#924 | Monday, March 11th 2002
I was on the road, driving from Columbus
to Upper Sandusky OH. My dad was on a
plane to NY, they made an emergency
landing. He tried to go standby on the
one before it, if so he would have been
in Manhattan right when it happened.
My wife works at the Columbus Airport,
she called me crying to say that they
couldn't make any more calls- she was
leaving to go to her mom's house until
I was back in town.
My brother was on a train from NJ to DC-
they were forced to get off in NJ. His
wife was trying to drive from Bethesda
MD into DC to take their dog to the vet.
She saw the explosion from far away,
turned around and went home.
I was so scared, and unsure- I just
wanted everyone back at my house...
The Today Show made me cry this morning,
I pray for everyone who is suffering-
I want to see someone pay for all this
pain.

Ian | 28 | Ohio

#922 | Monday, March 11th 2002
I remember on 9/11/02, I was getting ready to go to work, and as usual, running a bit late. A friend was picking me up since my car was getting fixed. It was just after 7:30 am Mountain time, and I was finishing my hair when I heard Katie Couric on the Today show break into the normal morning news. When they reported that a plane had hit the World Trade Center, I thought for sure that it was a complete accident. Maybe something went wrong with a plane from La Guardia or Kennedy, and the pilot couldn’t help it. So I sat down to see the footage of the first building on fire, and that’s when the second one hit. I still remember the collective gasp you could hear on the Today set. At that point it was obvious that this was no accident.

About that time, my friend arrived to pick me up. She came in the house, and we just sat in front of the T.V. Forget work, this was WAY more important. My friend is from Long Island, and we just watched the T.V., horrified. We eventually got in the car and made it to work, where it was eerily quiet. At least half of the 500 employees at our office are NY transplants, and a great majority of them were gathered around the one T.V. in the building that would get outside channels. People were calling NY, trying to find their loved ones; many people were crying because they couldn’t get a hold of them. Any calls that we tried to make to our Long Island office were met with a busy signal. The only means of communication with them was via e-mail. The company issued several updates as the morning went on about the tragedy. What a horrible, horrible day.

Around 10:00 am, my boyfriend came to pick me up to take me home. No work was happening, and we all kept thinking, “Where are they going to strike next?” We didn’t feel safe anywhere, and mostly just wanted to be with our loved ones. We spent the rest of the day watching the horror on television.

During this time, I continually thought about my friend’s husband, who is a fireman in Queens. I didn’t know for sure if they would go over the bridge to help or not. Turns out he was there, and when the buildings started collapsing, they just ran for their lives. It’s probably the only thing that saved him.

Since then, I’ve been amazed by the amount of patriotism that I’ve seen. Coming from a family who’ve fought in WWII and Vietnam, we had always held our country in such high esteem. But the outpouring of pride in our country continually blows me away. Driving to work each morning and seeing flags everywhere, and signs that said “God Bless America”, filled my heart with pride. It’s good to know that even in these days of slackers, tabloids, scandals and isolation that our country can come together as one.

As I write this on the 6-month anniversary of 9/11, I have one other thing to say. To those who decide to use this site as a political forum, I feel sorry for you. Sorry that you can’t live in a country where unity and freedom are cherished, and where adversity is always met head on.

Shannon D. | 28 | Colorado

#823 | Tuesday, March 5th 2002
Hello My Name is Michael Mokson, I am a Paramedic for New york Presbyterian Hospital. The day of 9/11 i was down at the site helping with the rescue effort. I was about 100 feet from the buildings when they collasped, I hid uner a walkway bridge that connected the Trade Center towers to the World Finacial Center, As the buildings collasped I looked over my shoulder to see the after shock coming towards me and eye Beams flying through the air right at me. I thought I was going to die and that the bridge had collapsed on me. I am so lucky to be alive and thank god for giving me a second chance at life. That day and expereince will live with me for the rest of my life. God Bless all of my Brothers and sisters who lost their life and for all the families who who suffered a lost. God bless my fellow brothers and co workers 8001 & 8021 I love you both and miss you and I will never forget you.
Michael Mokson | 28 | New York

#797 | Thursday, February 28th 2002
I was having lunch with some colleagues of mine (we are school teachers) when we saw on TV that a plane had hit the wtc. The noise in the room didn't allow us to hear the comments. After the second hit we were astonished, but no one thought of terrorism: as we didn't hear the TV comments, all we though was that the smoke that the first hit had provoked had obscured the vision of passing planes.
I remember getting out of the restaurant when I had the idea: "could this be a terrorist attack?" My friends thought about it and said it could be possible, but we went to work inocently.

It was just some minutes later that some teachers came to the room where we were working and said: "America is being attacked! 2 Planes have hit the wtc and 3 planes have hit the Pentagon!" (They had heard that "the 3rd plane had hit the Pentagon" and they thought that this was the 3rd plane that the Pentagon had suffered hit.)
I must have become white, and connected to CNN's site to know more: it was down with so much rerquests. They finally put a text web page with small size downloading and I saw that that was very serious. Their headlines were short and serious.

Older techers passed by our room and mumbled "So, we finally have entered ww III?" Everyone must have thought that the United States would have reacted very furiously and with a sense of revenge.
I then quit working, and went to the television: the horror kept going:

"3 planes down! Will there be more?"
...
"A 4th plane came down!!!"
...
"There are two more suspect planes heading for Canada. Canada major buoldings are being evacuated"
...
"The tower is falling. Now the death counting will definetely be catastrophic"


Then were the TV images: people from the wtc jumping from the wtc ... the camera following their fall... everything was happening at that moment, and we were witnesses.

"CNN is showing images from an Arab Country...people are comming to the streets, celebrating!"

Everyone was aprehensive: would this be the end? Could a Nuclear/3rd war be emminent?

I remember that that night CNN showed some images of bombs exploding in Kabul: an America quick reaction? I was invaded with anger, and hoped that it would be so. But it wasn't: It was opposition bombs revenging the death of their leader.

The attack had ended.

Filipe | 28 | Portugal

#789 | Sunday, February 24th 2002
On September 11, 2001 My Husband and I were to go to Las Vegas. It was a first for the both of us. We were to leave at 2 pm when I got off work. I got up all excited about my day. Get to work at 6 am. About 5 minutes later I get a call from a customer of ours, telling us to turn on the Television. The Twin Towers had just been hit by a plane. Hard to believe I turn it on. And there we all stood in shock. Needless to say we never made it to Las Vegas. And we still havenít gone
Heather Balagh | 28 | California

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