#1045 | Saturday, March 16th, 2002
A day I will never forget. In our office someone heard on the radio about the first plane - then the second and we were all glued in horror and fear as we watched our small TVs. All I could think of was this is the end. I wanted my child close to me, and wanted to be the one to tell him of this horror. Then the plane hit the Pentagon which is not far from where his Dad lives. Our office soon gave everyone the option to leave, which I did. I picked up my 13 year old son from school and told him the news. It was like living a movie - this could not be happening. Nothing will ever be the same. We will never feel the same. As Americans the terrorists were now on our turf and it was not a safe feeling.
T. McCarthy | 43 | Florida

#1046 | Saturday, March 16th, 2002
It was about 7:00 in the morning and i had just gotten out of bed, usually in the morning the radio in the kitchen is on and my parents are drinking their coffe, but on the 11th they weren't. I walked in to the kitchen and my dad was standing there with tears in his eyes. He hugged me tight and the first thing that he told me was that he was sorry, and somebody had done something horrible. Then he told me that 2 planes had crashed into the world trade center. At first I didn't get the velocity of it, I figurerd that a small, private plane had hit the corner or something. My mom was in her room watching the news, also crying, my grandfather on her side lives in NY and works about 10 blocks from the WTC. All morning as i was getting ready for school I was listening to news on the radio, then they announced that all schools were closed. It wasn't until my grandmother called to say that my grandfather was ok that I really started to worry about all those people. The next day at school teachers were hugging and crying and comforting each other which made it even scarier, none of the adults knew what to do either. I'm not sure when it all really hit me, but I don't think that I'll ever forget that day.
marissa | 13 | California

#1047 | Saturday, March 16th, 2002
At the time of the attacks on our country, I was in class at Stonington High School. Just a typical day, sitting in Oceanology class when another teacher came in the room and announced, 'the world trade center has just been hit with a plane!'. Turns out, the second tower had already been hit by the time we got the television turned on in the classroom. News reporters continuously interviewed random bystanders and people were in tears all around. At that time I had realized that this very moment in time, war was declared on this country. Then not too long after, the same teacher came in to tell us that the Pentagon had been hit, and that a plane might've been heading for the White House. We were all in a panic. The first song to pop in my head at the moment was that infamous tune, 'the end of the world as we know it'. After watching the after effects of this occurence until the end of class, we moved on into the hall to switch classes and conversations of what had just happened flooded the corridors. Kids were going home crying, everyone was in a panic. No one knew quite sure how to handle the news. How would this change the world we live in? How badly will we be effected in the time to come? Questions unanswered, no plausible conclusion. All we had known was that this land of freedom was now at war with a country most of us in high school had never heard of. And why? We may never know. And from that day forward, our lives were changed in ways we couldn't have imagined.
God bless America, and the families of the brave, the courageous and the innocent.
Jessica | 17 | Connecticut

#1048 | Saturday, March 16th, 2002
On the 11th I was in my room getting ready for school when my 12 year old brother came into see me almost crying. He said that on the raido he had heard that a building in New York was hit by a plane. I just comforted him and thought nothing of it. Then my father called from work and told me to turn on the news and wake up my mom. On my way down to the bus stop my mom said that if anything happened in San Francisco she would come to school to get my brother, sister, and I. In all of my classes I watched the news and found out about EVERTHING that happened. I could not belive it. After school I was glued to the t.v.. Everyone I knew, Including me, had a blank stare for at least a week after what happened.
Ashley B. | 15 | California

#1049 | Sunday, March 17th, 2002
when the trorist activity on the saptenber 11 took palce i was prppering my homework the i heard on the radio abut a plane crash in new york so i kept listening and then ihaerd that it is a tror activity . i ternd on the t.v whene I heard that the twins ar kolapcing I wa s in shook and i knew that this is the biginig of a new werlod how figths aginst evel an defit it at all cost
ofer barzilay | 16 | Israel

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