#1188 | Tuesday, April 16th 2002
I was sitting in one of my school classes and some kid came up and said the pentagon and the world trade center just got hit by three different airplanes I though it was a joke (a very sick joke). Then I went to lunch and by the next period we were all watching the news and people just stared at the t.v. screen in dis-belief... how could someone do this.... why whould someone do this, and then it hit be like a ton of bricks.. the pure hatred that I developed inside had to be released. I know I am very young but I was ready to go to war I wanted to be on the front lines just to see those responsible pay. Now that Hatred is still not gone and I still am ready for war but I want them to remember that they messed with the wrong country.
Jerry | 16 | Ohio

#1154 | Friday, April 5th 2002
I was in my dorm room, sleeping. My roommate burst in around 10:30 asking me to turn on my TV to the news 'cause she had just heard. Scrambling for the CNN channel, I was just able to wake up before the first tower collapsed. My roomate was a transfer from NYU, she was frantically calling her old friends for the next couple hours.
Melinda Rhoadhouse | 21 | Ohio

#1149 | Tuesday, April 2nd 2002
I remember being at school, when I heard talk of an explosion in the world trade center. It was at lunch when I heard more detail, a plane had crashed into it. The period after, I was in English class watching the events unfold when I saw the second plane hit live. And it wasn't until later at home that I heard about the other two planes. What causes one man to have so much hate? All we can do is pray for such things.
Stephen Szuter | 15 | Ohio

#1022 | Thursday, March 14th 2002
I WAS AT GREENE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL WITH MY SON WHO WAS HAVING TESTS.WHILE I WAS WAITING ON MY SON,NURSES AND DOCTORS STARTING RUNNING BY ME ,I THOUGHT THERE WAS AN EMERGENCY IN THE HOSPITAL,SO I FOLLOWED THEM TO A VERY CROWDED WAITING ROOM,WHERE EVERYONE SURROUNDED A TV AND RIGHT BEFORE OUR EYES THE SECOND PLANE HIT ,NO ONE SAID A WORD ,YOU COULD HAVE HEARD A PIN DROP,IT WAS ONE OF THE SADDEST THINGS I HAD EVER EXPERIANCED.AT THAT POINT EVERY ONE REALIZED IT WAS NOT JUST A PLANE CRASH,IT WAS A TERRORIST ACT.
MELODY CARROLL | 34 | Ohio

#1000 | Wednesday, March 13th 2002
I was driving into work that morning. The radio was tuned to a local television station and I was listening, I think, to Diane Sawyer. They had a local New York television station on that was describing that a plane had hit one of the towers of the World Trade Center. As she was broadcasting on network television, the 2nd plane hit, and she said “Oh my god, another plane has hit the second tower!”

It seemed so surreal, that it reminded of the stories I have heard about when Orson Welles went onto the radio and read his story of “War of the Worlds” and scared America so many years ago (and I did think that thought that day). I just thought it couldn’t possibly be true. I got to work, went into my office, and none of the people had heard anything, other than that one tower had been hit. I told them to turn on the radios, because another plane had hit, and now the radio was saying it was a terrorist attack.

Our cafeteria has a large screen TV, so I immediately went there to see if I could learn anything else. When the news came on that the Pentagon had been attacked, and a hijacked plane had crashed in Pennsylvania, I called my teenage daughter and told her to stay home, that I didn’t know what was going on, but she might have to go to the basement. I was scared, confused and really didn’t know what was going on with so many stories of attacks coming in.

Later that day, a group of us that had been watching the TV went off by ourselves and had a group prayer. With feeling so helpless and vulnerable, it felt somewhat comforting to be in a group and giving our feelings to God, and asking Him to help those in the attacks, as well as helping us in whatever way He could.

It’s been six months. I still get a lot of tears in my eyes when I read or think about that day, and I didn’t even have anyone I knew that was directly affected by the attacks. Or can it be stated that every American, and many, many others around the world, were directly affected in one way or another??



Cindy Kealey | 43 | Ohio

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