#1783 | Sunday, September 8th, 2002
September 11 was a day of fear and confusion for me. I did not even relize what was going on until i was watchin t.v. for a while. I was in school. We just got finished with math class. we took a restroom break and when i was walking back down the hall to my classroom i saw my teacher in the other classroom watching something on the t.v. i really didnt pay much attention to it and so when my teacher got back in the room she turned on the t.v. the whole class just sat there in amazment. When i got home i hugged my parents and brother and my whole life was changed. I will never forget that day and i am proud to be an american!!
Alysha | 13 | Ohio

#1784 | Sunday, September 8th, 2002
I am a teacher and was with my students. A school volunteer came in the classroom and told me what happened.
Jane | 38 | Iowa

#1785 | Sunday, September 8th, 2002
The Corpthorne Harbour View in Singapore. The event happened 10pm local time, I was watching 'Austin Powers, the spy who shagged me' on HBO and I missed the whole thing.
That is, until I got up in the morning to read the Straight's Times (newspaper) and spent the next ten minutes thinking I'd missed some Singaporean April fools day joke.
I left for London two days later and I've never in my life seen so much mayhem at an airport (and I travel ALOT).
Heathrow was astounding, everyone coming and going as fast as possible.
I went for a walk down Oxford St the next day and I could have swung a cat and not hit anybody on this usually most buys of English shopping strips.
I went home a week later and scored an upgrade to first class where the steward kept appologising for the plastic knives. We had metal ones from Singapore through to Melbourne.
Travis | 29 | Australia

#1786 | Sunday, September 8th, 2002
I arrived in Chicago late in the afternoon of September 10, 2001 after a very long flight from Australia via Los Angeles. I was there for a week's holiday, staying with my friend Larry somewhere near Logan Square.

I woke up on the morning of September 11, still jetlagged, but awake enough to want to know what was happening in the world. I turned on his television a flipped over to the news, which was most out of character for me because I don't like the sensationalistic style of American news.

BANG! A plane flew into a building. "Larry, come here! Larry!" I was in total disbelief. For the next few hours we sat watching the television, numb and very scared. We watched a cataclysm unfold that made the best Hollywood films look amateur.

I wanted to be back home in Australia but I was glad I was with Larry, my net buddy, who very quickly became one of my best friends.

That week was an emotional rollercoaster for me for many reasons. I had to avoid watching the television because I would break out in tears everytime I saw footage of the devastation and tragedy.

September 11 is a day that will live with me forever.

Michael Barnett | 33 | Australia

#1787 | Sunday, September 8th, 2002
I was asleep. A friend came to borrow my car and I groggily told him ok, and then went back to sleep. When my clock radio came on, the first thing I heard was "schools will remain open". I didn't know what happened and I bolted out of bed and turned on the tv only to hear the tail end of a sentence saying "...where the World Trade Center used to be..." Nothing computed. I thought, "what do you mean, USED to be?" I thought this was impossible. All these thoughts passed through my mind in several seconds, not minutes, as I was waking up. I immediately realized that we were in the midst of something BIG, and I felt awash with pure horror. My sister lives behind me, and I rushed to her house in my PJs. She was already up, watching the TV. She filled me in on what had happened, and I just gawked in horror and disbelief. They were replaying the video clips, and the first thing I saw was people jumping from the towers to avoid the fires, and then the buildings falling and people running from the clouds. I knew immediately that we were at war, and that I was witnessing the changing course of history before my eyes. I just sat before the TV with my sister, unable to comprehend the loss of life, or the psychological makeup of someone who would do such a thing. The tragedy profoundly affected me emotionally, and led me to question all I had known before. On the approaching anniversary, I still do not have any answers...
Barbara Taylor | 54 | Florida

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