#1553 | Friday, August 16th, 2002
i was at my work in apeldoorn (the netherlands) and heard it by the radio
Erik | 20 | Netherlands

#1554 | Friday, August 16th, 2002
I was getting ready for bed when I got a text message on my mobile (cell) phone. It said that a plane had crashed into a tower of the WTC which I only vaguely recognised at that time. I thought "wow, what a terrible accident" and went to watch reports on TV. Very soon after, a plane hit the second tower and I realised with an awful sense of doom that this was no accident. I called my fiance who had sent the original message, and we sat on the open line watching, but not able to say anything. We were so shocked. I stayed up well into the night watching and crying for all of those people and their loved ones, until I forced myself to get some sleep. I woke up in the morning to the news reports and remembered that what I had seen was very real. The whole of the next day was just a cloud of numbness. I called my mum just to hear her voice. People all around were very quiet and subdued. It seemed like there was a strange hush over the world.

Through the following weeks I cried a lot, and prayed for the beautiful people of NYC. I read and listened to every piece of news I could get my hands on. I felt so far away physically but had such a sense of the small world we lived in right at that time.
Rebecca | 26 | Australia

#1555 | Friday, August 16th, 2002
Iīve been at work when one of my colleagues told me a plane had crashed into the WTC. We all thought it had been an accident until we heard in the news another plane had crashed in the WTC and in the pentagon. At this time, it was clear it was a terrorist act against the U.S. Since we donīt have a TV at work, we tried to reach the CNN home page, but we couldnīt get through. Iīve been very concerned about my sister this time who lives near Washington, D.C. I tried to call her all day, but the phone lines didnīt work until later this evening when she finally could get through to me to tell me she and her husband were all right.
Nick | 26 | Germany

#1556 | Friday, August 16th, 2002
I was on duty as a police officer in a southern town. I remeber vividly hearing of the attack. I can still see it as if it were today.
Aubrey | 32 | Georgia

#1557 | Friday, August 16th, 2002
On 9/11 when I 1st heard about the attack was in my Geometry class. Some kids came in late & said that some teachers were watching the TV & that some ppl crashed a plane into the WTC. We didn't think anything of it, so we went on w/our lessons. A little into the block, the principal came around and gave our teacher a note saying that 2 planes were crashed into the WTC & it was not an accident, after that the teacher told us and we talked about it, then I went to my English class & there were ppl all upset because a few of them had brothers or sisters in the service that were supposed to come home that weekend. It was a horrible experience that I won't EVER forget. May all the people that died in the WTC, The Pentagon & every where else Rest In Peace. In memory of ~Fire fighter Thomas Foley~
Jamie K. | 17 | New Jersey

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