#1897 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
On september 11th, I was At my high school here in Gloucester, Virginia about three hours away from D.C. It was a normal day until about second period when I came into English 10 around 9:28AM. My teacher had the Television and I asked her what had happened. she told me that two planes had run into the World Trade Center(A building i would of never thought about until now) and that a plane crashed into the Pentagon! I was speechless; I couldnt believe what was going on nor did I comprehend it. My mind flooded with thoughts of my uncle and his family who live in Midland Park,NJ not to far from NYC and my uncle in NY who often traveled there for his job( Several days later I found out that he was on the Beltway into NYC when He saw the Smoke and turned around. Thank God!). I prayed they were safe. AS the whole class watched the horrific scene, my teacher told us to write a paper on what we were seeing for some homework assignment. just then one of the towers fell!. this was unbelievable!!!! totally incomprehensible!!!! I remember just saying "i cant believe it! the frikin' tower fell down!" then later the second one fell down . that was the first time I have ever heard a newscaster say "Oh God." on National television,ever. at this point I could not take it any longer. Watching to huge buildings collapse knowing there were thousands of people in them was too much for me. I maintained composure long enough to be excused from the class. I ran out and collapsed, knees hitting the hard floor , and weeped uncontrollably, rocking and moaning for the many people who died and did not know Jesus and were going to Hell. My teacher and several friends carried me to the Guidance Councelors office. i tried to no avail the explian to my counselor what was going on in my torn and bleeding, Heart and soul. EVentually after some 15 minutes of crying out to God in prayer on the floor in the office I was able to regain composure enough to go to class. In the office my teacher had brought my Books with a note saying I did not have to write the assignment and she left me her # so If i needed to talk i could call her . the rest of the day was spent glued to the T.V. watching replays of the horror and death. As this One-Year remeberence comes tomorrow, there will be many tears but we can be strong with Hope for tomorrow in God. God Bless America. UNITED WE STAND


Becky Little | 16 | Virginia

#1819 | Monday, September 9th 2002
That morning I was watching TV not the news just some old re runs of "A Different World” after I had just gotten a lecture from my sister how it is better to watch the news in the morning. After that my brother came to me and said it was time to leave for school. We jumped in his car and herd talking on the radio something about a plane crash. So we just popped in a CD and turned up the music.
When we got at the campus there was hardly any parking but no one around. I proceeded to the lounge to wait for class. I walked in and there was no room to even stand. Everyone was looking at the TV with tears in their eyes. I said, "man, must be a good movie on” right after I said that I looked up and saw a building on fire. I then said, "what’s that building?" Someone gave me an odd look and said "The World Trade Center” I asked, "is that a bank?" I was never taught what it really was and no I'm not stupid, you can ask any teen and they will tell you honestly if their not lying that they did not know what the World Trade Center was before September 11th.
As I was watching the TV I saw the second plane hit and herd a newscaster on the TV say “Oh My God…Holy S***” on TV! No edit. Then it hit me hard and I found myself crying as well as everyone else. It was crazy, everyone was screaming that “WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE” which didn’t help at all. So I went up stairs to the library to go and email my friends in the military to see if they were all okay cause I had no clue what was going on. There were TVs everywhere in the campus. Even right outside the bathrooms. I walk into the library and log on the computer. I got into my email, which took a half-hour and started typing. All the sudden the systems went down and logged me off the computer. Just as that happen I looked up and there was a kid running around screaming “THEY HIT THE PENTAGON! GET OUT OF TOWN NOW!” By that point I was freaking out running around school looking for my brother.
I grabbed people I didn’t know and just started praying with them. I found out that classes were finally canceled and I went home with my brother. And spent the rest of the day at home with my family. If there was one good thing that came out of September 11th its that people put their faith into God. God bless America! God Bless you!

Colleen | 19 | Virginia

#1816 | Monday, September 9th 2002
I arrived at my office & was told by coworkers that the first of the two buildings had been hit. We all thought it was some sort of error - certainly not a terrorist attack against the US. My office happens to overlook the Pentagon, and when it was hit, our building shook. Afterwards, we could see black smoke just pouring out of the Pentagon. That was enough for me. I left work & rushed over to my daughter's daycare provider. She was just 5 months old at the time. For the rest of the day I just stayed in my home & watched these horrific acts over and over again on the television, cradling my little baby girl in my arms thinking, My God, what will happen to us all? Will my daughter get to grow up in a world filled with terrorist attacks? I saved many articles & memories for her to have when she is older. I am sure she will have to learn about this in school which is so sad to me. To this day I still think of those poor innocent people & it brings tears to my eyes. God Bless us and God Bless America!
Cristin | 25 | Virginia

#1803 | Monday, September 9th 2002
I had just found out on Sept. 1 that I was pregnant with my second child. I was already an emotional wreck when the attacks occured. I was at the elementary school where I was working at the time when our gym teacher entered the computer lab and told us the news. I thought a pilot had maybe had a heart attack or something. Then, I found out about the other attacks, and I started crying. I wanted so badly to get my husband and my little boy and hold them and tell them how precious they were to me. For the next week, I was glued to the t.v and when I was in my car I had it on the radio. It's such a tragedy, but it made me realize how precious and fragile life is. God bless all of the victims and their loved ones!! God Bless the USA!
Roblyn Yeatts | 23 | Virginia

#1780 | Sunday, September 8th 2002
I was riding in my car, going to work that morning when I heard on the radio what had happened. I could not believe what I was hearing. I got to a telivision as soon as possible to learn more about what was going on. It has been almost one year since the attacks, and I still think about it every day. I can only imagine what those workers and the rescue people went through on that September day. My heart goes out to each and every one of them and their family. I think everyone should step back and look at that day and realize just how much we take for granted,and how just one second can change our life and outlook for ever.
Daniel Lester | 25 | Virginia

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