#2184 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
I started a new job on September 11, 2001, I don’t remember much of the day, no training occurred. I ran back and forth in the office between the television in Spanish for images and the radio in English for information. I think I was in shock because I only remember the day in snippets.


I recently was at the Wall Street stop of the subway downtown near the WTC and suddenly remembered the awful smell that lingered in the air for months – burning rubber, metal, plastic & --- That smell was the worst reminder – even if you couldn’t see that anything had changed, if they wiped down the buildings and cleaned the dust, that smell remained.


I went to the site in October of 2001, and I had to cover my mouth the entire time – you don’t know what it smelled like down there from the television footage, that was the one sensory aspect you could not get.
Anna | 23 | New York

#2185 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
I remember,
how the air smelled in the early morning,
the color of the sunrise, the clear sky, the feel of the perfect temperature of the air.
A tiny breeze whispered through my hair as I opened the door and walked into my office.
I remember how the coffee smelled, and the sound of the song birds I could hear outside the window that I opened. The clothes I wore that day are still folded neatly in a corner of my closet. Untouched. Like the picture left here in my mind.
I remember what was on the television before it was interrupted by the live news broadcast,
I remember the pain in my heart that brought me to my knees as I watched in shock.
I remember screaming to the people on the television screen to run.
I remember waiting for all those people to come back.
I remember all the tears.
I waited. I cried for weeks.
Sleepless nights. Nightmares.
Months of grief.
I don't remember,
how long it was
before I could allow
myself to enjoy
a beautiful day
again.
But,
I remember,
September 11,
2001.
A. K. Clark | 40 | Texas

#2186 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
I was in my car on the way to work when my local radio station announced the tragic news. I vaguely remember the rest of my trip to work because I was so stunned. When I got to work, I immediately closed my door and fell to my knees in prayer for the people who had lost loved ones. I knew that whether directly or indirectly, we were all affected by this act of terrorism.
TDL | 39 | Alabama

#2187 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
Well the moning I heard about the attack all I could think about is was my cousin near our in the place. I went into the lab at our school and I saw some of the teacher crying. Then I heard them say "o" my god, I looked at the T.V and I saw people jumping. My teacher told me to go out so I act like I was. Some boy came in and stared to jocking around but the teacher told them it was not the time to play around. And the boy looked at the T.V and so playing.
I will never forget the day that it happen. Most people thank it is a joke but it not. My cousin that live in New York was at home along as he say. He turned on the T.V and saw the man jumping out of the Twin Tower. He call his mom she did answer the phone. So he sat back down and stered it to cry his mom came in the house with white thing on her. Well I althought it not my decision I would have war.
Stephanie | 12 | Virginia

#2188 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
I am a high school senoir in Liberty, IL. On Sept. 11, 2001, my whole life was changed. First fear hit me, even though I live so far away from the main tragedy. But our school came together and renewed the patriotism the lay within us. We have been brought together. We remember all the lives lost and celebrated the patriotism found today, 9-11-02.
Janelle Walker | 17 | Illinois

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