#1116 | Tuesday, March 26th, 2002
On September 11th I was on holiday in Mijas, Spain. After spending a very enjoyable late morning and early afternoon by the pool I will never forget the images that I saw when I returned to my room and switched on the television. My partner and I were totally transfixed for over 3 hours by the events that were unfolding. The first tower had been hit and I saw live the second plane fly into the second tower. Those images will stay with me until my dying day. I will also always remember the american tourists staying at the hotel and thier tears as they telephoned home visibly shaken by the attacks on thier homeland. What took place on that day should never be forgotton. I hope the U.K and all the other democratic countries throughout the world continue to support 100% the U.S and the war against terrorism. Bin laden and his terrorist network must be defeated by whatever means necessary as must all other terrorist groups who threaten freedom and democracy.
Steve W | 33 | United Kingdom

#1117 | Tuesday, March 26th, 2002
The morning of sept 11th started like any other for me. I took my older children to school and came back with my 2 yr old, sat down to my email while the baby watched cartoons. My first email read "Those poor people in the World Trade Center! Turn on your news now!". So I walked over, with the phone in my hand and called my best friend to ask what was up? At first I thought it was an accident, then as I watched the news a man reporting the first plane had hit was standing and behind him you could see the second plane hit. My mouth fell. I told my friend I would have to call her back. My mom called telling me to put it on the news (I thought duh mom). By the time the next plane hit the Pentagon where my father usually works was hit. That was way too close to home for me and I called someone to go get my kids from school since my husband had our van. The kids came home and they had been watching everything on TV at school which left me having to explain (like I could) what was happening as they saw reports of their grandpa's work and co workers building on fire. In the end my parents lost atleast 3 friends in the attack. My heart goes out to everyone effected.
I pray I never have to explain this to any of my children again.
Val | 30 | North Carolina

#1118 | Tuesday, March 26th, 2002
On September 11th I was in school. I had just walked into English and my English teacher was watching the news. When I saw the world trade center on fire I asked if some freak accident had happened but then, as I put my books down, I watched the second plane fly into the other building. My heart dropped and I didn't know if I was breathing anymore. As the day went on it got worse the Pentagon and the other plane that landed in a field were seen by the eyes of all of America. My most memorabe moment through this entire catastraphy was when I was watching the news at home and I think CNN showed a clip of a man who was singing a patriotic song(he was obviously a veteran), but when he completed the song he broke down to tears. I cried along with him long after the clip was over. I was so touched by this man and his patriotism!
Shannon Gaines | 16 | New Jersey

#1119 | Tuesday, March 26th, 2002
I was at my first class of the day and my friend told me that planes had hit the WTC but she said it as though it was sort of an accident. After my second class I over heard so many people talking about it I ran back to my dorm room to turn on the tv and just couldn't believe my eyes. That day will live in my head for the rest of my life.My dad said he can remember where he was the day JFK was shot. And this is something my generation will always remember where they were. Everytime I hear the songs with the clips from 9-11 it makes me come close to crying if not crying. I just hope that this will make people think about what they do before they do it. Peace forever.
Tim | 19 | Michigan

#1120 | Tuesday, March 26th, 2002
Sept. 11 is my birthday. In fact, I was born 16 years and 13 minutes before the first plane hit the first building. I remember the first time i heard about it. I was in Mrs. Chesely's English class. Our principal announced over the PA for the whole school to "stand for a minute of silence for the tradgedy which had just occured." No one in our class knew what happened. She also told us not to turn our televisions on in the classrooms. We all did anyway. At first, none of us really beleived it. Then it hit us all. I was a bit dissapointed. My sweet 16. It had to be cancelled. All my plans were postponed since everything was closed. I dont beleive in "god" so I didnt pray. I felt bad for the people who died. But that is my story of where I was and how I felt on September 11, 2002.
Jessica Letizia | 16 | New York

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