#2149 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
That morning I had just got home from work, the night shift, it was my normal routine to watch the news before going to bed. I went into the room, turned on the television, and started getting ready for bed. They were talking about the weather, then came on with breaking news about the first plane in the towers. They were on a call with a lady that had seen what happened, them and me thinking it was an accident, as they were talking to the lady, and had a live shot of the towers...there went the second plane. I was glued to the television..confused, not knowing what to think..then the pentagon. Now I was getting scared..what was happening...I called my mom, we agreed to spend the day together...whatever was happening, we were going to be together. Between the t.v. and radio, we were glued all day sometimes crying for fear, crying for the people lost, then we were angry. And to this day we are still angry, but are so proud of how this country has pulled together to be united, and so patriotic. God Bless America and all who call this Home!!
Lisa | 29 | Nevada

#2150 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
I was at work last year when the planes crashed into the WTC. Someone called a coworker and told her about the first tower. We were all pretty much in shock, and all I could think was "What a terrible accident." We turned on the radio and heard about the second tower, and then it finally hit me. My country was under attack. It is so hard to comprehend, when I've lived my whole life here and never felt any of the dangers and insecurities that those in other countries feel. I always thought our country was too powerful to be attacked.

I didn't see the actual coverage until I went home, and that's when things really sunk in. All these people have lost their lives over senseless hatred. I just began to cry. My son, who was 5 years old at the time was asking me over and over about what had happened and all I could tell him was some bad people did something that hurt many innocent people. I could not tell him about the vast number of lives that were taken. It was incomprehendable, even to me.

On this one year anniversary of that terrible tragedy, I will pray for all those who had lost their lives, and for their friends and loved ones who miss them dearly.
Tara Jonikas | 24 | Illinois

#2151 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
I was in Houston, Texas attending a conference. I live in NJ. I remember getting ready to go to my first conference. I got there and suddently beepers and cell phones were vibrating and ringing.
Those with CNN on the pagers got the news right away. I ran to the closes tv to see what was happening. I went crazy, crying, I couldn't hardly breath. I went to my room and started to call everyone I know, fire fighter friends, co-workers, friends, family. I feel so vulnerable. Then the pain just covered me. Until today a year after the attacks I cry and pray for those innocent lives.
Magda | 31 | New Jersey

#2152 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
On Sept.11,2001 My Husband And I
Just Turned On The T.V. When We Both
Saw Both WTC Buildings Attacked And
The Pentagon & In PA.. I Was In
Total Shock That Morning.We Live In
California Miles Away From New York,
But The Shock Of It All I Was In Complete Tears To Just Watch.. I Could'nt Belive My Eyes To What I Was
Seeing And Told My Husband That We Were
Under Attack And That All Four Flights
That Struck Our Nation On That Day
Were Appalling And I knew Right There
And Then It Was A Terriorist Attack..
But I Also Had Hopes,And Prayers That
For All Those Who Sacreficed Themselves
We As A Nation Would Bounce Back.I Just Could Not Belive My Eyes. My Children Came Home That Afternoon From School
Telling Me That They Did Watch The Two
Twin Towers,Pentagon & Flight 93 In PA.
In My Amazment They Both Handled It Very
Well,But They To Were In Total Shock..
Thank Goodness Everyone In America
Stood Their Ground And Went On With
Their Lives... This Affected All.
Linda Galve | 44 | California

#2153 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was teaching my 6th grade DARE class. I am a police officer in Ohio, and this morning was no different than any other, until I got the horrific news as everyone else did. I watched the events unfold on the TV and for days to come felt a huge emptiness and loss for our country, the victims and families of the attack. At the same time, I was planning my wedding, which was to take place on September 15, 2001. I was angry, hurt, and sad all at the same time. How can this happen to us??? I want to thank the heros and the families of the victims/heros of September 11, 2001. Your strength got me through this long year. GOD BLESS YOU and OUR GREAT NATION!
Jamie Van Wagner` | 29 | Ohio

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