#214 | Monday, October 22nd 2001
the way i found out about what had happened was very frightening. i leave my tv on at night in my dorm room, and the night before i had it on nbc i think. well, i woke up to an image of smoke billowing around the towers. i seriously thought the world was ending, and that i was going to die that day. i've had an end of the world dream in the past, and it reminded me of it.

then i sat down and listened to what was actually going on. i said to myself the same thing that everyone else has been saying. i just had this feeling that nothing was ever going to be the same.

as far as how i am now.. i'm mostly just worried about my own life, and the lives of my loved ones. as long as the terrorists are stopped and those lives are protected, i'll be happy. i may not be shouting god bless america or flying flags from my car but i'm probably more supportive of america than i've ever been. so take that as you will.

i'm just lucky so far that nothing has happened to anyone i know.

rachel | 19 | Illinois

#210 | Sunday, October 21st 2001
I was watching CNNfn to get quotes for the NASDAQ futures when they cut to the first tower already on fire. A few minutes later I saw the second plane crash live into the second tower. I couldn't believe it. It was like something out of a nightmare. The fireball was enormous. Something changed inside me it that moment. I knew that the world would never be the same. I got the hell out of my highrise and drove to my parents house a few miles away. In the meantime the towers had collapsed. The whole day I was glued to the TV and saw replays of the tower's collapse over and over again. The Pentagon attack came as a shock as well. The sight of people running from dust clouds 20 stories tall was like something out of godzilla or another disaster movie. I think back on that day as the day we lost our innocence and invulnerability.
Alex | 26 | Illinois

#172 | Thursday, September 27th 2001
I'm a 911 dispatcher, so i had just gotten home from my midnight shift. I was talking to one of my friends on the phone when my Dad knocked on my door saying that a plane had just hit the World Trade Center..I quickly turned on the TV only to see in horror the 2nd plane hit. I couldn't believe what i saw...Total disbelief. How could something so horrible be happening before my eyes..I was glued to the TV like every other American that day...
We've lost so many....It's hard for me to comprehend the tragedy that has occured in this country...I pray for the families of the victims, and to the fallen heros...GOD BLESS AMERICA

Mandi | 23 | Illinois

#142 | Sunday, September 23rd 2001
I was getting ready for school that day, when I hear my mom calling me saying that a plane had hit one of the towers.

I enter the room with the TV on, I had been watching the Today show. Now they had the camera focused on the fire in the first tower. I thought to myself "oh my god, that was no small plane." However, I had no idea that it was an attack. My thoughts were "how will they put out that fire?"

Then, as I was watching I saw the other tower explode. The camera angle didn't show the plane, so I thought it was a bomb or something, until they showed it from a different vantage point.

I can't even describe how I felt when I saw the other tower explode. I knew it was an attack then, but it was so incomprehensible. My mom said I could go to school late and watch the news for a while more. I had an econ test first period, and I knew that would be the last thing on my mind if I went to school.

Then, as they are talking with their Pentagon reporter, he says he just felt an explosion of some kind. They show a camera view from across DC and it shows all the black smoke rising up. Then reports come in about an explosion at the State Department and a fire on the Mall in DC (Those were false though). I was panicked. They evacuated the White House, and then a local Special Report comes on saying they had evacuated the Sears Tower, and that all Illinois state offices and the state capitol were being closed. My mom then called in to say I wasn't going in at all. The attendence woman says "Oh what, does he think the school will be next?" At that point, heh, who knew if it would be?

Then the airplane crashes near Pittsburgh. It was all so crazy.

I stayed glued to the television that day. My life changed that day, I can feel it.

The next day on my High School's radio station, I hosted a two-hour special about the attacks. I talked with my Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., about what he saw in DC. It was still surreal, and to some degree it still is.

I had never been to New York City, and just a few days ago it hit me that I would never be able to see those towers.

So unbelievable. There are no words.

Dave Stroup | 17 | Illinois

#49 | Monday, September 17th 2001
All I remember was walking in PE class and hearing people joke about how planes were running into the World Trade Center. I didn't pay much attention.

As soon as I got to my next class, which was Economics, I immediately saw the news was on and I saw the dazing picture of the hole in the building. It was about 9:30 central time...

Then a man came on and said the building had collapsed. When the President came on to speak the entire class was silent, their eyes fixed on the television. The second I walked out of class I saw that the flags were already at half-staff.

I wanted to cry so badly...as I did for the rest of the day. Every time I heard the national anthem, every time I saw the flag...All those people, all those lives so changed...I'm feeling the tears as I type this now. All I can remember about the rest of the day is floating through it blindly, so distracted by all the pain around me.

This is a day I will never forget, a feeling that will never leave me.

God Bless America.

Lisa Morgucz | 17 | Illinois

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