#2499 | Friday, September 13th, 2002
I DID NOT FIND OUT ABOUT THE ATTACK ON THE TWIN TOWERS AND THE WORLD TRADE CENTER UNTIL MY UNCLE TOLD ME ON OUR WAY TO DROP ME OFF AT SCHOOL.I WAS SCARED BECAUSE I THOUGHT THAT THE SAME THING WOULD HAPPEN TO HAWAII.I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE PEOPLE WHO DIED ON SEPT.11,2001 AND I WILL CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR THOSE WHO LOST FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES ON THIS TERRIBLE DAY.
S.J.F. | 15 | Hawaii

#2501 | Friday, September 13th, 2002
To Ms. Grace,
Your comments are disturbing, but understandable as you are young and have much to learn.
Remembering the victims of this horrific attack is most fitting and appropriate. We should never forget the thousands of innocents who perished in such a ghastly and obscene way. We are not "giving in" as you so put it by watching the memorials on television and honoring the people who died on that day. The terrorists perceive Americans as self centered, souless infidels. What they are seeing is that we are united, compassionate, and feel deeply for our neighbors. Those neighbors who gave their lives for complete strangers in those burning buildings. The passengers of Flight 93 who brought down a plane instead of having it hit the Capital and kill hundreds or perhaps thousands more people. I am sure you will see this more clearly when you mature.

Where was I on that awful day? I had just dropped my son off at school as he had missed his bus. I came home and flipped on the television set to watch the news with a cup of caffeine before my work day started. At first I saw the gaping, flaming hole in one of the WTC towers. Minutes later another plane plowed into the other tower. It then sunk in that we were indeed under an attack of terrorists. I went to get my husband and both of us stared in shock at what was unfolding on live television in front of us. When the Pentagon was hit, we both became very fearful. I wondered what to do. Should I
call the school where my son was? Should I drive down there and bring him home?

I decided that the school would chain call if they decided to dismiss early. I stayed by the phone, with the television on. I called my mother to tell her to turn on her TV. I told her I loved her. I called my brothers and told them the same thing.

We witnessed the news reports of flight 93. We saw the towers crash down. We saw the devastation, the fear and the pain. My husband and I cried together that day. We got out the US flag that has been in storage for years. Funny how we never seemed to find the time to put it up before. I made a box full of red, white and blue bows and hung them on telephone poles, street signs and mailboxes on a 2 mile stretch down our street. We prayed a lot that day.

The bus dropped off our boy at the regular time that day and we hugged him like he's never been hugged before. We asked him if he was told what had happened and he said yes, the classes were told. He was only 6 at the time. Sad that a 6 yr old has to deal with knowing true evil in the world.

The next day we gathered boxes of food and dropped them off at the Fireman's trailer to be delivered to Manhattan the next day. It was the least we could do. Our son drew a picture thanking FDNY and placed it in the box.

For weeks we kept the news on when our child was not around the house. Sleep came in patches. We felt shell shocked and could only imagine what the victims and the families were going through.

After a year the pain of this is still with us. We wonder if it will ever completely go away. Somehow I doubt it.
C. Bergen | 41 | Connecticut

#2502 | Friday, September 13th, 2002
I was in my history class learning about ww2. When the principal came in and told us what was happening.
Jillian B. | 17 | Massachusetts

#2503 | Friday, September 13th, 2002
I was getting ready for work when my mom called me and wanted me to bring a camera to her at work. A teenage girl had pulled out infront of her school bus and she needed to take pictures of her bus. The planes hadn't hit yet. After hugging my mom and making sure she was alright I went to work. The radio had mentioned something about the World Trade Center but it was hard to hear because the radio is always turned down so low and in a hair salon theres always people talking. A lady walked in and was talking to my manager about it and I couldn't believe what I was hearing. It felt so unreal. One of the stylists went to her house and brought in a TV so we could watch the news. I'll never forget the feeling I had when I saw the planes hit the towers. I was scared, not for myself, but for all the people in and around the buildings. Then I looked outside checking the skies for planes. I felt so unsafe. It seemed like everyone was in shock for a long time after and all of the sudden it seemed like our country came together so strong, stronger than it has ever been. There has been so much patriotism since 9-11-01 and it just seems to grow. We are what makes this counrty, and we are what makes it stand. Nothing or no one will ever bring us down!
Casie | 19 | Michigan

#2504 | Friday, September 13th, 2002
I remember I was at work in my office when the clerk next door to me knocked on the door and said that her husband just called and a plane flew into the WTC. She knew right away it was terroism, but I just said "that's too bad" thinking it was just a minor accident. Phone calls from family members were flooding in and it soon appeared that a second plane had hit the second tower. Then a bunch of us turned on a radio and sat around listening to it. Then all of a sudden a ton of information started pouring in: the pentagon hit, more planes in the air, first tower collapses, president in a secret location, second tower collapses...We thought the world was ending. There were even rumors the White House was destroyed and California had been bombed beyond recognition. This was all in the matter of one hour, of which had been preceded by a calm, beautiful morning. We honestly thought the world was ending. When you hear the capital of the US is destroyed, Manhattan is collapsing and the President is in hiding, you know something bad is going on.
Throughout the day all we could do was listen to news, not really knowing fact from fiction, just knowing many, many people died from a terrorist activity.
At the end of the day, I just remember feeling so exhausted and drained from the sadness, the tears and the worry.








Chris Snyder | 21 | New York

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