#2391 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I walked into chemistry class. This morning, on Sept. 11, 2002, I, out of random scheduling, ended up in this same room. A year ago, I walked in to look up at a movie on the tv. I was asking which one it was, and nobody knew. We were excited though, because we found out that we wouldn't have class because of this. How were we to know? This was no movie...it didn't seem like it at the time though. The people in class that never shut up, did just that. We all watched, for the entire 80 minutes of class. I am not one to cry or get emotional, but this truly did bring out feelings which I have never experienced before. I did not lose anyone in my family, nor a friend, or just someone I've seen before. But I lost all of those people to had potential, who had the ability to impact our society. They all did. They have moved me with their families' stories and the pictures. I will not forget the picture of a baby, wearing a sweater with an American flag on the front, walking over to some lit candles at a memorial site. Even if we were not related to someone, or actually knew someone who passed, or was involved in Sept. 11, we ALL love them. I will remember this day so clearly...there is no way I would be able to forget these feelings which I try to even lose at times. I will always think of the babies without mommies and daddies, those who were not able to see their children grow up, or their parents grow older. Since that day, I forgive anyone. I would not want something to happen, such as this, and have them think that I did not love them. Please keep that in mind. Much love for everyone.
Jennifer | 17 | Pennsylvania

#2378 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
When the planes hit, I was asleep in bed. I woke up, and I'm not a morning person, so I was in a general state of confusion. I heard some murmers of it on the radio, and more when I got to school. I still didn't have a sense of what had happened. Then I went to my first class, the stage. We usually have the t.v. on in the background while we work. This day however, we didn't work. We sat, and watched. Only then, at about 8:30am PST, did I truly understand what had happened. The whole day t.v.s were on in classrooms. By the time 2 came around, I was sick of it. I don't think I could take more of it. It made me so sad. I just wanted to do something, I wished my teachers would have given me some busywork to do, to take my mind of the horrors...
Thats where I was.

Heidi | 17 | California

#2365 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I remember that day distinctly...everything about it. I was sitting in 1st period (government class) and we were watching a video on the Declaration of Independence, as ironic as that is. Our high school's chemistry teacher ran into the room and whispered something in our government teacher's ear. A look of disbelief spread over his face and he yelled "STOP THE TAPE AND TURN IT TO CNN!"
One of my classmates followed his demand, and for the first time I saw the World Trade Center towers billowing with smoke from the fires burning inside them after the airplanes struck. I remember our normally rowdy and rambunctious class sitting in silence and watching with fear in our eyes and our hearts. As we continued to watch, I saw little spots falling from the heights of each tower. At first I had no idea what what these were...until the cameras zoomed in. Those little "spots" turned out to be people jumping from the building to escape from the fire before the towers collapsed. This image has haunted me ever since and it filled me with a sense of anger as well as grief...I had never felt like that before and I would never wish that feeling on anyone.
The rest of the school day was spent largely on watching the news on TV and wondering what would happen next. By the end of the day, we all expected the worst. For the first time ever in my life, I was afraid to go to sleep at night because I wasn't sure if I would wake up the next morning.
On the first anniversary of this horrific tragedy, let's all remember to keep our loved ones close and to be grateful for each and every blessing the Lord has provided us. Remember to live each day like your last, someday you'll be right.

Kara | 17 | Kentucky

#2357 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
It doesn't seem like a whole year since our country was attacked. It doesn't even feel like a couple months. But I remember exactly where I was. I had to leave for school at 6:30, so I was waking up at about 5:45, and to help wake me up, I turned on the news. All I saw was a sky of smoke and a building pertruding out of it, and I thought a factory was on fire... until I heard what the newscaster was saying. Then it was off to school. I got to class and rumors were spreading like crazy. Someone said that America was under attack like the movie "Independence Day," hitting all of our nation's monumental buildings. One girl said, "Oh my gosh I am so disgusted." I said, "I know this is such a tragedy," and she said, "No, no, I mean, can you believe how much pollution is in the air now?" The things people were saying were amazing to hear, some people were on the verge of breaking down into tears. All I know is that when I got home, the last thing on my mind was homework. I was glued to the T.V. all night, and I was for a couple days after that.

In Rememberance... "Yet through all the gloom I see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is worth all the means. And that posterity will triumph." -John Adams (1735–1826)

Lacy | 17 | California

#2333 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
Most kids my age were in school the morning of Tuesday, September 11th, 2001. Unlike then, i was homeschooled at the time and sleeping in as usual. My cat had gone in the night before be get surgery. I was to wake up by 10 so i could go with my Mom to pick him up. By 8:50am my Mom ran in my room as i was sleeping and told me to get up and that something had happened. i wasn't quite awake so she walked back out to the living room, called my now [ex] step dad to tell him what had happened. Just before i walked out of my room, my Mom was still on the phone with him and watched as the second plane hit south tower. I walked out to watch with her. About an hour later we had to leave to pick up my cat and just before me left my Mom was in the bathroom and i was watching the news only to find out that the Pentagon was hit. i screamed from the living room to my Mom in the bathroom what had happened then. For from reason she wasn't all that shocked.

We left by then and picked up my cat. On the way home she had the radio on and we listened as it came threw that north tower had collapsed. Soon after i was home and watched on tv as south tower collapsed as well.

For the next week or so, CNN was never off our tv. it stayed on all night and day until everything died down.

As annoying as tv is making the story, i still wont ever forget. i didn't lose anyone but i feel many other peoples pain well and it hurts me as well.

RIP 9-11 victims. May you sleep painless.

Jamie | 17 | Florida

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