#1808 | Monday, September 9th, 2002
I was abruptly awakened by the shrill & persistant ringing of the telephone at approximately 8:30AM central time on 9/11/2001. It was a friend calling from her work [I am retired.] She asked if I had heard the news. I said "What News, you woke me up." Still groggy from sleep I couldn't comprehend what she was saying at first. She had said something about 2 airplanes crashing & I thought she meant into each other. Simuntaneously she was saying turn the TV on. I noticed that she, who is almost always super calm, had a tremor in her voice. I said "what station?" She said, "ANY station." I had the TV on now and was seeing the smoke & fire. By this time both planes had already hit and the TV station was going from live shots to re-runs of the first video which had been shot.. I was standing in the middle of my living room with a phone to my ear, trying to hear my friend & the broadcaster at the same time & reading the trailer that by now was running across the bottom of the screen. It took me only a few seconds to put together what they were saying. I said, "oh,my God, help us, what is happening?" Shortly Tower I began to collapse and I just began to break down & my friend was re-peating to me what she is seeing on her TV [she was on CNN & I was watching a broadcast station] After a few more moments I told my friend I would have to call her back & I completely broke down crying.. I cried most of the time for the next several days. I could not speak to anyone without crying.. It was just all too horrible for words. I remembered the reaction that I had had when I first heard about the Federal Bldg. in Oklahoma City and I had the same feeling now, only magnified. I could not comprehend how any human being could be so cruel as to do something like this. I still cannot comprehend that.

I was too young to understand what had happened at Pearl Harbor, I only remember the day that my dad came home from a neighbors house & said the War was over and how we celebrated, down on our farm, just us, an American Family; celebrating that a treaty had been signed. we didn't even have a radio so we just celebrated alone. I don't even remember exactly what we did but I remember my dad saying it was cause for a celebration. My dad was a hard working down-to-earth, simple man but he loved God, his family & his country-in that order and when he celebrated anything you knew it was something BIG!!!.

My nephew has told me of some horrible things which he witnessed while Serving his country in Viet Nam, but this is by far the worst thing that I have ever seen for real.
I have seen footage of the Pearl Harbor Attack & most of those people had a better chance than those in the Twin Towers did.

On the first Anniversary of Sept. 11, I will go out with other Americans & celebrate our continuous Freedoms & Pray once again for Peace in the world.
Anne W. Archer | 64 | Tennessee

#1809 | Monday, September 9th, 2002
I was in line, and waited for six hours to donate blood. The wait was worth it, I would have waited as long as needed.
Alexis | 19 | Maryland

#1810 | Monday, September 9th, 2002
I was driving to work and listening to Faith Hill's "Love the way you love me" on the radio when the announcer broke in and said to stand by for an announcement from President Bush. He came on and was talking about the attacks. I didn't really comprehend it until I got to work and was trying to find some info about it on the internet and couldn't because they were so jammed. I was standing in my classroom next to a mom who is active duty navy when the announcement came on that the pentagon had been attacked. We all turned pale and she said she had to run and literally ran out the door. I have never felt so vulnerable as that day. I pray that we never do again.
Carrie | 25 | Texas

#1811 | Monday, September 9th, 2002
I Heard about Sept. 11th when My Mother woke me up. I was seventeen at the time and it was four o'clock in the afternoon and when I woke up and found out what had happened I swore I would never sleep that late again and I haven't.
Alisia | 18 | New York

#1812 | Monday, September 9th, 2002
I was listening to the radio and getting ready for work. The DJ cut into the song to announce that a plane had flown into the World Trade Center. For some reason I didn't comprehend the magnitude of the event. I guess I was thinking about way back in history when someone flew a little commuter plane into the Empire State Building or something like that. So I left for work, and when I got there,the my floor was deserted, which was pretty strange. I went down to the cafeteria to get some breakfast, and found it packed with employees glued to the cafeteria TV screens. It suddenly hit me like a punch in the stomach. Everyone was staring at the TV monitors with a stricken look on their faces. As I watched, the second plane hit and a collective gasp of horror flew threw the room. Then silence. I spent the next couple days feelings scared, horribly sad, and pretty shocked. I still cry whenever I watch media reports of 9/11, even though I didn't personally know anyone that died. I like to think that we have 3000+ angels watching over us now.
Kelly Fosen | 31 | Texas

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