#2172 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I was at work. I had just gotten off and went to wait for my friend to go on break. I was flipping through the channels and at first when I saw it I changed the channel because I didn't fully understand what I was seeing. Then I went back and few seconds later the second one hit. I still had no idea what was going on. The place started filling up because others in the plant were hearing rumors, and so they came to the TV to confirm them. Next we hear about the Pentagon. Then my friend came in a he had no idea what was happening, and as I was telling him I still couldn't believe it myself. I kept thinking they were just going to get everyone out and that we wouldn't lose so many people, then the towers collapsed and there was no going back. I thought WW3 must have started. I really thought we were going to be in an all out war. Today watching the memorials and seeing the footage, it still hurts as much as it did that day.
Kandace Eck | 26 | Missouri

#2146 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I had taken my children to school when I heard about the first tower being hit, but I thought the radio announcer was playing a joke on everyone sice he always does stupid thinks on the air. So, I went home and took a nap. My sister-in-law woke me up, in hysterics and said "Oh My God! Have you seen the news?"
She and I spent the rest of the day watching the tv until our children returned home from school. When they got home we sat down at the table and discussed the days events and tried to help the kids understand what was going on.
All during the day she and I tried to get in touch with our spouses. Her husband is my brother and my husband works on an Army POST. When we finally got to speak to the two of them and knew they were safe our day was much easier to deal with.

God Bless
Shannon

Shannon Pinkley-Hazlett | 31 | Missouri

#2012 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
I FEEL THAT THE BEST WAY FOR AMERICANS TO SHOW PATRIOTISM,IS TO STOP BEING SO HYPOCRITICAL, BEING VERY SAD AND CHANGING OUR WAYS WHEN WE ARE UNDER ATTACK BY SOMEONE, WE NEED TO LEARN HOW TO TREAT OUR OWN, IF YOU ARE STILL A CLOSET DOOR RACIST, HOW DID SEPT.11TH HAVE ANY EFFECT ON YOU!!!!! WE NEED TO STOP SAYING GOD BLESS AMERICA, GOD LOVES EVERYONE, WE ARE TOO HIGH ON OURSELVES, JUST LIKE WITH ALL THE CROOKED UNDER HANDED THINGS GOING ON WITH WALL STREET, FROM MARTHA STEWART TO ENRON, WHAT MAKES US FEEL THAT GOD IS SO MUCH IN FAVOR OF OUR FOOLISH BEHAVIOR, WE ARE AND ALWAYS HAVE BEEN A PHONY, LYING AND DECEITFUL NATION, THROWING ROCKS AND HIDING OUR HANDS, PRETENDING TO BE FOR ALL PEOPLE, WE FEEL,JUST LIKE OUR CATHOLIC PRIEST, WE CAN DO WHATEVER WE WANT, AND GOD THINKS ITS OK, WRONG, WE LOVE OUR GOOD FORMER MAYOR OF NEWYORK, TO SOME FOOLS HE'S A HERO. LETS STOP LYING TO OTHER NATIONS, ACTING LIKE WE ARE UNITED!!!!!
JACK JOHNSON | 41 | Missouri

#2008 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
On September 11th, I was at school, like normal. We didn't watch our classroom news that morning, so we had no idea what was going on. I didn't learn about what had happened until it was roughly 10 AM in NYC. They kept showing the collapse over and over again, the news was depressing. The TV stations seemed to only have national news on except when President Bush gave his speeches. His words were comforting in this time of tragedy. It will be painful to think about for all of my life, as it is something very hard to deal with. Thousands dead, thousands more without a family member. I was lucky and did not lose anyone that I know and I could only wish that more people could say the same. God (or whomever you choose to celebrate) Bless America.
Elaysha | 13 | Missouri

#1881 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
I left home early that morning in order to go to the post office before work. When I parked outside the post office, the DJs were on the radio, being their irreverent selves and the morning seemed good... sun shining, breeze blowing... little clouds shifting across the sky. Things took a little longer inside than I expected, so my immediate thoughts were distracted as I buckled my three year old son into his seat and got back into the car... "I'm late!" ruled my mind for a few moments. As I started up the road, I began to hear the irreverant DJs talking about New York and I started paying attention. A plane had crashed into the Trade Center... At first I passed it off as one of their tasteless jokes that they play on unsuspecting listeners. "Why do I listen to this crap?" I thought. But it started sinking in that they were not joking, that this had happened. Naturally my thought, much like everyone else's, was that it was a terrible accident. But as I neared my son's pre-school, the second plane hit. Once the reality of the true situation sunk in, my eyes began to fill with tears... Tears that would fall for days.. weeks... even though I knew no one there. By the time I reached the school and dropped off my son, the Pentagon had been hit as well... my head spun with questions and emotions. Leaving my son at school was suddenly the last thing I wanted to do, but I went on to work. We stood huddled around a tv in the lobby, some crying, some just pale with shock and disbelief, all saying silent prayers and uttering "My God" at the incredible scenes unfolding. When the towers fell... well, the sick feeling in my stomach just grew... how could they? who were they? how could such intense hatred exist in this world? When they finally let us leave work early, I couldn't drive fast enough to pick my son up again.. and hug him... and kiss him and tell him I love him. Yes, my patriotism seemed to have been galvanized in the fires of the trade center, but the reality of "life is short and unpredictable" was branded on my soul as well.
Lori Pershing | 34 | Missouri

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