#842 | Saturday, March 9th 2002
It was about 7 a.m., and I was jogging on a trail in the woods, trying to get a good radio station on my walkman, since I live at high altitude in a remote area. A weatherman started to give his spiel when all of a sudden he stopped and said "I am getting this from the wire....", and he began to talk about what was happening. I was about three miles from home, desperate to get back and turn on CNN. The fastest three miles I have ever run. I got home and saw the towers, still standing... Called my mom, who sleeps late, and simply said, "Turn on the TV". Same scenario when I called her about Princess Diana, so she knew it wasn't going to be good. I couldn't believe how it brought my little community together. Instantaneously, flags went up, strangers talked as if they were best friends, and shops closed so that everyone could go to the local bar (which had CNN and was open at 9 a.m.) to watch.
Amanda Kemp
Cloudcroft, NM

Amanda Kemp | 31 | New Mexico

#629 | Sunday, January 13th 2002
I live in France near Paris, I am 31 yo.

That day, when I got off my bed toward lunch time, I immediately turn my computer on (usually it is the TV srt, but not that day), (...)

When I came out of the bathroom, I start to surf on the web and finally went on a gothic chat.

At one moment, one of the chatter told the group that a plane crashed in the WTC (as he used to be the one who always joke in the area, nobody believed him)...

Suddenly, a friend sent me a private message : turn your TV on immediately !

I asked him : on which channel ?

He replied : on any channel, it doesn't mat' !!

At this moment, my heartbeat went crazy.

I start to feel weird (no exact word to explain that)..

I had switched the TV on, and I saw strange images..

At first I imagined it was the making of of a new film, but it was on the whole channels !!! The same things, the same images, the same talk, the same words, the same..

I returned on my chat with my friends.

THere was almost nobody then on our chat.

We were all searching words through our emotion, through this unspeakable situation, it was like science fiction, it was so unreal..

My hands were shaking with indignation after the crash of the second plane, cos at this moment it was not an accident anymore... NO !

And the phone began to ring (all day long)...

And I saw the image of the Pentagone..

At this moment, on the screen I saw a frightening message, somebody has written : IT IS WAR !!

(sorry i have to stop now, my hands start to tremble again 4 months after)

I cannot find the words again.......

C. GASTALDI | 31 | France

#591 | Monday, December 31st 2001
I'LL NEVER FORGET WHERE I WAS ON SEPT. 11TH. I WOKE UP THAT MORNING AT 8:30AM FROM WORKING 2ND SHIFT THE NIGHT BEFORE. I FLIPPED THE T.V. ON TO LEARN THAT KATIE CURRIC TELECASTING THAT A PLANE HAD HIT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER. I THOUGHT IT WAS A SMALL PLANE LIKE A CESNA OR SMALLER--WELL IT TURNED OUT TO BE A VERY LARGE PLANE. I CALLED MY MOTHER AND TOLD HER TO PUT THE NEWS ON AND WE SAT THERE LOOKING ON (NEWSSTATIONS STILL COVERING THE FIRST FATALITY WITH THEIR CAMERAS) TIL FIFTEEN MINUTES LATER I HEAR KATIE CURRIC SAY "WAIT WE SEE ANOTHER PLANE HEADING THIS WAY" THEN--BAM! A HUGE EXPLOSION AS ANOTHER PLANE HAD CRASHED INTO THE OTHER BUILDING. I KNEW THEN JUST LIKE EVERYONE IN THE WORLD KNEW THAT THIS WASNT AN ACCIDENT BUT A TERRIST ACT. 5 MINUTES LATER A PLANE HIT THE PENTAGON-I WAS IN DISBELIEF!! WAS THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENING TO AMERICA? I ASKED. AS THE TWIN TOWERS CAME DOWN I FELT NUMB I THINK I HAD AN OUTERBODY EXPERIENCE, IT WAS LIKE I WAS WATCHING A FICTICIOUS MOVIE. I STILL CANT BELIEVE OUR NATION WENT THROUGH THIS TRAGIC SITUATION AS I TYPE THIS LETTER ON DEC 31ST 2001. OUR NATION IS STILL AT WAR TRYING TO PUT CLOSURE ON TERRORISM AND IT HAS BEEN OVER 4 MONTHS.. I WENT TO WORK THAT NIGHT ON THE 9TH OF SEPTEMBER AND PEOPLE WERE WALKING AROUND LIKE ZOMBIES THEIR MINDS ON ONLY ONE THING AT THE TIME. RADIOS WERE HEARD THROUGHOUT THE FACILITY--PRESIDENT BUSH ADDRESSING THE NATION, TELLING US TO BE STRONG AMERICANS AND THAT JUSTICE WILL BE SERVED.I CAME HOME THAT NIGHT AT 11:00 PM AND TUNED INTO THE NEWS. THERE WERE MANY PEOPLE HOLDING SIGNS OF THEIR LOVED ONES ASKING AMERICA IF THEY HAD SEEN THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE MISSING, I COULDNT STOP WEEPING, IT HAD HIT ME THAT THIS WAS REAL AND NOT A NIGHTMARE OF A DREAM. I REALLY HOPE THAT THE UNITED STATES BRINGS OSAMA BIN LADEN TO JUSTICE FOR THIS HORRIBLE ACT AGAINST HUMANITY.WE ARE SLOWLY GETTING OUR LIVES BACK TO SOME NORMALSY, AND OUR NATION WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AS FAR AS HAVING THE FREEDOM WE ONCE HAD.
Anthony Broadhurst | 31 | Illinois

#577 | Wednesday, December 26th 2001
This act of terrorism is like a story that happen to my father you see my grandmother heard of the bombing of pearl harbor and got upset, she immediatly went into labor and gave birth to my father. I hear her story every now and again and it makes me cry. On 9/11/01 I was working for a construction company surveying on a construction site in Central Illinois. I was at the corner of (Ironically) Wall street and U.S. 51 in Macon Illinois. Setting up a total station, surveying the intersection when a mechanic came by and said that the world was going to hell. I was wondering what he was talking about when he told us that a Jet had crashed into the WTC. I didn't know the full spectrum of what was going on. we kind of took a break to listen to the radio. Just then the second plane hit the building. They immediatly talked about terrorism. About fifteen minutes later we went into the gas station there was only one in town, to get a cup coffee and see what was happening. On the way there we noticed that a jet was making a 180 degree turn apparently going back to St. Louis. we decided to go back to the work trailor and see the T.V.. When we got there our project manager was telling us the whole story and then it happened. The building that was hit second began to collapse. My heart sank with it. I have never had such a feeling of heartbreak in my life. I started to cry and all I wanted to do was drive to NY and help in any way I could. All I seen was people running from the buildings and trying to get out of the area. I will always see the picture of the plane hitting the building in my mind. It was then that I thought Of my Fiance' I told my cooworker that I couldn't concentrate and I had to get to my fiance' and tell her and hold her. he said go. And I did. The next few weeks the nation came together in a way I don't think any other nation can. I pray everyday for the people in those buildings and the others that were killed that day. On 9/12 we drove to another site and for the first time in a long time I REALLY noticed the sunrise I see it nearly everyday in this line of work but never really noticed it. And I cried just about all the way there. My heart just felt comatose. I caught myself looking the whole day and not seeing a airplane. You see you take it for granted when sometimes you look up and see a jet trail in the sky. But I didn't see one until they let them fly again some days later. Well that's my story about what happened that day and I will tell my children and my grandchildren someday about that day. And tell them how my heart broke. And not to ever take something for granted especially your freedom. I suppose that one day I will forget many of the details. but on the other hand I hope I never will. They not only killed thousands of people. They made a country come alive again with the spirit of humanity and patriotism. Thank your for this site and letting me tell someone else my story. Clint A Hymes
Clint A. Hymes | 31 | Illinois

#513 | Tuesday, December 18th 2001
I was in my living room resting on the couch after getting my 8 year old son off to school. When the telephone rang and it was a close friend of mine, telling me to turn on the T.V. because our nation was under attack. I watched all the mass confusion going on . I went to work just praying that the Lord would reach out to our nation and help all the people who were experiencing the loss of their loved ones,friends ect. What really effected me the most was watching the t.v. programs and seing all the people holding up signs with pictures and information of the person or persons they was in search of. Even today December 18th my prayers go out all the innicent people that lost there lives because there are so many families that are grieving, especially now during the holidays. So I just say a special prayer for all of our nation that may the Lord comfort you and give you peace and hope through these troubles times. And may God be with you. AMEN
Tina Sellmer | 31 | Montana

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