#685 | Monday, January 28th 2002
I am a police officer in a suburb of Dallas, Tx. I was attending a week long course at a regional police academy to become certified as an instructor so I could teach other police officers in the field of firearms. I had started that course on Monday, September 10th. Each day I would go to the station and check out a police vehicle so I could save miles on my personal vehicle, since the drive to the academy was around 30 miles each way. On the way to the academy, I would listen to talk shows to pass time during the drive there. On the morning of Tuesday, 9-11, we were running short on squad cars, so I was left to check out a donated Jeep to the department that was used for special outdoor events. This Jeep didn't have a working radio. As I arrived to the academy, around 7:55am CST, another student told me that a small plane had just hit the world trade center. I immediately thought that it was a small Cessna plane that was being flown by a student pilot that had accidently hit the tower. When I asked her if she knew what type of plane it was, she said that she thought she heard that the plane was a 767. I told her, "What?!? That's a freakin' big plane! That's not small at all!! That's a huge one, they use those for international flights sometimes!". By then, several people at the academy got word of the actual destruction and plane involved. A T.V. was brought out and we started to watch, not believing what we were seeing. Even at that point, we thought that it was a freak accident.

We realized that it wasn't an accident at all when the other planes started hitting. I remember seeing the other plane zero in and hit the second tower and I couldn't believe my eyes. When we saw the first tower go down I remember feeling extremely sad thinking about all of the people still in that tower and on the ground around it. They tried to continue with classes, allowing us to watch the T.V. during breaks. But I couldn't concentrate at all. I walked out of the class to watch the T.V. along with several others. None of us knew what was next. Being in Dallas, another major city-metroplex, we didn't know if we were next or not. Most of the students in my class were put on standby by their departments, especially those belonging to special units. Some were even called out of class back to their cities/departments.

I watched the T.V. all evening and night when I got home. At times, I became very angry. At other times, I would just cry.

To this day, there are times when I start to think of 9-11 and all of the innocent lives that were lost, and I just cry. I think of all of the blessings in my life and all of the wonderful opportunities that I have gotten in my life and I think to myself: "Everything that I have would not be possible had I not been born an American." I thank God for America, and even more so for being an American.

God Bless America.

Tom | 26 | Texas

#674 | Saturday, January 26th 2002
I woke up at 8:30 PT and turned on my radio like I always do but, instead on hearning my favorite show, I heard that a plane had hit the world trade center in NYC. I turned on the TV and saw that not only that two planes had hit the WTC, but also one had hit the Pentagon and another plane crashed in a Pennslyvania field. When I heard that this was an attack on America I was just very angry and thought who could do this? Where I live, almost everything was shut down malls, state bulidings, the capitol, and most schools were shut down but, I still had to go to school and to work when I was driving, there was almost no one on the roads. On Friday, I went to visit my parents who live about 60 miles. On the way up there, I saw flags and banners up and down the highway. I started to cry when I heard a patriotic song. I also saw a truck that was painted like a flag and had two big flags attached to it. I have always been patriotic, but this time I have become more patriotic. Right now, I am just happy that this country can come together and be united.
Marie Schwaegerl | 26 | California

#664 | Friday, January 25th 2002
I was standing in the office of my boss, the American Consul General in Tel Aviv. Whenever a group of people are huddled around a TV or radio in Israel, you know what's happening. Except, it's usually happening in Israel, not in the home country you haven't seen in months and are sure is the one safe haven in this world from all of the crap swirling about your head every day when you're living through an Intifada... I had been on my way out the door at the end of a long day at work. I stared for a couple of minutes and then kept on walking. Needed to be closer to my liquor cabinet if I was going to watch any more.
Bob Collins | 26 | Israel

#562 | Saturday, December 22nd 2001
I live in Israel and when it happened I was at work. Someone from work heard on the news about the attack after the two buildings were hit. We were all shocked and sad and it was hard to believe him so we turned on the radio and listened to all the events. We were hardly working that day. When we came home after work we kept watching the news on TV. Everybody here were shocked and it was the talk of the day with everybody. I am so sorry that something like that happened. So many dead and wounded and broken hearted families. This is a true tragedy. Unfortunetly terrorists attack us here is Israel way too often and still, there is no getting used to something like this.
Rakefet | 26 | Israel

#423 | Monday, December 10th 2001
I was on holiday in LA at the time, been to New York on Sept 11th for the previous 2 years so I decided to go to LA this time instead. I woke on the morning, turned on the news and just couldn't believe it. Spose I still can't really until I visit New York again as see what it looks like without the twin towers.
Steve Philpott | 26 | United Kingdom

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