#2134 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
before the world trade center was hit I was in school in my Language Arts Class my PE Teacher came in and told us about the the trade towers were hit. then about 5 minutes later a second plane hit I was just shocked and at first I thougt it was just a joke but it was true and both were on flames and smoke and debris were everywhere.Then about an hour later the first tower crumbled and suddenly fell and smoke and cement where everywhere then only a few minutes later the second tower crumbled with it. At first I was wondering who would want to do this I was asking the same question over and over again to me this was a tragic moment I suddenly was thinking about who had been trapped or fall out of a window beceause the heat was unbearable and the torchure others went through and this is how I feel and I know America doesnt give up and this is where I was when it happened and how I feel about it and I know we never give up freedom.
Aaron Johnson | 13 | Virginia

#2135 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
I was in my history class then my teacher said that a plane crashed into the twin towers. I was shocked to see it happen. My blessing go out to all the people we lost in the tragedy. I hope that they build a new twin towers. I got home it was on all the T.V. station. I sorry that it happened,and I wish the hole thing was false but it wasn't.One of my family members was in the petagon when it crashed into it.I found out this a few days later after the crash had happened.I didn,t know his condition but I hpoed he was alright.My grandmother told me that my relative was in there,he worked at the pentagon.I don't know what he is doing now but I wish him the best. I don't know why this happened or why someone would do this but I hpoe it don't happen again.We will have to enjoy life more,and love our loved ones,and help people.
Chris | 13 | Virginia

#2136 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
I was in chemistry class at my university. Everyone seemed so distracted, and I didn't know what was going on. Someone then said that two planes has just crashed into the World Trade Center. He laughed, nervously, not knowing what else to do. It was so bizarre; no one knew how to take it.

Afterward, people just stood around, like zombies, staring at the TV. People cried, random strangers hugged each other. The students and staff at the school tried to comfort each other.

It was a frightening, sad, and horrible day. I will never forget it.
Lisa | 18 | Pennsylvania

#2137 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
My tale of where I was on September 11, 2001 is no more special than most others on this site, but I wanted to make my mark like so many others have. I remember it being a beautiful… perfect, almost… September day in Blacksburg, VA. I was 21 and a senior at Virginia Tech heading from Squires, where I had gotten out early from my Finance course, over to Robeson for my Internet Law class.
I walked into the classroom to find several students watching the television hanging from the ceiling on the opposite side of the room from the door. Since I cannot see anything at a distance and did not have my glasses on, I asked a classmate why they were watching a program about factories – I figured the two burning towers were smokestacks since I could not make out the image from across the room. To my surprise, the student turned to me and asked, “What?! It’s the World Trade Centers. Didn’t you hear?!”
“Hear what?” I asked back.
“A plane crashed into the World Trade Center towers,” was his reply. I thought… “Oh my God! Was it an accident?” I assumed and hoped it was since New York has three major airports within the NYC vicinity. That just had to be it… that was the only thing that could’ve happened… it had to have been an accident…
Of course it was no accident as I later learned from students quickly filling the classroom with accounts of the story they heard on the news before coming to class. Up until about a few minutes after 9:30, we watched the news in complete silence… not able to comprehend any possible reason for the atrocities we were witnessing that morning. And then… my professor shut off the television, and told us that she had to teach us that day… that we had to have class.
I wonder if she ever regrets shutting off the television – not knowing that that day would change the way we as Americans view our freedoms and everyday lives. I don’t think I’ll ever forgive her for not letting us watch.
After class, I met my girlfriend in between classes as she was just arriving onto campus for the day as always. That morning, the first words out of her mouth were, “Don’t worry, your Dad’s okay.”
I said back to her, “Of course he is. Why wouldn’t he be?”
In turn, she asked me, “Didn’t you hear? A plane crashed into the Pentagon.”
I couldn’t believe it. My first thought was thank goodness my dad was okay. To my knowledge at the time, my dad had never even been to the Pentagon. But sure enough, he had been there a few times for business. Fortunately, he wasn’t there that day.
Throughout the day, many students’ stories of their parents that worked in the Pentagon made their way throughout the campus. The father of a friend of mine worked in one of the offices right near where the plane hit the Pentagon. Fortunately, he was out of the office that day in another meeting. She wasn’t able to find out that information until later on that day when she was finally able to get through on her cell phone to reach her mom.
I’m sure my story of that horrible day one year ago is insignificant to those that may have lost a loved one or even someone that lives everyday in terror like those in the Middle East. It was one year ago today… a day that will live forever with our generation much like the attacks on Pearl Harbor lived forever with the generation(s) before us.
Jeff Danto | 22 | Virginia

#2138 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
Where was I on 911? I was at school. During one of my classes someone called on the intercom, they started talking about what happened. I was like what kind of bull is this. But when I went home that day I watched as the twin towers crumbled. Now a year later I know that we will rebuild the twin towers and not let it happen again. I am so sorry that this happened and I wish that this was false but I know that we have become the alpha nation. We must pray for the sick and poor but morely that this nation dosen't fall again.
Justin Collis | 12 | Virginia

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