#692 | Tuesday, January 29th 2002
My bf and I woke up at 9:30 a.m. because his sister called. He got off the phone and walked into the kitchen and said, "The Twin Towers are gone!" I've never been to NY so I wasn't comprehending him. He explained the devastation involved, saying "This is HUGE!!"
I work in news so I called my boss and she was frazzled and said, "Yes, come in to work!" even though I wasn't scheduled that day. As I drove to work I listened to the radio which was broadcasting media interviews etc. At work it was a MADHOUSE. I could barely fit myself into rooms to look at news feeds. A lot of us worked 18 hr shifts for about 3 days after.
I hope that people understand that it's not an entire race of people or religion (e.g. Muslims) who must be punished - it's only a specific terrorist group.
This event, I hope, has created awareness for everyone, and compassion for each other.

A.L. | 23 | Canada

#688 | Monday, January 28th 2002
I had just got home from the hospital the evening of the 10th and went to bed under heavy medication. I woke up around 9:30am to hear on the radio that the world trade center had been hit by a plane. Then only minutes later that a second plane had hit the WTC. And then another plane had hit the pentagon?

In my medicated state it took me hours of wondering if I was just in some dreamstate experiencing a nightmare to figure out that the nightmare was real. I will never forget the site of the people running from WTC as the first tower was collapsing. They were very lucky to have that chance to run for their life.

Michael Osborne | 23 | West Virginia

#665 | Friday, January 25th 2002
I was literally walking out the door to head to work when an urgent news report popped on the screen.

It was Katie Kuric from NBC news telling the nation that a plane had just hit the world trade center. My immediate reaction was a horrible mistake.

I left for work and tuned my radio to my local radio station with the hopes of getting more news reports. All I got was the radio jocks carrying on with their normal daily humor. All I could think is, they have no idea that this just happened.

When I arrived at work, I was told by my fellow employees that a second plane had hit the other world trade center. I was at a loss for words. I was confused, afraid, and thought we were truly under attack.

Not long after I arrived at work, I received the news that a plane had crashed into the Pentagon. I became filled with fear knowing that the Pentagon was only 15 miles from where I work.

I was convinced this was the start of World War III and the events of the day was Pearl Harbor revisited.

As I sat at work, helpless since my only communication was the Internet and every news site was overloaded with people doing the same thing I was attempting to do, I did everything in my power to get the latest update, but to no avail.

Over the course of the next 2 hrs, I was told that both towers had collapsed and that another plane had crashed In Pennsylvania, probably on it's way to Washington DC to strike the White House.

During this time of udder chaos, rumors began to fly around. Well known news agencies reported on car bombs going off, and other places getting attacked, filling me with complete horror.

At around 11am, we were dismissed from work. I sat in Rush Hour Traffic in the middle of the day. Everyone had their radio tuned to some sort of news source, all of us eyed each other as we passed, silently reassuring each other that everything will be okay.

I arrived home to get my first visual of the entire days events. Watching people run as if they were in a movie, being chased by a huge monster.

My day continued with back to back news coverage and finally ended by me lying in bed staring at the ceiling, saying a pray for all those people in New York, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania.

Zach Fitzjarrell | 23 | Virginia

#656 | Thursday, January 24th 2002
I go to Georgetown Law School in Washington, D.C. I had come in on the bus, wearing my headphones, and bopped along into the law school. People seemed agitated, but it wasn't until I got on the elevator that I took off my headphones and heard a woman telling me, "Isn't it awful?" I was confused. She told me "they bombed the Pentagon." My father works at the Pentagon. I ran to the payphones to call my mother, but there were lines. When I was finally able to call, my mother hadn't heard from my father. When I came out of the phone booth, people were talking about how the World Trade Center had also been hit.
Reen | 23 | District of Columbia

#652 | Thursday, January 24th 2002
I had flipped on CNN briefly before going to work and saw that a plane had hit one of the WTC towers. I thought it was an accident and went to work.

My mother called shortly after I arrived at work. A second plane had hit the second tower. While talking to Mom, we (coworkers and I) gathered in the conference room to watch the news in shock and horror.

I fled back to my office to call my boyfriend. At that time, I was living in Alabama, and he lived in Maryland. He works for Nasdaq, but I knew he was asleep because he was working 2nd shift that week. I woke him up. He was going to have to go to work, even though I really didn't want him to. I was deathly afraid that if the terrorists would go after one financial center, they might go after another. He promised to call often.

When I went back to the conference room, I found out about the Pentagon. My company is in the defense industry, and we had people in the Pentagon that we were trying to find. I called my roommate at that time and couldn't get a hold of her. I went home.

She was awake by the time I got home, staring at the tv. I needed to go back to work to see what was going on, and she came with me, because she didn't want to be alone.

It wasn't until the next day that I found out my company lost two people on the plane that hit the Pentagon. I had met both of them about a month earlier, because I was transferring to their office in January.

I didn't go to class that day, or the next. I spent those two days watching CNN, trying to figure out what had happened. I knew the world was different. I was just trying to accept that.

Heather Stanfield | 23 | Maryland

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