#2271 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
my deepest sympothies go out to those who lost their lives and their familys. Our nation proved to be stronger than what the terrorists thought.
Kuba | 15 | Michigan

#2176 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
September 11, 2001 was a day that I will never forget. I brought my two children to school and began the drive to work. I noticed that my gas tank was almost empty but I was running late and knew that I could easily fill up after work that night. I was employed as a bank teller and began work that day at 8:30 AM. The first news arrived when the doors of the bank opened at 9:00 AM. Our first customer was a representative of a local school system. He commented that he had heard on the radio that a plane had crashed into the world trade center. We asked him if it was a commercial airliner with passengers on board. He said that he had heard it was a small plane with not many passengers. We were under the assumption that it was small news plane. Within minutes, the drive thru and lobby was filling up and customers were all telling us that another plane had hit the world trade center and that the damage was horrific. We turned on the radio and phoned the bank officers to let them know what was going on. There was a television in our break room and people were all taking turns going back to look at the news. My first break at actually seeing the damage on television was around 9:50 AM. I remember being in shock at the damage surrounding the world trade centers, the people crying and running, the towers burning. I was watching television live when the first tower went down. The room was full of other employees and all you heard was a collective gasp as the tower folded. In my heart, I knew that there were still people inside the tower as it fell but I hoped and prayed that everyone had gotten out. Shortly after, I had to return to work and listen to the radio reports. I heard the radio report of the second tower falling, the hit at the Pentagon, the crash in Pennsylvania. I remember the fear as the airline industry was shut down and planes were grounded. I knew the significance of shutting down the airline industry and the possibility that there were still terrorists waiting to attack. The thought of a nuclear strike on American soil went through my head. The fear of not knowing what was coming next or who was engineering these strikes struck deep in my heart. All I wanted to do was go home and stay glued to the television. By 3:30 PM that day, there was a rumor of gas gouging and price increases to over $5.00 a gallon. The rumors hit record levels and the lines at the gas stations were hours long. When I left work at 5 PM, I was twenty minutes from home and my gas tank was still on empty from this morning. It was hard to believe that only nine hours had passed since my early morning thoughts of getting gas after work, no big deal. I was stuck in a traffic jam at the gas tanks for over an hour when all I wanted to do was get home and hug my children close. When I arrived home, I stayed glued to the television, crying along with the rest of America. My children asked if they were safe or if the terrorists were going to hurt them too. My son, aged 7, had wrote a paper at school about the terrorist attacks in his own words, punctuation, and spelling. It said, "The terist fleood arpplanse's in the wod trane santr and nocd it down and lads of peple got hart and lads of peple dide be cas the terist fleood the arpplanse's. They mad the drivres go bak in the planse and then they fleood the arpplanse's in the bilding and peple got hart and they wint too the hospital and peple dide and got burnd and mor peple dide and wint to hevn and peple cride." I was impressed at his understanding and was saddened by the loss of innocence. May we always remember that loss of innocence and our triumph over those who only practice hate.
Mary | 30 | Michigan

#2016 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
Thomson Employees
WTC 9-11
We will not forget you

The Gale Group | 24 | Michigan

#2013 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
I can't recall specific times. But I can recall the motions I went through that day. I was in bed asleep. My friend mark called me and told me to turn on the news. It was then that I felt my heart break. I watched the T.V. for only a few minutes and went outside. It was silent. No birds were chirping, no sounds were coming from anywhere. Then the second tower was attacked. I stayed on the phone for a little while longer. When I got off the phone I called my mom right away and just cried. This is horrible. And to this day I am still heartbroken.

GOD BLESS THE U.S.A!!!!

RIP- To all those fallen heros... To everyone that was lost that day...

Danielle | 18 | Michigan

#1971 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
Hello i'm a high school student...and when this all happened i was in math class and our principle came on the speaker and told us to turn our t.vs to a certain channel. and that's when we heard about it.....that whole day not one t.v went off and not one teacher taught...we all watched in horror as the planes hit and then when the towers fell...and then they hit the petagon and then another plane crashed and i rememeber comin' home and turnin the t.v on and not watchin' or carin' about what else was goin' on but i was wonderin' what those people are feelin' and how i wish i could do some thing. then when the fires went out and they looked for the survivors i was hopin that maybe one person will come out of it...but saddly that didn't happen..i would like to thank all the n.y.f.d fire fighters and all the angels in heaven
allison | 16 | Michigan

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