#1653 | Wednesday, September 4th, 2002
I was on active duty in the military, stationed at Fort Lee, VA. I worked as a communications specialist at the post Emergency Operations Center. About the time I arrived to work after morning physical fitness training, a civilian lady I worked with came running into my office saying that the WTC had been hit by a plane. She scrambled to find the remote to the TV so she could go to CNN and I was busy trying to decipher what the hell was going on. At first I thought it was probably a small passeger plane ran wrong, but as we were watching live footage, another airliner hit the other twin tower. Without hesitation the first thought that came to my mind was "terrorist". The hours and months to follow will always leave a horrid scar in my heart and mind. I was instructed to sound the post air raid sirens (which is an eerie sound alone) and the post went to Threatcon Delta, which is absolutely no access. It was hard to sleep at night, especially being on a military installation and our work hours were long and exhaustive. But, no-one cared how long or how hard we worked anymore. Everyone pulled together for a common cause and that was to protect our base and the surrounding communities. God bless all the emerg. response crews that lost members, and god bless all the innocent souls trapped inside. I will never forget it.
Richy Shepherd | 26 | Virginia

#1654 | Wednesday, September 4th, 2002
I was at work when we heard about it. We normally have the radio on but that morning I did not turn it on for some reason. A person from the ajoining business came over to tell us I just remember that when I turned on the radio the guys that I usually listen to every morning we still on the air and it was 1 hour after they were normally over. I just have to say that theydid such a great job of walking us through it that morning. We felt so much shock and disbelief that even though it has been a year almost it is still so hard to comprehend how some one can have that much hate. My heart still goes out to thoose who lost a loved one that day and my prayers are still with them always.
s lohr | 30 | Canada

#1655 | Wednesday, September 4th, 2002
I had just got back from my father-in law's house when my Dad called and told me to turn on the news. I just stared at the TV, thinking it was a joke. I never thought it could happen. Part of me will never believe, I guess. I just sat there and cried. I handled it the only way I knew how, and that was to write. I've been writing poetry since I was 9 (I'm 28 now) and I decided to start sending poetry to different websites for the families. To anyone that wants to check out the site I made, please e-mail me and I'll get it to you. It's almost finished.
Sherry Mann | 28 | Ohio

#1656 | Wednesday, September 4th, 2002
On September 11, 2001, I was at work in my office when a co-worker came in and told me about the first attack on the World Trade center. I tuned my radio to a local AM news station and started listening for any news updates about the attacks. I also called my wife and son to tell them. In our conference room was a TV/VCR set that had no antenna. About 6 of us gathered around the snowy picture tube barely able to make out the images of the catastrophe. Only the voice of the reporter could be heard describing the unfolding events. A co-worker made a trip to the nearest Radio Shack store and was lucky enough to grab the last set of rabbit ears. Once they were hooked up, we could clearly see what was on the screen. By this time, there were at least 8 of us there watching in horror. Moments later, we watched in shock as the first tower collapsed. Later when the second tower collapsed you could have heard a pin drop. I think we were all in a state of shock. For the remainder of the workday, we would wander over to the conference room to catch updates. I donít think many of us got much work done the rest of the day.
Rick Johnson | 47 | Virginia

#1657 | Wednesday, September 4th, 2002
I was at my desk atwhen a co-worker called me to tell me the news. At the time, she had just heard about one of the towers. I immediately got on the internet and tried to find something out. There were no televisions in our office, so we had to rely on radios. I think many of us (including myself) were in shock and didn't believe what was happening. For one, we weren't getting all of the facts and would hear bits and pieces. It wasn't until after arriving home, that I turned on the television and found out how serious it was. I cried for the children that lost parents that day. I cried for those siblings that lost the other. I cried for days and wondered when I listened to 'God Bless the USA' in my car, doesn't anyone else feel this way? Though my tears stopped, September 11, 2001 will be a day never forgotten. God Bless!
Christina | 31 | Texas

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