#2339 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
“…Air Force One…Pentagon…fire, bomb, we don’t know…the President was…” The voice of the newscaster forced itself out of my clock radio, intrusive and, above all, unwanted at the ungodly hour of 5:40am. I groaned, as I almost always do, when I heard the radio click on signifying the too early start to my day and too early end of my warm, cozy night…I am not a morning person and an almost daily ritual for me is to ask myself WHY did I think an early class was EVER a good idea? This morning constitution was jarred to a halt as a newscasters words began to penetrate and register in my sleep-fogged brain. I laid there, frozen as I tried to piece together what, exactly I was hearing. Beside me, my husband turned over…”Did you hear that too?” I asked. There was a pause…”There was a bomb someplace with the President?” he mumbled in a sleepy, confused voice. “I don’t know,” I said, and with that I leapt out of bed, feeling a burning urgency to get to a TV. I yanked open a dresser drawer, grabbed a pair of jeans and struggled into them as I stumbled down the hall and out to the family room. I yanked open the TV cabinet doors with one hand while pressing the power button on the remote control with the other. As the picture came to life I saw the towers come into focus, the audio quickly came up and I heard Katie Couric saying that they were waiting on word, but that in what appeared to be a tragic accident, an airplane had crashed into one of the World Trade Center Towers. Overlapping the end of that statement were comments about the fact that this type of accident hadn’t really ever happened before…
…I heard my husband open our bedroom door and start to ask “So, what…”
… and more comments from those on the TV, asking how did it happen now…
…I started to look over my shoulder to “shush” my husband and something on the TV screen caught my eye…
…I whipped my head back around, feeling as if I were moving through
…the remote dropped to the floor with a muffled thump…
…”Oh, my God…”
… and I watched the second plane plow into the other tower, a fireball hurtling out the other side. In the back of my mind a child-like thought floated through the absolute shock …”I kinda thought it would fly out the other side, wow…”
…It was just after 5:46am, Tuesday morning, September 11th, 2001.

Beth G. McClain ,nursing student, San Jose, CA

Beth G. McClain | 25 | California

#2340 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
I was in school when my father picked me up. When we were going to the car I asked what happened. He did not answer. When I got home my Mom was crying, because my neighbor, Mr. Bill, worked at the # 1 World Trade Center and she wasn't sure if he was alive or dead. My Mom called his wife, Miss Rosie, to see if she heard from him, but she said, "As soon as I find out I will let you know." Miss Rosie called us back to say that he was okay and that he was trying to find a way home. We were happy. Before Mr. Bill came home I went on the computer and made him a card. He got home around 6:30 pm.

I found out about it from the news on television. Most of the channels had it on. All of the newspapers were writing about what happened that day. I have some pictures of what happened that day in my room on my walls. The next day at school our teachers were talking about it. They were helping us understand what had happened.

I thought it was terrible. Who did it and why did they do this bad thing to us? What did we do to deserve this? This is what starts wars in the world; to this day we are still trying to find Usama Bin Laden. All we know is that he's in a cave. Sepetmeber 11, 2001, he sent his people as passagers on airplanes to hit the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon. They were even trying to hit the White House or the State Capital but the people on that flight fought back and crashed in a field in PA. 9-11-01, that date was the emerency number 9-1-1.

WE REMEMBER ! ! ! ! ! !

Laura S.
6th grade

Laura S. | 12 | New Jersey

#2342 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
I was on my sofa tying my shoes and getting ready for school,my mom was watching good morning america when both my mom and I heard Diane sowyer say" Oh, my god a plane just hit one of the world trade center towers" about a cople minutes later" good now i think I see a plane coming in to poor water on the building... yes its coming... Wait a minute Another plane crashed in to another world trade tower." That was when I knew that we were going to war! were ever you were I hope the Highjakers know that that did nothing to us. Sure alot of greving but, we are never SCARED!
Alexandra | 12 | Florida

#2343 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
I have no words, just a well of emotions that keeps overflowing.
Scott | 33 | Ohio

#2344 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
"Whosoever kills an innocent human being, it shall be as if he has killed all mankind, and whosoever saves the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind." -- Holy Quran (5:32)
Dalia Rashdan | 24 | Egypt

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