#1623 | Friday, August 30th, 2002
I remember vividly where I was on that
day, which will always be in my memory.
I was sleeping during the World Trade
Center/Pentagon attacks. I had to work
that day, part time at a convenience
store near my house. I had the alarm
clock set. My mom woke me up, told me
that my aunt had called, saying someone
had flown a plane into the WTC in New
York City. I, having just woken up,
thought she was kidding and thought
I must be dreaming, and I remember
asking "Are you serious?" Something of
that magnitude was just so hard to
comprehend. Why would someone attack us
for? Doesn't this country always help
others in need when they need us? Why
would anyone hate us? These are all
questions I have since that day, and
some I'm sure will never be known.
I did then what everyone else did
across the country, and the world, I
think--I turned on the tv in my
room and watched. In awe and terror, I
saw the planes crashing into the towers,
people running, walls of dust rushing
down the street like a tidal wave. I
watched and I watched, as every channel
I turned on had the same images of the
planes crashing into the towers, over
and over. Burned into my mind,
something I don't think any of us that
saw them will ever forget. And now,
even though I live nowhere NEAR where
the attacks occured, I find myself
listening very intently every time a
plane goes overhead, just hoping it
won't come closer to where I am. Even
thunder scares me. I recently woke up
by a loud boom of thunder during a
thunderstorm and immediatly thought a
bomb had gone off and I actually laid
there thinking I would die, until I
heard the rain. But still, now, it
amazes me how much a country can come
together when it is attacked. When the
attacking cowards intended to tear this
country apart, divide us and destroy
us. They only made us stronger.
Angela Kensy | 21 | Minnesota

#1624 | Friday, August 30th, 2002
I was at home, in my room, studying for my upcoming physics exam (I'm a biology student) when I decided to take a quick break and turned on the TV. More by accident than anything else I tuned into CNN and was shocked to see footage of the Twin Towers, one of which was on fire. "About 15 minutes ago an airplane crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center" the newscaster said. I couldn't believe it. I had stood under that tower only 6 weeks ago on vacation! It couldn't be true. I jumped off the couch and grabbed my cell phone to tell my best friend about it. The reception was bad, so I went into the other room. I came back just in time to hear the newscaster announce that a second plane had hit the north tower. Now I was scared. How could this have happened? Surely not by accident. But if it wasn't an accident... I didn't let myself finish the thought. Instead my eyes and ears were glued to the TV as stories about two more plane crashes made the news. All the while I kept thinking "This isn't real, this can't be happening". It felt like a horror movie with two many special effects. But it wasn't a movie, it was real.
I didn't manage to study anymore that day. I spent most of the time in front of the TV, watching in horror, or on the phone with my friend. "Remember that nice guy we met outside the towers who gave us tips on where to take the best pictures?", she said, "You think he worked there?". I hope he didn't. I hope he was at home in bed, sick with the flu.
Stephanie | 23 | Switzerland

#1625 | Friday, August 30th, 2002
I was in my sophomore year of college, not really wanting to be there. I can't believe it's been a year already. At first I didn't really understand, then I was thinking "great, another war", but in the end, I was just really thankful that I and my friends and family were okay, and saddened by those who aren't(weren't?)
Jen | 20 | New York

#1626 | Friday, August 30th, 2002
It was my first night in the L.A. area just after moving here. I was so disturbed with what had happened that I didn't leave the house for a couple of days......
Bekah | 20 | California

#1627 | Friday, August 30th, 2002
I was decorating my mothers bedroom when I herd on the radio that a plane had hit one of the twin towers. I then watched the second hit on CNN. I hope all Americans understand that your UK brothers will not forget one of your nations worst hours. God bless all.
Jason Goldberg | 26 | United Kingdom

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