#1417 | Sunday, June 23rd 2002
Me and my mate Matt had just been playing tennis at Robin Park, Wigan. We had finished playing, and had gone to the local Tesco supermarket to collect some post-match refreshments.

We always turn the radio on and sing along to our favourite songs whenever we are driving, and on the way to Tesco, the DJ's sounded very serious and was playing continuous tunes with very little speech except for ocassional comments on the tragic events currently unfolding.

At the time, we had no idea what he was talking about, although we had very quickly picked up that this was a very serious incident. We arrived at Tesco, and walking into the shop you are faced by a wall of televisions. Imagine listerally hundreds of TV's glaring at you with the horrendous image of the burning Twin Towers. We both looked at each other and were completely speechless.

Our normally lively journey home was sat in complete silence.

Ben Crooks | 20 | United Kingdom

#1404 | Wednesday, June 19th 2002
I'll start by stating that September 11th is my birthday.
Like every day, I was at work, and I was sitting at my boss' office checking something out with him, when one of my coworkers stormed in and said that we should come and see the news, because a plane hit the WTC, and that while she was watching the live coverage, another one hit the other building. We didn't know what it was, we just rushed to the lounge where the TV is at, and watched, totally shocked, how the Pentagon is hit, and how the buildings collapse. I drove home totally mute, and had to go out to dinner with my parents and sister, since 'after all, I am not to blame, and it's still my birthday'.

I remember just watching the news and thinking of bad American movies, and telling myself it just can't be true.

Amit Lev | 20 | Israel

#1399 | Saturday, June 15th 2002
First I would like to respond to another person's post, becuase I think he needs to know the truth behind his accusations. I don't want to turn this into a discussion group, but I believe these are things that need to be clarified.

Here is a quote from his post: "Where were you on August 6, 1945? Oh, don't you recognize that date? That's the date that "good ol USA" whiped an entire city off the face of the earth, and then again on August 9, 1945."

The US did target, and attack civilians in Hiroshima, and Nagasaki. The reason behind this was not to kill as many civilians as we could, or to even flex our muscles, it was to save lives. If the US, or the Russians invaded Japan the entire country would have been decimated, and the result would have been millions of more dead Japanese, Americans, and Russians. The bombs forced an end to the war, and prevented any more people from dying.

On to the next: "And it's been conveniently forgotten that while the Japanese only attacked military targets during WWII, America saw fit to destroy millions of innocent lives."

First of all millions of poeple did not die. Estimates cover a large range of numbers, but it's safe to say that only about 240,000 people were killed in the attacks. Still a significant number of people but nowhere near "millions".
That said, in response to the first part of your statement I say you should ask the people of Nan King if the Japanese only attacked military targets in WWII. Also, it's clear that if Japan got the bomb first they would not have hesitated to use to use it.

I just had to get that off of my chest. I want to thank you for this site. You really are doing a service.

Jeremy | 20 | Washington

#1370 | Tuesday, June 4th 2002
I was sitting at my computer when it happened. I had TechTV on in the background.

I was surfing around a bit, when my Fiance called and told me to turn on the news.

I fliped it over, not quite sure what I was looking at for a momment.

Once everything came into focus, I had about half a second before I saw the second plane hit. I believe there was about 10 minutes of phone silence.

Quite a emotional momment.

Jah Bless

mike | 20 | Washington

#1321 | Sunday, May 26th 2002
It's amazing to me that even now, almost June of 2002, the images and memories of September 11th can still bring me to tears instantly. I'm from Cleveland, but attend Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio, about 2 hours away from Cleveland. I was asleep, and around 8:45am, one of my best friends, Dave, an internaional student from Northern Ireland, called me and just said to turn on my TV. We hung up, and in my sleepy daze, I managed to turn on my TV. I remember not being able to talk; I couldn't even close my mouth. About 10 minutes had passed when there was a knock on my door. Dave had walked over, and we just stared at each other and hugged. We continued watching the news, and as I made phone calls to Cleveland to check on my family, as well as some of my friends on campus. I opened my door, and soon, my room was full of international as well as American students watching the news in shock and disbelief. I remeber so vividly the images of those poor people jumping to their deaths from the towers. I remember worrying about my brother, who is in the Army, being called into active duty. As a political science major, I also thought about the inevitable and potential effects September 11th would have on the entire world. While I recognize that the United States of America is not without faults, I feel such strong emotions when I see the flag, or see my brother in his uniform, or hear patriotic songs. There will never be enough words to desribe what September 11th meant to Americans.
Christi Stefanik | 20 | Ohio

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