#638 | Friday, January 18th 2002
I work in Advertising Sales for a local news publication in Columbus, Ohio. September 11th was a day I was dreading even in August. For some reason, I had planned 4 appointments for work that day, which was going to force me to go into the office early to get some paper work done, and then fly all over town, from one part of the city to another, and give 4 sales presentations to different clients. Normally I’ll only have 4 presentations per week, and on Tuesday, September 11th, I scheduled all 4 in one day. I woke up early, checked in at the office and left there at 8:15. At 9:08 I walked through the parking lot of my first big meeting of the day thinking I was late, and worried about making a good impression.
When I got up to the 4th floor of the large office building, I walked into the lobby and there were 8 people crowded around a television set. A building was on fire, not a building I recognized, but then I watched in astonishment as the 2nd plane hit the building beside it. Not knowing what to do or think, and standing beside my main contact for the presentation, we decided to go into another room to go over the information I had for her. I gave a 34 minute presentation, trying to sell advertising to this executive, and the entire thing is a blur. After our brief meeting, I went out to my car and turned on AM radio voluntarily, for the first time in my life. Just then, as I listened, trying to make sense of everything….the Pentagon hijacking was reported. I pulled into a gas station (remembering my car was past E) and tried to call my boyfriend. My cell phone wouldn’t even dial. I'd never had cell phone problems before...and did not realize until later that day, that the Verizon Wireless (my provider) building was so close to the Twin Towers. For the next hour, I was unable to make any calls. After a frantic payphone call to my boyfriend, I told him to turn on the t.v. and I would be at his apartment in 15 minutes.
I called the rest of the day off work and watched the news for 3 days straight. At 23 years old, I never watched national news or listened to talk radio. From September 11th to the present, I am addicted to knowledge of world events. There was so much going on that I wasn’t aware of.

Mandy | 23 | Ohio

#628 | Sunday, January 13th 2002
I was walking to class when I heard the radio was louder than usual at the hotdog stand. I heard the anouncer make a remark about tighter security, and I asked the man who ran the hotdog stand what had happened. He said, "Two planes crashed into the WTC, and one into the pentagon, and in Pennsylvania."

At first I couldn't believe it. I felt numb. Classes were canceled, and I walked outside back to that hotdog stand and just stood there for over half an hour listening to the news with a group of students. There was absolute quiet.

I felt angry and numb, and sad all at the same time. It was one of those days where I just had to talk to some one. I watched the news for hours that day, and just cried for our country, and for all those who were lost, and for how our freedom had been threatened.

The events of September 11 have helped me become stronger in my beliefs, and has helped me put life into perspective. I remember thinking as I walked home how short life is, and how I wanted to live it, and not take anything forgranted.

God bless America.

T.C. | 23 | Florida

#603 | Wednesday, January 2nd 2002
I was in class at Eastern Michigan University, and had heard about a plane hitting the world trade center. I had convinced some of my friends that it was probably just a small plane, and a freak accident. Knowing a little bit about the structure of the building, i figured that there was minimal damage and that possibly only the pilot had died. Little did I know that the world had changed.
When out of class, i turned on National Public Radio and heard the full report on the trade center, pentagon, and pennsylvania. i was beyond angry, especially since my father had been on a plane to LA, and my sister was working in Manhatten. I did not know where either of them were for a while. Needless to say, when i heard the actual report, i drove home at about 70 miles per hour (on a regular street), just to get home to hear the news on my family. Luckily they were ok.
Then I saw the footage. the people jumping, the towers being hit, and the crumbling. my heart sank so deep, i almost could not breathe. i have not yet cried, and do not want to, for that would mean the perpetrators would have accomplished something. i am steadfast in supporting the erradication of terrorist attacks, and remain hopeful for the world's future.
Lastly, i recommend everyone visit the sight before it is cleaned up. I have since been to Manhatten, and i am only more proud because of it. stay strong everybody, and trust that things will be ok.

Casey | 23 | Michigan

#571 | Monday, December 24th 2001
Hai readers,

I am Indian from Andhra pradesh.I came to know about this attack a few hours after it due to timing constraints.It's so sad that even a powerful country like USA had also became a victim of this bloody terrorism.I pay my deep condolence to all the families of the victims.
I strongly feel that Mr.Bush had done a right thing by delcaring a war against terrorsim.But one thing,he should have laid the foundation of WTC on the day itself when he declared the war.I came to know that the person who had taken WTC for lease is ready to built it again.Better late than never.Just build it more stronger and more higher.It should convey that the spirits are high of American's ;infact not only Americans but of everyone who is against terrorism.If by God' grace if I had got a chance to fight against terrorism in the battle field, I will surely fight untill I shed my last drop of blood.It's a promise by the bottom of my heart.
I hope the festival of Christmas and New year will bring this world peace and Joy.

This world has lost it's glory
Let's start a brand new story.
Why don't we stop this evil
killing and destruction and
sing the song of freedom
and Love.
let's join us together
and see the magic
we can do.
Hope veryone who is against terrorism will do agree with me .

Kiran.k | 23 | India

#555 | Thursday, December 20th 2001
I heard the news in a frantic call from my mother as I sat reading the morning's email and preparing to listen to voicemail, still just beginning what I thought would be an ordinary day. It was United Way presentation day in the office, and a large television had been set up in the conference room next door for the video presentation. As I hung up from talking to my mother, our administrative assistant came around the corner and said that the a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. She said one of the guys next door had the news on. We both rushed over to watch the guy's 3" TV, stunned by what we were seeing. We couldn't figure out how the pilot got off course and hit a building, never did we imagine what we later found to be truth. Someone rolled the bigger TV in, and someone found the antenna for it, and all eyes became glued to New York as the employees started filtering in. Just after we turned on the larger screen and began watching, we saw the second plane hit. Noone spoke, I think words escaped us as we realized this was more than an accident. Frantically calls started going out to loved ones and family, our co-workers on flights were being searched for, and offices secured. I know that I'll never forget where I was on September 11th, 2001, nor where each family member I called was, when I needed to know where those I cared about were.
Matthew | 23 | Ohio

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