#1603 | Monday, August 26th, 2002
On the morning of September 11th. I was waking up, taking a shower and making Quaker Oatmeal for breakfast when I turned on the television to check the traffic on my way to work to find what appeared to be a flic from the movie independence day. I didn't think it was real. How could something like that happen? My sister had a friend working next to the twin towers. My dads girlfriend had a cousin in the building. A nation so strong, so prosperous. How could it be? Shocking it cut my heart and for days I could feel just a sense of pain on the land. Not my pain but pain. The pain of the people. I felt the terror of the enemy trying to come in but I felt the judgement of God on those evil doers come even stronger. It was a time of mourning and intercession for me. Now I know that the end times are nearer than even. Jesus could come back tonight are you ready? Am I ready?
Jeramiah Giehl | 26 | Texas

#1604 | Monday, August 26th, 2002
I was on my way into Center City (downtown Philadelphia) on the "El" train when someone got a call o ntheir cell phone and told us that the WTC had been hit by a plane....I got off at my stop, and turned my cell phone/radio on to listen to the news station. I listened to the whole thing on my way to the library. Trying to get home, tho, was an ordeal. Business and high-rises closed early, clogging the streets with massive amounts of traffic. I had to walk almost 2 miles back to the train from where I was. I spent the next few days trying to contact my NYC friends by e-mail. Thankfully, they were all OK.
Mary | 21 | Pennsylvania

#1605 | Tuesday, August 27th, 2002
I was sitting at my desk at work and someone had come up to me and said, "Did you hear about the World Trade Center, a plain just hit it." I thought, wow, I wonder what happened with the plain to make it crash. Then I heard about the second one. I knew right then, it wasn't an accident. My husband wrote me an email that said "Happy Birthday, Huh?" From now on, my birthday will always be linked with this tragic event.
Tia Howe | 24 | Maine

#1606 | Tuesday, August 27th, 2002
I was in my third week of a new job.. High School Teacher. I had already heard of the World Trade Center bombings before class started. One of the kids printed a picture of the pentagon smoking and brought it up to me. I knew then that America was definately under attack. To see the symbol of defense smoldering sent a terrible feeling through me. That day was also my 30th birthday.
Frank McLain | 30 | West Virginia

#1607 | Tuesday, August 27th, 2002
For me, September 11th started out like any other day as I got up and left to school.
It was early in the morning during my Enterprise class when I first got wind of something occuring. My enterprise teacher mentioned toward the end of the period that a "plane crashed into the World Trade Center - anyone know anything?"
When no one knew anything else, and no more information was provided - I turned back to my group of friends and engaged in mindless talking and flirting. I never considered what had happened to be anything major. Truth me told, I didn't really even know what the WTC looked like. I thought that a small plane must have dropped on top of the building or something. Three people dead, small flame, no biggie.
But, god, was it big.
I went into the school cafteria and stood in line for a few minutes to purchase a small salad and two cookies. As I descended upon my group's "usual" table, I was surprised to see the entire gang's attention focused on the televisions in the cafeteria.
My best friend turned to me and said, "You know that plane crash? Well...." She pointed toward the TV which was quickly flashing scenes of what looked like a warzone.
"Terrorist attacks ... Car bomb? ... World Trade Centers .... Evacuation ... Under attack ..."
It was like a horror movie. Never, NEVER, could I have possibly imagined something of this magnitude to occur in present time. This was the material war stories were made of, not current breaking news messages.
I was in homeroom when we saw footage of one of the tower collapsing (I'm not sure if it was old footage, or new footage of the second collapse). It was like a quiet desecended upon the classroom. My ex-boyfriend then uttered very eerie words of :
"I have a feeling this is not just going to end. Many people are going to die."
September 11th shocked us all out of our comfy, self indluged lives. I remember rushing home everyday and watching the News. I rememember everyone talking about safety, and fear instead of make-up and dating. I remember the televisions, radios and computers being checked at all times during the day whether or not we were working, at school or at home.

So, where was I, septemeber 11th, 2001?
When I found out about the terrorist attacks I was first in Enterprise class and then again in the Cafeteria - learning the whole destructive story by watching the images flash across the TV, and consequently burn into my mind. But in broader terms I was two places. When I woke up I was in the quiet, lush and safe western world. When I went to sleep I was in a changed world, a scarier world. Even now, almost a year after the attacks - here in Canada things have slowly taken upon something resembling normalcy, but still, still - there's always the memory of September 11th 2001 and in a way, all of us who lived through it, will always be in that date, remembering the stories, the faces and the loss.
Shobhana | 17 | Canada

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