#2282 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
On September 11, 2001, exactly one year ago, I was watching the horrible terrorist attacks on the television with my mom, dad, and younger sister. I didn’t really understand why the Alkida terrorists would bomb the United States. The first person that my family and I called was my Great-Auntie who lives in New York. We couldn’t get a hold of her though, because the power went out and the phone lines were dead. When my sister and I got to school, all of the teachers and students from third grade to eighth grade and the office staff watched channel two for an hour and a half. We just sat in silence and remembered all of those who passed away during that sad time. The kindergarten through second grade didn’t watch it because they might have gotten scared and wanted to go home. My sister and I stayed at school the whole day. Since school got out at three o’clock, we went out of the classrooms and every grade and staff member went outside, held hands, and said the rosary. I went home and did my homework. That is what I did on September 11, 2001.
Katie | 14 | California

#2281 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
September 11th was a confusing day for me. I wasn't really told what was going on until the next day. I remember my mother waking me up just before she left for work, at 6 am, telling me that a plane had just hit the World Trade Center. I had never heard of the World Trade Center before September 11, 2001. I remember getting up that morning, walking into the living room and seeing the horrible state that New York City was in on that tragic day. I sat down and watched CNN in horror as terrorists attempted to destroy our country. I was picked up for school at about 8:45 AM. My friend's mother picked my friend and me up about 2 hours later. We went back to her house where we sat in front of the television for nearly six hours, while we watched people jumping out of buildings, firefighters and police risking their lives and people fleeing the scene of the disaster. We were all afraid that we would be the next target of the Al Queda. All of us are still scared, but as a country we will unite and conquer. God Bless America and don't lose hope in the Land of the Free!
Charlotte Russell | 14 | California

#2279 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
On September 11, 2001 I was at home. My aunt called our house at about 6:30. I heard my mom saying, “What, what?” Then she turned on the TV. I came into her room to see what was going on, and why my aunt had called so early. When I came in the room, I saw a tall building on fire, and chaos. It didn’t take long for me to figure out that a plane had run into the twin towers. At the time I had no idea how huge this was, and that people would be talking about it forever. It didn’t take long for the first tower to collapse, and the second following its twin. I remember reporting the news to my mom, and her saying, “Oh my god! Oh my god, we’re going to go to war...” It doesn’t scare me that it’s been a year since September 11, 2001; it scares me that it still feels like yesterday.

sandy | 14 | California

#2278 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
September 11th

Back at home, there I sat, at the TV watching as the pentagon and the twin towers were being attacked. I saw the after shots of both being attacked. My family sat there wondering whether they should go to work/school or stay home to let it sink in. instead of staying home, we all went out – to work and school. Later –maybe around 9-10 o’clock- my brother, 2 cousins, 2 aunts, and myself were given the okay to go home. As we were leaving other people were also leaving at the same time. I wasn’t surprised by all of the commotion in the school but what really scared me was all the commotion on the streets, it became a ghost town. There was barely anyone on the streets. There was no traffic and a majority of the stores were closed.

It was never the same since then, people are still afraid to leave their homes because of the attack on September 11th. The commercial build- the economy- had fallen dramatically and never recovered.

laura suarez | 20 | California

#2276 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
On September 11, 2001, I woke up and heard about the world trade center from the radio. Then I went to school. I went inside the classroom, and everyone was watching the news, eagerly waiting for more information. In class that day, we were supposed to be doing the SATs. A couple of hours later, parents had come to pick us up and go home.

My dad took me home, and I saw that my Mom was home along with my nephews. My sister was not able to come home because her boss informed her that they were not involved or in danger. I was very worried that day, but at least I was able to spend time with my family.

Joyce Balingit | 14 | California

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