#153 | Monday, September 24th, 2001
I was in band class in high school. Teacher said he was shooken up and we all went down to the library to see the bone chilling images. It pains me to see the footage of the building crumbling over and over... incredible.
dan | 14 | Maine

#154 | Monday, September 24th, 2001
I was at School at the Corcoran......one block from the White House when we were evacuated under word of the secret Service. We were told that there was a plane on its way to the White House and we should all go home....too bad my home is an appartment highrise in Downtown DC....close to the white house. Later that night I went to the Pentagon to see it for myself..... It still doesn't seem real....
nicole | 21 | District of Columbia

#155 | Tuesday, September 25th, 2001
I was at the Adam's Mark hotel in Dallas, TX, for a training class. If I wasn't there, I would have been at Ground Zero, at the World Financial Center in NYC.

My most vivid memory is running up to my hotel room to try to use the phone there, because my cell phone couldn't get through to loved ones. I got into the room, and the housekeeper was in there. I turned on the TV, and was watching, and as I was dialing the second tower came down, live. I dropped the phone and slumped on the bed.

All the while, the housekeeper was just doing her business. I realized she spoke no English. I know some Spanish, so I brought her to the television, and we watched in awe and silence at what was going on in my city.
Matt Garland | 25 | Texas

#156 | Tuesday, September 25th, 2001
I was listening to a few CDs I just bought when I flicked on the TV at 3pm British time (which would have been about 10am in New York). The sight of seeing the initial fire on top of either building is one that will stay with me forever. I watched a re-run of the 2nd plane crashing into the World Trade Centre. It was completely horrifying. I flicked through every news channel to see if this was indeed such a newsworthy event. Every single one provided live coverage. Watching the texted captions underneath the coverage on the TV will stick with me for a long time. They were filled with updates on things like a 3rd plane crashing and which areas were being evacuated. Even some of the music channels broke the news. Then I saw the events slowly unfold. Whilst this was happening, I was texting my friends to tell them what was happening. I was ringing people up and discussing initial thoughts on the attack. To be honest, I never suspected any one person to be behind these attacks. I didn't even know they were deliberate at first. I was stunned. From then on, I knew that things were never to be the same again. Then, my mum and brother came home from work at about 5. They rushed to the TV. As they saw repeated coverage of the WTC buildings collapse, they watched in horror and shock, much like I did. I explained to them exactly what was going on, still shocked. I couldn't believe I was saying what I was. Yes, the events of September 11th, 2001 will live with me forever. It is something that I have never seen anything like before in my entire life, and something I never want to again.
Mike | 17 | United Kingdom

#157 | Tuesday, September 25th, 2001
The Day of Destruction.
11 September 2001 - 4:01 p.m.
"On a quiet day, the kind that makes you think you are happy to be alive...you know the kind: it is sunny, not to hot, you caught all the trains, and busses, and got to work on time. You settled down to one of the best cups of coffee you have had in a long time.
Then the sky started falling. Who said it could never happen???"


I have been trying to get online for 6 hours now. Two of my homes have been attacked.

If I had gotten on earlier, I thought it may be the last entry I may have ever written.

At 9:02 AM, I got in my car to move it into my driveway. I got in later than expected last night [drinking] and needed to go pick up a b-day gift for a co-worker. I decided to go in late this morning to do it. Today is his birthday.

I heard the DJ say something about Kamikazee planes flying into the World Trade Center. 8 blocks from where my father works (in a windowless building no less...that you can see in the press coverage).

I ran inside to see it on TV. I called my friend here in DC, who is from NY. We cried. I got off the line to try my dad. No calls would go through. "All Circuts are now busy!" Little did I know he was trying to call me and the operator message was something to the effect of a tornado knocked the lines down (long time since they last changed that one, no?)

I got nervous so went to pee. ***BAM!***. I nearly shit my pants. A huge kabloom! I finished and went outside. There was my neighbor with the dog that broke his back a while ago, throwing shit into her car trunk. I lit a smoke.

She yelled across the street at me, "the Pentagon has been hit [we live in Pentagon City...3 minutes away], I know about this stuff [she worked in the Pentagon on Chemical Weapons], get out...leave the house." She then drove off with doggie, who was oblivious that the US was under attack.

I finally got in touch with my dad. He is fine. I immediately grew less tense. I filled him in on what neighbor said. He said call out of work and not to move. If anything go into *new* downstairs neighbor's apartment [our basement].

Neighbor drove back and told me that she heard on the CB radio that there was another plane 20 miles away. unidentified. Coming full speed. I had 10 minutes...

I called work in that I could not get off my block. I went back outside and saw bellows of smoke. Sirens blaring. My boss said not to worry. I called a friend in the Press Office who was hysterical as well. She said they were letting all non-essential workers home. 20 minutes later, all Federal employees were sent home.

I called another friend who I just drove back up to NY, knowing she would be worried. While on the phone with her, 3 people approached me, charred and coughing. They were Pentagon employees. They were going to the "Pack up and GO!" neighbor's house. I said she was gone already. I asked if they needed anything. I hung up the phone, and handed it over. They were shaken. 2 women and one gentleman (a major). Their cell phones were dead. It took about 4 tries to get through anywhere. I offered them water. And asprin. And beer and cigarettes. They were took it all. They were stranded. The Metro closed down, there were no cabs.

They kept calling me their savior. And told me I have a free tour of the Pentagon whenever I wanted. They left 2 hours later, when they heard buses were running to another Metro area. I gave them all my number and told them to call me when they got in. Val Denise and David. I will never forget the three strangers I let into my house. Who I helped and who helped me. They all got home safely.

My dad called a total of 20+ times. My phone kept ringing. Friends in NY-- crying. My relatives, as few as there are. More so my father. Nervous about me. Still [even now at 4P] stuck in his windowless building. Stranded.

I got in touch with my girlfriend. I had first left message. I don't remember the time. Then she called. I knew she was nervous but I assured her I was fine. As did the 3 of the Pentagonees. I told her to go to class and not to worry.

She called back to let me know school was closing, classes were cancelled, and that she was coming over. I figured it best, as anything going away (south) from DC was packed. Coming in (north) was not too bad. Aside from all these streets being closed around me. I am glad she did come...and got here safely

I may not even get home, a trip I planned for a month. Even if I did, I would not see the Twin Towers anymore. The place I went on my first real date. The second tallest buildings in the U.S. The World Trade Center, no longer standing. Thousands of innocent people. Going to work. Like every other day. Except it's not. It is the last day they would get to work.

People may have died at the Pentagon. I can look out the window and still see the smoke.

I am watching TV...ABC News. Grim, very Grim. Horrifying.

Two of my homes were destroyed today. I am just glad everyone I know is ok, as selfish as it is.

Thousands dead....for no reason at all.
jenne1017 | 24 | District of Columbia

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