#227 | Wednesday, October 31st 2001
I AM IN THE US NAVY AND ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 I WAS AT WORK ON MY SHIP IN VA. WHEN WE ALL FOUND OUT ABOUT THE ATTACKS, MY SHIP WAS SORTIED OUT TO SEA AMONG ALL THE OTHER SHIPS OF THE FLEET. IT WAS A ROUGH FEW WEEKS WHILE WE WERE OUT TO SEA NO TKNOWING WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT. TO SAY THE LEAST, I AM FROM NYC AND I WANTED TO KNOW THAT MY FAMILY WAS OK BUT I COULDN'T KNOW THAT. THERE WAS NO EMAIL, PHONES, NOTHING WHILE WE WERE OUT THERE. IT WAS VERY DISTURBING AND WE WERE ALL ON HIGHEST ALERT FOR OUR NEXT MISSION; WHATEVER THAT MAY HAVE BEEN. WE ARE STILL ON ALERT TO THIS DAY AND WE WILL BE FOR A WHILE. I WANT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO KNOW THAT THE US MILITARY IS READY TO WIN THIS WAR AGAINST OUR ENEMIES.
LISA DAVIDSON | 22 | Virginia

#217 | Wednesday, October 24th 2001
i work at a coffee shop on the campus of the university of michigan. i was working with 3 other people and the last of us had gotten to work at 8am. so unlike many students, we didn't see/hear any of it in the morning before class or work. i remember a customer telling us that the world trade center had gotten bombed or attacked or something and we were all just in shock. we were kinda standing around being, like, "um, how weird that we are at work serving freaking lattes to architecture students while all of this is going down." a kid came up and thought we were joking when we told him what had happened. he wouldn't believe us and was finally, "but i have 2 uncles who work in the wtc." i didn't even know what to say. we spent the rest of the day getting updates on what was going on via customers. it was so bizarre to be shut-off from all of the media that everyone else was getting. we just had word-of-mouth. it was unbelievable. i'll never forget it.
hillary | 22 | Michigan

#178 | Sunday, September 30th 2001
September 11th 2001 (130pm uk time)
I was at work, feeling excited because myself and my best friend were going on holiday tomorrow for a week - to escape the reality of work and everyday life.Then the news came thru about what was happening in america.My heart sank and my eyes filled with tears.At the end of July this year, i spent one of the best weekends of my life in New York City, doing all the touristy things, seeing the sites, visiting a few bars and meeting the people, i didnt want to come home.I still find it hard to believe that an act of pure evil and hatred has changed one of the most amazing sites ive ever seen forever.My thoughts are with those who have lost family, friends and to all of those who fought so bravely to find surviors.But there is one thing that has stood out amongst all this tradegy and has inspired many british people and that is the way everyone has united together to get thru this evil.The site of the fire fighters putting up an american flag amongst the wreckage of the WTC will live with me forever.
I am not a particularly religious person, but my thoughts and prayers are with everybody who this tradegy has touched.
New York is a city i loved......and will continue to love and visit, we will not let the evil people responsible for this tragedy win this battle.

Kerry | 22 | United Kingdom

#125 | Friday, September 21st 2001
My dad woke me up at 6:30am PST and told me "747's have just crashed into the World Trade Center! They were hijacked!" In my morning grogginess I interpreted this to mean 2 military planes had been hijacked, but as I stumbled into the TV room and saw the two gaping maws in the sides of the twin towers, and watched the replays of the commercial planes hitting the buildings, I became instantly alert, and shivered like mad, though it was not cold.

For the entire day I was glued to the TV, watching in horror as the Pentagon was hit, and then as the first, then the other tower crumbled to the ground - the impossible unfolding before my eyes. The enormity of the amount of lives lost in those instances weighed on me tremendously. My patriotism increased tenfold, and as I drove around that day and the following day, the sight of US flags waving from many porches and car antennas and flagpoles was more moving than I could have imagined.

I admit I fear for the future. Will it be WWIII? A light scuffle? A drawn-out, secret war? I am unsure, but the possibilities don't look promising.

Courtney | 22 | United States

#121 | Friday, September 21st 2001
I was working graveyard in the casino cage at Bally's in Las Vegas, and had just come back from lunch, which had left me a bit nauseous. I had no idea how nauseous I was going to be.
My boss, who was eating lunch in an upstairs office and has access to a television, comes downstairs to tell us that two planes had hit both towers of the World Trade Center. I found such an accident incredible, and had no clue it was a terrorist act.
That was until I went upstairs to file some paperwork. Just as I walked in, the news was broken that the Pentagon had just been hit by an airplane. I knew then that the attacks were no coincidence, and that rumors of a terrorist act were likely true.
I stood in the cage afterward. Televisions at the bar far across from the cage were showing constant replays of the 2nd crash, and live footage of the towers burning. I could only stand and watch in disbelief. My shift ended at 10 o'clock, and I had no clue that the towers had collapsed until I walked into a cafe I hung out at, to see how my peers were reacting, and everyone sat crowded around a small black-and-white TV, transfixed. Instead of music, NPR played from the stereo. One friend patted me on the back as I sat down with the rest, and I looked at the screen as replayed footage of the towers crumbling played back. I knew then that I had witnessed the blackest event in American history.

Steven Gomez | 22 | Nevada

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