#1753 | Sunday, September 8th 2002
I was at school when the plane hit the first tower and I didn't know about it. When I came home my parents called me in to see something on TV. When I saw the picture it all seemed like something out of a cheap budget film like "Disaster Movie 3" or something. I couldn't believe it, I just stood there for about half an hour before I moved, I went upstairs and turned on every TV and put them on different channels, so that I could keep track of everything. Seeing the first tower fall was heart-breaking, as I had known from when I first saw the tragedy, that if one tower fell, so would the other one. My heart sunk, and I felt helpless for all those people left in the towers on the high floors, who had no hope of escape. I watched TV until about 3am that night and then again the next morning, at 9 o'clock, when fire-fighters were still at the site, stuggling to cope with anything. I send my compassion out to all those lost friends and relatives that day.
Eddie Heywood | 15 | United Kingdom

#1751 | Sunday, September 8th 2002
I was with my mother and her fiance, in the kitchen of his flat-drinking tea.
When we heard the first plane had hit, we thought it was a small plane gone off course into the building which would have been tragic enough. But as soon as we heard of the second plane and then the Washington and Pennsylvania flights, we knew that it was no accident. Turning on the TV, it was like nothing you can dream of-it was almost unreal what we were seeing. We all felt so afraid, we did not know what would happen next and hoped aginst hope that there would be no more to come. In London, we were hearing about the emergency measures being taken at airports and other institutions and the fear really hit home. I didn't want to leave my family, I was afraid for my partner who was away at work at the time-was he alright? Were my friends in the US alright? There was an enormous urge to 'check in' with everyone just to make sure that they were safe, no matter where they were. It was horrific, watching the news on TV and seeing all this unfolding before you. Just the dread and fear of what might happen next was overwhelming. You knew that we, as a collective of humanity, would never ever be the same again.

Michelle | 25 | United Kingdom

#1743 | Sunday, September 8th 2002
+September 11th 2001+:

In England you are 5 hours ahead of New York (Eastern Time), so it was about 3.00 here, maybe a little bit before. I had to walk home that day, I thought it was a little strange because my dad sometimes picks me up on Tuesdays, the day the tragedy happened. When I arrived home, I put one foot in the door and heard my mum say ‘Sickening to even think anyone would want to do this’. I stopped in my tracks and wondered whet had happened. I walked into the living room and looked at my mum & dad, they both had tears in there eyes, I looked at the television and to see smoke pouring out of a skyscraper. At first I didn’t realize what had happened. So I said to my dad ‘What’s up’. He told me that the world trade centers in New York had been hit with two planes. They had both collapsed in the process. My mouth dropped and immediately started to cry. I sat down as my knees felt week. I saw a image of someone falling in mid air. I just couldn’t put my finger on why would someone do this. I broke down and thought of the people who had lost someone or those who had lost their lives. I couldn’t watch. So I left. As I left they also said that 2 other planes had crashed, but one crashed in a field, the passagers got control of the plane but it crashed. All night I thought about it. Why? Why would someone do this? I had nightmares that night, I just couldn’t get it off my mind. Even now, I still feel the pain.

Claire K | 16 | United Kingdom

#1742 | Sunday, September 8th 2002
I live in england and i am only thirteen. I think it is one of the worst days of my life which i will always remember. I was going on a school field trip for 5 days, we had just arrived at the hotel we were staying at. The bus stopped and one of our teachers told us all to be quiet. We all new something was wrong. We were told that America had just had a terrorist attack and thousand of people have been killed. We all got together and sat in the cinema room with a widesceen tv. It was the latest news. We all saw the first plane crash through the first tower, silence overwhelmed the room. Then came along the second plane. We were all devastated and terrified. My friends and I couldn't understand why or who would do such a thing. That day will be in my memories forever.
francesca thomas | 13 | United Kingdom

#1727 | Saturday, September 7th 2002
When I first heard about the attacks I was sat at my desk at work. I overheard a conversation a couple of desks away and was suddenly concerned (Having many friends out in the States) The conversation was not very clear so I then proceeded to ask people about it and many hadn't any knowledge at all. Later that day, when I finally went on my lunch break I called my mum and asked if she knew anything about it and she was very emotional about it, knowing that I had many friends out there. She told me to turn on a television as soon as I got the chance, but this didnt happen until I finally got home at around 5.45. When I did switch on the box I was suddenly shocked. (I had first been told that it was a complete accident - not at all intentional) At just before 6pm UK time a second plane hit the building and me and my flatmates were watching in complete disbelief. It was such a horrible thing to witness - seeing people literally jumping out of the towers. One of the most horrific things I have ever witnessed in my life. The UK really are supporting you.. xxxxxxx My workplace has a 5 minute silence in memory. God bless america. xxxxx
Danno Gane | 18 | United Kingdom

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