to shut our books because this is american history happening right before our eyes and the whole rest of the day we watched the tv to see if anything else had happened. We had an assembly that afternoon to talk about it everyone was shocked and suprised even life here and south dakota changed that day.
Becky K | 17 | South Dakota

#1862 | Monday, September 9th 2002
I remember sitting in my 2nd period Ecology class when the principal of my high school came on the intercom announcing that the World Trade Center had been hit by a plane.At first I was completly clueless about the whole thing because i didn't know that it was that big of a deal plus at the moment i thought it was an accident. I didn't even know they were speaking about the twin towers untill later in the day...All my life i had known those buildings as the twin towers not the world trade center! The reality of the severness of the whole tragety didn't hit me untill later that day around 5th period (Weight training class) All my friends were glued to the TV and alot of them were crying and all i could do was comfort them because I could not cry.I tried being strong infront of them. Later on that evening when i was home listening to the Radio the song "Proud to Be An American" came on and it was the fist time i had heard it and i couldn't hold it in any longer i just had to cry beacause this is my Country who was suffering and i couldn't help it.From that day on I'd find my self crying a lot...And for the next couple weeks all i could show was my American Pride by wearing red,white and blue! May God Bless the USA and i can't help but to say that I am so proud to say i am American and no matter what i will stand for my Country and our freedom!
Flor Jimenez | 17 | Florida

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