#1835 | Monday, September 9th 2002
September 11, 2001 was supposed to be a very relaxing day for me. The night before i had no homework so i went to bed extra early. I had a good night sleep so i was very awake. At school, it was 4th period when i had found out about the WTC. I had just come from 3rd period which was my Italian class. My whole class was split up between italian and spanish classes. During 4th period, a guy in my class rasied his hand and told the teacher " is it true dat a plane hit the twin towers?" Nobody in the class made a reaction to this because we thought he was kidding. The teacher just looked at him in a mean way and said... "You shouldn't be joking around like that... why would u even say a stupid thing like that??" He said that his spanish teacher told him. Everyone just started laughing and he said "i knew she was leing." Then we began doin our work and during 5th and 6th period a lot of the parents from the students were comin to pick them up. Everyone was confused as to why they were all gettin pikked up but they all thought it was because of the voting that was going on in
our school. By the end of 6th period everyone was sure of what happened but we still had mixxed feelings. I didnt think it was a terrorist attack. I thought that a plane crashed into it by mistake. When i got to 7th period class my teacher said that we will always rember this day for as long as we live... it was never made clear to us of what had happened. When i got home at around 3, I got in the house to see my mom and my dad in front of the tv screen. I heard all these newscasters talk about the twin towers. I came in smiling and I told my mom "did u hear bout the stupid plane that crashed in the twin towers?" and she said "what are you talkin about.. it wasn't stupid.. it was terrorists"... at that i got confused. I didnt know what to think. I was speechless. I just ran to the tv and listened and all they showed were the planes crashing into the towers over and over again. They kept showing those clips and i kept gettin the chills up my spine everytime they showed it. I couldn't belive what had happened.

Alexandra | 15 | New York

#1761 | Sunday, September 8th 2002
It started out as a beautiful September morning, the sun shining and everything. Yet a few hours later the whole world changed for me, and it was no longer a beatiful day. I as sitting in school, and as I walked into my health class, I saw my teacher had the t.v. on. I saw 2 planes crash into the World Trade Center. Once I realized what was happening, I felt all numb. This couldn't happen to us! We're the most powerful and giving country in the world! Why would we be attacked? There were so many questions racing through my mind; I couldn't believe it. My mom came to pick me up, and I went up to my room and listned to the radio. The news of the Pentagon and the field in Pennsylvania shocked me. Where would it end? I became scared and prayed to God to protect the U.S. and other countries from the sudden attacks.
It's been almost a year since, and I've now come to realize that through all the terror and destruction, good prevailed. The terrorists intended to scare and divide us, yet we have showed them the spirit of America. In tough times we stick together, and with the help of our allies we struck back. Not only did this unite our country, it united others with us. Which is bad news for our enemies. God Bless America!

Katherine | 15 | Ohio

#1756 | Sunday, September 8th 2002
I was in school when it happened and didnt find out until my Dad collected us. He explained it to us all and on the way home and our usual noisy car full of teenagers was silent. None of us knew how to say what we were feeling.
When I got home I sat on the sofa and watched the television, so much went through my head. I felt for everyone in there or who had someone they loved in there. I turned off the television and cried for half an hour whilst praying for everyone there.
There was so much to feel, for people in there, those who had people in there whom they loved, the fireman and world leaders. There are still too many feelings to express.
For the future I hope that people will always look back to September 11th and remeber the courage shown, rather than the evil displayed.

Samantha Hunt | 15 | United Kingdom

#1753 | Sunday, September 8th 2002
I was at school when the plane hit the first tower and I didn't know about it. When I came home my parents called me in to see something on TV. When I saw the picture it all seemed like something out of a cheap budget film like "Disaster Movie 3" or something. I couldn't believe it, I just stood there for about half an hour before I moved, I went upstairs and turned on every TV and put them on different channels, so that I could keep track of everything. Seeing the first tower fall was heart-breaking, as I had known from when I first saw the tragedy, that if one tower fell, so would the other one. My heart sunk, and I felt helpless for all those people left in the towers on the high floors, who had no hope of escape. I watched TV until about 3am that night and then again the next morning, at 9 o'clock, when fire-fighters were still at the site, stuggling to cope with anything. I send my compassion out to all those lost friends and relatives that day.
Eddie Heywood | 15 | United Kingdom

#1674 | Thursday, September 5th 2002
I was in the locker room at first peroid. A friend of mine had a radio-cd player, and he ran in tellin everyone. I stood dumbfounded on the bench in nothing but my boxers. The rest of the day we didnt do nothing but talk and crowd around kids with radios. When I got home I fliped on the tube and just watched. I have never seen anything so amazingly terrible in my life. Crazy.

Lets not forget all the soliders, airmen, saliors and marines who have died in Operation Enduring Freedom. Dont forget the warriors who died for our protection. Jesus says, There is no greater love than for one to lay down his life for another.

Fedj | 15 | Wyoming

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