#1727 | Saturday, September 7th 2002
When I first heard about the attacks I was sat at my desk at work. I overheard a conversation a couple of desks away and was suddenly concerned (Having many friends out in the States) The conversation was not very clear so I then proceeded to ask people about it and many hadn't any knowledge at all. Later that day, when I finally went on my lunch break I called my mum and asked if she knew anything about it and she was very emotional about it, knowing that I had many friends out there. She told me to turn on a television as soon as I got the chance, but this didnt happen until I finally got home at around 5.45. When I did switch on the box I was suddenly shocked. (I had first been told that it was a complete accident - not at all intentional) At just before 6pm UK time a second plane hit the building and me and my flatmates were watching in complete disbelief. It was such a horrible thing to witness - seeing people literally jumping out of the towers. One of the most horrific things I have ever witnessed in my life. The UK really are supporting you.. xxxxxxx My workplace has a 5 minute silence in memory. God bless america. xxxxx
Danno Gane | 18 | United Kingdom

#1724 | Saturday, September 7th 2002
I was on my way to school. As soon as I arrived, I noticed that the television in the Commons Area was on. I thought that was odd, and asked the people who were watching the television "What are you watching?" They replied by saying something about a plane hitting a building. I didn't understand what they were saying, so I went to my math teacher's room to watch his television. When I got to the room, I noticed that there were two students already watching it. I went over to the television and what I saw on the screen was unbelievable. I just stood there facing the television for the next 15 minutes. I didn't know what to say or do. I was in shock; I felt numb. I spent the rest of the day glued to the television screen. I truly thought that it was the end. I thought life as we knew it was surely over. I wanted it to all be a dream.
Racquel Carlson | 18 | Minnesota

#1701 | Friday, September 6th 2002
I was in my senior year of high school. 2nd hour, I went into the classroom, which was Foods. One of the guys in my class announced that earlier a plane hit the World Trade Center. I thought that he was joking. Several other people confirmed it. They were in the classrooms at the time of this, while I was outside marching w/ the band, and this came as a total shocker. During the whole day at school, the TV was on the entire time, and everyone stayed glued to it. It was a lot to handle- disbelief, shock, anger, so much was going through everyone's heads, that we didn't know what to think. We wondered, even though we were far away from where the terrorists seemed to be targeting, we wondered where are they going to hit next, would they hit a small town such as ours. For the whole week and awhile after, we talked of it, still in disbelief. This is something I will tell my children about when I have them and when they are old enough to understand- to let them know the fear and everything that came with this. I prayer to God that nothing ever happens like this again, that no ones senior year of high school is so marked by such an event as this...
Stacy Mieure | 18 | Illinois

#1676 | Thursday, September 5th 2002
I was sleeping, and my mom came in and said that a plane had crashed into the WTC...I didn't think much of it, but I turned on the radio and heard everything. I went downstairs and right as I set foot in the living room, I watched the TV, and the first tower fell. I was really scared and didn't want to go to school, but I did, and everyone just sat silent the whole day...I was in total shock and I remember we were supposed to take the Senior Picture that day so all the seniors were there early before the rest of the school and we sat in the parking lot listening to everyone's radios in their cars. Almost no one spoke. It was...unbelievable.
Emily Hummel | 18 | California

#1609 | Tuesday, August 27th 2002
I was asleep when it happened. When I woke up, I had an SMS from my best friend on my mobile phone, telling that America was under attack. The first thing I did was turn on the TV. The second thing I did was get online.

Every channel was broadcasting live, I had very little idea what had happened and was filled in by my online friends.

It was about then I started calling my friends in the US. Those who could were already online, but there were some I needed to speak to, even if they were nowhere near NY or DC.

The first few times I called, I couldn't get an international line (I live in Australia). By now, I was completely panicking. When I finally got through to someone, I was reassured that everyone there (South-Eastern Virginia) was fine, albeit a little shaken up.

Then I went outside and for the first time ever, smoked three cigarettes in a row.

It was a school day, but I didn't go. I knew there was no way I would be able to concentrate (and my English teacher, knowing I had previously lived in the US had informed all my other teachers I probably wouldn't be in).

One by one, I managed to get in contact with all of my American friends. Slowly, I was able to relax slightly.

That didn't last.

Once I was certain my people were safe, my thoughts turned to the friends and family of other people. How many wives wouldn't see their husband again? How many children would grow up, not knowing their father, knowing only that he died for the twisted political views of a terrorist.

First, I was sad. I spent many hours crying. Crying for the loss of life, the loss of safety and for the loss of innocence.

Then came anger. I wanted those responsible to be found and I wanted them to be punished to the full extent of the law and then some.

Over time, it has become easier to remember what happened without being overcome by these two emotions. They are both still there, but they are no longer as powerful as before.

My father is flying from his Naval base on the other side of Australia to visit us. He's flying on September 11th. I am not the only one who has begged him to change his flight. This is probably the most lasting effect of the terrorist action against America.


Katie Marchant | 18 | Australia

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