#1830 | Monday, September 9th 2002
I was late for work that morning rushing through traffic and as I was walking in the door the first plane hit. As the news came of a second plane, and the pentagon my first thought was my family & friends and trying to account for everyone. And my next thought was how could this be happening here? I spent the rest of the day and next, at work, online, searching for a college friend that lived in NY and worked for Cantor Fitzgerald
It was amazing how many people were in the same situation, being a few hundred miles away in Boston, I connected with people from all over NY and elsewhere looking for loved ones, reaching out to anyone for new information.
A year later it almost doesn't seem real. Again, how could that have happened here? Where I've grown up and felt so safe. The simple fact is that it did happen,and the only thing forus to do is be the people that have made this country so great. No matter what happens to us here, whether it be by our own hands or that of hateful terrorists, we will always be the ones left standing, moving on and providing the rest of the world with vision & hope for freedom. It is the acts of love that occurred on that day(9/11/01)through rescue workers and everyday civilians, that have made us stronger. And me realize, it may have happened here, but the evil & hate that hit us that day will never hurt us again.

Stacy | 25 | Massachusetts

#1816 | Monday, September 9th 2002
I arrived at my office & was told by coworkers that the first of the two buildings had been hit. We all thought it was some sort of error - certainly not a terrorist attack against the US. My office happens to overlook the Pentagon, and when it was hit, our building shook. Afterwards, we could see black smoke just pouring out of the Pentagon. That was enough for me. I left work & rushed over to my daughter's daycare provider. She was just 5 months old at the time. For the rest of the day I just stayed in my home & watched these horrific acts over and over again on the television, cradling my little baby girl in my arms thinking, My God, what will happen to us all? Will my daughter get to grow up in a world filled with terrorist attacks? I saved many articles & memories for her to have when she is older. I am sure she will have to learn about this in school which is so sad to me. To this day I still think of those poor innocent people & it brings tears to my eyes. God Bless us and God Bless America!
Cristin | 25 | Virginia

#1810 | Monday, September 9th 2002
I was driving to work and listening to Faith Hill's "Love the way you love me" on the radio when the announcer broke in and said to stand by for an announcement from President Bush. He came on and was talking about the attacks. I didn't really comprehend it until I got to work and was trying to find some info about it on the internet and couldn't because they were so jammed. I was standing in my classroom next to a mom who is active duty navy when the announcement came on that the pentagon had been attacked. We all turned pale and she said she had to run and literally ran out the door. I have never felt so vulnerable as that day. I pray that we never do again.
Carrie | 25 | Texas

#1780 | Sunday, September 8th 2002
I was riding in my car, going to work that morning when I heard on the radio what had happened. I could not believe what I was hearing. I got to a telivision as soon as possible to learn more about what was going on. It has been almost one year since the attacks, and I still think about it every day. I can only imagine what those workers and the rescue people went through on that September day. My heart goes out to each and every one of them and their family. I think everyone should step back and look at that day and realize just how much we take for granted,and how just one second can change our life and outlook for ever.
Daniel Lester | 25 | Virginia

#1778 | Sunday, September 8th 2002
I was at home on September 11th 2001. I had been up until around 3:00 that morning so I didn't get up until 1:30 and thought I was going to lose it when I turned on the TV. I was glued to the tv the rest of the day and only left long enough to go pick up a special edition of the local newspaper and pick up a ribbon. I wanted to donate blood but I don't weigh enough.

I put a tape in the VCR starting with the President's speech that night and kept it going through the local news. I have also kept the newspapers for the week after the attacks and have bought just about every book I can find that has been written on it. I figure that this is history and one day any kids that I have will be doing a report on it.

I remember thinking that half the people who did this should be strapped in a remote controlled plane that was going to be destroyed anyway, and the other half strapped inside a building that was going to be demolished so that they would see exactly what they put those thousands of people through. Then I realized that all that would be doing is giving them what they want.

I still find myself wondering sometimes why God allowed this to happen. I know that He didn't cause it though and that in the end, these evil doers will be punished for thier deeds. If you look back there have been more people turning to God so He really had turned what the enemy meant for evil and turned it to good, but I still find myself thinking there must have been another way that wouldn't have caused so many lives.

This year I'm having some friends over on the 11th for a Pot Luck. I figure that we should have some fun on the anniversary of that horrible day to show the terrorists that they haven't won. Although I do think that the entire area at ground zero should be a park/memorial and that September 11th should be a national holiday to remember those who lost their live on that fateful day. I'm just beginning to ramble now so I'll quit but it is nice to have a place like this where we can all come together and remember.

Marcia | 25 | Washington

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