#2434 | Thursday, September 12th, 2002
I was driving to one of my school districts in West Texas. The radio was talking about national "911" day and honoring emergency response personnel. A special bulletin announced that a plane had hit one of the towers. A few minutes later, they said that another plane had hit the other tower. I arrived at the school, and everyone was in shock. I was concerned about my wife and children, and what we would experience in the next several hours and days. I was worried about how the United States goverment would react to this cowardly act. I picked up my children, and my seven year old told me that some people who did not love God did a terrible thing today. I lost it. It hit me that as a parent, I was responsible for explaining to them what had happened and why. I grew as a person that day.
Patrick Dierschke | 33 | Texas

#2435 | Thursday, September 12th, 2002
I was at work on that day. I had dropped off my son at daycare like any other day. I got to work and when the first plane hit I heard someone say that there had been an accident in New York that a plane had hit one of the towers. Then no one really said too much more about it. Then I heard someone say that the TV was set up in the conference room and that another plane had deliberately been flown into the second tower. We all watched in horror and amazement. I never saw my fellow associates show so much emotion. Everyone was crying and then we heard about the other two flights that had crashed. Everyone at my work was frantically trying to call family members and friends that they knew in those locations. The phone lines were all full and no one could call out or get calls in. My worked closed early that day so everyone could get home in case something else happened. We work near the Willow Grove Naval Air Station in Willow Grove, PA so we didn't know what type of threats there may be.

I went to pick up my son, don't remember getting him, or driving home. The whole area was just stunned. I got home and tried to call my family members and couldn't even call out. I was stranded at home with no way to call anyone. I was crying as I watched in horror on the news. My son was watching his movies (he was almost 2 at the time) and thankfully had no idea what was going on. Someday in the future he will be told about that fateful day.

We didn't know anyone who perished in that horrendous event, but send out prayers to all victims, family members, and authority figures. This is a day that will never be forgotten.

I am writing on the one year anniversary and still am quite frightened of many things even today. This event has definitely made a negative impact on my life and I hope someday the images will stop appearing in my head and I can make some sort of peace with it. Being 31 years old I think this is the first really big event that has made this sort of impact on me - especially hitting so close to home and seeing all those innocent people who lost their lives in New York, Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon.

May God Bless America and hope this useless and nonsense fighting stops. Pray for Peace!!!!
Nicole Simoes | 31 | Pennsylvania

#2436 | Thursday, September 12th, 2002
I Was at School and i heard something
happened in nyc but in 4th period my band director turned on the tv and we saw the 2nd tower fall.
Brooks Fraser | 12 | Georgia

#2437 | Thursday, September 12th, 2002
I had been out of work for some months and as a result was used to sleeping in. About 8:15-8:30 or so (CST, I'm in Chicago, so this was 915-30 NY time) my friend Natasha calls me and wakes me up and says "Dovie you're not going to believe this! Turn on your TV!" I ask which channel, and she says 'any channel!' at which point I realize something major happened since the only time you can say "any channel" is when the president is speaking or the world is falling apart. I sat in front of my TV flipping between a couple channels but staying mostly with Peter Jennings since he was doing the best in coverage. I couldn't take myself away from the screen for hours. I was on the phone with various people at the time. I happened to be on with Natasha again when one of the towers fell, I think the first, and we both just gasped. She had spent several years in NYC and recognized all the places we were seeing on TV. I have several relatives in NYC and fortunately none of them were anywhere near there then. It was just a shocking day. One friend came over after her work let everyone go and we just sat and watched the coverage. There just seemed to be nothing else to do and we were glued to the screen. They closed off the Sears Tower and the Federal buildings downtown as well, afraid that they would be next. It's odd, I still tear up whenever I hear stories about 9/11 but I can't help but search for more and read more and more about it. I've heard so many tales of sorrow regarding it and yet I've heard at least as many inspirational stories and miracles of how people were saved. It really makes you see the hand of God in all of this. I cant write ALL the stories I've heard of but I will relate one of the ones that just blows me away when I think about it. --- In early August there was a helicopter accident apparently over the Grand Canyon. Virtually everyone aboard the copter was killed, including a couple Jewish couples. One of the Jewish men worked at a firm in the WTC and had several Jewish coworkers. It was a terrible tragedy that nobody could understand. When a Jewish person dies, the 30 day mark after the death is a significant day. 30 days after this accident was 9/11. Several of this man's coworkers were not at work yet since they were attending a religious service marking the 30th day, and thus were saved. It was eerie how one man's death a month prior to the attacks had thereby saved countless lives a month later. God's ways are indeed mysterious.----

I could go on forever but I'd better not.

-Dovie
Dovie Gelerinter | 26 | Illinois

#2438 | Thursday, September 12th, 2002
It was my senior year in high school and I was in my physics class. My teacher's beeper went off and he looked at it for a really long time while his face kept getting paler. Then there was a knock on the door and he stepped into the hall. We could hear him talking with another teacher and someone else crying while the rest of us just looked around the room and asked each other what we thought was wrong. Then he came back into the room and said; You probably will hear more about this later but a plane has crashed into the world trade center".
Rishonda | 18 | Virginia

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