#1979 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
I was in the 2nd day of a system administration class, preparing to take an exam on the subject in a few days. We had a TV in the lobby, always tuned into Fox news channel. Word got to us about the first plane hitting the Trade Center, and we were all in front of the TV when the 2nd plane hit.

I had and still do have a very tough time dealing with all of this, as I worked in the Trade Center for a few weeks (albeit on the 26th floor of tower 2, an office that everyone made it out of). I also panicked, thinking that my parents may have been on the flight from Newark, but I found out after much effort that they weren't scheduled to fly until the next day.

Losing that day of class made the rest of the class a challenge, but we got through it, with 75% passing the Admin test. Many people called my home, knowing I was stationed there for a while, wanting to know if I was alright. With all the cell traffic in my home area around New York City, people had to work to get me or my wife and be sure I was ok.

I felt fortunate to have been 200 miles away in Boston, and not under the wreckage that claimed far too many people.

Bill | 34 | New Jersey

#1936 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
We all know what happened September 11 and I will like to express my feelings on this sad and never forgotten tragedy. On Tuesday September 11, 2001 it was a normal fun day for me. I was in my first period class when Mr. Atkins walks in my class saying how a plane crashed into the Pentagon and that 2 other planes hit the twin towers. At first I paid it no mind but then when I got home I here about it everywhere: on tv,the radio, and people talking about it. Then I hear that both twin towers has collaspe while people are still in there. I turn on the tv and there goes one tower and then the other. Now I'm sitting here thinking to myself how can somebody do something so cruel. Is is because they don't like America or is it because they want Justice or they did it to prove a point. For whatever reason they did it innocent lives went with them. Now as we stand here today we should be blessed that we have our parents with us today because many children are now growing up without either they mother father or both because they were either working that day or trying to save people that day. Now their children will now have to grow up knowing that they parents died for something that wasn't meant to happen.
Jaleesa | 14 | New Jersey

#1905 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
I remember I was at work and one of my co-workers announced that someone had crashed into one of the towers. At first everyone thought it was an accident, but when it was announced that another plane struck everyone was pretty much in shock. I remember thinking that if there was any time that we all needed to pray to GOD it was on that day.
I pray that the Lord will give strength to those who are weak, courage to those who have fear and peace to those who have lost someone.
Yvette D. Mitchell, Orange, NJ, USA

Yvette D. Mitchell | 33 | New Jersey

#1898 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
I work in Newark, NJ and work on the 8th floor of our building, with a perfect view of the city. That morning was so clear, the sky was just an amazing blue and there was no haze which you can normally see hanging over the city. Everyone who works in this city had a bird’s eye view that day.
I came to work at about 7:30 in the morning, and the guy who sits next to me, Eddie, told me a short time later that there was a bad fire in one of the towers, I said "are you kidding me?" and he said "no, go look out the window". Well, needless to say when I walked to the window the first words out of my mouth were "holy s**t you're not kidding!" For some unknown reason I went to out equipment closet and got out the digital camera and started to take pictures, something I would never normally do.
At first we thought it was just a fire, then we heard on the radio that a plane had crashed into the tower, I remember thinking to myself how could a plane crash into the tower on such a clear day? And then we watched the second plane crash into the second tower, and we all knew someone was trying to do it on purpose.
Everyone was stacked up against the window watching it happen, it was horrible to see, it had a surreal quality to it as there was no sound through the thick glass window, it was like watching a silent horror movie. We could see everything. Some people here were crying and a few were close to losing it. Eddie’s brother in law worked at Cantor Fitzgerald, and once he realized that people were trapped above were the planes crashed and couldn’t get out, he started to break down, he basically witnessed the death of his brother in law but didn’t realize it at the time.
Then the unthinkable happened, the first tower went down, someone here had turned the radio on to hear what was happening, and when the tower went down the DJ went silent and we could here the horrible sound through the radio while we watched it, people were crying and running around, we just could not believe what had just happened, your mind just could not comprehend it. We all realized then that the second tower might come down, and when it did, everyone started to leave the office for home, it was just too much to take.
I tried to get on the train at Penn Station Newark, but right before the train arrived they cancelled all train service for fear of something else happening, everyone was stranded. I happened to walk pass a customer service representative from the railroad and asked him how I could get back home on a bus as they were running, and by chance the next bus leaving was heading down to an area close to my home.
What should normally take 10 minutes to go from Penn Station Newark to the NJ Turnpike took over 1-1/2 hours due to the traffic jams. People were actually walking along the highway towards Newark coming from the direction of the city, but to this day I don’t know why or where they were coming from. When the bus finally got out to the Turnpike we were probably no more that a mile or so in a straight line from the city, and the cloud of smoke was still unbelievable, some people on the bus had not seen anything from their offices and didn’t really have a grasp on what happened, but when we got onto the Turnpike and they could see, they were saying “oh my god, oh my god!” The smoke still seemed to cover the whole city. I went home and turned on the TV, and watched everything happen up close and personal all over again.
It is without a doubt the most horrible thing I have ever witnessed. But I went to work the next day, what happened didn’t make me fear, it made me “white hot” angry, and it will never change the way I live, in Freedom.

Roy Dowd
Matawan, NJ

Roy Dowd | 38 | New Jersey

#1894 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
I was sitting at home and had just sat down to my computer.I went online to check my yahoo news page as usual. One of the headlines was "Plane crashes into one of the twin towers".I clicked on it and there was no story associated because it was too early. I thought it must have been a small plane accident. I checked back a while later and noticed the headline had changed to 2 planes hitting the towers. A chill went through me and I knew we were under attack. I ran to my television and never left it all day. I called my wife and a good friend to discuss the events as they took place. My wife had just stopped working near the towers few months before the attacks. All we could say to each other is how grateful we were that she was not there. But we were so sad for the people that were. I cried for at least a week on and off...and to this day still shed tears..I am sure I always will. We must live are lives..we must love each other and help each other..now and always. Freedom will never die.
Jim | 36 | New Jersey

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