#1593 | Saturday, August 24th, 2002
On September 11, 2001 I was at work. I work at a small market and on Tuesdays freight is delivered. As we put away the stock we always listen to the radio. We were putting away frozen goods when I noticed that I didn't hear the usual oldies music. I was the fist to pick up on this becasue my co-workers tend to block out the radio while working. I said, " What's with the talking? Where's the music? What are they talking about?" Someone immediately went to turn up the volume. It was then that we all heard what was happening. At that time the details were still very sketchy. The first plane had just hit, and noone was able to comprehend exactly what was happening. As we tried to continue working, our focus was mainly on the radio. Then we heard about the 2nd plane. Noone could believe it...we were in awe and grief stricken with the thought of all the casualties. "Those poor people", was muttered over and over by those around me. We stayed so attentive to the radio...informing others of what we heard as soon as there was new information. Unsure of what was to happen next, we felt so insecure just wondering what was happening to us Americans and our beloved USA. As soon as we could, we were all heading to the phone to call our friends and loved ones to find out if they had heard the news. Some couldn't handle the news. A lot of our "regular" shoppers came in just to "get away". Co-workers who weren't even scheduled to work came in. We're all so close ... I guess being together helped eveyone cope and try to understand.
As long as I live I shall never forget that horrible morning. My heart and prayers go out to all those who lost their lives or lost loved ones as a result of the destruction of the towers. God Bless us all.
Jennifer | 28 | New Hampshire

#1594 | Saturday, August 24th, 2002
i was at work (in an elementary school) when my husband telephoned with the news and as we were on the phone, the 2nd plane hit. i knew it was terrorism and prayed that an American was not responsible.
lisa tutino | 40 | New York

#1595 | Saturday, August 24th, 2002
I was driving down to Atlantic City, listening to Howard Stern. I know alot of people think he is nasty and vulgar, but what Howard and his crew did that day was amazing. He really relayed the event as it should have been... THANK YOU HOWARD AND CREW!!! I WILL NEVER FORGET!!!
Brian | 29 | New Jersey

#1596 | Saturday, August 24th, 2002
Where was I?
I was at work the Vicksburg District Army Corps of Engineers,Vicsksburg when all hell broke loose. I heard over the radio from Dan Rather CBS news that a plane struck one of the towers of the WTC. Minutes later I bolted up from my desk and headed to the break room and I saw my fellow employees gaping at the tv screen: and I saw fhe trade centers smouldering smoke on a beautiful blue day in lower Manhattan. We couldn't believe what happened. As the day wore on most of us stayed in tbe break room glued to the tv set;watching up dates. By late afternoon panic had set in as well over thte attack over the terrorists attacks. 72hours later a general put out an email which put the districts on a Forcecon alert.
As a result of 9/11/01 I'm now its historian of that day.
chuck harrison | 41 | Mississippi

#1597 | Sunday, August 25th, 2002
On 9/11/01, I woke up to my then boyfriend who is in the Air Force and at the time stationed at Thule, Greenland asking me if I was watching tv. I was groggy so I didn't have time to answer before he told me that New York was under attack. Awake instantly, I jumped out of bed and turned on the tv. I watched in disbelief and horror. We didn't say a word for minutes. Silence only broken when the 2nd tower collapsed and I screamed. I remember saying over and over again..please God, no. He was patched through from a phone line at another AF base, so we stayed on the phone for a long while. He was on shift and you could hear the other men and women working that shift with him screaming in disbelief, outrage and heart ache. My heart broke that day and it has never been the same since, nor will it be ever. I still cry often and a day never goes by that I don't pray for us as a nation and pray for all our brothers and sisters that we lost. While I will never forget or stop praying, I refuse to be afraid. We are Americans and we are strong and united. Nothing and no one can take that away from us. United we will always stand. God bless us all.
Romy Ulloa | 29 | California

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