#1595 | Saturday, August 24th 2002
I was driving down to Atlantic City, listening to Howard Stern. I know alot of people think he is nasty and vulgar, but what Howard and his crew did that day was amazing. He really relayed the event as it should have been... THANK YOU HOWARD AND CREW!!! I WILL NEVER FORGET!!!
Brian | 29 | New Jersey

#1559 | Saturday, August 17th 2002
September 11 started out one of the most beautiful days in recent memory. Sunny and bright, barely a cloud in the sky, and the temperature was perfect. I'm not a morning person, but that day I couldn't help feeling a little energy boost as I emerged from the house and noticed how gorgeous it was outside. I was in my car, on my way from my home in Philadelphia, PA to Camden, NJ to see a client. I was just turning onto the approach to the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge, when I turned on the radio-- just in time to hear the DJs exclaim, "Oh my God, another plane just hit the other tower!" About a minute went by before I finally heard them say "World Trade Center," and when they did I started punching buttons to check other stations, thinking that it was just some really sick joke. I was stunned when I found that it was all too real. I stomped on the gas pedal and sped up, wanting to get to the client's offices so I could get to a computer and pull up some news sites. When I finally made it there, I tried to pull up CNN's web page and see what the hell was going on-- but it and many other news sites were crippled from millions of people simultaneously trying to do the same thing. We ended up finding and turning on a radio, and getting absolutely no work done as we stood around listening to KYW (the local news radio station) with increasing horror as the reports kept rolling in. Finally, someone managed to pull up MSNBC's main page on their computer, and then we all saw that unbelievable, unimaginable, nightmare image that will probably stick with us for the rest of our lives-- black smoke pouring from a giant gash in one of the twin towers, and the other engulfed in a tremendous fireball from the impact of the second plane and ignition of its full load of jet fuel.

Planes in the primary landing pattern to Philadelphia International Airport can be seen through the floor-to-ceiling front windows of the building I was in. After we heard of the FAA's nationwide aircraft-grounding order on the radio, we watched them coming in, one after the other. We held our collective breath for a moment each time, watching and waiting to see if the plane was really on final approach, or if it was going to veer off toward center city Philadelphia on some hijacker's insane suicide mission. People started to leave to pick up their kids from school and daycare as word spread that Philadelphia was essentially shutting down. I headed for home myself at about 11:20am, when rumors started flying that major area roads and the bridges over the Delaware River were going to be closed (they turned out to be just rumors). The ride home seemed to take forever, but finally I got there. I spent the rest of the day staring at CNN, barely able to accept what I was seeing. Reading the words in the special editions of the Philadelphia newspapers later that afternoon didn't make it any more real, either.

One month ago, I took my annual day-trip to New York for a computer trade show. It was still dark in the morning when I was on the train to the city, so my first look at the city in daylight finally came that afternoon, on the train home. Even after seeing the hole in the skyline with my own eyes, I still can't wrap my mind around the fact that those buildings are gone. I simply sat and stared out the window at the place where they should have been, until my line of sight was finally obscured as the train moved farther away.

Michael Stango | 29 | Pennsylvania

#1416 | Sunday, June 23rd 2002
The morning of September 11, 2001 I was driving to the metro station. I was listening to Howard Stern and I could hear him describing what he was seeing on TV. I had no clue what he was talking about. I thought it was some sort of movie he was describing or just some sort of joke. I had no idea that something like that would ever be done.
Joseph Merfalen | 29 | California

#1361 | Saturday, June 1st 2002
On that morning, I woke up, signed on AOL, and walked away from the computer. I was brushing my daughter's hair, getting her ready for school pictures. While she was finishing up in the bathroom, I glanced at my computer monitor. My friend John sent me a message. "TURN YOUR TV ON!" I did. Both planes had already crashed the towers.

I ran to wake up my husband after the first reports of the Pentagon being hit.

My heart broke into a million pieces when the first tower fell. I was not expecting that. I was standing up at the time, and fell to my knees. I was crying hystercialy, and my husband had to calm me down. My life hasn't be the same since that day.

Kimberly Salvinski Garcia | 29 | Illinois

#1345 | Thursday, May 30th 2002
It was early afternoon when I was in our London office as usual when a group of poeple went rushing to the TV center. What they told us seemed incredible. "A plane crashed in the WTC at NY." After some time another crash closly followed by a third in the Pentagon. I was devastated. What the TV screen was showing appeared to be something from a Sci Fi movie but it was real this time.

It also happened to be my fianse's birthday. She was in India and I was thinking of calling her. But after these attacks making a international phone call seemed to be impossible. There she was waiting every moment for my call. Her friends, relatives, parents, collegues everybody had wished her but the call she was waiting for never came. She was thinking that I had forgotten her birthday and she cried bitterly at night after she lost hope of receiving my call. It was only after two days that I was able to call her and her and explain that may be because of the 9/11 attacks all international calls were probably blocked.

Now whenever somebody mentions 9/11 to me I remember the bitter fact that it all happened on her birthday.

Rohit Sarwate | 29 | India

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