#1751 | Sunday, September 8th 2002
I was with my mother and her fiance, in the kitchen of his flat-drinking tea.
When we heard the first plane had hit, we thought it was a small plane gone off course into the building which would have been tragic enough. But as soon as we heard of the second plane and then the Washington and Pennsylvania flights, we knew that it was no accident. Turning on the TV, it was like nothing you can dream of-it was almost unreal what we were seeing. We all felt so afraid, we did not know what would happen next and hoped aginst hope that there would be no more to come. In London, we were hearing about the emergency measures being taken at airports and other institutions and the fear really hit home. I didn't want to leave my family, I was afraid for my partner who was away at work at the time-was he alright? Were my friends in the US alright? There was an enormous urge to 'check in' with everyone just to make sure that they were safe, no matter where they were. It was horrific, watching the news on TV and seeing all this unfolding before you. Just the dread and fear of what might happen next was overwhelming. You knew that we, as a collective of humanity, would never ever be the same again.

Michelle | 25 | United Kingdom

#1749 | Sunday, September 8th 2002
I was in Colorado and my mom called from Florida and woke me up by saying, "Turn on the television...the World Trade Center is on fire."
I fumbled for the remote control and then saw an image too horrific to fully comprehend, even today. The second plane was flying into the tower and I thought to myself, "my God, we are under attack." I didn't know by whom or why. But I knew this was no accident and we would no longer be the safe nation I had known.

Jennifer | 25 | Colorado

#1693 | Friday, September 6th 2002
I had been unemployed for three months before I finally found a job. Half of this was my fault, because I wasn’t looking as hard as I should have, really. It was nice to be fiscally secure for a short period of time, and enjoy life without having to report to work.

I tugged myself out of bed minutes before 7:00 MST. I was going back to work next Monday and decided to condition myself to getting out of bed with the rest of the world. My pet cat, which has since passed away, stretched and continued to sleep. I wanted to join him, but clicked on the television instead.

The local newscaster said that there appeared to be an accident at the World Trade Center in New York. The “Today” show will have more details…

After watching the whole thing live on TV, I couldn’t handle anymore by 10:00 MST. I needed to do something, because watching this was unreal, like I didn’t belong to this world. I left my home, and went to the local discount store for some dish soap. I think I needed just to be with people, comparing the price of toothpaste, or something.

There was no traffic. There were only a few scattered cars in the parking lot. When I walked into the store, it was empty, not even the workers were anywhere to be seen. I supposed that they were in Electronics, watching television.

I didn’t find out. I went right back home.

This is what scared me; and that there was and is the chance we as a nation would not overcome.

I sat on the couch, under a blanket my mother made for me.

What else could I do?

Corey | 25 | Colorado

#1686 | Friday, September 6th 2002
I had just walked out the door to go to work, realized I had forgotten my sunglasses, so I walked back inside. My younger brother was sitting on the couch with a look of horror on his face. I glanced at the TV he was watching, and dropped my keys. It was about 5 minutes after the first tower was hit. I sat and watched for a few minutes, still thinking to myself that is was just an accident. Then the second plane hit. I relaized it was no accident. I drove to work, listening to the radio, there was no music that day. I spent my "work day" huddled around the TV with the rest of my co-workers, heartbroken and in a state of shock. I just wanted to be with my family.

I got the call from the Red Cross on September 12th, asking me to go to NYC to offer my assistance. I never thought twice about it and accepted right away. ( I am a certified disaster relief worker). On the morning of the 13th, 12 of us left Denver International airport on a tiny charter plane, not knowing what we were about to experience. We had to land in Connecticut since the airports were all closed within the NYC area. Driving in, you could see the smoke cloud, and as we got closer a rubber like pollution type smell was everywhere. I don't remember much talking between the other DRW's, seeing it on TV was one thing, seeing it in person was absolutely horrorfying. Everybody was silent. We arrived near "ground Zero" 4 hours later, put on our masks, and got put to work right away. There were people in my station from all over the country, from as far away as California, to New Jersey.My duty was to provide food and minor medical attention to the fire fighters and rescue workers at the scene. I felt honored. The next 4 days were pure chaos. I think I slept 2 hours. I made 200 new best friends, all who I will never forget. Although my time spent there was short, the memory of what I saw will never leave my mind.

Carrie | 25 | Colorado

#1613 | Wednesday, August 28th 2002
I remember exactly where I was when the first plane hit the WTC. I was in my car on my way to work. I cross a mountain every day on my way to work and I was exactly on the very top of the mountain when it was mentioned on the radio that the WTC had been hit. I never will forget what I felt at that moment. At first I thought we had just lost another airliner to a mysterious crash like so many airliners in the past. But something felt different. Before I knew all the details, something just seemed different. I got to work and then heard about the second plane. That is when I realized this was unlike anything else I have ever experienced. We were under attack. It was a strange eerie feeling at work. I work for an Internet Provider and we have to keep our part of the Internet running 24/7. We kept doing our jobs, but we knew that we had an even greater responsibility now. To keep vigilant and defend our country as well. When I got home from work that day, I noticed things were really really quiet. And it was very scarey not seeing any planes in the skies. I don't think I slept that night, wondering what would happen next. I also felt a lot of anger that someone would terrorize the USA that way. I still feel that anger towards the terrorists. They are responsible for this. I am glad that a lot of Americans feel anger towards these terrorists that commited such an evil act. And I am also glad that there are Americans that are willing to stand up and defend this country. We have a good start on the war on terrorism but it is far from over. I hope people don't forget that. I also hope they don't forget our service men and women in the armed forces that are defending our right to freedom. It's definitely good to be an American and to feel proud of our freedoms and to stand up and fight for them.
Jason | 25 | Alabama

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