#1744 | Sunday, September 8th 2002
On 9/11/2001 I was just starting my senior year of high school. Second period had just begun and we were patiently ignoring the teacher in our American History class. Little did we know that day was not going to be a review of American history but a day of making it. I had a portable personal tv on waiting for things to calm down in class when a news special report came on. The picture switched to the twin towers with smoke coming out of one of them. I tell my teacher to turn on the classroom tv. As we watched in confusion then horror our principal comes over the P.A. system telling all teachers to tune in and that, 'It seems a terrorist attack has been unleashed on the World Trade Center.' Once schools had been released in Philadelphia we all noticed how erie and quiet the skys were without air traffic. That was my account of the horror of 9-11.
David Zoltowski | 18 | Pennsylvania

#1715 | Saturday, September 7th 2002
I remember when we used to drive through new york and see the empire state building, GW bridge, and the twin towers. I remember the trip to the bronx zoo and to the statue of liberty. IDK much about new york, but i remember seeing all these things.

Where Was I when it happened? I was in school... 7th grade...i was 12 then it happened while I was in math class, but nobody told me until another peer came up to me before lunch and told me planes flew into the WTC. At that point I didn't know the twin towers we're the WTC. (i was ignorant... sorry) and then I didn't find out that they had collapsed until music. For the first month all I was interested in was seeing the planes hit the towers. But now that I've had a year to think about it (i'm in 8th grade now, 13) I feel that humans are indeed petty, fighting to prove who's wrong... who's the best... put fear into peoples hearts for no reason except the joy it causes when you do so, all this hatred. Lately I've been comparing the lives of humans to other species, and noticed that humans are the only ones that murder for the pleasure of killing, or because they just don't like someone.

Who cares who's more powerful.
Why is money so important. If it wasn't then I assure you crime wouldn't be as bad today.
Why do people care what difference in religion means. So people believe something different. How do we know who's right? What if we're all right in one way or another.

and why do innocent people have to be killed to prove a point. if they wanted a war why did they have to be COWARDS and attack the innocent bystanders who on september 11th thought they we're going through the normal routine.

What kind of world do we live in. I think the world is a pretty pathetic place to live in right now.

I know it took a year for me to think all these thoughts, but it needed time to sink in.

Lindsay Kemmlein | 13 | Pennsylvania

#1687 | Friday, September 6th 2002
I work for Aon in Pittsburgh. The receptionist told me about the first plane, and after I wasn't able to get through to any news websites, I called my wife and told her to turn on CNN. She turned the TV on, and watched the second plane hit on live TV. After the towers fell and the Pentagon was hit, our building was evacuated. I wasn't really scared for my personal safety until we learned about the plane going down in Somerset County, PA. If I would've looked up, I could have probably seen it pass over Pittsburgh
Jim | 35 | Pennsylvania

#1637 | Sunday, September 1st 2002
I was in my bedroom in Merrick (Long Island) just after receiving all my furniture delivered to me that morning from IKEA. I was debating about whether or not to go to Ithaca to visit my friend and see a show, but I was coming down with a cold, so I was unsure if I was going to go.

I sat on my bed, bored because I was up much earlier than I'd wanted to be (I was moving to Philadelphia in four days and didn't have a job anymore) and that is when I turned on the news and watched it all.

ericalynn | 24 | Pennsylvania

#1622 | Friday, August 30th 2002
I was at work in a bank. It took me until 2:30 pm to be able to contact my son and daughter-in-law who live in NY. I could not believe such a tragedy could happen in the United States. My son was home. but his wife was in Manhattan and had to spend the night with friends. They were both ok physically but emotionally I think they are still affected even now almost a year later. I know I am and I live in Pa. I thank God they were not injured and not a day goes by that I do not think of the people or their families that were involved.Every time I see a flag (which is many times a day) I remember.
Terry | 64 | Pennsylvania

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