#1807 | Monday, September 9th 2002
I remember walking down to the cafeteria at work to get a bagel and as I passed the television in the lobby that is always tuned to CNN they were showing a maternity fashion show. Then on my way back from the cafeteria CNN was showing the North Tower ablaze. In the time it took me to get a bagel 3,000 people were doomed to a horrific death.
Jim Larkin | 39 | New Jersey

#1802 | Monday, September 9th 2002
I was in front of the television, eating breakfast and preparing to leave for my first postgraduate course of the new semester. My thoughts just before the attack were on the upcoming class, and the fact that my beloved NY Giants had lost on Monday Night football the previous evening. I sat transfixed in front of the television the entire day, shaking my head side to side and wondering how many people I knew who were trapped in the towers. I later learned that I lost three friends that morning, and when I heard the news, the Giants loss and my college classes became very insignificant to me. They still are, today.

God Bless the victim's families, and our country as well.

Herbert Porter | 47 | New Jersey

#1800 | Monday, September 9th 2002
I was in college, just waking up to get ready for my first class. The first thing I do is turn on the tv and on that day, in every channel, were news about terrorist attacks in New York City.

The school was so different that morning; everyone was quiet, classes have been cancelled and in my residence hall, students were glued to the tv, watching, waiting for good news about family and/or friends.

My friend told me that you can see what was happening across the Hudson River from on top of our parking deck. So he and I went; there were other students there too. And we saw smoke obliterating all of lower Manhattan, not the usual magnificent view of the two towers.

I was so concerned for the well-being of others (I was a Resident Assistant at that time) - I saw the concern of my residents and fellow students on their faces - I forgot that my Dad's birthday is that day also.

My cell phone was no use, because I couldn't get through and they advised everyone to limit the use of their cell phones because people at Ground Zero may be trying to use their cell phones to call for help.

But I myself needed reassurance and so I tried calling; when I got through w/ my call w/ my Dad, all I could think of was to ask if everyone (in my family) was ok...I completely forgot to wish him a happy birthday...

Charisma Mendoza | 23 | New Jersey

#1779 | Sunday, September 8th 2002
I will never forget September 11, 2001. What began as an ordinary school day turned out to be the day the world changed. I was in chemistry class when the first plane hit the WTC and my teacher turned on the t.v. We all watched in stunned silence as the second plane hit and the towers collapsed. People were running around school crying hysterically, and phone centers were set up so we could get in touch with our families. The one thing I will never forget is walking out into the hallway and seeing a guy i didnt know standing there hugging his father and sobbing. His mother had called from the Trade Center saying that a plane had hit the building and she didnt know if she would make it out. She didnt. I still cry when i think about it. For as long as I live 9/11/01 will be engraved in my heart and in my memory. GOD BLESS AMERICA
bonnie | 18 | New Jersey

#1774 | Sunday, September 8th 2002
I was in Jersey City, NJ at Exchange Place going to work at the World Trade Center. That was our home. It was from there that I saw the horror first hand. I'll never forget that sight and sound. God bless all. Never forget and never stop until we find those heartless bastards that did this.
Paul Del Priore | 48 | New Jersey

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