#1958 | Tuesday, September 10th, 2002
Where was I on September 11,2001? I was in school.I still remember what I was wearing.I remember my sister and I walking to school on that day,we looked up at the sky because it was so beautiful,it was a great-looking day.I had thought it was going to be a good day.Boy was I wrong!?! I didn't find out until 1:30ish p.m. though.Others knew,of course--because they saw it on TV but I had not yet been in a classroom with a TV in it and nobody told me so I had NO idea.When I DID see the images on television,I was shocked.I asked "Is this real!?!!!!" Having had lived in Brooklyn,the Twin Towers were a part of my life,and seeing them on fire...oh man,my jaws just dropped...I couldn't believe it.I was too shocked to CRY.And then I found out it wasn't JUST the Twin Towers! I thought the world was ending.What was next?! A THOUSAND thoughts rushed into my head...and to this day,I still can't believe it and I'll always remember that day when the world and everybody's life changed FOREVER.
Cynthia Acosta | 17 | Pennsylvania

#1959 | Tuesday, September 10th, 2002
I was sitting in my Biology class waiting on the bell to ring. Only 10 more minutes, I thought. I did not know that the next ten minutes would be filled with horror.Our lab was not completed yet, so we used the Chem lab of a teacher with planning that period. Our Tv's are networked together and that day they were not working. Our teacher told us we could talk until the end of class. We sat and chatted. The teacher whose room we were in walked in briskly and told my coach something and then walked back out. My teacher looked surprised and walked over to the radio (our only source of news). We all hushed because we had no idea what was going on. He said, "Guys, there has been an attack on the World Trade Center." No one said a word as he turned on the radio. The station was frantic and the people on it were screaming. My stomach turned and I felt like I was going to throw up. We all sat around the radio just like it would've been done during WWI and WWII. My mind raced and it seemed like we had just time traveled to the 40's. I'll never forget it. The first words I heard were, "The towers and the Pentagon have been hit." My first thought was Who would want to hurt America? What have we done? After that class let out, noise filled the halls. People were crying, and panic was spreading to the people who hadn't heard yet. All day was spent listening to the radio, but everybody wanted to see to believe. Since we hadn't watched it, no one really wanted to believe it. It didn't seem real. I didn't get to see it until I got home. The sight was absolutely devastating to me, a (then) 15 year old girl from a rural GA town. I never thought something as bad as this could ever happen in my lifetime. But now I know anything is possible. Even now, a year later, I still watch planes closely and shudder when I hear them flying overhead. I will never forget Tuesday, September 11, 2001. No one will.
Holly | 16 | Georgia

#1960 | Tuesday, September 10th, 2002
I still cry everytime I watch the 2nd plane crash into the tower, every time I hear a heartfelt story from one of the victim's family members, every time I think about the WTCs falling in front of the entire nation's eyes, every time I see the torn Pentagon.
I remember September 11th very well. I was in my last year of middle school. I just got dismissed from my social studies class when one of my closest friends told me that one of the Trade Centers was hit by an airplane. She had always joked around with me before, why should I really believe her now? I looked at her as if she was kidding and laughed loudly at first but then softer when her eyes filled with tears. I stopped laughing when I knew that she wasn't joking.
I ran to my next class with several of my friends and turned the T.V. on. I switched to the news and there it was, the burning tower. Then, out of nowhere, a second airplane appeared and hit the other tower. I gasped. I couldn't breathe or cry at first. My heart didn't feel like it would even beat. Soon after news of the 2nd airplane crashing, the 1st tower began collapsing. Then tears started to fall from my widened eyes. I couldn't take anymore, and to make matters worse I watched unbearably as the 2nd tower fell. I grabbed a friend and we wept together. The sites of hundreds, even thousands of people running from the building took the air out of my lungs. Now, one of the sides of the Pentagon was crashed into. How much could America go through in one day? Buildings weren't just being hit, our hearts were being hit, too.
I never realized how much we Americans took for granted until that sorrowful moment. Now, a year later Americans have joined together and celebrated our freedom and I would just like to thank God for letting us all be here on Sept. 11, 2002. I hope that the Lord will guide us through everyday of our lives, especially now, and especially the wonderful and courageous men overseas. God Bless America and America's people!
Brittany | 14 | Kentucky

#1961 | Tuesday, September 10th, 2002
i was home with my family. getting ready for the day. heard it on the radio first. then rushed to the tv just in time to see the second plane hit. i too, still weep about this whole tragety. i would wish for us just to try to get along with everyone. just at least be plesent to everyone. for we are all god's children.
denise | 37 | Utah

#1962 | Tuesday, September 10th, 2002
fire fighters wer out there but what about the one who r out trhere now fighting. my dad is out there fighting and I find it an insult to not even metion the navy or the army or the airforce. sure u metioned the salvation army but what about the people who r fighting now it is really disapointing to see this
Ashley | 13 | Georgia

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