#1938 | Tuesday, September 10th, 2002
I was at work when the first crash happened and just come back home when the second did. I still clearly remember the strange feeling that I felt just entering my home and I swichted my TV. I can't forget what I felt in those moments,but it still seems like a movie... just incredible!
What I can tell now, one year after,is: may all the victims of the 11th Sept 2001 rest in peace!
Ilaria Papucci | 28 | Italy

#1939 | Tuesday, September 10th, 2002
the 1st time i heard anything i was in the boys school common room at lunchtime. i remember walking in and wondering what on earth had happened as there was a deadly silence, something i had never experienced there before. after school i travelled up to birmingham as i was due to attend a meeting on the ryder cup, an event i was due to marshall at. it never took place as understandably the americans refused to fly. i was very disappointed at first and then when the enormity of the event hit me i felt very selfish.i remember the american p.r. lady being very sad and quiet and she seemed distracted for the entire evening. i remember feeling very scared that a massive nuclear war would start.
danielle | 18 | United Kingdom

#1940 | Tuesday, September 10th, 2002
HELLO MY NAME IS MARY MCPHATTER AT THE TIME OF THE TERRORIST ATTACK I WAS AT WORK AND, I DO HOUSEKEEPING . I WAS IN A ROOM AND I SAW THE FIRST PLANE HIT THE BUILDING AND I THOUGHT IT WAS A MOVIE BUT THEN A SECOND PLANE CAME AND THEN THE REPORTERS WAS TALKING AND THATS WHEN I KNEW THIS WAS REAL. I LIVE IN NC AND FAR AS I KNOW I DIDNT LOOSE ANYBODY IN THIS ATTACK BUT I WAS SCARED AND AFTER THE 3RD PLANE I THOUGHT THIS WAS THE END FOR ALL OF US.
I AM SO SORRY THAT FRIENDS AND FAMILIES HAD TO BE DEPARTED LIKE THAT.
THINKING AND PRAYING FOR YOU
ALL
MARY MCPHATTER | 30 | North Carolina

#1941 | Tuesday, September 10th, 2002
I live in Queens, New York & work in Manhattan. I'm on the 2nd floor of a 21 story building, My apt. is located about 10 miles from the World Trade Center. I've worked a few blocks away from the WTC and have an Aunt & friends who live nearby. I also have family, friends and neighbors who worked in the WTC complex. Also many who are NYPD & FDNY.

I would like to thank everyone who helped & those who kept us in their thoughts during our rough times. I could never imagine NY becoming a disaster area, but that's exactly what happened. We needed help & it seemed like the entire world showed up or sent things to help out. THANK YOU ! every last one, THANK YOU !

I would normally take my lunch & sit in across from the Javits Center in midtown, just a short work from work. The day after the attack, the Red Cross & every voulnteer was showing up there to help. I was dazed in a state of shock for the entire time they occupied the area around the Javits Center.

This is suppose to be things I'd only ever see on the news, right ?

I'm still as shocked, angry, and heartbroken TODAY as I was almost a year ago to the day. This was the World Trade Center. It may of happened in the city I live in, in my country, but I hope that people all over the world remember that this was an attack on the world, not just New York, D.C., and the plane that went down in PA.

People from all over OUR WORLD were killed.

Not just New York or the United States.

On the morning of September 11th I woke up early for me. I normally leave for work at about 10:45am. I work in the Editorial Department for the New York Daily News in mid-town Manhattan. When I turned on the t.v. I had it on the local news with the volume off & the radio on. I started getting into my morning routine when I noticed the WTC had a fire, at first I really didn't pay attention to it much. I shrugged it off as a possible fire in Windows of the World. Must be the New Yorker in me.
As time went on & they didn't break to a commerical, I started to figure it was worse then I had originally thought.

I then watched the 2nd plane of cowards slam into the second WTC building filled with innocent hard working people. I then realized what was happening. I watched the first tower come down & can still remember the horror I felt, because I still feel it today. I just can't seem to think of the words to describe it.

After the first tower came down & I couldn't take sitting in my apt. watching CNN anymore. I went downstairs for some air. Not long after, a neighbor Mike who lives on the 18th floor came back to our building. We talk a little about what was going on. I told him the first tower came down. We both went up to his apartment, from there you can see the Manhattan skyline perfectly.

While watching the news & trying to make phone calls without any luck. We saw the second building collapse from his window.

This day has changed my life completely. The number of lives lost on that day has made me take a hard look at myself. They way I view my personal success and what I want out of life is completely different. I realized that I'm not living my life to it's fullest. I'm not doing the things that I enjoy. I have so many things I'd like to learn & do. I want a dog. I want a simple, easy lifestyle. I want to travel to places all over the world...

Now I am doing something about it. My final day working behind a computer all day doing a job that's not right for me will be September 27, 2002. Three days later I will be flying to my new life in the U S Virgin Islands.

This move isn't in fear of living in New York, it's in fear of not getting the most out of my life. Infact, I will be planning my visits back home around the September 11th anniversary. I will NEVER FORGIVE September 11th, but more importantly I will NEVER FORGET September 11th.








KC Keane | 29 | New York

#1942 | Tuesday, September 10th, 2002
I was 13 and in 9th grade when this happened. I'm now 14 and in 10th grade. When the first plane hit, I was in 1st period, computers. I never thought something like this happened. I found out in 5th period, physics first. The school, FTCHS, brought almost the whole floor into the lab so we could listen to the names being called to go home. I still didn't know what was going on. Finally one of the teachers told us. For some reason, I always thought the WTC towers were in Chicago...don't ask. My name was finally called, and my brother's friend's mom picked me up. The streets were crowded with cars while she took her 3 sons, my brother and I to her house. From there, we tried to get in touch with my mom, but she already left. When she picked me up, it was about 20 minutes later. She told me she went to my school first because she didn't think anyone would pick me up. When she saw my brother's friend's mom picked me up, she came over and took us home. It took us over an hour to get home. There was so much traffic! I never thought a 20 minute ride could be an hour. My mom watched the news. I couldn't go on the Internet and talk to people from school. I remember reading 'Adrian Mole, aged 13 3/4' or something along those lines. I remember my dad calling, saying he had to work later, fixing trucks or something like that. He didn't come home until 8:00 that night. I was pretty scared. Listening to the radio was hard, since all my favorite radio stations were talking about the attacks. I finally found out that 'Radio Disney' was not talking about that, and listened to that. It was scary, even though I knew no one who were in any of the attacks. I didn't go to school the next day: we were given off. I went to my old school, and all the classes were talking about this. In Kindergarten, where I usually help, they were praying for the victims. The rest of the school went to Mass, and also prayed for everyone. I couldn't go since I was watching Kindergarten. I know it was great though, from my brother. Later that month, the school children and teachers threw red, white and blue balloons up in the air. The local firehouse was there. I saw pictures. This year their doing the same thing. I wish I could go, but I have school.
Joy | 14 | Pennsylvania

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