#2334 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
I was on the air, doing the morning shift at a radio station. One of our advertising sales people called me and told me to turn on the television in the studio. I did so, just in time to see the second plane hit the World Trade Center. I ceased regular programming immediately, and turned on our news network feed, which was providing continuous coverage. We also added local news relating to the attacks throughout the day. I got to work that morning at 5:30 a.m., and got home after 10:00 p.m. It took me a long time to get to sleep.
D. Collett | 36 | Texas

#2335 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
On Sept 11, 2001 I was driving to work on I94 eastbound. When the news of the attacks came over the radio I was right next to the Detroit Metro Airport. I couldn't believe what I was hearing.

My heart goes out to all the victims and their families.

And to the many heros great and small.

Chris | 39 | Michigan

#2336 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
I was at work at JB Hunt in northwest Arkansas. Hunt is like the second biggest trucking firm in the U.S. I had just gone into the break room for a soda and saw where the first tower had been hit and I said what a moron, it had to have been an accident, then as I was watching the second plane hit and I just went numb and thought oh, my God we're going to war my son is going to war. (He is in his early twenties)
The rest of the morning we all just wandered back and forth from our desks to the break room, you'd work till you had to see what was happening, then you'd watch till you couldn't stand it anymore. I saw the first tower collapse.
Later that morning someone said they heard on the radio that the police had captured a car load of Arabic people near Fort Smith and we realized that we could be targets also, because if they were trying to cripple the U.S. they'd go for transportation also, and also the Wal-Mart headquarters are right here and that would screw up commerce and some of the people went home.
My job was to call companies that had worked on our trucks to get invoices of the repairs for warranty, and I would be talking to people within sight of the towers and right in the middle of hell have to ask for something as meaningless as an invoice. I talked to a woman in Pennsylvania who was six miles from where the plane went down. We were crying together, realizing it could have hit her, and again my job was to ask for a piece of paper.
I have since quit my job, partly because of the attacks. I have PTSD from a lot of earlier unrelated trauma and this just brought it all back. We were under heavy security for a few months and everybody was walking around on pins and needles. The worst part was the stupid people, the ones who made jokes about it all, about how we could be next. I couldn't take the stress.
But I have learned in the past year to be grateful for every moment, to tell the people close to me thank you for caring, for being my friend. I have joined a PTSD support group. It helps.
I still worry that my son will have to go, he is talking of enlisting, it just breaks my heart and yet I am proud of him. His worthless father went to Mexico to avoid Vietnam. He is choosing to serve rather than run. Good boy/man.
Linda Collin | 43 | Missouri

#2337 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
I was at home that beeping noise came on the T.V. My mom said "Oh great. What now?". After i had heard about the first plane my mom rushed me out the door to stand at my bus stop or i was going to be late. As i was standing at the bus stop i was thinking that they were playing a joke on us. When I got to school everybody was like "Did you here bout the twin towers??" and so on and i was like "Ya, I'm sure it was a mistake!" I am gifted as in smart and my gifted class is called kites.
When i was at kites we went into another teachers classroom to watch and that was when I saw the 2nd plane hit. I was like "Oh, my god." I just couldn't believe it. then i heard about the tower falling and then we saw then 2nd tower fall live. I just started crying and so did almost everybody else. I will never forget where I was and what I was doing at that time. Never, ever, ever. I can't believe it has been one year already. i feel so sorry for all of you that had loved ones in one of those planes or in one of those towers.
Michel F. | 13 | Missouri

#2338 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
I am 16 years old and on that unbeleviable day i. Went to school like always not reliasing that not only was my life going to change but the life of every american was to be altered forever. I remember sitting in one of my classes when my principal came over the loud speaker the twin towers have been hit america has just been attacked. Everybody shut up.......
for a full minute we stared at each other to stunned to speak. Then everybody exsploded into conversation all saying the same things asking the same questions. Why?! Who?! When?! My principal came once agian over the speaker telling us to go to our next class telling us we would be updated when he knew what was going on.
In a blind panic i ran to my one safe place in school the writing center where i found a cluster of teachers among them mrs. ashenfelter my hero watching the news on one of the computers. I watched the second plane slam into the second tower(the first plane having already hit the tower while i was in class)I turned to mrs. ashenfelter and said i dont understand whats going on! We held each other as more news poured in towers,pentagon, thousands of people dead hudreds more missing. Ive never been more scared in my intire life. So on that terrible day i was sitting in school bored and wishing something would happen and god help us something did.
samantha johnson | 16 | Ohio

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