#1568 | Monday, August 19th 2002
I woke up on September 11th and was all alone at my house. My parents had gone to work and my sister had gone to school, but I didn't have class that day. I sat around for a while and ate breakfast and then got online to check my email and stuff. My boyfriend sent me an instant message and told me to turn on the television. I turned it on NBC because I was always watch the Today show. Right when I turned it on the second plane was hitting the WTC. I just sat there in horror. I couldn't speak or move or do anything. I was just in shock. I remember crying because I was so scared and so sad for all the people in those buildings and on the planes. I immediately started calling everyone I could think of and making sure that they were all safe and okay. I have several friends who are exchange students from Turkey and India, and they were unable to leave their rooms on campus because prejudiced people kept yelling threats and derogatory remarks at them.

I was also very scared because they released a warning on our local news because we live near several chemical and power plants, and they were concerned that our area might be a target. I was so scared. I never thought there would be a day when I was afraid of being attacked here in little southern Ohio.

That day changed my view of the world and helped me get my priorities back where they should be.

Jessica | 20 | Ohio

#1478 | Tuesday, July 16th 2002
I was in 2nd period when we heard that a plane had crashed into the WTC. We all thought it was a joke and didn't think much of the situation. However, about 15 minutes later we learned that the Pentagon and the other twin tower had been attacked. We all became numb and very confused. I'll never forget the looks on my classmates' or teacher's face. God Bless America.
Amanda | 16 | Ohio

#1474 | Tuesday, July 16th 2002
September 11th started out as a normal day. I had to work the closing shift at my Kmart store at 1 PM, so I got up relatively late, about 9 AM. After waking up a bit, I decided to kill some time by going online and checking my email, LiveJournal, and such. One of the emails I got was a post to a Yahoo! Group ML that was, as far as I know, dead. Here is the email, verbatim:
[There are some Japanese words in here, since it came from an anime RPG mailing list]

"Giys [sic] the pentagon has been bombed one world trade center has been bombed and collapsed, please pray for everyone this could by [sic] our final hour minna [everyone] just pray that everything is done according to God's will, Amen and arigato [thank you] for listening and this is not something you should take lightly, this is serious business."

My initial reaction was less than stellar -- "Yeah, right..." But in the back of my mind, I was thinking that maybe I should turn on CNN and see what they say about the whole thing. I turned the television on, and the first image I saw was the second plane flying into the World Trade Center. I sat for what seemed like an eternity in utter shock and disbelief.

Then I realized... my friend was supposed to fly back into Columbus that day. I got frantic. I made calls, sent emails, worried, started visibly shaking, and cried. Luckily, my friend's plane had not taken off yet; she would be stuck in LA for a week. It was better than being up in the air at the time of the attack, though.

The attacks affected me at such a deep level, that I couldn't stand being alone in my room. I called work and told them I was coming in early; that I needed something to do to take my mind off the attacks. Of course, the attacks were the topic of conversation all around... at least I was around co-workers and friends, so I could offer support to those who needed it.

The 9/11 attacks have strengthened my interest in the country. Before then, I just went through the motions. I voted, but I never really followed what went on that made our country work. I now have a newfound respect for how our government works. (By no means perfectly, but it could be much worse.) It also ultimately strengthened the bonds between my friends and me.

It will be nearly impossible for anyone to forget what happened on that fateful day, and how it changed their lives, both personally, and in society as a whole.

Dustin Riley | 20 | Ohio

#1413 | Saturday, June 22nd 2002
Like many others I was at work at the time. I remember hearing a breaking news flash on the radio about a plane hitting the World Trade Center and I, along with other employees, ran downstairs to a lounge to watch the news on TV. I will never forget how difficult it was to finish working that day. All of my thoughts were on what was happening as I continued to listen to the events unfold. I have never felt so helpless and confused at the same time before. It all seemed like a bad dream and the following days went by in a blur. The question that went through my mind over and over again was how could anyone do this to innocent people. To this day, I pray that those responsible will be brought to justice and that those still missing will be accounted for so that their families may find closure. My prayers also go out to the families, relatives and friends of those lost on 9/11. May God Almighty give you peace and strength.
Joe | 52 | Ohio

#1385 | Monday, June 10th 2002
i was at school sitting in my third period math class when we were told about the plane hitting the first building. Everybody became very very afraid... even though we live in Ohio.No one ever could have imagined why someone would want to do this to the land of the free... why would someone take our freedom of safety away?
KMS | 15 | Ohio

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