#1214 | Friday, April 26th 2002
I was exercising in my living room while watching cable. My dad came downstairs and said turn on the t.v. I put on Channel 4 NBC, and felt my heart drop as I saw the hole in the first tower. All I kept saying was "Oh my God, those poor people!!". The second tower was hit as I watched, and half a second later, I heard it. I live in Staten Island, only a couple miles from downtown NYC, so it was like it was in stereo. Seeing it and hearing it, was terrible. A few of my friends work downtown, so during the day I got in touch with them to check on them. At 5, I called Jamie and said "I'm so glad to hear your voice". Her answer was "You don't hear all our voices". My heart dropped again that day. What did she mean? Her older sister Kristen Montanaro, 34, worked on the 93rd floor of Tower 1 and no one had heard from her. When I was saying "Oh my God, those poor people" I had no idea Kristen was in there. She hasn't been found, and hope has faded that she will. Rest in Peace Kristen. I'm sure your sparkling eyes are looking down on us all. Have you seen all the bracelets??? I'll have everyone wearing one by summer :)
Cheryl Augustyne | 32 | New York

#1181 | Sunday, April 14th 2002
I was on a beach in Wales,England with my family. A family on the beach behind us had a radio on, we heard one of the members of the family saying the World trade center was hit, then they said the pentagon was hit.

We packed up our things and decided to go back to our caravan to watch the news.

I have never seen anything like it in all my life. I went cold, and numb. It seemed unreal.

The mood of our holiday changed immediately, we were all in mourning.

God Bless all who have been hurt by this act of terrorism.

Joanne | 32 | United Kingdom

#1179 | Saturday, April 13th 2002
When I first heard about what had happened on September 11, 2001, I was on an airplane flying to Washington D.C. from Paris. Our plane was approaching the U.S. airspace when the captain came on the speakerphone declaring that all U.S. airspace had just been closed to any air traffic. We had to turn around and fly back to Paris. The captain did not have any information for us at the time, so people on the plane started talking, speculating what could have happened. Minutes passed and then the captain came back on the speakerphone saying that terrorist had attacked three cities in the United States. All the passengers had no real idea of what happened, until we landed back in Paris and saw the television monitors replaying the attacks. There was a huge gathering of military guarding the airport, plus several thousand travelers stranded and figuring out what to do. I ended up flying back to Antananarivo, Madagascar, but that night I cried and mourned until I fell asleep. I just could not believe that so many innocent people just perished like that. What a tragic waste of life, this is something that I will never forget, as I pray for greater peace in our world. When will humanity live in harmony?
Michael Stone | 32 | Madagascar

#1172 | Wednesday, April 10th 2002
i will never forget that day... where i was and what i was doing at the time of the attack. i was shopping, when i heard what had happened, my knees became weak. all the customers in the store looked at each other in disbelief. we just couldn't understand what had happened. a attack so cruel, so evil commitet by such cowards. to kill thounsands of innocent people? i could not comprehend. i rushed to my car and turned on the radio. and there it was, it was all true! when i got home and saw it on tv, all i could do was cry. i'm one of the few people in the usa, that can say, that i didn't know any of the victims. my heart goes out to all the victims - the ones in heaven and the ones still living. i know it's hard to believe now, but god knows best. he has a special place for all of you. and the guilty will be punished! love you k.m. .......................
k.madere | 32 | Louisiana

#1155 | Friday, April 5th 2002
On the morning September 11th, 2001, I was sleeping. In Colorado it was just after 8:00 a.m. and my wife hadn’t wakened to drive the kids to school yet. I felt her lay down next to me, lying right up against me like couples do, and she said,”John wake up.” She repeated herself a couple of times until my responses were coherent. Then, she said, “are you sure you’re awake?” I answered, “yes”. She said, “Some one is bombing us.” “You’re just yanking me”, I laughed. “No I’m not”, she replied, then she told me how the plane had hit the WTC towers and now they were getting reports that the pentagon had been hit too. After hearing all the details she had I knew it was true, but couldn’t believe it. I took the kids to school and spent the rest of the day glued to the TV and talking to my friends and my wife who had a small TV at work.
I remember feeling how terrible this was. At the time we thought that the death toll alone was going to reach 6,000. I remember the shock. It seemed awful to keep watching the scenes like it was some sort of sick entertainment, but it was necessary to fully comprehend or even believe what had just happened.
That evening and the days that followed I went to church and prayed for those killed and their families. I guess just being together and talking about it with my family and friends is what helped most.
I had always loved my country and been proud to be an American but the fact that we all went through this together seemed to intensify and rub off It really brought us together as a country. I was so proud when people went out to get flags. I was surprised that so many people didn’t have flags but I was glad they everyone was getting one now.
I remember discussing with my father (who is a WWII vet) how pearl harbor had been the worst attack on America until now. He said the feelings at that time were much the same but after its over and years go by you never think that something like that could happen again. It makes you wonder what might happen when we are 70 years old.
I think President Bush and his staff, really everyone in the country, handled everything perfectly, and I was empresses and proud of all the celebrities who donated time and talent and money to the telethon. In fact I have it on DVD. I guess there is only one way to describe what happened. It was horrific and terrifying, and an unforgettable part of history. It brought us together as family, neighbors, and countrymen and as a world community.

John Andrew Watson | 32 | Colorado

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