#1688 | Friday, September 6th, 2002
I live in Toronto and I was typing an assignment for class at home. I had the radio on and someone in New York City had called in about quarter after nine.

While I listened, I thought, "What a horrible morning radio show joke." At that moment, the caller screamed a scream I knew that was genuine. She cried that another plane has hit the World Trade Center. I rushed to the living room, meaning to put on CNN, but the television already had the disaster on NBC.

I continued to watch until long after the buildings collapsed. I consider myself to be a non-racist, but it took me more than a week to get over the anger I felt for the act, and for the street celebrations of the common Palestinians. I still am not ready though to face the anniversary of the tragedy in less than a week's time.

I always thought that the Challenger disaster would be my "day of shock". For those who have seen "New York: A Documentary Film", they would remember a very graphic description of a textile fire. I found that World Trade Center, as well as being a "fresh" disaster, brought back horrible memories from the Triangle fire. Those two fires will always live in my memory.
Aaron | 27 | Canada

#1689 | Friday, September 6th, 2002
I was at Newark Airport getting on
flight 91, the next plane leaving
Newark for San Francisco. An asst picked
flight 91 over flight 93 for me.
The most troubling part of this story
for me is that I'm in law enforcement
and travel armed. In addition I was
meeting another agent on that flight
which means there were 2 of us armed
on the next flight.
John | 36 | New York

#1690 | Friday, September 6th, 2002
At 7:46 A.M. on September the 11th I was at my locker at my school. I remember my friend telling me that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. I thought that it was a small plane that had hit. I went home and called my dad and told him and he told me that he had seen it.I was very thankful that none of my family in Brooklyn was hurt and I'm very sad for the families of those who were lost in the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in the plane that crashed in Pennslyvania.
Jonathan Azzara | 14 | Tennessee

#1691 | Friday, September 6th, 2002
I was at a seminar at a local movie theater that morning. When we were on break at about 10:00 or so, I went out to the lobby to use the bathroom. When I came back out into the lobby, everyone was standing around the television out there. I went over to see what was going on, but the t.v. was full of static, so much so that it was difficult to make out the picture. However, I could make out the first Trade Center building with the smoke coming out of it. Rumors were flying about what happened, and it wasn't until we got back into the theater that the organizers announced to us what had happened. What a hard day it was to go back to work...I think I cried for half of it.
The commute home I will never forget. It normally takes about an hour, but they were just waving us through the tolls. The highways were almost empty, because much of the city of Boston had been evacuated hours before.
God bless all of those who were injured that day, who lost loved ones, and who worked so tirelessly and selflessly to help others. My thoughts are still with them, constantly, a year later.
Matthew Schena | 31 | Massachusetts

#1692 | Friday, September 6th, 2002
Hi,I'm not American but I feel as I were one of you..not only from September 11th 2001,but since I was born..and last year,I was at home,here in Italy,and when I watched TV I thought about a nightmare,but sadly it was real..everything..I love the U.S.everything it means..with it's contraddictions,and it's freedom..I whish THE BEST OF LUCK TO ALL OF YOU..
I ♥ N.Y.
Claudia J. | 24 | Italy

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