#509 | Tuesday, December 18th 2001
I was just leaving the house to go to work when I saw that my brother was watching the news and a plane was crashing into the world trade center. I didn't know what to think at first. How could it be real? I don't think it really hit me until I was work listening to the radio (all day) and they said the towers were collapsing. It was unbelievable. I couldn't believe it. Stuff like that isn't supposed to happen. I think we must have had every radio on where I work, not wanting to miss a second of what was happening. On the internet I watched videos of what I had missed. I don't think you can forget such graphic horrible pictures. My heart sank when I watched the towers go down, but I think what hurt the worst was watching the bodies fall from the buildings. I don't think I've ever seen anything so horrible and I never want to see anything like it again. I can't imagine what it was like and what it must be like for people more directly connected to the tragedy. I'm about as far removed as you can get, but my heart ached that day and I can only hope like so many others that such things will never happen again.
Heather | 19 | Colorado

#108 | Thursday, September 20th 2001
I was awaken by the phone at about 9:30am Denver time (11:30am NY time). My boyfriend got a call from a friend telling us to turn on the TV. We were in total shock, I remember saying that the world was ending. How could this happen in a country like ours? Then I saw it was terrorists; I knew we had enemies, but not to this magnitude. Why would somebody do this to all those innocent people.

I tried to think if I had family or friends in NY or D.C., but I couldn’t think strait. Even though I couldn’t think if I had a friend or family there, I felt the pain of everyone who lost someone. I felt like I had lost a part of me, a part of my freedom.

That day, September 11th, 2001 will be remembered. I hope that all the families that were devastated by this tragedy will one day find peace.

Kelly | 21 | Colorado

#24 | Sunday, September 16th 2001
I was half asleep when I first heard about it. I didn't know the extent of what was going on. If I had known, I wouldn't have fallen back asleep.

I finally put attention to it when my dad came in and woke me up with, "blah blah blah, twin towers, blah blah, terrorists, blah, pentagon, blah blah, we can't find your sister." I then sat up in my bed, looked at my dad with utter horror, and paid attention.

I had no idea.

Becky | 19 | Colorado

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