#216 | Wednesday, October 24th 2001
ON THIS HORRIFIC DAY I WAS ON MY WAY TO MY SONS PEDIATRICIANS OFFICE,,HE WAS IN NEED OF ONE SHOT IN ORDER TO BE ALLOWED TO ENTER KINDERGARTEN..i WAS DRIVING DOWN TYSON AVE. IN PHILADELPHIA,,AND PULLING INTO WAWA TO GET HIM A SODA,,WHEN IT CAME OVER THE RADIO THAT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER WAS SLAMMED BY TWO DIFFERANT PLANES,,AND THE BROADCASTERS OF THE RADIO STATION WHERE SAYING WHAT A COINSIDENCE IT WAS,,,BUT THE FEELING THAT I HAD IN MY GUT,,TOLD ME IT WAS NO COINSIDENCE..I KNEW AT THAT SECOND THIS WAS A DAY THAT MANY LIVES WOULD BE TAKEN AND THAT THIS WOULD BE A DAY THAT WOULD NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. WHILE SITTING IN MY SONS PEDIATRICIANS OFFICE IT CAME OVER THE NEWS THAT THE PENTAGON HAD ALSO BEEN A TARGET. BYE THE TIME MY SON HAD GOTTEN HIS SHOT AND I RETURNED HOME
(ABOUT 1 1/2 HOURS LATER) OUR CITY WAS IN MAYHEM,, A FRANTIC CITY WE WERE. PARENTS RUNNING TO GET KIDS FROM SCHOOL,,,NEWS BROADCAST ALL OVER THE T.V.,,AND MANY PEOPLE CRYING WHILE I PASSED THEM BY IN THIER CARS,,CELLULAR PHONES WERE DOWN,,IT WAS HORRIBLE.. BY THE DAYS END IT WAS OBVIOUSE THAT THIS WAS THE WORK OF A TERRORIST,,AND THAT MANY,,MANY, MNAY LIVES WERE TAKEN SO SELFISHLEY.
SINCE THAT DAY I HAVE DONE NOTHING BUT CRY,,I DIDNT LOSE ANYONE I KNEW,,NO ONE I KNEW WAS OR IS MISSING,,BUT WE AS A COUNTRY LOST SO, SO MUCH,,INNOCENT LIVES,,MOMMYS,,,DADDYS,,,G-MOMS,,ECT.,,I AM A MOTHER OD 7 BOYS,,AND CANT IMAGINE THE PAIN OF LOSING JUST ONE OF THEM,,OH MY GOD IT WOULD KILL ME,,AND TO KNOW THAT THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE FEELING THAT PAIN JUST TOTALLY OVERWHELMS ME..
SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2001,, IS A DAY THAT I FOR ONE WILL NEVER,EVER FORGET....MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TODAY AND ALWAYS GO OUT TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE LOST SOMEONE ON THAT HORRIBLE DAY

MAUREEN MCCLOSKEY | 33 | Pennsylvania

#136 | Saturday, September 22nd 2001
Tues September 11, 2001.
I was peacefully sleeping. I heard a faint voice calling..my name was it? It became louder, I realized that someone was calling my name from downstairs outside my window. I stumbled out of bed, not really awake yet, and when I looked out my window I saw a coworker. I was very confused. She then said to me "Something very bad has happened, but your Mother is ok. Turn on the television". I could not imagine what she was talking about. What could have possiably happened? I was panicking trying to find my tv remotes. In the short amount of time it took, I had many thoughts about what could have happened to my Mom that would have been working 1 block from Times square in New York City.Then the picture came on ...I couldnt not believe what I saw. The next thought was about my cousin that works in the city. I had no idea how close he worked to the towers. I found out he was ok also. But for the next 5 days I could not take my eyes off the television. I am not a person to get too emotional about things, but this has truely stabbed me in the heart. I feel so much sadness when I see the devistation, and hear the traggic stories unfolding every second.I am so proud to see our country united so strong.We will overcome this horriable tragedy.

Dawn | 33 | Connecticut

#43 | Monday, September 17th 2001
I was still sound asleep when NYC and Washington DC were being attacked by terrorists last Tuesday morning. Oblivious to what had happened, a couple of hours after the attack, I peacefully enjoyed breakfast with my daughter, while we both watched cartoons.

All of a sudden, my boyfriend, who had been asleep, entered the room with this devastantingly sad look on his face. I knew something was wrong.

Not to scare my little one, he discretely asked me if I was aware of what had happened in NYC and Washington DC, and I told him I had no clue as to what he was talking about. He had heard the news on the radio as the alarm clock went off. That is what I call a "rude awekening."

Quietly, we both go into our room, turn on the TV and watch in horror footage of what had been recorded until that point.

I remember the golf war, the L.A. riots, the Oaklahoma bombing, and many other tragedies that we, as a nation, have had to endure. This event, however, felt a lot closer to home and its profound and devastating effects will be felt in my heart for a very long time. Honestly, I don't think the wound will ever heal.

My heart goes out to those whose friends and family have died in the tragedy. My thoughts and prayers will be with them and all other survivors who will have to live the rest of their lives with memories that should have never come into existence.

I wish we could resolve this peacefully. God bless us all.

Eliana

Eliana | 33 | California

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