#1672 | Thursday, September 5th 2002
I was at school, i was a sophmore then i was in study hall when i first heard about it. the teacher let us watch tv and i look what happend and i was like who would do such a thing? i can belleve someone would do this. i want to send my love to those who have loved ones who died. god bless america and stand strong.
anthony | 16 | Illinois

#1629 | Saturday, August 31st 2002
I was at school in my computer class. Ironically we had just finished watching the movie "War Games." We were supposed to be writing a summary of the movie, but I was online at a message board I frequent when I read a post saying the World Trade Center had been hit by a plane! I then tried going to news sites, but all of them, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Yahoo, were flooded, so I couldn't get in. Finally I got to the Chicago Tribune site and saw the horrifying pictures. I was very scared that they might attack other cities. It was an awful, awful day.
Matt | 17 | Illinois

#1615 | Thursday, August 29th 2002
I was in my car with my husband and son, we were on our way to work and school. My mother called to tell me that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. I was shocked but thought that there must have been a major mechanical breakdown. Then my mom gasped and said "Oh, my God. Was that what I thought?..another plane ran into the other tower." I felt a sensation, like electricity, travel down my spine. Each muscle tensed and I straightened in my seat. I whispered "Oh my God, we are at war." My husband was startled and I began to relay the information to him. As if in a fog, I told my mom "I love you" and ended our phone conversation. We continued on as if it were a normal day...dropped my son off at school, dropped my husband off at work and went to my office. It was anything but a normal day. I couldn't concentrate and I quickly learned that no one else could either. I work in our state capital for a government office. Everyone was tense and after about two hours, we received orders to begin evacuation of our buildings. Slowly I made my way to pick up my son and then my husband. We went to my uncle's home because it is close to where we work. We stayed with him, watching TV until late that night. The saddness was almost overwhelming. I cried...we all cried. I trembled, afraid for all of the people in the planes, in the buildings, in the United States, U.S. citizens traveling abroad, and for my sona and all of the children growing up now. On a spring trip to Chicago, my son, then only 4 years old, would not go to the top of the Sears tower and cried that bad guy would fly a plane into it. I haven't lost that fear and that sorrow.
Everywhere I went after 9-11 felt like a ghost town. Although people were carrying on with their lives, they barely spoke to one snother and when they did speak, it was in a whisper. The grief was immense and the helplessness drained everyone. I wanted to go to New York, or Washington D.C., or Pennsylvania. I felt helpless and I wanted to help in any way that I could. I needed so badly to work up a sweat trying to help, as if the physical labor would help relieve the feelings of despair, helplessness and loss. Although I did not personally know anyone who lived through or parished in this tragedy. I felt connected to them. They were doing what I do everyday. Arriving at work, beginning their day, learning of the new projects that would start today and finishing up the projects left from yesterday.
My family and I all cry periodically, sometimes the pain feels just as real as it did then. Again, I find myself needing to connect with those souls that were lost, saved, escaped and witnessed this horrible event. I feel that I really missed getting to know some very special people.

Tammy M | 32 | Illinois

#1598 | Sunday, August 25th 2002
I was in Math Class. I went down to the resource room to take my test. On the way down I went past the Social Studies room, and saw the class watching the TV. I just thouhgt they were watching some kind of war movie. So I went on down to take my test. When I came back up they were still watching it, and there were more kids and teachers including my math teacher. She motioned me in to the room. I heard the words: planes, World Trade Center. Then I heard them say, "Two jet planes just crashed into each of the World Trade Centers." Then the bell rang for lunch. While we were at lunch, one of my friends came running in screaming, "We've been bombed." We told her again what happened. After lunch we then found out about the Pentegon, and the Penn. crash. That night I couldn't sleep very good. Two weeks after it had happened, is when I wanted to learn more about it. My heart goes out to all the people who were affected.
Cyle Rex Traster | 15 | Illinois

#1545 | Wednesday, August 14th 2002
I live in Rockford, IL, so basically, that's where I was on September 11th.
I took my daughter to school, and when I got home, my husband said "Someone just crashed a plane into the World Trade Center!" so I pondered the reasons for it. Was it an accident? Was it a terrorist?
As we watched the morning news some more, the second plane hit. Then we both agreed that it was no accident.
I remember when the 3rd plane hit, as well. The news anchor was in the building and said everyone was being exacuated. I wasn't sure if I should pick my daughter up from school, but then I figured that would be a very unlikely target.
I remember seeing the people dancing in the streets of Bethlehem. That was very sad.
I had a friend here from Australia, and I was worried that she might have been on one of the planes, so I tried and tried to contact her, with no luck. I found myself glued to the TV for a week, waiting for word and for new developments. I wasn't scared to leave, but I was too pregnant to give blood, I didn't have the energy to go to prayer vigils....I just sat there and watched TV. I also did a lot of crying that week.

Carla Heidenreich | 23 | Illinois

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