#1790 | Sunday, September 8th 2002
I was in bed. The radio by the bed was on. I heard the dj break in with the news. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I jumped out of bed & ran to the living room. At the time my television had no sound. I turned on the tv then stood there watching the terrible tragedy unfold. I was horrified. Yet at the same instant I was thinking that what my eyes were seeing couldn't possibly be happening. Tears streamed down my cheeks as I thought of all the people who had lost their lives. My heart broke for their family & friends. I said a prayer for the living, the dead, & America.
J. Brookshire | 41 | California

#1775 | Sunday, September 8th 2002
On the morning of the attacks I was asleep. I over slept and rushed out of bed and got my daughter off to school...my radio was tuned to KGO radio..its a news channel in the bay area. I couldn't believe my ears... I dropped my daughter off at school and returned home..I rushed in to see the news..and at that moment I knew what real fear is, they were talking about a second plane that was on its way to San Francisco..I was horrified and Panic set in...where was this plane and was it on its way here? Did they have anything else planned? Are they going to kill my family next? I was and still am choked up when I think of that day in September...For those who died and for the children.here are no words that can decribe the wide range of feelings that the Terrorists brought to America that September day...I just know that when our American heart heals there will still be a big ugly scar left by those murders. God bless this World.
Lauren | 31 | California

#1764 | Sunday, September 8th 2002
I was going to college in Berkeley CA and didn't have radio, television, internet, or the morning paper. I found out about the towers at 10 AM in my first class. We sat in a circle and talked about what we knew, where our families were, and cried together. After class I bought any newspapers I could find, and then went to a cafe that had their radio playing the news. I was so in shock and everything was going so quickly that I used my laptop to type up all the news at it came through, so that I could read it later when it would make sense (as much sense as anything like this could make). I cut the rest of my classes that day. Went back to my apartment, and stayed inside. Called my parents and grandfather to see if they were all OK. My sister had her 15th birthday that day, she's not looking forward to celebrating this year.
ACB | 21 | California

#1737 | Saturday, September 7th 2002
I woke up thinking it was any other morning. Every morning I turn on this local morning show. But this time, this Tuesday morning, the show wasn't on. The first picture I saw was the Twin Towers burning. I thought it was some freak accident. Then I heard them say it was two seperate planes. There then was a new flash.. The Pentagon was attacked. I was terrified. It wasn't supposed to be like this. Things like this don't happen in America. I didn't know if it was a bomb or a plane. I thought, "Oh my god, what is going to explode next." Living in Sacramento, I felt like a viable target. What about the Capitol Building? I went out to our living room and sat down with my family. That's when the first building collapsed. My sister began to cry and I began to cry, as I am now thinking about it. I went to school, but I really didn't want to. When I got there one teacher had a TV on and that's where I watched the second tower tumble to the ground. The bell rang at school and I walked throught the campus dazed. I couldn't believe it. I had been to NY a few years before and the only things I remember are the beautiful skyline which is now completely changed and how massive those buildings are when you stand at the base of them. They are, were, huge. I couldn't help but think, and I'm sure I was right, that New York city would never be quite the same. I called my mom after first period and cried some more. I felt silly about it then, crying at school but now, I almost think I didn't cry enough. What angered me was the kids at my school seemed oblivious to it all, except for a small few. I was so angry. I wanted to scream at the top of my lungs, "DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT IS HAPPENING?" I went to golf practice after school but it was quickly abandoned as the team went into the pro shop to watch the TV. I watched way too much TV that day. As if watching it once wasn't bad enough. I must have seen the second plane hit the tower 50 times by the end of the day, and watched them fall one hundred times. Now, one year later I still am in shock. With the anniversary four days away, I am a wreck. I've had two nightmares about it in the past four days, and I wasn't even there. I don't know how I'm going to get through next Wednesday, but I will be wearing my ribbon, and I plan on going in and donating blood. I wish every one well and extend my deepest sympathies to those who lost loved ones in the attack on our nation. But I must say, I have never been more proud to be an American!!!
Brandy | 17 | California

#1719 | Saturday, September 7th 2002
america will live! America will stay strong! that is all i herd after that day, That dredful day. On september 11 I woke up and that to my self thought I was the only one in the world to get hert. As i was getting reddy to go to school my dad called. He siad tern on the tv. I didnt pay atenshon to him becuse i was going to be late for school. When i got to school it was like one of the student'd died. I asked one of my frend's what's up?. He told me that a plane had hit the world trade centers. I thought he was kidding cuz he alway's dose that, but I knew something bad happend. When we walked into are classroom I looked at the tv, and there i saw it on live tv. The north towre of the world trade centers had fallen. people started crying. All day i coldent think about any thing but what had happend.when i got home I ternd on the tv. same thing on every chanel. thay were all talking about the plane's that hit the world trade center, pentigon, and pensselvania. later that day i saw bush talking about what had happend. That night are town had a pry servis for the people that died on 9/11.It was the werst day of my life.


Juan Deloera | 16 | California

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