#1683 | Friday, September 6th, 2002
That morning I was in our computer room (third bedroom) exercising. Iím on disability from the state of Michigan, where I worked as a secretary for 22 years. I always watch TV at this time of morning, when the Today Show broke the news that a plane had hit one of the World Trade Center towers. As with most, I assumed it was an accident. I called my husband into the room to see it. He was not at work that day. Then the second plane hit and as with ALL, knew it was no accident. The phone rang. It was my sister-in-law in Michigan. She was sobbing. Her younger daughter, 8 months pregnant with the first grandchild, worked right across the street from the World Trade Center, the Federal Building. I knew my niece worked in NY, but did not know the exact location. I panicked, but tried to clam her Mom. Her Dad, my brother & my only living immediate family member, and the Ď loveí of my life, was golfing and oblivious to the severity of the situation. My husband wanted to go out and I tried for a while, but had to go to bed with a migraine. Family members phoned me throughout the day to find out about my niece and I kept in touch with my sister-in-law. Her niece, who worked nearby, was with her by then. We didnít know whether my niece, the baby, or her husband were alive all day. It was excruciating. Since I have no children, Iíve always considered my brother and sister-in-lawís two daughters mine also. This niece was the baby and especially dear to me. Around 4 pm we heard that she was safe and in Brooklyn, where she had ran, pregnant remember, to see her doctor and spend the night with friends. It wasnít until 6 pm that we heard the my nephew was safe also and had made it home to NJ from Wall Street. It was the most exciting news I believe Iíve heard in all my life. If you want to read her story, see mm NJ.
Carol Gregory | 57 | Florida

#1684 | Friday, September 6th, 2002
I was walking into the cafeteria of my college that morning. I saw two of the ladies who worked there were walking out, talking rapidly--snapping, really--at each other. I look around and see the several people who had managed to get up staring at the television. I asked another worker there what was going on. She said, "A plane crashed into the Trade Towers." "WHAT?" I said. I shot my glance to the TV...and that was it.

I tried calling home (I go to college in Vermont, but I'm from rural Massachusetts), but the phone was busy. I went outside and asked someone what the hell was going on. She didn't have a clue.

I went up to my lounge and found everyone there staring at the television as more stuff happened...it was all so confusing...finally, I got home to my parents. They had been calling my sister (who lives near Boston, MA) and my uncle (who lives just a couple blocks from where the Towers were). They were all okay.

Fucking Bin Laden...excuse me.
Barry Lee Dejasu | 20 | Massachusetts

#1685 | Friday, September 6th, 2002
On this morning I was going on with my normal routine, I brought my girls out to their bus when the driver told me that a plane had just crashed into the WTC, I kissed my girls goodbye, ran into the house to turn on the news when the other plane hit. I remember saying to myself those bastards (excuse me) this is no accident. I just wanted to go get my children and hold them for myself and for the children that no longer have a parent to hold them. I cried for everyones loss for days. My heart goes out to all you who lost loved ones. A family member lost alot of friends/associates there and I felt her pain as she told me. I will never forget you! God Bless You all!
Jennifer Fanella | 32 | Illinois

#1686 | Friday, September 6th, 2002
I had just walked out the door to go to work, realized I had forgotten my sunglasses, so I walked back inside. My younger brother was sitting on the couch with a look of horror on his face. I glanced at the TV he was watching, and dropped my keys. It was about 5 minutes after the first tower was hit. I sat and watched for a few minutes, still thinking to myself that is was just an accident. Then the second plane hit. I relaized it was no accident. I drove to work, listening to the radio, there was no music that day. I spent my "work day" huddled around the TV with the rest of my co-workers, heartbroken and in a state of shock. I just wanted to be with my family.

I got the call from the Red Cross on September 12th, asking me to go to NYC to offer my assistance. I never thought twice about it and accepted right away. ( I am a certified disaster relief worker). On the morning of the 13th, 12 of us left Denver International airport on a tiny charter plane, not knowing what we were about to experience. We had to land in Connecticut since the airports were all closed within the NYC area. Driving in, you could see the smoke cloud, and as we got closer a rubber like pollution type smell was everywhere. I don't remember much talking between the other DRW's, seeing it on TV was one thing, seeing it in person was absolutely horrorfying. Everybody was silent. We arrived near "ground Zero" 4 hours later, put on our masks, and got put to work right away. There were people in my station from all over the country, from as far away as California, to New Jersey.My duty was to provide food and minor medical attention to the fire fighters and rescue workers at the scene. I felt honored. The next 4 days were pure chaos. I think I slept 2 hours. I made 200 new best friends, all who I will never forget. Although my time spent there was short, the memory of what I saw will never leave my mind.
Carrie | 25 | Colorado

#1687 | Friday, September 6th, 2002
I work for Aon in Pittsburgh. The receptionist told me about the first plane, and after I wasn't able to get through to any news websites, I called my wife and told her to turn on CNN. She turned the TV on, and watched the second plane hit on live TV. After the towers fell and the Pentagon was hit, our building was evacuated. I wasn't really scared for my personal safety until we learned about the plane going down in Somerset County, PA. If I would've looked up, I could have probably seen it pass over Pittsburgh
Jim | 35 | Pennsylvania

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