#256 | Saturday, November 17th, 2001
I was getting out of a shower in a hotel in Trento (Italy) where I was for a congress. It was about 4.30 in the afternoon in Italy. My wife was looking at the CNN and told me: "look what's happening in New York". I saw the second plane crashing and said "oh my God"
Gian Paolo S. | 32 | Italy

#257 | Saturday, November 17th, 2001
Tragedy. Forcing myself to go to class, I pulled my eyes away from the television long enough to shower and get dressed. Not feeling like anything had REALLY happened, I forgot and smiled because it was such a beautiful day. As I walked down the street, the distinctive voice of Tom Brokaw reverberated in the air as the breaking news uncontrollably poured from the windows and the tears uncontrollably streamed down my face. I was here. At the University of Virginia. A native New Yorker, stuck in the college bubble. It suddenly struck me. It was real...it's horrible what Hollywood can do to the American mind. Effects so awesome that when it really happens...it's so hard to dissociate computer graphics from what is real. I thought of all of those people...those children. Standing on the pavement, the frezied voices of newscasters spinning their tales of tragedy stinging my ears, tears burning my eyes, the saltiness of it all assaulting my tongue--catching the back of my throat--I knelt down, feeling the roughness of the pavement beneath my knees, looking up at the carefree clouds floating against their friendly blue backdrop--clouds so dissimilar to those experienced by those helpless people, those brave firefighters, policemen and rescue workers. The words were simply lodged in the back of my throat. I had to get to class. What did it really matter? My head pounding, heart aching--lips only able to mouth what they had so wanted to scream..."Why?"
April Inyard | 20 | Virginia

#258 | Sunday, November 18th, 2001
I was at work when the word came down that the Trade Center had been attacked. We rushed to turn on a TV and my first view was of the second plane slamming into the tower. I immediately thought that the history I had learned in school could not prepare me for the feelings that came over me, like surely so many before me, in other generations, had felt before. I had to keep telling myself to calm down, that our government and military could respond and quickly get everything that had happened and anything that might happen into control. One of the most emotional days in my life, which just so happened to fall on my birthday. Like my parent's generation of Pearl Harbor, I will always remember this day vividly. My thoughts and prayers go out to all my fellow countrymen and countrywomen, especially those that parished in the attacks, the heroes that took the plane down in Pennsylvania, and all the rescuers. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!
Doug Matejka | 36 | Texas

#259 | Sunday, November 18th, 2001
i dont know why i am writing this probably to get some of my feelings out. because i thinik that it is easyer to write about these kinds of things than talk about them out loud. i think that this is a really horrible tragedy that happened i was in school when it happened i am in eighth grade and it just came to me as a shock. i couldnt believe it i was like no way that couldnt have happened. but then i watched the news and everything and then it just donned on me. everyone around me (especially the boys in my grade) were acting all matcho about it all and saying a whole bunch of stuff but i just truley wanted to break down and cry i was so scared. even though i dont live in new york or pensylvania or in maryland i was still scared because who knows what could of happened who knows what can still happen. i am still very scared about the whole thing. sometimes i just want to break down and cry. but then i think that you have to be strong in this type of thing you have to be there for other people who need you. dont get me wrong i cryed my eyes out me and my friends would get together and talk about it and have our little crying sessions and everything and it kind of helped. but in this time all everyone needs to do is be strong and keep there heads up. i know it is easyer to say than do and you are probably thinking oh what does she know shes just an eight grader. but please just try. thank you for listening. i feel a little better getting my feelings out like this.
tina | 13 | South Dakota

#260 | Monday, November 19th, 2001
September 11th started for me as any other day. I got up at 6:00am, made coffee, and sat down to watch the morning news. I live in New Mexico so this is Mountain time. Just as I poared my coffee, the news reported in our state announced the first tower had been hit. Good Morning America cut strait to the footage of the first tower on fire, and as I set my mug down on the table, I was hit with the sight of the second tower being hit. I ran and got my husband, and we watched the rest of the day unfold in horror. When the first tower fell, I knew that this was going to live in my mind for ever, but it was the collapes of the second tower that has given me the nightmares. It will be in my mind forever. We will never forget the week long coverage, and the people who died. At this holiday season, we will hold their memories around our tree and in out hearts. God Bless America!
Mackenzie Heaney | 30 | New Mexico

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