#1467 | Saturday, July 13th, 2002
I woke up and my mom was watching tv and listening to the radio, and they were talking about a plane hitting a twin tower.. Me, being stupid as I am.. had nooo clue what the twin towers were.. I didnt think anything of it. Then I was in my computer applications class and my teacher had a tv on. We seen the second plane hit, and we sat and watched it during class. We did that in every class.

It was very weird to have it happen to the US... you just wouldnt think about it until it really does happen.
Amanda | 17 | Minnesota

#1468 | Saturday, July 13th, 2002
I had just arrived at the school where I work, and was putting my lunch in the refrigerator, when my coworker came into the kitchen and said, "Did you know that a plane hit the World Trade Center?" My first thought was that it was a plane crash - the truth was much worse. We ran to the office and listened with everyone else to the news as it came over the airwaves. Rumors were flying that there was another plane hovering over Northern Virginia, where I live.

By 11 o'clock, frightened parents were coming to pick up their children, and shortly thereafter, the school was closed. I went straight home, and turned on the television, alternately angry and sad. I saw a Stealth fighter plane for the first time in my life, and watched as it flew over our apartment complex. In the eery silence of the afternoon, my sisters and I watched and prayed and hoped fervently that there was no more destruction to come.

Ironically, the woman who told me the news later became pregnant, and her child is due... September 11.

Anne | 22 | Virginia

#1469 | Sunday, July 14th, 2002
I was at home in Sydney Australia just getting up to start the day, kids to school etc... My husband rang me from work and told me to put the television on to the news. I could not believe my eyes, I was totally dumbstruck and had trouble coping with what I was seeing. I could not turn off the television, even though my children were scared and wondered why mummy was crying. I did manage to get one of the children to school on time, luckily his teacher explained to him as best she could what had happened. By the time he got home from school I had composed myself and together we discussed it.He asked why and would it happen here, who would do this and all sorts of innocent questions.

There is a time difference between our countries, it had all happened while I was sleeping peacefully in my bed. I felt guilty about this for some reason. I still think constantly about all that was lost that day and hope that the world will come together as one so that our children will never see such things again.

Leanne Senn | 34 | Australia

#1470 | Sunday, July 14th, 2002
I would normally be at work that day, but I had taken my wife to the ER 10pm Monday night and she didn't get admitted to the hospital until 4am Sept 11th. After she was admitted, I immediately called work and left a message saying that I would be in around 12pm so I could get some sleep. At 8:30am, her father called for her and I let him know how his daughter was doing. I told him that I was just trying to get some sleep and that I would let his daughter know he had called. I had just got up at 11am, when the phone rang and it was my wife. She was crying and trying to tell me what had just happened without sounding like she had just lost her mind. Until she heard my voice, she thought that this was the rapture and all hell had erupted and she was alone. My wife and I had stayed at the Marriott at the WTC and had eaten at Windows on the World for our first anniversary. We go to NYC every year for our anniversary. Our hearts go out to the wonderful people of New York. May God Bless each and everyone of you.
Michael Spencer | 30 | Pennsylvania

#1471 | Sunday, July 14th, 2002
September 11th was the first day of classes last fall at my boarding school in California. As I sat in the dining hall eating breakfast sometime around 7:30 AM, a girl in my class came up to the table I was sitting at and said, "You guys, the Pentagon has been bombed!" I said, "You're kidding!" It just seemed like it must have been a movie. We aren't normally allowed to watch TV at school, but they set up a TV in the auditorium for people to watch the news whenever they had some free time. That was also the only day the boom box in the bathroom has ever been set to a news station while people were showering after sports. It was pretty surreal.
Lucy H. | 17 | Kansas

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