#929 | Monday, March 11th 2002
I was at my desk eating a bowl of Cheerios for breakfast. I usually read the paper online while eating so I brought up USATODAY and saw the headlines that the World Trade Center Towers had been hit. I thought it was a private jet that crashed into them by accident. We were able to see the Towers from our building, so we all ran to the window on the 4th floor to go see the smoke. While we were coming downstairs to the 3rd floor, the second plane hit. That's when everybody knew it was a terrorist attack.
Yagnesh Jani | 24 | New Jersey

#917 | Monday, March 11th 2002
I was in a job interview that morning
with ATT for a project related to the
WTC. The interview was in Dayton NJ,
20 miles or more from the WTC.
Driving home the smoke from the WTC was
very visible from rt 1/9 in NJ.
The next day we could smell the WTC center burning- 30 miles away in New
Providence NJ. I'm thankful that
the interview was in NJ and not in the WTC....

Steve Kuzyszyn | 45 | New Jersey

#893 | Monday, March 11th 2002
ON SEPTEMBER 11TH I WAS IN SOUTH CAROLINA AT NURSING SCHOOL(I AM FROM JERSEY AN STILL LIVE THERE). I WAS IN THE BOOK STORE AND THE LADY WAS LISTENING TO THE RADIO AND I HEARD THE BREAKING NEWS. I PAID FOR MY STUFF AND RAN BACK TO CLASS. I STARTED CRYING AND FREAKING OUT. I WAS HORRIFIED AND HAD TO LEAVE SCHOOL. I COULD NOT KEEP MY EYES OFF THE TV. I COULD NOT REACH ANYONE IN MY FAMILY DUE TO THE PHONE LINES ALL BEING BUSY AND CRAZY. I PICKED MY DAUGHTER UP FROM PRE-SCHOOL. FOR THE NEXT WEEK I WAS GLUED TO THE TV AND THE RADIO. TO THIS DAY I CAN'T WATCH IT ON TV. I CAN'T THINK ABOUT IT OR TALK ABOUT IT. I START CRYING AND CAN'T STOP. I KNEW A FEW PEOPLE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES THAT DAY. THE ONLY THING I CAN SAY IS THERE IS A REASON WHY THIS HAPPENED. I DON'T KNOW WHAT BUT THERE IS A REASON. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY GOD BLESS ALL OF THE FAMILIES AND FRIENDS WHO LOST LOVED ONES. I PRAY FOR YOU EVERYDAY. I FEEL FOR YOU ALL.
LOVE-NOELLE PELLEGRINO

NOELLE PELLEGRINO | 23 | New Jersey

#827 | Wednesday, March 6th 2002
I was sitting in my second period math class when my pricipal came on the loud speaker. He told us that the World Trade Center had been hit by two planes.He told us if we had family,friends, or love ones over there to come down to the office and call to see if they were alright.After my principal got off the loud speaker I just sat there in aw.My father works at Newark Airport and I have other people that mean alot to me that could have been over ther.I also thought of my family and friends.I could not believe what i had just heard.It was like a bad dream.After that in fourth period I went home and then my brother drove me to my mothers to see her at work.I sat there with her watching the news and waiting to hear from people.My whole world was turned upside down.It made me think that I should be proud to be an American and be glad to have my freedom.That night I sat down with my family and thought how blessed and thankful I am to have them.(9-11-01 Never Forget)
Corey | 14 | New Jersey

#818 | Monday, March 4th 2002
I was at school, just like I would have been any other day. It didn't seem different at all, but then I walked into Algebra class. Someone had said something about hearing the radio in another class and about the World Trade Center and the Pentagon coming down and I was just like... "What?" I sat there in silence for about an hour, not really understanding the magnitude of what happened. It didn't occur to me that so many lives were lost until I read the news later that day. We listened for the radio for the entire period, hearing the latest updates about everything. We live in nothern New Jersey and some people work in NYC, so every few minutes the class would get interrupted and you'd hear "So-and-So, please go to the office for dismissal" on the loud speaker throughout the day. I remember feeling annoyed at everything, not really sympathetic (although I was later) because it was all anyone would talk about and all of the television channels were blocked off and competely news. I think I regret that now, but everyone's reaction is different.
Fran | 14 | New Jersey

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