#1963 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
On Tuesday, September 11, 2001 I was waking up for school just like any other regular day when all of a sudden my mom turns on the television and tells me that we are being attacked! I don’t know what’s happening, since I am still am halfway asleep, and I panic. I don’t know what is happening until I look at the T.V. and see that the first tower of the WTC was crashed by a plane. At first I only thought it was an accident, until I see another plane all of a sudden crash into the second tower, then I know that we were being attacked, for real! I then hear that the Pentagon was also struck and I had no idea what to do, but go to school, even though I knew it wasn’t going to be the same ever again! Even though I still go to school, we watch the news and stay informed about what is going on, and pray to God for help and to keep everything together and not let anything get anymore out of control. Life will never be the same, because WE WILL NEVER FORGET!
Sal Lucatero | 14 | California

#1960 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
I still cry everytime I watch the 2nd plane crash into the tower, every time I hear a heartfelt story from one of the victim's family members, every time I think about the WTCs falling in front of the entire nation's eyes, every time I see the torn Pentagon.
I remember September 11th very well. I was in my last year of middle school. I just got dismissed from my social studies class when one of my closest friends told me that one of the Trade Centers was hit by an airplane. She had always joked around with me before, why should I really believe her now? I looked at her as if she was kidding and laughed loudly at first but then softer when her eyes filled with tears. I stopped laughing when I knew that she wasn't joking.
I ran to my next class with several of my friends and turned the T.V. on. I switched to the news and there it was, the burning tower. Then, out of nowhere, a second airplane appeared and hit the other tower. I gasped. I couldn't breathe or cry at first. My heart didn't feel like it would even beat. Soon after news of the 2nd airplane crashing, the 1st tower began collapsing. Then tears started to fall from my widened eyes. I couldn't take anymore, and to make matters worse I watched unbearably as the 2nd tower fell. I grabbed a friend and we wept together. The sites of hundreds, even thousands of people running from the building took the air out of my lungs. Now, one of the sides of the Pentagon was crashed into. How much could America go through in one day? Buildings weren't just being hit, our hearts were being hit, too.
I never realized how much we Americans took for granted until that sorrowful moment. Now, a year later Americans have joined together and celebrated our freedom and I would just like to thank God for letting us all be here on Sept. 11, 2002. I hope that the Lord will guide us through everyday of our lives, especially now, and especially the wonderful and courageous men overseas. God Bless America and America's people!

Brittany | 14 | Kentucky

#1952 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
My day was going normally on september 11th. i was in the 8th grade. I got up, went to school and it happened just as my 1st class was letting out, but I had no idea of the attacks, I actually went through 1 other class before I found out, in my 3rd hour Social Studies class. I didn't believe it at first because the TV was on right when I walked into the room and I sat down at my desk like i normally would. I felt confused. All the teachers had the news on during the day so all we did was watch the news except for our science teacher, she had the TV off all day and went on teahcing the lesson. I was wearing my favorite sweat shirt and I didnt take it off all day. It made me feel more secure and comfortable. I remember walking home from the bus stop listening to loud Blink-182 music because I was kind of angry. i didn't cry a year ago but this past week I've been thinking about it and remembering it before I go to sleep and I cried myself asleep because I was looking at the Time magazine that came out that day and all the stuff on the news. I will always remember that day and where i was. That was the first i've actually been to school.I was homeschooled until that year and we just went to NY in may and went to the top of the trade towers. But if I was still homeschooled we would have gone in september around the same time. So if I didnt go to school last year I might have been in that area when it happened.
I (heart) NY!!

Kayleigh | 14 | Michigan

#1942 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
I was 13 and in 9th grade when this happened. I'm now 14 and in 10th grade. When the first plane hit, I was in 1st period, computers. I never thought something like this happened. I found out in 5th period, physics first. The school, FTCHS, brought almost the whole floor into the lab so we could listen to the names being called to go home. I still didn't know what was going on. Finally one of the teachers told us. For some reason, I always thought the WTC towers were in Chicago...don't ask. My name was finally called, and my brother's friend's mom picked me up. The streets were crowded with cars while she took her 3 sons, my brother and I to her house. From there, we tried to get in touch with my mom, but she already left. When she picked me up, it was about 20 minutes later. She told me she went to my school first because she didn't think anyone would pick me up. When she saw my brother's friend's mom picked me up, she came over and took us home. It took us over an hour to get home. There was so much traffic! I never thought a 20 minute ride could be an hour. My mom watched the news. I couldn't go on the Internet and talk to people from school. I remember reading 'Adrian Mole, aged 13 3/4' or something along those lines. I remember my dad calling, saying he had to work later, fixing trucks or something like that. He didn't come home until 8:00 that night. I was pretty scared. Listening to the radio was hard, since all my favorite radio stations were talking about the attacks. I finally found out that 'Radio Disney' was not talking about that, and listened to that. It was scary, even though I knew no one who were in any of the attacks. I didn't go to school the next day: we were given off. I went to my old school, and all the classes were talking about this. In Kindergarten, where I usually help, they were praying for the victims. The rest of the school went to Mass, and also prayed for everyone. I couldn't go since I was watching Kindergarten. I know it was great though, from my brother. Later that month, the school children and teachers threw red, white and blue balloons up in the air. The local firehouse was there. I saw pictures. This year their doing the same thing. I wish I could go, but I have school.
Joy | 14 | Pennsylvania

#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

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