#2373 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
My 1 year old son Nikolas had just woken me up out of bed when the first plane hit the tower. This was very unusual because we were both on a late schedule because I went to school at night, and he didn't usually get up until 10. When I got downstairs I turned the TV on and I saw the worst thing that has ever happened. I didn't know what to do or say. I just sat there in shock and cried. I was angry, sad and scared all at the same time. I wanted to go straight to NY and help anyway I could. I gave blood, prayed and lite candles. I still felt I was doing nothing. I was and still am very proud of all the very brave firemen and police officers who lost their lives trying to save others. I offer my deepest condolences to all of the families who lost a loved one on that fatal day. I know I will never forget September 11th nor will many others. The terrorists plan was to break us down and make us weak and all it has done is make us STRONGER, Braver and more determined. We truly are ONE Nation. We have come together in so many ways. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!
Annmare Ducilli | 20 | Pennsylvania

#2374 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
The morning it happened, I was at home, completely unaware of the tragedy until my neighbor came up to me and told me to turn on the television. I couldn't believe my eyes... I was seeing this airplane hit the World Trade Center! I heard shouts of "Oh my GOD!" and other things from the film I was watching, and I just couldn't believe it. I was watching the T.V. religiously until I remembered that there was school. At school, My first period teacher turned on the television in her classroom and twenty minutes later the class was writing about what adverse effects this tragedy held. At school that day I felt like a shell. Then I heard what one of the passengers of the flight that crashed in Pennsylvania had said in his call to his wife. He had sacrificed himself and others to protect the White House, which was that flight's target. I was touched by that noble action he and several other passengers took on there. I decided from that day on that I would never let fear completely consume me, nor would I ever let up to a terrorist, no matter what he or she did to me. I hope that the U.S. can capture Osama Bin Laden and make him pay for his crimes, but I believe that the U.S.A. needs to open it's eyes completely to the fact that we are considered oppressors by many peoples. We should find a way to make peace with those that think that way and pave the way for a truly peaceful future...
Giovanni L. Canapino | 16 | Hawaii

#2375 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
My day began with an odd, uncomfortable feeling that "something" was terribly wrong. I woke my daughter and we proceeded to perform our usual "getting ready" rituals; her for school (senior year, high school) and me for work ( my 16th year as an ass't to the director of a special ed. school for emotionally disturbed students). As I walked the dog before leaving for work, I again had a sense of foreboding... but quickly put it aside when I looked at the time and realized that, for me, I was "behind" schedule. I told my daughter,Victoria, I was leaving for work and I'd see her later. As I walked down our walk to my car, I realized I hadn't given her a kiss goodbye, a fairly standard part of our daily ritual. I wanted to turn around but thought she'd think I was nuts and that my "sense of foreboding" was off the mark - what could possibly happen on this beautiful September morning? So I rationalized that my feelings were unfounded and drove to work. An hour or so later, a co-worker arrived, out of breath and told us in the office what she had just heard on the radio in her car. Our school day doesn't start until 9am; some word was beginning to travel through the building but no one was certain. Although classrooms have cable tv installed, at first no one thought to turn the tv on as by now students were starting to enter the school. As we all began to realize the enormity of what had happened and was still happening, we tried to access any of the tv sites on the web that broadcast live - no luck. I suddenly realized that my feeling of dread had been right - my soul/being/self KNEW at 6:30am as I left for work that something was terribly wrong in the universe... I had been right - just check out what time the planes of the attack left their respective airports! Today,one year later,(9/11/02) my daughter is 2 hours away at college on Long Island - I call her every morning to make sure she is awake... the only thing I can now do since I cannot kiss her goodbye in person... the reality of 9/11/01 will be present for the rest of my life. Later that day, the school staff were advised that one of our beloved staff members was found dead at home by her husband... she had been ill, no doctor or specialist had been able to figure out what was causing her illness... and now it was too late. She was a wonderful, beautiful teacher of young emotionally disturbed children... life is unfair... perhaps she left us that day so she could help those who were already on their way to their next existence understand that there is always hope, always a way to go on... Finally, at around 6pm, I received word that my husband's aunt Alice who had been an important part of my daughter's (free) child care for so long had died from her recently diagnosed emphysema and chronic pulmonary disease (and had also recently sunk into dementia so deep that she was seeing snowstorms in July). I'm also sure Alice was taken on September 11th so that those coming from the days' disasters had a warm, nurturing being to meet and tell them that everything would be ok and that those of us left behind would again find ways to be happy and live our lives as they would have wanted us to.

Victoria, if you ever read this, know your "mommy dearest" loves you... and will never forget the day I didn't follow my instincts and turn around to give you a kiss goodbye. Sue M-D
Susan | 52 | New Jersey

#2376 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
I was in my science class at my high school in Kansas City when the PA comes on saying,

"Everyone please turn on you television sets....(pauses for a few seconds) One of the world trade center towers has been attacked by an airplane and please keep all all of these people affected in your prayers"

So my teacher turned on the TV and complete shock came to me when i saw what was projecting at me.

The next class I discover that my band teacher knew about eight people who worked in the south tower. It was undescribable the reaction on her face. Throughout the next week she found out that all eight of them worked on the 89th floor. They all perished that day.

Throughout the rest of the day the stories kept on comming out about who did it, who died, heroes in the towers, and survivors.

A year later its been a very chilling and haunting to see all of this unfold to us once again in the remeberance of that day. I hope that no one forgets this tragety and celebrate life after 9/11.
Phil CLine | 16 | Kansas

#2377 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
On 9/11/01 I was off to school. I heard of the attacks towards the end of 2nd period. Kids were being signed out of school like crazy and I was one of them. My parents pulled me out at 11:00 fearing another attack. I came home watched the TV sadly. My mom tried calling family in New York but it didn't work, it kept saying "all circuts busy"
School started last Wednesday, 9/4/02. We got our History books this Monday 9/9/02 and they are new. I looked towards the end of the book and noticed an entire chapter called "September 11, 2001: A Day That Changed The World" This is wonderful to me. We are already teaching kids about September 11 and the War On Terror. It's time we took action and got rid of the enemy--the Arabs.
Jim | 16 | New Jersey

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