#1993 | Tuesday, September 10th, 2002
I was at work when I heard. Our boss said, "A plane flew into the WTC". We all just stopped what we were doing and ran for the TV. I had this horrible feeling that it would be one of the worst days of my life, and it was. I didn't know anybody there...I have never even been to NYC, but I could not stop crying for them...to this day I cannot stop crying for them. I work at a blood center. We had hundreds come that first day, and each day after for a solid week. It was good, to be busy, to have something to do, but when I got home each night, all I could do was sit and watch it over and over and just cry for those people....as a newlywed, the stories of the wives talking to their husbands, and saying goodbye, knowing that they would never see each other again, really touched me the most. So we worked hard, we listened to each of the blood donor's stories, we prayed for all those families...and now it's a year later and it's like it happened yesterday. I can understand how people felt when Kennedy was shot, or when Pearl Harbor was bombed...your life is different, even if you weren't there. The whole world is different now, after that day, nothing will ever be the same again.
Christina | 36 | Tennessee

#1994 | Tuesday, September 10th, 2002
I was getting ready for school. I usually watch the news when I get ready, and this morning was like no other. The news cut away to a "breaking story" in New York, and showed a live picture of the first tower burning. It didn't hit me that this was something serious. I just thought it was an accidental thing; some plane lost control and hit the tower. I turned around to pick something up behind me and just as I did, my sister yelled, "Oh my God!" I turned back around in time to see the second plane swoop into the second tower. That's when I knew this wasn't accidental. The whole day was a mess. Teachers were trying to get news channels on the TV's, because the school had shut down the cable as not to upset anyone. Kids who had family in the Trade Centers were crying and being pulled out of class. I remember my sister coming up to me after 2nd period, crying, saying, "Oh my God, the towers are gone. The collapsed, they're gone." We had a banquet that night, and all the TV's in the restaraunt had news playing. Let me just say, watching people jump out of the Trade Centers when trying to eat is not a pleasant thing to do.

9/11 affected me greatly, and I'll never forget that horrid day. I pray all the time for the people lost and their families.

God Bless America.
Jennifer | 17 | Nevada

#1995 | Tuesday, September 10th, 2002
It was my freshman year of college at the University of Redlands in Redlands, CA. My parents had just drove home that previous Friday and I had just known my roommate less than 4 days. The morning of September 11, 2001 I had a 9:30 AM class and had planned to sleep until 8:30 AM. Suddenly somebody pounded on my door and warned us that we were at war.
Turning on the television we learned that we were not in fact at war. Watching that snowy TV for hours broke my heart. I had spent 3 months in the east coast the summer before and love the WTC towers.
Suddenly the news announcer gave names of places that were on alert. Los Alamos, NM was only 20 min away from my home and I was terrified knowing that the entire nation was unsafe.
Later the airplanes were detoured from LAX to Ontario,CA airport. Ontario was 20 min away from me and I had never felt so scared in my life. I could not even imagine what the people in New York felt.
Teresa Madrid | 19 | New Mexico

#1996 | Tuesday, September 10th, 2002
I had almost finished getting ready for work. I always listened to the radio in the morning, and the DJ announced that a plane had just crashed into the WTC. I ran into the living room where my mother had just gotten up. She aked me what was going on, and I turned on the TV. It was minutes before the second tower was hit. In that short time, I went from naively believing that the first plane was simply an accident...praying that it was simply an accident...only to be crushed with the dread of knowing...two could not be coincidence.

I drove to work that day looking over my shoulder at the Sear's Tower, afraid of what I would see.
Jennifer | 25 | Illinois

#1997 | Tuesday, September 10th, 2002
Sept.11,2001 is a day that I will never forget. I was having a fitful sleep.. I had been dreaming a horrible dream only to wake up and see bits and pieces of the dream coming true right before my eyes. I had been dreaming of three planes crashing into each other and I was running for cover i could feel glass and debris hitting me stinging me.. my husband woke me up right when the wing of one of the planes was going to fall right on top of me... I was relieved to know that I was only dreaming.. But then came the news.. There was no good morning it was only America is under attack... I thought oh no this is one of the dreams where you think you wake up but you are still asleep..but it wasn't.. he told me that the world trade centers were gone they were no more... the pentagon had been hit as well and that the white house was thought to be next on the list.. I was gripped with intense fear.. i began to cry out WHY??? I did not know what was going to happen next... My city has the biggest oil refinery on the east coast... I was afraid that they may try to attack that as well.. I did learn something from this day that i had always known but never practiced until that day... DON'T EVER TAKE ANYONE FOR GRANTED..TELL YOUR LOVED ONES THAT YOU LOVE THEM.. BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN IT IS TIME FOR YOU OR ANYONE ELSE TO GO.. AND IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED CHRIST AS YOUR SAVIOUR DO IT BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE...
Renae Deacon | 28 | North Carolina

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