#1070 | Tuesday, March 19th, 2002
I had to stay home that day because I came down with flu. I remember I had fever and stayed in bed for the whole day. Suddenly my mom came to my room and gave a terrified frown. She told me to switch on the tv and that New York was covered with flames. It was just after the second plane crashed into the tower. First I couldn't believe her words. And when I actually saw it happening, I couldn't believe my eyes. I felt so terrified, started crying. It was as if my whole safe world had collapsed with both towers. I heard people screaming, saw streets covered with dust. It looked like apocalipse. All wars and terrorist attacks I had seen before took place in the third world or they happened in countries which I wasn't very emotionally attached to. But USA means a lot to me. It used to be my biggest dream to visit New York which always seemed to me as a dream city, something incredible to imagine, completely magical, huge, safe and powerful. And out of the blue there comes somebody and destroys this world, kills thousands of innocent people, demages many years of human's work and threatens the whole world. There is so much hate in me now, and I know it shouldn't be like that, but I cannot overcome my feelings. There is so much fear, and even though I don't know anyone who died or who was hurt in that catastrophe there is much pain. Sometimes I try to imagine how did they feel trapped inside, forced to make a choice between dying in flames or jumping out. I saw people jumping out on the news, some of them jumped hand to hand, some of them were crowded in windows waving to the helicopters... and there was no hope for them. I cannot believe, it started just on an average day when everyone went to work as usual, they had breakfast of a fast coffee. Maybe some of them were bored trapped in a traffic jam. Did they expect it was the last day of their lives? There were probably some people who were late for work or had a day off or quit the job a week before the accident. Maybe there were tourists that decided to see Statue of Liberty that day instead of WTC even though they intended to. There must've been so many details that saved some people... I unite with all Americans with my whole heart and wish that such horryfying things where there's no justification for them will never ever happen.
God bless America.
God bless our world
Anna Korosadowicz | 20 | Poland

#1071 | Tuesday, March 19th, 2002
I was working on a project in Trinidad. We were in a conference room when mobile phones and pagers began to ring. A secretary came in the room and mentioned that a plane just crashed into the WTC. We thought that it was just a horrible accident until we learned of the second, third and fourth planes. An eerie sense of calm permeated the office and, indeed, the streets of Port of Spain. In the following days, sorrow gave way to anger which gave way to resolve. The Trinidadians were very supportive (including their large Muslim population) and were thankful that a group of their own "usually late Trinis" were once again late for work at the WTC and were spared.

Whereas before 09-11 I might have been complacent and taken the American way of life somewhat for granted, I am now determined to support my country and my government in any way possible to ensure that the threat of terrorism on our shores and towards our interests are exposed and eradicated.

One of the first images that entered my mind when I finally figured out we were being attacked was Benjamin Franklin's rattlesnake flag; DON'T TREAD ON ME!

God bless you and God bless America!
John C. | 35 | Texas

#1072 | Tuesday, March 19th, 2002
It was the usual hurry get out of bed and into the shower, quick get a cup of tea, turn on the news, and catch the weather kind of morning. But after only a few minutes of the regular news they said there was a breaking story from N.Y. As they began to feed the live coverage from N.Y. I had this horrible sinking feeling. They said the fire had only been burning for a short time. But how could it have spread so quickly? Then to my horror from the corner of the shot they were showing I saw the airplane hit the other building. What began to seem plain enough to me, was not even apparent to the news anchors here on the west coast. But one news anchor must have took another look and realized what she had actually seen. I had this horrible empty, sinking, edge of my seat feeling. My hands were cold and my eyes were wet. How could I explain to my own children what this was. They asked me if someone had died. They could not understand why someone would fly a plane into a building. I tried to keep myself together not only for them, but for all the school children I see every day. They must have some sense of safety, that school was a good place to be. When I still think about that day I get the same feeling again. My overwhelming thought of those that suffered and lost is saddest of all. Please remember that you and your families are in my thoughts every day. We will not forget!
suzy albin | 40 | California

#1073 | Tuesday, March 19th, 2002
It was a morning of hope for me. I was at an interview for a job I really wanted. I came out of that interview with a good feeling that I would get the job. I turned on the radio, and heard just a tail end of a report. I thought at first that something had happened in York, a county next to mine. And listened further. When I finally heard what was going on...I began to realize that traffic was moving slow and people were pulled along the road crying. I too had a sinking feeling. I went straight home to my boyfriend and instead of telling him about the interview, I told him he needed to get up and see this. I couldn't believe what I had been hearing. In fact it wasn't real until I turned on the television. We both sat there that day and just watched, sometimes crying other times calling the ones we loved and talking about it with them. And thanking God that we didn't know anyone. But even though we may not have known a victim, we still mourned for the losses of those who did. It's a day I'll never forget. God Bless America! And our hopes and prayers are with all who lost a loved one.
Stephanie Herr | 23 | Pennsylvania

#1074 | Tuesday, March 19th, 2002
When I found out about the 9/11 attacks I was just waking up for the morning to get ready to go to work. It was around 6:45am in Tempe, Arizona. I was watching the local news as I do each morning while I get ready for work. I quickly called my mother and my boyfriend to watch the tv. While watching the news at first I wasn't quite sure what was happening but I was very concerned for my family and also my step brother and his wife and 1 month old baby boy who lived in NY at that time. I will never forget 9/11. The day ill always remain in my heart.

Carrah Lynlee Skinner
Tempe, Arizona
Arizona State University senior in Special eucation Program/College of Education
Carrah Skinner | 22 | Arizona

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