#1075 | Tuesday, March 19th, 2002
It was exactly a week after my 1st visit to New York City. I usually caught the first 10-15 min. of the Today show before leaving for work, but that day I'd left a little early. I wish I hadn't as I never would've left the house. While listening to a radio talk show, it was cut in by a news story about the first tower - I was a little confused about what was going on as this station did not usually discuss such serious matter. When I got to work, we all gathered around the radios as we didn't have TVs at our disposal. I called my brother in CA and left him a message - it was still quite early there and they most likely wouldn't have the TV on. I was in shock but couldn't hold back the tears as I listened in horror about the attacks on our country, wondering what would happen next.

After 3 hours of listening to the radio, our CEO came on the loudspeaker and announced that we'd had a bomb threat and should all leave the building. I wasn't worried about the threat - I was just glad that I could leave and get to a TV. Going down the stairwells, I imagined what it was like trying to escape the towers. My 5 floors times 20. I don't think I have ever gone through so much stress nor shed so many tears in one week as I took in all the devestation.

I'd been so excited about my NYC trip that I'd brought in my film to get developed over that previous weekend. The pictures were ready on Monday but I hadn't picked them up. I didn't pick them up until Friday and I was a little afraid to look at them. I knew I had several pictures of the city skyline, taken on Sept. 3, and in particular one of myself with the towers in the background. It was bittersweet to view them, but the city was beautiful and I'll always remember it that way.
Gaela | 37 | Colorado

#1076 | Tuesday, March 19th, 2002
I was in bus, when first plane has crashed. When I get home, my mother was watching TV. I saw two tower burning. I was in schock. My hole world was dying. Yesterday I was so happy! I look with grateful on my past and my future. And with one hour it has chnged so much! My friend Żaneta phoned me. She was crying... I was crying to... We known that anybody will be same now. We has changed with teh world, with the New York...
PS. I'm sorry for my English...
Paulina Stępień | 17 | Poland

#1077 | Wednesday, March 20th, 2002
I was in a meeting somewhere near Helsinki. I only heard about the attacs at 6 pm, nine hours after it had happened. I saw it on tv at the lobby. At first I thought it was just another trailer. But no. So much can happen without you knowing. And your world just goes on.
Maria | 32 | Finland

#1078 | Wednesday, March 20th, 2002
My husband called me from his office at about 8 A.M. Pacific Standard Time,
more than 2 hours after the first plane
had hit the WTC #1 tower. I was reading
the paper, getting ready to leave for my job, and he told me to turn on the TV
because terrorists had attacked BOTH WTC's and the Pentagon. I found it difficult to believe what my eyes were seeing. Our 21-year-old son was still home for the summer from college, and just getting up to go to his summer job. I told him briefly what had happened, and sat on his bed as we both watched the shot of the 2nd jet hitting the 2nd tower. I asked him, "Is that a reenactment, or something?" because I just couldn't mentally accept that such a diabolical event could have happened in our free United States. He assured me that it was real, and we both sat there unable to comprehend the massive loss of life, terror, unspeakable evil, and loss of innocence that many of us as Americans had been feeling for a long time up to that point. I was 12 years old and in junior high when the news of President John F. Kennedy's assassination was announced, and can remember the horror, shock, and fear I felt at that time. This time, it was even worse, as I am now the mother of 2 young adults, and I wonder about the future of the USA as they experience their adult lives. I went to work at the medical clinic where I am a certified diabetes nurse educator, but many people didn't show up for their appointments. I kept the radio in my office on at low volume all day. At lunchtime, I drove to my church and said a prayer along with my pastor and a few other people, for the victims, the future of our country, the perpetrators of the violence and hatred, and our future generations. I cried off and on for most of that week. I turned 51 on the 6 month anniversary of the attack, and will never feel as safe as I used to. I have flown halfway across the country twice since the attacks, and will continue to do so. My condolences and prayers go to the families hurt by this devastation. God has and will continue to bless America.
Sydney Bush | 51 | California

#1079 | Wednesday, March 20th, 2002
As one of Jehovah's witnesses, I was about to meet my friend in order to go out on "field service" - talking to people about a safer and better world to come. As I enterd his house, the TV was on, broadcasting the terrible pictures as they came live from NYC. I saw live, from the other side of the world, history as it happends. I saw the world, as it changes. I saw live the towers collaps. I couldn't help but remember the last time I saw them with my own eyes, When visiting NYC. I wanted to cry. I thought about all those people that are loosing their lives right now, as I sit and watch the TV screen. It was an awful feeling.
Alon Dubovi | 24 | Israel

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