#852 | Sunday, March 10th 2002
I woke up to get ready for school . . .I had a test at ASU that day . . .in Arizona it was so early in the morning . . .When I turned on the morning news I saw "breaking news" on the screen, and decided to see what was up as I brushed my teeth. Then when I saw what was going on I just sat down. I saw the second plane hit, the pentagon get hit, both towers collapse. I saw people I knew running down the streets in Manhattan . . .I felt so helplessly far away. My old friend Peter, a NYC firefighter, passed away that day. My cousin Nick died, as did 4 old family friends. My life will never be the same, the pain will never really go away.

I encourage "closet" patriots who came out after this event to stay out. I thought it was a shame that more flags hung in my neighborhood sept. 12th than the past veteran's day and independence day combined.

Next time you see a firefighter, policeman, Veteran, or Armed forces volunteer, thank them for your freedom.

Katie | 22 | Arizona

#810 | Sunday, March 3rd 2002
My name is cristy, and i live In japan, My husband is in the Air Force.
The attacks happened at almost 10:00PM
here in toyko. It was tuesday night. I had just got my little kids to bed, and was waiting for the real world,(MTV)
to come on. I was channel surfing and ran across CNN, and the today show. and saw the first tower on fire... I was so upset, just by that... to know all throes people were in there.. and then out of no where i saw the second plane and i just could not believe what my eyes were seeing, A second plane? could this be an attack... i thought no way, but it was...
my heart was pounding, my eyes were heavy, and my soul was hurting like it has never done before...... I ran to my neighbor's house and told her what happend...... she was just as surprised.
I stayed up all night here in toyko, i wanted to see what was happening to my home, I may live in japan, but my home is the united states and i felt so far away and wanted to see what was happening. Finally i feel asleep, and woke up early the next day and did the same thing... finally i had to go out and get away from this...
MY life here on base changed, we went to threat con "Delta". Most people who serve in the military have never seen this.....Life is still hard here, our husbands, wives, dad's and mommys, are working hard for the fight of freedom.... We often say good bye, to our loved ones.... They might not be right where it is happening but there is still alot going on..... so it is very hard on the family structure... but we do it in the name of the victims, surviors and all people who love and enjoy freedom... When it gets to much, i often think of how lucky i am, I know where my children and loved ones are. So that is one story of how a military wife trys to survive just like everyone else..
God bless everyone...i know that saying has been used alot, but there is no other way to say it......

cristy | 22 | Japan

#740 | Thursday, February 7th 2002
September 11th, 2001 held such a strange conjunction of events for me. First of all, it was my birthday. Second, I was ill and took the day off from work. Third, it was a day that I found out about some relatively invasive physical therapy that I was going to have to endure. It's so funny the way life's annoyances and seemingly significant problems can be brushed to the side and forgotten in a moment. I had called in to my office to let them know I wouldn't be in and the secretary asked me if I had turned on CNN. I hadn't, so I walked in to the living room and tuned in with the rest of the country. It felt like I was watching a movie - I absolutely could not believe what I was seeing. I tuned in just in time to see the second tower collapse. I didn't know what to say. I just looked over at my girlfriend and started to feel the tears well up in my eyes. Celebrating my birthday will never feel quite the same again.
James Kittredge | 22 | New Hampshire

#696 | Tuesday, January 29th 2002
September 11, 2001

I had spent a night at my best friends house the night before and I was actually still in a deep sleep. I was wondering why there was so much commotion coming from downstairs but before I could get up to see what was going on my best friend came in the room and put the tv on. At first I just thought it was an accident because at that time it was only the first plane that hit, but to my horror it was then when I witnessed along with the rest of the world as the second plane hit. Then I knew this wasn't any accident it was a well thought out plan to attack our country. I couldn't believe what I was seeing it looked like something out of a movie, I didn't want it to be real. From then on I was speechless I couldn't stop thinking about all those innocent people that got up that morning and went to work as they normally would, or the people who got up to catch their flights or whom where just living life as they normally would and they lost their lives. Honestly I didn't feel safe at all. I thought America our country would never have to live in fear. I never doubt anything anymore because you truly never know what could happen. I mean I refuse to let anyone make me live in fear for the rest of my life but on that day every american all over the world lived in fear.

Donna | 22 | New Jersey

#663 | Friday, January 25th 2002
My first reaction to what happened on september 11th was that, when I heard that a plane had crashed into Tower1 on the radio, that it was some terrible accident. That a pilot had made a mistake and gone off-course. But when the second plane crashed, the first thing that came to mind was that it was an act of terror. I was at work when it happened. At the time I worked at a gas-station in the capital of Norway, and the television was turned on, and me and my co-worker waited to see what this really was. The TV stayed on continuesly during my shift, and it was really shocking to see what happened to at city I had recently been visiting. I had been to the city prior to the act of terror. It was in all the papers and on the TV the next day, and the next, and the next. The terror attack on New York really scared me, because I thought if this could happen to the country that I live in, and love so much. I even have friends living in The States. They live in Lake George, and I started worrying about them, even though they live outside the city. When something that terrible happen, you start thinking, what if....
What if I had been to New York a month later, what if, what if...
It really scares me. So I support USA in this war on terror. I'm planning to go back to New York later this year. I think it's a great city, and I'd love to go back.

Sincerely
Kristian Norvik, Norway

Kristian Norvik | 22 | Norway

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