#2029 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
My name is Rachelle Wilkins, I was a delegate at the T.U.C Conference in Brighton, I will never forget the disbelieve on hearing the terrible news, or the fear when Tony Blair addressed the nation from the Conference.Everything seemed unreal it was as if I was in a Twighlight world.
I will always remember this day for the rest of my life.
Rachelle Wilkins | 34 | United Kingdom

#2030 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
I am working in an American Company. Last year, suddenly a message appeared on the PC screen. ! TERRORIST ATTACK TO THE TWIN TOWERS! It was terrible to see what was happening and see fall the towers! I never forgot this moment!

Gabriella. Comerio(Va) Italy 2002/09/11. time: 11am

Sorry for my bad english!!!!
Gabriella Confalonieri | 47 | Italy

#2031 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
It was about 4 am here in Hawaii, and the phone rang. My sister called from her home in Silver Spring, MD, just outside of Washington, DC. My husband is in the Navy, and she thought he might be called in to work because of the attacks. She wanted us to hear about it from family instead of that call in to work. We ran down to the television and just stared in total disbelief. This couldn't be real, couldn't be happening. Not here, not this. The whole day was just a blur.

My husband was indeed called in to work earlier that the usual 6:30 am muster, but we talked on the phone a lot and it was almost like he never left. I've gone through the typical Navy deployment, and this was just as troubling. On a military base, you always wonder if you are a target.

But even worse was watching the horror unfold throughout the day. The people wandering the streets in confusion, running in directions they weren't sure were going to be safe. The piles of paper, even pictures off the desks of the workers in the Trade Center. These were pictures of the loved ones left behind. How horrible to watch, but something you could not turn away from.

We cried that day, for the victims and for our country. My husband volunteers to protect our country, and he was frustrated to be so far away and not be directly involved in some way. He's originally from Long Island, and we also spent time living near Washington, DC, and it hit too close to home.

We worried about our baby due soon, about my husband's involvement and safety. But mostly for the families. Where were their loved ones? Were they still alive? How would they cope with this? It was a helpless feeling.

Now, one year later, our lives have changed. Being in the military, security is more strict. We have always kept in touch with our family back on the mainland, but now we miss them more than ever and can't wait to see them again. Our son is now 6 months old, and we're thankful every day for him. We appreciate things more, enjoy things more. We watch stories about the victims' families and how they're doing. It's heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time. But we feel better about our country and the family we all are together. In Hawaii, there has always been a special feeling of closeness and Aloha, but it has grown even stronger. We are blessed to live in the United States, and every day is a new opportunity for us to make life special.
Nora Weil | 31 | Hawaii

#2032 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
Year 2001: That year was important for me and my fellow university collegues.Many of us left Italy for their third year abroad, many friends of mine were in the U.S.,I was doing my 6- month internship at a hotel in Rome.
On 9/11 I was in my house in Rome with my boyfriend and my two sisters who came from Sicily to visit me.
My eldest sister, Roberta, was watching at Tv when she cried: " The Twin towers have been hitted!".We sat down and watched what was happening, zapping the variuous Italian channels.
It was horrible, to see the world changing.We felt part of that terrible event, as if we were there with thousands of americans, the ocean, in that moments, was just a physical barrier, but our souls and feelings were with our american Brothers.
I always loved the United States, probably more from the day I visit it for the very first time.I went to California, unfortunately I never visited New York.But those Towers, that flag, the picture of the Big Apple were and always will be part of the heritage of the citizens of the world ...
I soon called some of my friends who were in New York... the lines were busy...
After a couple of hours I could see at a Italian Tv Special a group of them who were greeting their families and I felt a little better.
In certain moments our thoughts immediately go towards our beloved ones and we forget all the bad feelings;
The Good is stronger than the Evil. The Love is the Force which has made Us stronger than a year ago.
God Bless America and we all!
Valentina Addamo | 22 | Italy

#2033 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
I was sitting at my desk at work, having lunch & reading a book. A colleague came in & said that one of the towers had been hit by accident.
I went on the net & read about it & as i was reading the other tower was hit. It was then broadcast by our receptionist what had actually happened & that live coverage was being shown in our conference room. All work stopped. We were watching the unbelievable, the impossible, the unforgivable. The roads outside were sudenly empty & the phone did not ring at all for the rest of the day.

I & my colleagues wish all the families who have suffered loss our deepest condolences.

To all the hero's, you should be proud to be American.

Even in the deepest darkness, a single candle can always lead you back to the light.

God Bless
Paul | 31 | United Kingdom

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