#2423 | Thursday, September 12th 2002
I woke up early in the moring to get ready for school and my older brother turned on the T.V and we were changing when he put it to the morning new. ounce i saw one of the twin towers whit a plain on it's side i was very shock. we woke up our mom because on the bottom of the screen it was saying what schools and jobs were still going on. we saw our mom's work name on the bottom and so she called up her work because she works on military grounds so she was calling her boss and asking him if she needs to tell evryone to still come to work or just say home for the day.
Me and my brother went to school and there were a lot of people in school so shock of what had happend that morning, some people didn't even know till other student told the about the incident that had happend.
Couple days later the US were getting a lot of background about what has happend, who has done it, and if we were going to war. I wish we were going to find Bin Laden and that we couldn't go to war because i have family memebers thats in the force.
Well ever since that day everything has changed in my life. I couldn't go out for a few months and if i go out i have to be with my parents, i guess that they were scared that they were going to attack us again but this time were we live. I understood why they were doing this but i got mad that i couldn't go out with my friend, Oh-well.
This is what i could say of the day everything has changed in my life and that nothing would ever be the same.

God Bless America...
Oh yah... Our Colors don't Run.

James Tabil | 16 | Hawaii

#2406 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
My alarm woke me that morning. I rolled over and closed my eyes, hoping to salvage whatever sleep I could. Then I heard it. "A jet hit one of the World Trade Towers..." It had to be some kind of joke, a prank.

I ran upstairs to tell my mom, then I flipped on the television. On literally every station, there was the image of the first smoking tower. Then, suddenly, the second plane hit. Little did I realize that those were the images that would repeat themselves over and over during the next three weeks. I was still in disbelief.

I called a friend to verify that she was seeing this too, then I began my walk to school, unable to comprehend, not knowing how to reacte. I was scared. But most I all, I didn't understand.

We didn't know what to think. And neither did the teachers. Our first class went along as planned. I guess no one really knew what to do.

As the day went on, we began to realize what kind of an impact that this would have on our lives. We were all sort of just living it together, waiting for the next peice of information. Our eyes were fixed on the television, just watching it over and over. We were all just sick.

In the days following, so many stories emerged; some tragic, some filled with hope. I admired the reaction of Canada and America, thousands rushing to help in any way that they could. Everybody came together, fell apart together.

It wasn't until a few weeks later that I realized what a big event this actually was. This would be written in text books. Students would learn about this day. My future children would ask me about this day. And I don't exactly know what I'm going to say.

Erin | 16 | Canada

#2395 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I was sitting in American History class. One of the teachers from down the hall came to our door and told us to turn on the television. When I saw the second plane crash into the tower, I remember thinking, "Is this a video game or something?" Pretty soon after that, our principal announced a moment of silence and then told us to just continue on our day and regularly scheduled classes. I don't know if I agree with that; I think we could probably have postponed talking about the Civil War for a day to talk about some "American History in the making" or what have you...For the rest of the day, everyone was really nervous, because we heard that the president had gone to Barksdale, which is about an hour from our town. I remember being really afraid about going to war and not being sure about what had happened and what was going to happen. It was just a really scary, sad day, to say the least.
Sarah | 16 | Louisiana

#2381 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I was in lunch at m high school and kids were telling us at that time what we thought were rumors. We had wondered why kids would be saying this if it was not true knowing alot of parents worked in the WTC. I had hoped it was a rumor, I was wrong. They were making announcements over the PA that some students were being sent home. We had a liturgy that afternoon in school and our musical director sang "Proud to be an American" and he got ovation after ovation! It was just so emotional he brought people into tears while he was singing! GOD BLESS AMERICA!
Brett | 16 | Pennsylvania

#2377 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
On 9/11/01 I was off to school. I heard of the attacks towards the end of 2nd period. Kids were being signed out of school like crazy and I was one of them. My parents pulled me out at 11:00 fearing another attack. I came home watched the TV sadly. My mom tried calling family in New York but it didn't work, it kept saying "all circuts busy"
School started last Wednesday, 9/4/02. We got our History books this Monday 9/9/02 and they are new. I looked towards the end of the book and noticed an entire chapter called "September 11, 2001: A Day That Changed The World" This is wonderful to me. We are already teaching kids about September 11 and the War On Terror. It's time we took action and got rid of the enemy--the Arabs.

Jim | 16 | New Jersey

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