#2102 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I was in an microeconomics lecture at the University of Maryland (less than 10 miles from DC). Our professor began class by telling us that the towers had been struck, we all thought it was the begining of an example of supply and demand or what not. But, he explained further and told us we can leave if we wanted. Not knowing the full scope of the situation I stayed for the lecture. After leaving the lecture hall, I was walking back to my dorm when I started hearing all the rumors about more planes hijacked still in the sky, the Pentagon being struck, the State Dept being car bombed, the Washington Monument burning... I have several family members who work in the Pentagon and I called and called but I couldn't get through. It was the most horrible terrifying experience in my life, being so unsure of what was happening. It really hit me hard when the F-16s flew over and realized that our "superpower" of a nation was so vulnerable.
Ryan | 19 | Maryland

#2018 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
I had just woken up and turned on the television on that fatefull morning. Because I am deaf, I rely on closed captions to understand what is happening on the television screen. There were NO captions on the channel I had turned on and at first I did not realize what was going on. I quickly switched to another channel that had closed captions and was horrified at what I saw. While Matt Lauer of the Today show was reporting what had happened earlier, a second plane was spotted and I saw it crash into the second tower. What a horrifying sight!! I was in shock...To this day, I cannot watch a song being sung related to America without a tear trickling down my cheek..I was also very afraid because my 18 year old daughter had signed up for enlistment in the Army Reserves in June and was scheduled to report for her basic training at the end of September..we flew out to visit her before her departure, and it was very difficult for me to let her go...at the same time, I was very proud of her for wanting to defend our wonderful country.
Jeanne | 46 | Maryland

#1895 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
On the morning of 9-11-02, I was in my second period math class. My school is located outside of Washington DC. Rumors were spreading like wild fire through the student body about the world trade center. (the first one) Students were being pulled out of school by their parents, and teachers were tuning on the televisions so that we could keep current with the tragic events that were occurring. Students were crying, for some of them had family who worked in the Pentagon. I was one of those students who got taken out early, and I rushed home to my mother and we just sat and watched the news until 7 pm that night. I don't think either one of us said one thing during the whole period. For the next week, the news could always be heard in our house, along with many outbreaks of tears.

God Bless America

Crushed Student | 16 | Maryland

#1858 | Monday, September 9th 2002
I was at school, a Junior at Kennedy High School. We were in an assembly,and when we left we heard that a plane had hit the world trade center. I didn't get it-i figured it was just a personal plane or something. Then the teacher turned on the TV in fifth period and we watched the towers get hit and fall, again and again. It was horrible. And it was only much later that i heard about people jumping-and falling and splatting and dying. Rumors were flying about a fourth plane that crashed in pennsylvania, and a fifth plane that was still flying. I've never been so scared in my life. All i could think was "what if they keep attacking us? what if we fall? what if we don't survive??"

I didn't know anyone in NY or the Pentagon, but I hurt every time i think of how many died. Or when I see the tragic beauty of that second plane angling its wings to take out as many floors as possible. Or hear "Let's Roll" or see a picture of those three firefighters and the flag. Or look at the candle i keep that i lit during our neighborhood candelight vigil-it's a plain white taper with wax drips and somber memories. On the radio Oldies 100 is giving profiles of those who died at the pentagon-that hurts too.

When will it stop hurting at odd instants, like when i see a picture of the old NY skyline and we joke-but not joke-about how that picture needs to be updated?

Or go see the construction work on the pentagon and the little memorials people leave on the hill where you can see the hole in the pentagon?

Or read about why Bin Ladin did it. It dosn't matter what god you pray to. Those were innocent people. And now they're dead.

Laura | 17 | Maryland

#1832 | Monday, September 9th 2002
The morning of 9/11 was a morning i wish i didnt have to live. I was in my room sleeping and my mom woke me up about 11am she was screaming come look a jet hit the WTC im thinking ok what the hell is that anyway and why do i have to get up?I walked down stairs thinking she pulling my leg anyway.And when i saw the T.V. screen i thouht i was going to die all i could do was cry. I was watching channel 11 news and the broadcast lady said if you want to help we need blood for the injured. I jumped up out of the chair and called the local Red Cross. They told me i was to young to give blood. That broke my heart because i knew someone was out there i could have saved and all i could do was watch everything get worse.So seeings how i couldnt give blood every where i went that had a donation jar, and i put my money in there. I was born on Pearl Harbor Day and i always wanted to learn more about it but now i think i know enough.I want to say thank you to all the miltary people who are fighting to protect us and say i always will pray for those we loston the horrible day last year.
Gloria | 16 | Maryland

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