#1580 | Wednesday, August 21st 2002
I was watching Cable TV as we just got the product that week. The amazing thing was I was on the CNN channel while it crossed over. To this day I can not believe what I seen. That whole night was spent on the phone to friends to see if they were safe. Those days/weeks that passed just went by with disbelief and still to this day I know it's gone down in history for all the wrong reasons. MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA & THE LOST SOLES!

Steve | 23 | Australia

#1545 | Wednesday, August 14th 2002
I live in Rockford, IL, so basically, that's where I was on September 11th.
I took my daughter to school, and when I got home, my husband said "Someone just crashed a plane into the World Trade Center!" so I pondered the reasons for it. Was it an accident? Was it a terrorist?
As we watched the morning news some more, the second plane hit. Then we both agreed that it was no accident.
I remember when the 3rd plane hit, as well. The news anchor was in the building and said everyone was being exacuated. I wasn't sure if I should pick my daughter up from school, but then I figured that would be a very unlikely target.
I remember seeing the people dancing in the streets of Bethlehem. That was very sad.
I had a friend here from Australia, and I was worried that she might have been on one of the planes, so I tried and tried to contact her, with no luck. I found myself glued to the TV for a week, waiting for word and for new developments. I wasn't scared to leave, but I was too pregnant to give blood, I didn't have the energy to go to prayer vigils....I just sat there and watched TV. I also did a lot of crying that week.

Carla Heidenreich | 23 | Illinois

#1544 | Wednesday, August 14th 2002
On September 11th, 2001, I was at work. I was the only one in the office when it began. My boss called and said that he heard on the radio that a plane accidently flew into one of the Twin Towers. I immediately turned on the television. Then my world came crashing down. I watched in horror as the nightmare began. To this day, I still cry and get goose bumps when I think about it. I am over the nightmares now, but they return once and awhile. It really touched home because my husband is a police officer and many friends work for the fire department. I know what the rescue personnel had to go through in an emergency. They truley are heros. We will never forget and we will get revenge. I AM PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!
Angela Combs | 23 | Georgia

#1527 | Thursday, August 8th 2002
It started out like any other day, 7am came and I was at work ready and rarin to go. My co-teacher and I noticed that many of our "kids" were late that day. Neither one of us knew of the tragedy that was unfolding. I remember that mother coming into the classroom and telling us that a plane had just flown into the World Trade Center. We both thought it was an accident until we turned on the radio in our classroom. The rest of the day was myself and my coteacher going through the motions of teaching. It didn't really hit me until I drove to my sisters and saw it replayed on television. It was just like a movie, it didn't seem real. To this day I pray for all of those who lost loved ones and those who were lost. God Bless the hereos of September 11, 2001. May they now rest in peace.
Becky Gensler | 23 | New York

#1514 | Thursday, August 1st 2002
I know its a little late, but what the hell, here goes. That day changed my life as it did the whole world. I thought maybe we are living in the end times only because I had never before seen or imagined anything like this to ever happen. My first reaction was, "Send them all (Muslims/Arabs) back home." I remembered a discussion I had with this BandlaDeshi guy named Raqib, prior to 9/11. We were talking about World History, one of his favorite subjects. I told him that I was once told that Italians have Black/African in them. He said that Italy was once conquered by the Moors, who were Black Arabs and that Spain was also conquered by them too. I said, "It's a good thing they didn't
succeed." Raqib said proudly, "They should've taken all of Europe." I got mad when he said that and he later apologized. I told him, "If you foreigners can't stand America so much, then why the hell are you here."
So on Sept. 11th I thought about Raqib and all of his other Muslim friends who probably have similar thoughts about Americans, and how easy it is for any foreigner to get in. Is there any way to prevent them from getting in. The only way I could think of is if they do away with the open door policy. No more immigrants of Arabian descent. I know its prejudice, but I have to admit after 9/11 I am a little prejudice against Muslim/Arabs. I am of Mexican descent, but first, I am American, and I know that by saying words like "No more immigrants", that means Latinos as well. I am fourth generation Mex/American, so I don't know Mexico. But from what I do know, I sure am glad that I wasn't born there. I know that what I am suggesting will never happen, its virually impossible. I guess thats whats so scary about the whole thing. The realization that America is not safe from foreign attack. Foreigners will still come, and then one day "BOOM!" It will happen again.
I was 4 months pregnant on 9/11 and wondered why I was bringing a child into this crazy world? The answer I came up with was, "It was already crazy to begin with."In the words of the great Billy Joel, "We didn't start the fire.....It was always burning since the worlds been turning."

J Jaime | 23 | Texas

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