#2338 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I am 16 years old and on that unbeleviable day i. Went to school like always not reliasing that not only was my life going to change but the life of every american was to be altered forever. I remember sitting in one of my classes when my principal came over the loud speaker the twin towers have been hit america has just been attacked. Everybody shut up.......
for a full minute we stared at each other to stunned to speak. Then everybody exsploded into conversation all saying the same things asking the same questions. Why?! Who?! When?! My principal came once agian over the speaker telling us to go to our next class telling us we would be updated when he knew what was going on.
In a blind panic i ran to my one safe place in school the writing center where i found a cluster of teachers among them mrs. ashenfelter my hero watching the news on one of the computers. I watched the second plane slam into the second tower(the first plane having already hit the tower while i was in class)I turned to mrs. ashenfelter and said i dont understand whats going on! We held each other as more news poured in towers,pentagon, thousands of people dead hudreds more missing. Ive never been more scared in my intire life. So on that terrible day i was sitting in school bored and wishing something would happen and god help us something did.

samantha johnson | 16 | Ohio

#2311 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I remember I was in English class, Mrs. Dorsey’s period two. My high school principal came over the loud speaker and announced that teachers may want to turn on their televisions because there was something happening. Mrs. Dorsey had one of the taller boys in class reach up to turn on the wall-mounted set and as the image clicked into place my fellow students and I drew in a collective breath. Looking back on it now I cannot recall thinking anything, my mind just turned off and let the terrible, shocking images unfold before my eyes. I do remember telling one of my friends at lunch that I was waiting for someone to come on the CNN coverage and declare that the entire thing was a joke, a well thought out hoax, like the Martian stunt pulled over the radio years and years ago. But it never happened this was real. I didn’t cry or even have an urge to cry until my dad came home from work that night. The moment he stepped into the door I realized I had been holding my breath since the TV had come on at 8:50am that morning and when I finally exhaled a flood of tears followed
Anna Le | 18 | Ohio

#2292 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I was in my Advanced English IV class in High School, taking my first test of the year over Beowolf. My main focus was that and a Cross-Country meet I had that day. At 10:00 when classes changed, I had no idea and when I went into my second class I just saw this on the TV and though that someone was joking around that a plane hit the towers. I had no clue until CBS news recaped that two fully-loaded 747's hit, and then it hit me.
Eric Smith | 18 | Ohio

#2224 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I had graduated from college in August 2001. I was still searching for a job on September 11. I awoke about 9:00 in the morning when my mom came into my room and told me that something terrible was happening. I quickly turned my television on to see the horrifying image of the World Trade Center engulfed in flames and thick black smoke. My first reaction was to curse the bastards that had done this to our beloved country. My thoughts briefly shifted to the events of December 7, 1941. I thought that the way I was feeling at that exact moment must have been what it was like for so many from my grandparents generation. A short while later I watched in horror as the first tower came down. I began to think that this could be the end of the world. As different news events kept flashing accross the television screen I came to realize that we were at war. I thanked God that we were fortunate enough for George W. Bush to win the presidential election. I thought how awful it would be to have a liberal Democrat in office right now. Still in shock I went through the motions of getting up and dressed. After the FAA had ordered all commercial and small aircraft grounded I heard a small jet flying low and fast into our little local airport. I wondered at first if this might be another terrorist, but fortunately it was not. I went to lunch that day with my mom and aunt. Everyone in the restaurant was in the same state of shock that we were in. I did not sleep a wink that night or for several nights thereafter.
Mike | 24 | Ohio

#2192 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
i remember thinking in my head, i don't want to leave and go back to work. vacation was so nice. i hadn't seen my grandparents and californian family members in a really long time. ugh.. my sister has a flight @ 7am PST and we need to get up and drive her to LAX.

then my aunt calls...

turn on the tv! turn on the tv!

and one event after another happened. the airlines were grounded and i faced the reality that i didn't know when i would be able to come home and see my parents or my siblings.

amanda | 25 | Ohio

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