#1705 | Friday, September 6th 2002
I am a British citizen who was living in England at the time and remember being at work in the hospital when somebody mentioned to me that an airplane had hit the WTC, at that time I did not even really know where it was. When I got home i put on the news just seconds before the second plane hit and I remember feeling total disbelief that this could happen (in America of all places) I sat in silence stunned for the rest of that day and long into the evening trying to grasp the magnitude of what happened. I still to this day cannot believe the fact that on live television I watched thousands of people die. It upset me from many many miles away so I cannot imagine what the poor people who were actually there felt. Before this I had never really had much to say about America I knew little about it I neither liked or disliked it but as I watched the events on 9/11 I truly did feel the pain and the sadness with the people who were involved I felt some strange connection to those people a kind of feeling I had never had before or have I had since. But out of all this evil there did come some good never before have I seen such resilliance and humanity from anyone on this planet than those people in new york the way they have put their lives back together is amazing and the way that those brave rescue workers carried on until the last piece of rubble was removed nearly a year later they are a credit to the human race. Unfortunatly on the other hand after this terrible killing almost immediatly America was striking back inflicting the same horrendous acts on people who they thought may be responsible those people in Afghanistan had to experience much the same feelings as the people in America, they too have lost brothers and sons and mothers etc. But yet no worldwide support for them at the end of the day whether we are American British Arab anything we are all members of the human race and we all have the same feelings and emotions no one nation is any more superior to the other they may be different but not better or worse and as the growing problems in Iraq escalate due to America continuing throwing its weight around the world just to make sure everyone knows who is in charge there will only be more killing and hate in the world. So in 12 months I have gone from feeling a deep connection with America and sharing their pain but now I am finding this hard to do when they are striving for war. On 9/11 2002 I will give a thought to the families of those who have lost loved ones but after that day any emotional connection I have with America is well and truly severed as it is turning into something I could easily end up hating who are they to decide all of our fates by leading us in to war! I would welcome any comments people may have.
Ben | 21 | United Arab Emirates

#1699 | Friday, September 6th 2002
I was at school the day of the attacks. Like most of the country, many of us were in complete shock. It was all we could do to go to whatever classes were that morning. There were many vigils and class discussions for the next several weeks. Personally, I was scared, partly for my family, partly for my friends. I was scared for one friend in particular. He's in the National Guard and I still hope that he has not been sent over.
Noelle | 21 | New Hampshire

#1669 | Thursday, September 5th 2002
On september 11th 2001 I was having lunch with friends. In the UK it was just after 2pm. A friend called and said in a greif stricken voice saying something about America but the reception was bad and I could not understand what he has said. We turned on a radio and it became clear that something devistating had happened. We drove to a friends house who had a tv and watched in horror as the reality of what had happened sank in, I remember the day so well, that day will be with me as long as i live. May God bless us and have mercy on us all.
Pete Joyce | 21 | United Kingdom

#1642 | Monday, September 2nd 2002
I was in my Two Dimensional Design class, the same place I was every Tuesday and Thursday morning, working on whatever the assignment was for the time. I remember Elizabeth coming in from the food court saying that an airplane had crashed into the World Trade Center...I don't think I even knew what the WTC was and I remember visioning a small, two-seater airplane hitting some tall building.

Reality began to set in when I walked into the food court and saw people gathered around the televisions. I joined them in watching and the horror began to sink in as I started to realize the size of what was happening. I remember seeing the second plane hit and I remember the compassion and unity of the people there and I remember calling my mom and talking to her about it and I remember that not many people from my class returned, including the teacher.

I also remember going to prayer that night after I got off work and hearing the different thoughts that were running through all of our minds. I remember thinking then and believing now that our God is a sovereign one and that He “…works for the good of those who love Him…”(Romans 8:28) even when we don’t understand and even when something that appears and is horrible happens.

I hope I remember this for a long time.

Chet | 21 | Georgia

#1635 | Saturday, August 31st 2002
I had just recently been burgularized in my college apartment, and had the radio on 24 hours a day. I remember waking up hearing that a plane had flown into the World Trade Center. Thinking to myself, "That's not good... must have been a single engine plane that lost engine power." I then remember turning on the tv to make sure I wasn't dreaming, and seeing the second plane hit the World Trade Center. I sat there frozen knowing this could not be an accident. Having to face the day at school and help to facilitate a class, I knew I had to get moving. I didn't want to be sitting alone in my apartment looking at the tv with pure shock and fear. After calling my mom, I proceeded to take a shower. I got out and next thing you know the pentagon has been hit. I was scared to go to class, but knew I had to go on with my day-to-day life. I went to class and everyone was in shock. We all gathered around tvs set up in our student union. I remember looking around me gauging the reactions of others. Some were very emotional, others just in pure shock. I'll never forget Sept. 11th, 2001, and nor should anyone. United We Stand.

H.A.S.

Harlee | 21 | Florida

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