#1187 | Tuesday, April 16th 2002
On September 11th 2001 my husband and I were sitting in the Mexican Embassy in Orlando Florida. My husband immigrated here from Mexico, and we were in the process of getting his Naturalization finished. He became a full citizen of the USA on September 20th 2001. We watched in horror thinking it must be some mistake, but as the moments passed we soon realized it was very, very real. Life as we knew it was over forever. My husband understood even more what it is to be an American in the coming months.
Amanda | 33 | Florida

#1131 | Friday, March 29th 2002
I was in college at the time. In my networking & communication class. We heard someone crying in the hallway but did not think anything of it. Once class was over nothing but sadness walked the halls in our building only to find out the terrible tragedy that occurred on the morning of 9/11/01. I will never forget it.
Monica | 24 | Florida

#1102 | Sunday, March 24th 2002
I was asleep the morning of September 11th, 2001. I worked very late the night before and was exausted.
I awoke to the sound of the phone ringing at about 1:00pm. It was my mother , calling to see how I was dealing with the news.
"Have you been watching the news?"
" No, well, I glimpsed something earlier about a plane hitting the pentagon and that they were evacuating the pentagon and White House, but I didn't see the sense in it. I mean it was just an accident, right? The president shouldn't be in any danger."
"Sweetheart," my mother says tearfully. " The World Trade Center is gone. Two planes crashed into both the north and south towers this morning. Not long after that, both towers collapsed. Another plane hit the pentagon, and theres another down in a field in Pennsylvaina"
I was thunderstruck. No, thats not the right word. I felt a lot of things. I don't think I have to explain them; I'm sure everyone felt the same mixture of fear, rage, sorrow, and fierce pride that awful morning. I just remember watching the news and seeing the footage of the second plane hit the tower, over and over again, and the footage of the buildings collapsing. It was heart-wrenching. I was so sad, I couldn't even cry at first, and that was the worst feeling.
I wanted to stop watching the news, to turn away from the horror, the sorrow and the fearful loss of life. But I wouldn't let myself. I kept telling myself to keep looking, and see what happened while my selfish ass was still in bed. I felt like I had betrayed all those people; felt like I had ignored them because I didn't feel like getting up. Also I couldn't turn my back to the tv, I really would be turning my back on the thousands of people who lost their lives on September 11th, 2001.

Amanda | 20 | Florida

#1045 | Saturday, March 16th 2002
A day I will never forget. In our office someone heard on the radio about the first plane - then the second and we were all glued in horror and fear as we watched our small TVs. All I could think of was this is the end. I wanted my child close to me, and wanted to be the one to tell him of this horror. Then the plane hit the Pentagon which is not far from where his Dad lives. Our office soon gave everyone the option to leave, which I did. I picked up my 13 year old son from school and told him the news. It was like living a movie - this could not be happening. Nothing will ever be the same. We will never feel the same. As Americans the terrorists were now on our turf and it was not a safe feeling.
T. McCarthy | 43 | Florida

#987 | Wednesday, March 13th 2002
I was sitting in my living room watching Good Morning America. Later that news shows title would only bring tears to my eyes. I had always felt very safe in this country, but I can no longer say that. Everyday I wait for the shoe to drop again. I fear for my children, granchildren, my husband and for all my fellow Americans. My son is in the Air Force and so I can feel for all mothers who have sons and daughters far away. I think we became too confident about our safety here. I don't think we should ever forget 9/11. We have to stand by one another and forever keep vigil of our homeland. Thank You Jean Ormond Bch, Fl
Jean Marshall | 54 | Florida

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