#1105 | Sunday, March 24th 2002
It was a Tuesday like every other Tuesday. I awoke and got ready for college, which began at 11:00AM. The only news I would have heard was from when my alarm clock woke me, but I heard nothing. Around 5 minutes till 10:00AM I received a call from my father telling me two planes had ran into the World Trade Towers and a plane hit the Pentagon. At first I told him “No way,” he told me maybe I should turn on the TV and check to see if my boyfriend was ok.
At first it was just too odd for me to really comprehend what was going on and I knew I had to leave for school. I called my boyfriend’s work number and there was his voice mail, my message was basically please call me to let me know you are ok. I began on my 45-minute drive to college during this time I was trying to convince myself that my boyfriend was ok that he wasn’t in the Pentagon at the time of the crash. My mind was racing of what to do. Part of me wanted to drive pass my college and just head for his house to be there when he got home. The reasonable side of my mind said that roads might be closed and I would just end up stuck in traffic and lost. Thank God for our reasonable side.
By the time I reached my classroom I could not contain my worries and broke down into tears thinking he could have been killed or injured. I became frantic and was calmed by my professor as a fellow classmate just realized that Pentagon was hit where he father and boyfriend was working at the time.
They closed my college so I didn’t have to attend any classes that day and I continued trying to get a hold of my boyfriend or his mother. The phone lines were tied up and I couldn’t get through to either of them. Arriving home I found my father there and told me there was a message for me. It’s weird thinking back after the fact… hearing all those other messages left on machines all around the US and just to think mine was one of the lucky ones.

He told me he was ok.

I was so relieved to hear the news but still very emotional I waited to actually talk to him. To personally know he was ok. To hear his voice saying to me everything was ok. Instead I waited and watched the horror on the TV. There was a knock at my door and it was my neighbor stopping by to make sure I was ok, knowing my boyfriend works at the Pentagon. I let her know he had left me a message.
Around 6 or so (time blurred after getting home) I got a call from him. Oh I was so happy to hear his voice and wish I could have been down there to hold him.
It wasn’t till Thursday of that week till I could go see him. I didn’t tell him I was coming down and surprised him with my visit. It was nice to be in his arms again. To know he was safe. I felt it even brought us closer knowing how you might not be able even say hello to someone you love. I truly feel for all those that have lost someone on September 11th and I know our country will never be the same.

Please don’t forget to cherish those that are close to you or even strangers you encounter daily.

We are all here for a short time and in our hearts we are all Americans.


Diana Rogers | 28 | Maryland

#1080 | Wednesday, March 20th 2002
I was at work when we heard the news. Somebody sent a text message to a friend’s mobile phone we couldn’t believe the message. We realised how serious the situation is when we saw what’s happening on the BBC’s website.
It’s very ironic because earlier that day we were talking about MiddleEast and how unfairly the Palestinians treated by Israelis, etc. Somebody was saying “Israel couldn’t behave such a bullying way if America didn’t support them”, and carried saying “… only if America could see how does it feel to be terrorised in your own home”.
Well, all I can say it is sad; sad for Americans, sad for Palestinians, and if we start building the bridges, it will be sad for the world.

“Peace at home, peace in the world” –Ataturk.

V | 28 | United Kingdom

#1063 | Monday, March 18th 2002
I was at home, sleeping, because I was laid off at the time. My husband came rushing into the house (he turned around on his way to work) and yelled, "A plane just crashed into the World Trade Center!" and I said, "Was it an accident?" Then I fumbled for the remote. As soon as I turned on the tv we saw the second plane sink into the second tower. We were stunned into silence. We had two radios, two tv's, and both of our computers surfing different sites while we tried to figure out what was going on. I hope to never feel as horrified in my life. I just visited Ground Zero this past weekend (March 16th) and it was still so unreal to me. I felt sick.
Mary | 28 | Massachusetts

#1060 | Monday, March 18th 2002
I was running late, and caught NBC's morning show as I was walking out the door to the L (I live in Chicago). NBC had just cut to the dent in the first tower and were making up commentary because no one knew what was going on.

I got to work about 40 minutes later and the office had a TV set up. They re-played the footage of the second plane over and over. Then they announced that the Pentagon had been attacked and that there was another flight in the air.

I immediately tried to get ahold of my sister on my cell phone (she lives in DC), but couldn't get through. A bit later the first tower fell and then the second tower fell, and I walked to the men's room and cried in privacy.

Three hours later I reached my sister (who'd been running late, called in, and was told to stay home).

That was the worst incident to occur to our country during my lifetime. It was followed by a beautiful period of patriotism and moral renew. We must never forget what happened that day, because 1000's of innocent people my age and my parents age just showed up to work and died minutes later for no reason other than that we are Americans.

I don't believe that it should become a holiday, but I do think that the 9/11 documentary should be broadcast every 6, 9, 12 months to remind us of that day.

T Burdick | 28 | Illinois

#927 | Monday, March 11th 2002
We live in Reno, NV. My husband was doing his usual routine with our dogs in the morning. I was in the shower when I heard a message form my co-worker to turn on the TV now. That we were under attack... I jumped out of the shower, towled off and ran downstaris to the TV where I saw my husbands face in disbelief...then I heard Katie Couric form the "Today Show" say: "If you are just tuneing in two planes have hit the WTC's" and another has hit the Pentagon... it was crazy. I thought it was something old, I didn't really know that much about the towers. Then my husband tells me this is live, and then the 2 tower collapsed... I was in total disbelief. I just started crying...I called my mother she was hysterical...all she kept saying was how did this happen how??? I could not answer her. I didn't know.
I remeber my drive to work was so erie...everybody had a weird look on their face...at work everyone was shocked and they sent us home to be with our familes...so all I did was watch the news and over and over watching the planes hit the towers...it was unbeliavable.
Today, I feel it's only a matter of time before I will wake up to anotehr terrible attack on the US. I do not fear, I know God is watching over this great country and we will only get stronger and persevere even more. God Bless America, and may the dead always be remembered and thought of as heros. Because they are and will never be forgotten.I am blessed by the Lord above to be alive and I am thankful to the Lord for allowing me to live through such a tremendous time in the World's history. God Bless America and the World. ~Carin Acuna

Carin Acuna | 28 | Nevada

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