#1042 | Friday, March 15th 2002
I was sitting at my desk on the morning of September 11th when a co-worker had told me that a plane had hit the World Trade Centre. At first I thought this was a tragic accident until I heard of the second plane. At that point I think I went numb. We tuned our radios into an all news broadcast to hear what was happening. Then the plane hit the Pentagon and another plane into a field in Penn. PA. This was a terrorist attack on the United States.

I still, 6 months later am grieving for the friends and families of the victims and the sense of security we once felt.

May we never forget and God Bless America.

Kelly | 39 | Canada

#1030 | Thursday, March 14th 2002
I was on my way to the U.S border from Canada on a cross Canada and the States motorcycle trip that i had planed for years.I stoped at a gas station and while i was paying i got a quick view of the guys t.v,It showed the first tower burning and i thought,hey,hes watching armagedon good movie,(if you watch the movie you will see the exact same thing,the tower on the right on fire while the left is not)so i continued on my way,,not knowing.close to the border of the U.S. I exchanged my money and all the ladies (tellers) were watching t.v.So i asked one of them whats going on and they said a plain hit one of the towers,,,but no one knew it was not a accident at the time.I thought how could that have happened?Then when i got to the border, all backed up,,i followed the canadian border untill i found a small border crossing(rainy river) that wasnt busy,I tried to cross and they pulled me in and stripped my luggage,my bike,me,and im thinking what the hell is this(cause i still did not know) and two half hours later im on my way and i said the heck with this so i headed for the first crossing back to canada cause somthing felt and looked wrong?.I turned off my c.d player and turned on my radio and thats when i found out what had happened,what looked weird was there were no planes in the sky!,thats why the border guards were on their toes.My heart sank.I am former canadian armed forces and ill fight for the States any time.MY HEART GOES OUT TO EVERY ONE hurt DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY THAT DAY.Alan jacksons song says it all best,faith hope and love are some good things he gave us.BIN LADDEN,YOUR A COWARD.
glenn ranger | 39 | Canada

#1017 | Thursday, March 14th 2002
ROGER LEWIS, CANADA
I WAS IN THE SCIENCE LAB DOING A BILOGY ASSIGNMENT WHEN THE TEACHER RUSHED IN AND TOLD US WHAT WAS HAPPENING THE WHOLE CLASS PAUSSED WE COULDNT BELIEVE IT WE DROPPED EVERYTHING AND WENT TO THE LIBRARY WERE THERE WAS ALL READY 3 CLASSES THERE I DIDN'T BOTHER TO DO MY HOME WORK THAT NIGHT

ROGER | 15 | Canada

#957 | Monday, March 11th 2002
I was dozing in my inhumanly early (9 AM) psych class along with about 1000 of my peers. I distinctly remember my proff saying something about being 'at a loss for words' over the tragedy that happened today, yet he never explicitly stated what the issue was, and I, having just started my first wk in uni, was still immersed in the newness of my immediate surroundings and oblivious to events beyond the cul de sac of the U of T campus. It was not until when class was let out did I find out and from the unlikeliest of sources -- my voicemail. It was chock full of messages, mainly from my worried parents back in Hong Kong. I heard about the tragedy detailed chronologically (it was morning in HK when the thing happened). The first msg was remotely calm, about the first crash. The panic upped significantly in the next msg, in which my mom informed me that there was a second crash, and then a third at the pentagon, and that it was suspected that this was an act of terrorism. All the people that left me msgs echoed the same concerns: whether I was safe and to warn me to stay away from all American establisments, esp. embassies, and even McDonalds. Initially I had attributed the panic in my parent's msgs to exaggerated parental concern, but my view soon changed as I pieced together how big a deal this was, purely from the volumn of msgs related to the incident from other ppl. I was walking across the very green King's College Circle at the time. It was a warm and sunny, a nice - almost mundane - day, exemplary of late summer, in downtown Toronto, were it not abruptly uprooted from its normalcy by the information of the attacks on our close neighbours.
Polly | 18 | Canada

#952 | Monday, March 11th 2002
I remember it very well,I was redecrating the kitchen cupboards it was about 9:15 a.m when my sister called and said turn your t.v. on you won't believe what's happening in the u.s.So I immediately turned on the television and I could not believe my eyes I saw it but I didn't believe it.I was totally in shock and lost for words and was for quite some time.The following Friday I was watching the memorial service in Ottawa on parliament hill then I just burst into tears just sobbing because the reality of this horrific event was just sinking in.Now 6 months later I still do cry thinking about it what those poor people on the planes and in the buildings what kind of fear they most have faced knowing these were their last moments and there was nothing nobody can do for them.I didn't know anyone there but I feel for them so much.
Laurie | 30 | Canada

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