#1853 | Monday, September 9th, 2002
The events that took place on September 11the, 2001 changed America, and its citizens, forever. I remember watching the plane hit and thinking nothing of it and that it was just an accident. But when the second plane hit, the principal came onto the announcements and told us what was the matter. I remember my friend's father had left for New York City that day from Logan Airport. I remember her telling me how afraid she and her family were that he was on the plane that was hijacked, but fortunately he called that evening. When my family came home that day we went to a special service at my church held for the victims of the attack. I heard the news on the radio and the songs they played that were dedicated to the victims. Ever since then I've been afraid when my mother goes to work at Massachusetts General Hospital because we don't know if, where or when the terrorists will strike again. Our country is reminded of this day every day, whether it be on the news or the radio, or a friend or television program. It is an incident that needs remembering. These events did bring American closer together. However, it is unfortunate that it took such an incident to do so.
Julia | 15 | Massachusetts

#1854 | Monday, September 9th, 2002
I had woke up early on the morning of September 11 because the sun was shining in through the blinds into my eyes. I looked outside to see that it was such a beautiful blue sky with hardly a cloud in the sky. I sat down to watch TV while my then 3-year-old daughter continued to sleep. I had finished watching one program and was getting ready to watch another when the local news broke in with a special report. The local news transferred immediately to NBC in New York and I saw the first tower already in flames with black smoke marring that beautiful blue sky. I sat there in shock, never taking my eyes off of the screen, as the second plane hit the second tower. Due to angle of the news camera lens, I did not realize that this plane had literally flew INTO the building and I started wondering "Isn't anyone concerned with where this plane went?" It wasn't until I changed channels and noticed why nobody was concerned where the remainder of the plane was. Tears were rolling down my face as I sat there watching this with unbelieving eyes. Never in my life had I just sat in front of a TV watching history unfold in front of me than I did on September 11. After they halted all flights, it has never been so silent around my house (near the airport.) I had never understood the meaning of the phrase 'Deafening silence' until then. I hugged my daughter close to my chest as, together, we watched the death of the World Trade Center towers.

My family and I will be attending a memorial service on Wednesday evening to commemorate the lives lost one year ago and pray that this will never, ever happen again.
Alicia Swofford | 38 | North Carolina

#1855 | Monday, September 9th, 2002
I Live In Australia.
So when i found out that America was under attack I was watching Rove on t.v And a voice over interupted saying that america was under attack?So I was like whatever it's gotta be some joke rove pulling cause he's always making jokes on his t.v show.So I decided to go on the internet chat rooms and then I realised that all the chat rooms in america were closed down and I was like that's strange it was about 10:30 at night so i just surfed the net some more got of my computer and I checked my answering machine and we had heaps of messages from family members saying america got attacked that's when everything finally sinked in about america being attacked.I just broke down and cried anyways my whole family all met at my house that night to watch it all together to comfort everyone was so upset and crying non stop i've never seen my family this upset.Even though we never knew anyone in the trade center we all know how much pain and hurt everyone in new york was feeling.We have friends living in utah we know they live ages away from new york but we still rang them up just to make sure they were all right.we hope that nothing as tragic as september 11th ever happens again.I remember the next day going to the shops and everyone was still crying and sad here in australia I know we will never forgot sep 11th.I also remember all the pain my friends who are here felt for their families who live in america how they were all upset that they couldn't get hold of any of their family members cause the phones were too busy.I'll never forget the heart ache or the pain that the terriosts caused that day and I hope that we never have to experience that pain ever again.
God Bless America
Luv Everyone from Perth Western Australia
Our Prayers Are With You And Your Loved Ones
Sheena Cooper | 19 | Australia

#1856 | Monday, September 9th, 2002
I was attending College at USM. Just startng into the school season. I was doing laundry I forgot my detergent so I went back to my dorm room to get it. While I was up there my mom left a message on the answering machine. She was crying and saying turn on the T.V. something terrible has happened to America. So, I turned it on. As soon as the picture came up I saw the second plane crash into the building. I didn't know what to think. I thought maybe it was an accident, maybe it was a dream then I cried and just couldn't believe what was happening.
Laura Leighty | 19 | Alabama

#1857 | Monday, September 9th, 2002
I remember the shock and disbelief of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. My staff members in a surgical ICU told me of the first plane's collision and they all watched the terror unfold on patient's TVs. My day became hectic as I planned for the anticipated arrival of many burn patients into our unit. (They never came.) I spent hours moving among patients and family members trying to console them, allay fear and provide basic information that would make them feel safe for the moment. I finally sat down in the hospital auditorium around 2pm to hear the common information and plans from the management team. On the projection screen used as a backdrop was CNN live, but mute. The simple image of the air-traffic controller's screen presented the horror of the west-bound plane's sudden change of direction over Cleveland at the will of the hijackers. I then felt the true impact of the tragedy and the day. I felt the victims' and my own powerlessness as we were all commandeered by terrorists.
Barbara R. | 42 | Ohio

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