#1506 | Monday, July 29th 2002
I was only three days into my senior year when one of the teachers came rushing in the room and told the class what happened. We were all in shock and couldn’t believe what we had just heard. New York City was attacked? Everyone remembers the bomb that was triggered in one of the buildings in New York but we couldn’t imagine the Twin Towers being struck by planes. I live in Upstate New York, near Albany, so the attack kind of hit close to home. I have only been to NYC once when I was younger and I remember what a great place it was, with all the tall skyscrapers and the shopping. All day during school there was talk of the attack but teachers did their best to keep our minds on schoolwork. Some kids were crying because they knew people that worked in the towers and others were crying because they were afraid of their safety and for America in general.

I always thought of our country being the most powerful in the world. It’s a tragedy that it took a devastating attack to bring our nation closer together. Its amazing to see the whole nation, no matter what religion or ethnic background, pull together; putting flags up all over everything, setting up memorials for the victims and their families even if they didn’t know any personally, being nicer to people and just showing pride in that they live in such a great country. We are so lucky to have the freedom that we do and should never take it for granted. My senior year will forever be imbedded in my mind because of this event. I will look back and remember watching the many news broadcasts replaying the horrible images over and over. I will remember how I cried for the people that had died, the helpless and the heros. I will remember how we had such dedicated firemen doing everything they could to reach people that were hopeful survivors and working long and grueling hours and not caring. God Bless them all.

I am grateful that none of my loved ones or friends were at the scene of the attacks. I pray for the families that have lost family members and/or friends in the attacks. May our nation stick together and show our pride can’t be destroyed in times of hardship. GOD BLESS AMERICA.

Danielle | 18 | New York

#1502 | Saturday, July 27th 2002
I go to a high school where news travels like wildfire. I was in the hallway at school and heard that we were "going to war" and that the World Trade Center towers had been hit and so had the Pentagon. I just thought it was something that had been taken out of proportion. The rest of the day we spent watching TV. I don't think any of my classes did anything academic the whole day. I was a senior, and I had a study hall where I could leave school. My friend and I were driving down the hallway and saw an airplane circling downtown Des Moines. We were really upset thinking something might be happening close to home, but thank God, nothing did. I'll never forget that day!
Jen | 18 | Iowa

#1456 | Tuesday, July 9th 2002
I was a senior in my high school. It was second period, about 10:00 when my teacher said, "America has been attacked." This particular teacher always played jokes, and this just thought this was a cruel sick one. But when he saw the expressions of disbelief on our faces, he turned on the tv and let us watch the news. All day, every class, we watched the news. Alot of kids were crying, many prayed...but we all were scared...
steve | 18 | Georgia

#1405 | Wednesday, June 19th 2002
I was taking off school to go to my Great Uncle's funeral...while my mom was getting ready to go and I was sitting here on the computer, my dad was in the dining room watching TV and that's when it all happened. It was even more scarier when the second one hit...and that plane crashed right in my state. It was all too freaky...
Crystal | 18 | Pennsylvania

#1383 | Sunday, June 9th 2002
Where were you on August 6, 1945?

Oh, you dont recognise that date? Thats the date that "good old USA" wiped an entire city off the face of the earth. And then again on August 9, 1945.

And it's been conviently forgotten that whils the Japanese only attacked military targets during WWII, America saw fit to destroy millions of innocent civilans.

And there weren't any international funds set up for the poor families of those who had been killed. Know why? Because the families were dead too.

All because Uncle Sam wanted to flex his muscles. And he's flexing them again now.

I feel sorry for the peole who have lost loved ones, but I dont think all this is necessary - lets be honest, this is beyond an outpouring of grief, if it was even that in the first place. it seems to me that the reason for all those tears we were subjected to for subsequent weeks were because big, mighty America was shown to be mortal.

Who knows, maybe you even deserved it after all the times you've devestated other countries, be it economically or destructively.

God bless America? I dont think so.

Chris | 18 | United Kingdom

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