#2408 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
Where I was on 9/11/02.

Most mornings, I start the day by listening to KRTS radio station while I work at my computer. I am computer programmer and I work at Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. Normally KRTS does newscasts at regularly scheduled intervals. However there was a breaking news report that an airplane had struck one of the World Trade towers in New York City. A few minutes later I was in another part of the building, which had live CNN TV coverage of the evolving news events in New York. As I walked into the room I saw the second plane hit the South tower. I immediately new that this was NO accident. The images of the disaster unfolding reminded me of the Challenger Space Shuttle explosion that occurred in January 1986. I remembered the emotions that I felt after watching another National Landmark exploding on National TV. I still remember the images from 1986.

Throughout the past year I saw countless images of the airlines crashing into the World Trade Towers. I read thousands of words about the buildings and the thousands of people that built them and work in them. These activities gave me and a deep insight to the unique New York landmarks and the people that these landmarks were a part of their lives.

It is very difficult for the Human mind to comprehend the loss of 2,801 lives on 9/11.However these emotions of the loss of any human life are very powerful. One year later after attending a memorial service on 9/11/02 I still feel the emotions. It HURTS! It hurts very much. However my faith teaches us to celebrate life. I leave you with this thought.

The World will continue to celebrate life. This is what life is about…
Richard A. Lehman | 50 | United States

#2409 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
On that fateful on 9-11-01 I woke up and found my mom glued to the TV watching the first of the two trade towers after it was attacked. Neither of us knew what had happened. I thought that a tremendous accident had occurred. But later, while my mom was busy elsewhere I was still watching the TV and saw the second plane hit, live. At that moment I felt an extreme sense of insignificance and was worried about the people in the towers. Later, when I found out that the towers collapsed my teacher and I both broke down and cried. These terrible events have left me emotionally damaged and have made me much more patriotic. And now with the one-year anniversary upon us all the memories have come flooding back.

So, today I ask you to take time to reflect upon what has happened and just give a moment of silence for the many lives lost. Also, please spend time with your family and talk things over with each other. I ask that we never forget 9-11-01 and that it lives in our hearts forever.

Peace, Adrien
Adrien Seldon | 15 | New Mexico

#2410 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
I was asleep in downtown Olympia, Washington when my best friend August called me from Florida. He was frantic on the phone. "A plane has hit the World Trade Center! They hijacked a plane and hit the Pentagon too! One of the towers fell on the other! I'm scared! I'm right next to NASA and they might hit that too!!"

This was what I woke up to on September 11, 2001.

"What?" I couldn't believe it. I got off the phone with August and turned on the radio. Every station had the same news. I heard Peter Jennings trying to describe the scene in New York and he stopped in mid-sentence. "Oh my god...." he said, "The second tower has fallen.."

I don't have a television hook up so I went down the street to the Spar, a restaurant/bar. I knew they had tv's in the bar and they would be open early for breakfast...I walked right to the back and the televisions were all on. Everybody was quiet and transfixed. A couple sat at the bar embracing each other.

The waitresses ushered people to the bar and served breakfast there underneath the tv's.

Everything felt historic about that day. It still does.
David Boudinot | 23 | Washington

#2411 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
Up in the Clouds
Katherine Dias

I, like the rest of the United States, was in shock one year ago on September 11th. There was just one thing different about me and the rest of our Country, I had no clue what a World Trade Center was, or what it did. So, when my mom told me, I was just like “Oh, ok well that’s alright, didn’t you say there was another one?”. I was like up in the clouds, in my own little “Katherine World” and not having a care in the world. And then this happened and i soon came back to Earth. I went to school that morning just kind of weirded out because I knew that whatever was happening was not good. Then during my first period class, we were watching the CNN coverage on it, I learned that the other tower was hit, and then they both collapsed. So now I’m not just ‘Weirded out’ I’m like totally freaked out and I was like “Oh my gosh, is it the end of the world??????”. Well, after being consoled by friends and my family I felt much better knowing that the world was not ending, and that I was going to be OK.
I am soooooo thankful to say that no one that I knew was in either of the Twin Towers. I feel very sad and just like...oh I can’t really explain it, so I guess I will just say that I feel sad, for the families who lost loved ones in the destruction of the Twin Towers. I am not patriotic, although I still feel...once again I have that silly loss of words so I will say upset here :) . I am proud to be an American, and I love my country, but I just don’t feel right dressing all in red white and blue, because well I wasn’t really patriotic before the 11th, and I’m not so much now.
In summary, I now know what a World Trade Center was, and I’m kind of upset that I didn’t know that before they were destroyed. I really hope that whoever did this to our country, and whoever is harboring them, will suffer, and go through what this big fat country had to go through. I still try to remember to pray for those who did, or may be still be grieving over lost friends or family. May God bless the heroes who lost their lives for someone else, may He bless those who had friends or family who died, and may He bless our country. Rock on America.
Katherine Dias | 14 | California

#2412 | Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
The first time I heard about 9/11/01 was at school, but see I had slept in that morning so I came to school late, by the time I got to school we were going to third period. As I was going to class not even knowing about everything that was going on, I passed my friend Amy, and she was trying to tell me about it but I didn’t get it, as I went to my class. Our substitute Mr. Sigler had the news on, but still I didn’t understand what was going on. I didn’t think anything like that could happen to us today! After school everyone in my family came straight home, my sister and me first then my dad then my step-mom. All of us just watched in shook. That’s when everything registered. The only thing that was going threw my mind was, War? To me war never really meant anything to me till this happened.
I feel so bad for everyone who was hurt physically and psychologically. The people at ground Zero and every one else who helped are heroes and all the people who helped in the Pentagon. But personally my heroes are the people who took over the last plane and didn’t let it hit it’s planned spot.
I will always remember this, but I don’t think that it should have taken 9/11 to bring this country together. I can still see a mental image of the planes hitting the Twin Tower in my head. I don’t like to think about it and I can’t watch the tributes to it. It’s just to hard.
Jaclyn Lopez | 15 | California

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