#2164 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
I remember. I was in my best friends car getting a lift home from school. I was in year 7 then. I didn't see the event- I am in England. But I remember her Dad turning on the radio and hearing the breaking news. I just stopped talking when I heard 'World Trade Center' and 'Collapsed'. It was all I needed to know to make me cry, apart from that more than 3,000 people were killed. THEN I cried. I couldn't imagine what type of evil person would do that.
The car was silent. I went home and put on the TV. It was on every channel. I switched channels. It was on there.
All I could do for the next few weeks was watch the news. I was amazed at how brave the rescue workers were. I felt like I was there. It didn't seem real before I saw ground zero on the news. Then I felt... empty.
All I say now is it was an awful tragedy. I saw the firefighters on the news. I saw bodies on the news. I want to say thankyou to everyone who helped. you have helped America. You have helped everyone. You helped me, and my best friend, and everyone who I know. Thankyou. God bless.
Rachael B | 12 | United Kingdom

#2165 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
I was halfway home from a deployment on the CGC Morgenthau. we were headed home from a 2 month deployment in alaska and we herd the news and had to turn around and patrol seatle washington for the next 2 weeks.
brek Murray | 23 | Virginia

#2166 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
i was still at home the morning of sept.11,2001. i was about to walk out the door on my way to school when i looked up at the tv and saw the first wtc tower smoking. and few seconds later i watched as the second plane crashed into the second tower. i remember the screams of the people and the reaction of the news anchors.it was so surreal,and not realizing the tragedy that had just occured i turned and walked out the back door. then in class someone on the P.A. system came on and announced that the pentagon had just been hit. teacher's were crying and so were the student's. i just remember thinking to myself, what else are they going to hit? when is it going to stop?
Jessica | 17 | Texas

#2167 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
I remember September 11/2001 very clearly. Just before I was due to leave the house to go to work, I heard on the radio that a plane had hit one of the World Trade Centre buildings, and at first I thought it had been a terrible accident and I continued to gather up my belongings to go out to the car where my husband was waiting to drive me to work. Just as I got into the car we heard on the radio that the second plane had hit the second building and we both said aloud that it was obviously not an accident, but must be a terroist act! We were both in shock as we drove to the Mall where we own a Health Food Store. Some of the people who were already in the Mall hadn't heard the news yet and you could see some of them talking to others who had heard the news and I remember the look of shock and horror on everybody's face. Not long after we'd opened the store (at 9.30am) the lady who runs the Info/Lottery booth near our store came running in to tell us that she'd heard that another plane had hit the Pentagon in Washington. She was very upset and immediately began to say that we'd all soon "be at War and I have a son eligable to be called up!" (Many of the people who live here in Windsor are American citizens, or have dual citizenship) It was all very scary, and as each customer came into the store we heard more news. Many customers said that they were going home as fast as possible. By late that morning the Mall was very quiet, and the rest of the day was very slow with not many customers around.
I was able to go down to Radio Shack (an electronics store)and watch some of the TV coverage on their TV's, all of which were on, all showing the same pictures over and over. There was a huge crowd of people gathered around the TV's and hardly anyone was talking, we just watched in horror.

We had reports coming in that the border had been closed (we have the busiest border crossing in North America here, with a bridge and a tunnel), and that there were huge lines of traffic backed up for miles. Later in the day the border was re-opened, but security was extremely tight as each vehicle was closely examined on both sides of the border!
There were also rumours that there might be more attacks and a lot of the highrise buildings in Detroit were closed and the employees in each building sent home. A lot of those people live in Canada and cross the border each day to work in Detroit, so on that day some of them couldn't get home and had to spend the next day or two in Detroit. One of our employees has a daughter who works in the Renaissance Centre in Detroit (the tallest buildings inbetween Toronto, Detroit and Chicago), and she was very worried, but her daughter did get home the next day.

Our family was concearned about my husband's brother who works in downtown Chicago and we were happy to hear from him to say that they had all been sent home and that he was safe with his family. I think the biggest fear on everybody's mind was, 'whats going to be next?'

I remember that when I got home that evening and watched the coverage on TV, I saw the scenes of the people who jumped from their offices high up in the Trade Centre and that's when I began to cry. It was all so horrific, yet surreal. It didn't seem real, but we know that it was.
Later that day I came onto the Net and into the chat room where I often go, and have made a lot of good friends, and somehow it was comforting to be able to talk to people from all over the World and share the grief with our American friends.

Andrea Pretli | 58 | Canada

#2168 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
I live in Waco, Texas and was working at TSTC (had been there exactly a week) at the time of September 11, 2001, across the street from the airport where President Bush lands when visiting Texas. I got to work at 7:50 a.m. and did what was becoming my routine - turn on my computer, get things lined up on my desk for the day and start answering phones.

As I was doing this, people were asking me if I'd heard what was going on. Someone set up a T.V. in the lobby and everyone gathered around it to watch for any bit of news. I watched in horror as the second tower got hit, then as each fell.

I could NOT believe this was happening. I cried and prayed. To think that someone could be filled with so much hatred towards another country because of religion was, and still is, unfathomable to me.

I realize now more than ever how important my family is to me. I recently remarried and between the two of us, we have 5 children. Most things are normal in our home, but I try not to waste an opportunity to hug my children, give them an impromptu kiss, tell them "I love you", or any of dozens of ways to express how I feel. No one knows how long we have on this planet and I want to try to make every moment count.

I also want my children to know that God was there with all those people who died that day and in the days to come, and those who were left behind. That God doesn't require anyone to kill others in His name to prove their loyalty. He sometimes does things we don't understand or like, but the whys aren't always for us to know until we're face-to-face with him. May God bless each and every one of you.
Bel Morace | 31 | Texas

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