#383 | Saturday, December 8th 2001
I had been at work at the National Air Intelligence Center (http://www.wpafb.af.mil/naic/) for almost an hour on that fateful day of 9-11. We rounded up the morning meeting and had reviewed what the duties of the day would be. I was on the phone with a worker at another military installation, when she exclaimed "Dear God, a plane just crashed into the World Trade Towers." I ended the conversation quickly and fired up my computer terminal where I discovered the first reports were coming in. A few minutes earlier, the day was headed for another routine shift but now people were confused by what was happening. By the time the pentagon and second trade tower were hit, we were overwhelmed by the amount of information that was coming into our workcenter. Yet, none of it made sense - it was confused and speculative, filled with rumors and possibilities. We were supposed to be working at the place where we safeguarded America from any future enemy; never to be suprised again by anyone's intentions or capabilities. We were all shocked and upset. We worked hard that day, and many days to come to make information flow to those who needed it, but we also attended daily broadcasts and services for our fellow Americans who were cut down by the cowards. I worked continuously for the following few weeks, trying desperately to learn how we failed our country. My place of employment was created to insure we always remained technologically superior to any adversary our country would ever face... and it will haunt me forever
T | 42 | Ohio

#350 | Saturday, December 8th 2001
September 11, 2001 was my work place's golf tournament. Tee off at 9:50. Before I left home the first plane had crashed into the world trade center, at that time every body thought it was some freak accident. By 11:00 o'clock the grounds keeper were relaying the latest information. Our foursome could not believe what was happening. When we got back to the clubhouse in the afternoon, all the TVs were turned on to CNN. What should have been a great party atmosphere looked more like a funeral. The silliness and pranks that had gone on throughout the tournament was now insignificant. Every one was glued to the TV and yes, some had tears to their eyes as CNN kept showing apocalyptic pictures of the situation in New York.
Gaston Potvin | 42 | Canada

#348 | Saturday, December 8th 2001
Got up early (5am PST) and walked my wife out to go to work. Sat down at my computer and was reading e-mail and catching up on things. Watching the morning news at the same time, "Breaking News". A plane possibly hit the WTC. Watching and wondering what happened, I phoned my wife to turn on her TV and watch. While I was speaking to her, the Second Plane hit the WTC. We both were speechless! It was so sureal. I phoned my parents, woke them up and had them also view the attack. Since I work for the local Police Dept, I immediately left for work as I knew it was going to be a very busy day as well as a major change in the way we look at things. 3-months later, we're still on high alert. My prayers go out to all of those who were affected by this incident. God Bless America
J. R. Rodriquez | 42 | California

#337 | Saturday, December 8th 2001
At the moment of the first airplane crash, I was working at a client site in Paris, France.

I received the news through an assistant at 15:15. I accessed the web and found most sites were difficult to reach. I finally got initial information about the event on non-US news sites. First plane may have been an accident but the second plane obviously pointed to terrorism. When I heard that the twin towers had crumbling, I was shocked.

I am sorry for the families of the victims. I support the elimination of the terrorism threat through the use of the military.

Robert

Robert Racine | 42 | France

#304 | Thursday, November 29th 2001
I was in bed and when I awoke, I turned on the TV. At first I wondered what the hell happened as I saw the smoke billowing from the WTC. I watched in disbelief, and to me it seemed like a plot from a movie. I dammned those responsible to hell.
How can anyone do such a thing? Those sub-humans have earned my wrath.

My heart goes out to the victims and their families.

Peter Zola | 42 | Arizona

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