#1698 | Friday, September 6th 2002
When the terrorist attacks occurred, I was sitting at my desk, waiting for the teacher to give directions. My friend raises his hand, and tells the teacher that a plane just hit the building. Everyone, not understanding what my friend just said, ran to the window. We saw something we would never forget. Both of the Twin Towers were on fire. Non of us knew what had happened. We just managed to stand there. It seemed to me that non of us even said anything. I guess we were all just really scared. My teacher said that there was probably just a fire. But we knew that it wasn't just a fire. We all felt that something had happened. About half an hour later, they had collapsed. Right before our eyes. To a bunch of fifth graders, it felt depressing to watch. And the fact that I had to watch it from my classroom window was even worse.

At that time i was in Brooklyn, NY. I had a perfect view of the Twin Towers, but i really noticed them on Sept.11,2001

Marta | 11 | New York

#1689 | Friday, September 6th 2002
I was at Newark Airport getting on
flight 91, the next plane leaving
Newark for San Francisco. An asst picked
flight 91 over flight 93 for me.
The most troubling part of this story
for me is that I'm in law enforcement
and travel armed. In addition I was
meeting another agent on that flight
which means there were 2 of us armed
on the next flight.

John | 36 | New York

#1625 | Friday, August 30th 2002
I was in my sophomore year of college, not really wanting to be there. I can't believe it's been a year already. At first I didn't really understand, then I was thinking "great, another war", but in the end, I was just really thankful that I and my friends and family were okay, and saddened by those who aren't(weren't?)
Jen | 20 | New York

#1608 | Tuesday, August 27th 2002
I had just gotten to work and was making the rounds of checking the fax machines & copiers that they were working since they often jammed during the night. I remember passing a co-workers desk and she said oh my god and i said what's wrong she said a plane crashed into the WTC. I also thought it was a small plane and didn't think much else until the second plane hit the second tower. I felt like I was dreaming and desperately wanted to wake up. People weren't working. They were all on the phones trying to get more info since we didn't have TV's only radios. I woke up my best friends mom to ask her but she had no idea and said to call back. I called my dad and he turned on the tv and was speechless. My brother had just spoken to my mom from his office near battery park and said that as far as he knew he was going about his day and would call later. He was one of the many people to work across the bridge to get home well actually to our parents since he couldn't get home to CT that night. Finally we were allowed to go home at one o'clock. Why a set time considering the morning? who knows. But before they let us go home we all met and said the pledge of allegiance and had a moment of silence for everyone and everything. It wasn't until my husband came home that I really watched the TV. I was scared to watch it alone even though my friend said why its history in the making and that was silly and then hung up to go watch it herself. Guess I didn't want to cry alone. I hope to God that this country has learned from their mistakes and will be able to prevent anything like this in the future. I also hope that we as americans also remember what we felt that day and never forget to be proud to be an american
dawn | 36 | New York

#1594 | Saturday, August 24th 2002
i was at work (in an elementary school) when my husband telephoned with the news and as we were on the phone, the 2nd plane hit. i knew it was terrorism and prayed that an American was not responsible.
lisa tutino | 40 | New York

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