#1618 | Thursday, August 29th, 2002
I was in high school, in English class when the world trade centers where attacked. The princibal came on the intercom in a stern upset voice and said there has been a Terrorist Attack on the U.S. WTC in NYC. I was standing up becuase we were working on Romeo and Juliet at the time and i was acting. I literally fell backward and against the chalk board. My best friend lived 17 blocks away from WTC. We were planning how we were going to go there in April. I was devistated i had no idea if he was ok. His wife worked at Juliard School Of Music i had no idea how close that was to WTC. All i remember from NYC when i was there was that the school was next to a big book store. So I was pretty scared and then the next day school went about it normal day and i mean we had tvs on all the time and moments of silences. But our school has mountains all around it and windows everywhere and when we were in U.S. History, talking about this a whole bunch of big birds flew over the mountain and we all screamed and went under our desk. It was so scary to be on edge like that. I mean I lived something that is going to change the history books forever.
Generation 911
Jenna Marie Brochu | 15 | Connecticut

#1619 | Thursday, August 29th, 2002
I was at work in Boston and just finished sending some research via e-mail to our London office when I saw on my Bloomberg screen a red news flash of an apparent airplane crash into the WTC. I remember being in shock for a few seconds and then I saw a colleague run by my office towards the Trading area where there is a television. I ran to the Trading area where everyone was quickly congregating and the television cameras were already focused on the WTC from a rooftop in midtown Manhattan. Black smoke pouring out with a beautiful blue sky as a backdrip. At this point the television commentators were guessing that a small plane had crashed into the North Tower. I kept thinking that the hole looked awfully big for a small plane. I ran back to my office to call my sister. I called a friend in New York where I heard people screaming in the background "Oh my god - people are jumping from the tower". I told her she should be getting out of her office and out of the area. I went back to the television and all of a sudden we witnessed the second plane crash. Joe S. a trader, said "Oh my god I think that was a 767 jetliner". Kate G. another broker confirmed that Lehman Brother brokers were telling her dozens of people were jumping from the Towers. Things moved very quickly at this point; hijacked planes, missing planes, and finally the Pentagon being hit. My office is in the Financial District of Boston directly across Logan Airport. All during this, fellow colleagues, were just grabbing their stuff and leaving. When the Pentagon was hit, Sean R. gave the word for everyone to immediately leave. By this point most of the people in my office already had left. We're on the top floor of the elevator bank that serves my floor. On it's way down it stopped on every floor and on every floor the elevator bank was jammed with slightly panicky people saying things like "Oh no that elevator is filled too" or "I'm taking the stairs - I'm not waiting anymore". When I got to the street, it was very surreal. It was like being in one of those 1950's "B" movies where people are running in the streets away from monsters. People were running to and fro. I had never seen anything like it. When I got to North Station to take the train home, the crowds were already spilling out the door because the concourse was jammed. I was very lucky to get on my train. It was here on the train that I head the unbelievable news that the Towers had collasped. People were crying and clearly in shock.

What I most remember of that terrible day was how beautiful it was. A gorgeous blue sky day with a hint of Fall in the air. I will always remember the horrors. My thoughts and prayers go to all those who lost a loved one that day.
John Murphy | 41 | Massachusetts

#1620 | Thursday, August 29th, 2002
Like many people on 9/11, I was in school when the news about the Twin Towers and the Pentagon was aired. At first, I didn't believe it, and thought that it was cruel to even say anything like that. However, as my teacher started to talk to us about it, I slowly realized that what I was hearing was actually real and did, in fact, happen. Even then I really didn't have a grasp on the tragedy. Seeing the horrific images of people jumping out of buildings crushed me, because I knew these people were husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, and brothers. They were average, everyday people who had families, children and other people who loved them. They were also victims of a senseless act of stupidity by complete strangers. One instant, they were going on about their business; the next, they were catapulted into eternity.
There really aren't any words or anything to be said to the families and people affected by this catastrophic event, except that we are in this together, and we will come out of this together. God Bless America
Hannah | 16 | Colorado

#1621 | Friday, August 30th, 2002
Some things just happen in our lives. They impact on us and we mourn them. But nothing will ever impact more on our lives and our hearts than that fateful, unexpected occurrence, in New York City, on the dark morning of September 11th.
The whole world stopped in its tracks and simply asked, Why? So many innocent peoples lives were taken from them that morning and I don’t think the world will ever forgive those involved in creating this horror. History had been changed at the hands of pure evil. If evil had a perfect definition, they would be it! Nothing will ever be the same.
But the world stands strong. We are all very powerful in showing how much we care. On September 11th, we may cry. But those tears tell a thousand words that we can never even try to describe verbally. They will be tears to remember the lives lost, the families of these people, and the brave people that risked their own lives by rushing to ground zero, to help others. Our hearts go out to you all.
Let us, as a nation, join the rest of the world, in helping to create more peace. Let good over power the strength of evil. Let us join and remember that morning of September 11th.
KATE ROSELER | 22 | Australia

#1622 | Friday, August 30th, 2002
I was at work in a bank. It took me until 2:30 pm to be able to contact my son and daughter-in-law who live in NY. I could not believe such a tragedy could happen in the United States. My son was home. but his wife was in Manhattan and had to spend the night with friends. They were both ok physically but emotionally I think they are still affected even now almost a year later. I know I am and I live in Pa. I thank God they were not injured and not a day goes by that I do not think of the people or their families that were involved.Every time I see a flag (which is many times a day) I remember.
Terry | 64 | Pennsylvania

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