#1658 | Wednesday, September 4th, 2002
That Tuesday will remain quite vivid for me, I had gone to work as usual but unfortunately mid morning I had an epileptic seizure, I remember being taken through the office in my wheelchair and seeing a crowd of people watching the TV, I recall someone saying that the world trade centre had been attacked,it seemed like just a dream at first but suddenly became very real as I was taken home and saw the devastating news on my TV. I didn't move from the screen for several hours as I tried to take in what had happened all those miles away and I hoped and prayed that they would find as many survivors as possible. Talking to my mom on the phone and she was thanked God that I had not been there....you see I was there the year before standing on top of the World Trade centre, and it's only then that you realise the devasting impact of those twin towers coming down.
God bless America and her children.
Paul | 37 | United Kingdom

#1659 | Wednesday, September 4th, 2002
I am from Israel , here we know a lot abour terror.
on 9/11 I was on my way to pickup a friend of mine , on my way I heard 2 people saying : "NOW THE AMERICANS WILL SHOW THEM" , I didnt know at that time... 2 min. later I heard another girl talk with another girl ,asking her if she know about the "TRAIN CRASH IN THE US" - I didn't know at that time .
I pickedup my friend and asked him if he knows something about the "TRAIN CRASH IN THE U.S. and if the americans will show them (the ppl who made the crash) " - he said that he doesnt know.
we turned up the radio and heard :"... NOW ANOTHER PLAIN .. IN THE WTC..."
we were SHOCKED !!!
Dan Rubinsztain | 22 | Israel

#1660 | Wednesday, September 4th, 2002
My feelings on that day have already been echoed many times on this site before....The disbelief, the shock, the pain...the anger. It is comforting to know that I am not alone in my pain, even now, nearly a year later.
I heard of the events little by little as they unfolded. My first knowledge of it was via a phone call early in the morning, and I watched as the 2nd plane hit, the towers fall, the plane hit the Pentagon, and the crash in PA. I remember being very scared, and thinking "What next..." as I live only 10 minutes north of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Part of me could sigh a bit of relief when Bush grounded the planes. I was glued to the TV for days. Every time the image was replayed, I cried a little bit harder, as the enormity of the mass destruction and loss of life sank in. I still can't take it all in-

I am encouraged by the humanity shown by the people of the United States in the weeks, months, even now following those events. The pain will never go away, I fear. We were truly united as one- What an amazing thing to witness. Let us not forget. God Bless America, and all that is right in the world.
Allison | 27 | Texas

#1661 | Wednesday, September 4th, 2002
Almost 1 year on and I still remember everything so clearly. It was night over here and I was watching the news when they had a news flash that a plane had crashed in to the WTC. Quickly flicking over to CNN on cable I watched the first tower burn, it wasnt real, I was there, in NYC not that long ago. I shook my head and stayed glued to the TV. Out of the right hand part of the telivision came into view another plane. "Gee that other planes flying low" I said to my mother & grandmother. As it disappered behind WTC 1 there was an explosion. Everyone on CNN claimed it was fuselage from the first plane and then screams from many people on the TV that another plane had gone into WTC 2. I continued to watch through the pentagon crash, flight 93 and the collapse of both buildings. At work the next day no work was done as we all sat around the tv's and watched it all day. 1 year on and the images are still haunting and surreal.
Amy | 23 | Australia

#1662 | Wednesday, September 4th, 2002
As I recall the exact time the chaos started, I had that eerie feeling about it. It is ironic that I was watching the ending of the show "AI" at that moment, which shows a submerged New York City in a make-believe distant future. Two towers stands out from the waters -- WTC.

I only knew what happened through breaking news on TV, and in my country, as the events unfolded, there was only breaking news and normal programmes resume. Little did one really know the full extent of destruction. When I saw the first tower in flames, I called my girlfriend. We were there before, standing atop one of them, and in my heart, I knew that the tower was not going to collapse, since we heard that WTC is built to withstand such damage. At first, I was thinking that it was only a small plane and though damage was done, life will be back to the usual by the next day. I was wrong. The horror was magnified further by the second plane that went into the next tower. By the time I reached home and was on BBC World, the full extent of damage was only coming into light. Pentagon was hit and there is still a hijacked plane in the sky. Then the unthinkable happened as footage shows the collapse of one of the tower and no more than 15 minutes later, the other one came down. It was almost surreal. What happened? I broke down in my heart, because life will never be the same again. Partially for me, since WTC was one of my favourite memories while we were in New York, and mostly for the rest of the people who were affected by the attacks. I fell asleep but woke up intermittenly to watch 'live' footage of the crash sites. By morning, two more towers in the WTC area collapse and New Yorkers were bracing for more, due to structual damage caused by the collapse of WTC.

The next day, everyone was talking about it, but somehow it affected me quite a bit. Partially because I was there before. I checked out the tenants of WTC and how many fine men and women perished in the buildings, and wondered how the owners, the Port Authority of New York, only insured only one tower, since the collapse of both towers only belong to fiction. As expected the NYSE closed and Manhatten came to a standstill. It is unreal because New York never sleeps. It never sleep as well that day, because everyone is busy either getting out or helping others while the uniformed men moved in.

For the whole week, I was keeping myself abreast of the news that kept coming through, but my thoughts were not on these. To me, my thoughts were on how America had took a beating and how it will recover. Courageous stories flooded through, near miracles happens, and you begin to wonder if all these are meant to happen. It was not, and through the acts of humans, it did and the damage it caused was collatorial.

To this day, I still cling onto the fact that we did not buy any WTC-related memorial souvenirs because I knew that one day I will be back. Now, sadness fills me because it is not possible now and blamed myself for not wanting to get one then. Alas.

In a personal tribute of the excellent city that it once was and hopefully will be one day, I now have the New York skyline (complete with WTC) that adorns my desktop.
Sandro Hotelling | 26 | Singapore

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