#1112 | Tuesday, March 26th 2002
i was home. my husband called me from work around 1015am and asked me if i was watching tv (i wasnt) he had me turn on the news, and i put CNN on. it took what felt like an eternity for it all to register & make sense. it was & still is, inconceivable to me that something like this could happen on american soil. god bless those heros who lives were lost, and godbless those new heros found....those of the firefighters & police and volunteers. most of all, god bless america.

s. hawkins | 38 | Pennsylvania

#1103 | Sunday, March 24th 2002
I was asleep the morning the attack happened. I heard my mother yelling to father about what was going on and I jumped out of bed and went for the T.V. and when I cut it on I couldn't believe my eyes and when I thought that it was over the buildings collapsed and I almost gasped for air. The thought of the terror attacks happening was devastating but then for the 2 tallest buildings in America to fall straight to the ground was utterly breath taking. As I seen them fall I thought of all the people who where still inside. The sad part was they hadden't even known what happened. We could see what was going on because we where on the outside but the victims don't even know what hit them. Thats the part that tears the soul to pieces. But later on that day at work we worked and watched T.V. the whole day. We shared our feelings with each other young and old. That was the one day that all our personal problems where put aside.
K. | 24 | Pennsylvania

#1087 | Wednesday, March 20th 2002
I had returned a rental car downtown by 8 a.m., and decided to walk home. I was walking south on State Street enjoying the warm morning sun and just enjoying the nice morning. At 26th St., I came upon the World War II Memorial that was recently erected. I had glanced at my watch and it was about 8:45 a.m. I walked around the memoria, touching and feeling the marble and the etchings of names and figures. I could feel turmoil inside me and I felt angry that so many people had died. I was also reminded of the other wars, and I told myself I hated war and all the destruction and hurt that comes with it. I said a short prayer that nothing so traumatic would happen ever again. Little did I know what had happened not so far away that changed our lives forever. When I got home, I turned on the television and couldn't believe what I saw. I retraced my morning and where I was at 8:46 a.m. I had been at the monument feeling what I could about the ravages of war, praying it would not happen again and a new war was just beginning. The rest of the day I spent at work, driving around and absorbing the shock and disbelief.
Peggy Shearman | 48 | Pennsylvania

#1073 | Tuesday, March 19th 2002
It was a morning of hope for me. I was at an interview for a job I really wanted. I came out of that interview with a good feeling that I would get the job. I turned on the radio, and heard just a tail end of a report. I thought at first that something had happened in York, a county next to mine. And listened further. When I finally heard what was going on...I began to realize that traffic was moving slow and people were pulled along the road crying. I too had a sinking feeling. I went straight home to my boyfriend and instead of telling him about the interview, I told him he needed to get up and see this. I couldn't believe what I had been hearing. In fact it wasn't real until I turned on the television. We both sat there that day and just watched, sometimes crying other times calling the ones we loved and talking about it with them. And thanking God that we didn't know anyone. But even though we may not have known a victim, we still mourned for the losses of those who did. It's a day I'll never forget. God Bless America! And our hopes and prayers are with all who lost a loved one.
Stephanie Herr | 23 | Pennsylvania

#983 | Tuesday, March 12th 2002
I was at work at a Pennsylvania steel mill,when we heard that the World Trade center was hit.Initially,like a lot of others,we thought it was a horrible accident and went about our jobs.Then,when the news came of the second tower,and then the pentagon,we all huddled around a radio,thinking "My god,america is under attack!!"We sat there,fully expecting to hear of other attacks nationwide,for we surely thought a sustained and well timed attack was underway.We all immediatly phoned our homes and schools to check on our families and children.

Oh what a sad sad chapter in american history....

God Bless America,forever.....

Tim S. | 43 | Pennsylvania

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