#164 | Tuesday, September 25th, 2001
i was at the stop sign by a gas station and my friend jarod was getting gas and i rolled down my window to say hi and he yelled "they attacked us! they bombed us pretty freaky shit huh?!" i didn't believe him so i went on to school and i was like 30 minutes late to first period and when i came in the news was on and everyone was locked on the screen and i just stood there for a minute and then my friend daniel called me over and said " i think we're going to war..they bombed the world trade centers" i almost cried..
imy | 17 | California

#165 | Wednesday, September 26th, 2001
i was at home sick. i couldnt sleep at all, so i turned on the radio, to hear the first radio report that one plane has collided with the world trade centre.

i left the bed knowing that cnn would have non stop coverage, and as i turned on the television i saw the second plane crash into the other tower.

i was talking to friends earlier that very week about how generations before myself remembering exactly where they were when jfk was shot, or elvis died, and how our generation seems to have no substance. i'll never ever forget that day.
shad | 19 | Canada

#166 | Wednesday, September 26th, 2001
As a resident of New York City, I could see the fresh smoke rising from the Twin Towers at 9:30 am from my school yesterday morning. The fear felt in all 1,000 students in my school was completely insane. I left for home early, and the air smelled like burned materials. It's still smoggy in the air, even where I live in Brooklyn. Debris fell from the sky like dirty snow. Every car is covered in the dusty remains of the Twin Towers. Friends lost parents and uncles and aunts. Teachers and staff members lost children. Most people are still missing.

I walked down with camera in hand to the Brooklyn Promenade around 3:30 pm on September 11th. I felt I needed to photograph this tragic moment; not as something that should be considered a wonderful photography opportunity, but instead as something to prove: we lived through this.
Candice C. | 17 | New York

#167 | Thursday, September 27th, 2001
I was getting ready for class when my mother called me around 7:45 in the morning to tell me that a plane crashed into the WTC. We thought it was a horrible accident, and I sat down to eat breakfast and watch the Today show. When the second plane hit, I dropped my cereal on the floor, I just couldn't believe it. It was like a bad horror movie, just a nightmare, it wasn't real.. I have many friends and family in New York City, and my brother was up there that day with his girlfriend, and I was so worried.. when the plane hit the Pentagon, and again when one went down in Pennsylvania, I cried like I had never cried before. I remember a time when security wasn't tight at all at the airports. It frightens me to realize how much we have all taken for granted.. and my heart aches for the families (including mine) that have lost people. My brother and his girlfriend are fine, but my mother's cousin, who is a Port Authority police officer, is still missing. I just got baptized this May - I don't consider myself a devout Christian - but my prayers are with the entire country during this time. This isn't just about the horrific loss of life, it's about the loss of a *way* of life, and the loss of innocence for many children.
Carolina | 18 | Texas

#168 | Thursday, September 27th, 2001
i was in the cafeteria at school waiting for my friends at around 10:55 when i heard. my friends came in swearing and saying that planes hit the WTC and pentagon. i couldnt believe it. we went into the library to watch MSNBC, then the principal called the whole high school to the multi-purpose room to watch the news. i'll never forget it as long as i live.
dusty | 17 | New York

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