#336 | Saturday, December 8th, 2001
On September 11, 2001, I was at college. Utica College of Syracuse University to be exact. I was at my 10AM class; having just woken up, I was surprised when someone told me a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. I was a little sad, but thought it was an accident. Then the teacher came in and explained a plane had hit each building and it appeared to be a terrorist attack. Not sure what to believe, my next professor explained what had happened to the entire class. I was in absolute shock. This kind of stuff doesnít happen to Americans. Well, it did. Soon after, I embarked on a one-man crusade to get people to think clearly and act responsibly in response to the attack. Most people said they wanted to go and bomb the hell out of them; I asked who? They didnít understand. It was my mission (and will always be) to make sure people know and are educated about what happened.
Denis E. Ambrose, Jr. | 18 | New York

#337 | Saturday, December 8th, 2001
At the moment of the first airplane crash, I was working at a client site in Paris, France.

I received the news through an assistant at 15:15. I accessed the web and found most sites were difficult to reach. I finally got initial information about the event on non-US news sites. First plane may have been an accident but the second plane obviously pointed to terrorism. When I heard that the twin towers had crumbling, I was shocked.

I am sorry for the families of the victims. I support the elimination of the terrorism threat through the use of the military.

Robert Racine | 42 | France

#338 | Saturday, December 8th, 2001
It was a couple of weeks before college was about to start (Oct. 1) and I was sleeping in my room at my home when I recieved a phone call from my girlfriend telling me to turn on CNN, that a plane crashed into a building. I woke up, rubbed my eyes, and turned on the television facing my bed using the remote nearby. I knew the channel by heart since I am a very informative person. I turned to the station and I saw one of the World Trade towers on fire. As I watched closer and listened to gain information, I saw another plane crash into the opposite building as I talked to my girlfriend on the phone. We ended the phone conversation and watched for the remainder of the day as I gathered items for college. At the moment, I had no idea how something could have happened, figuring at first it was an accident, but after seeing the second plane crash, I knew it wasn't an accident, that it was intended. Right off, CNN had many skeptics and informants tossing around theories as to who did it and why. Happening only days after my birthday, it is a day that will put a new cloak on our highly regarded level of 'safety.'
Eric Wendt | 19 | Georgia

#339 | Saturday, December 8th, 2001
I work for the Big Three in Detroit, Michigan.

While doing the days work, my cube pardoner was checking his pager for news, when he commented that a airplane had flown into one of the New York World Trade Towers. At that moment, I though it was just a small piper type of airplane. Moments latter someone had turned on a TV to one of the news channels and we could see what was going on.

It just didn't seem real. How could it happen? What was going on? Was this real? Too many questions that didn't have any answers.

But then all of a sudden, before our eyes another airplane hit the other tower. Two airplanes hitting both towers, incomprehensible. Again, how could it happen and what was going on? Then a report of the Pentagon being hit with yet another airplane. This was beginning to become too real, but still did not make since why anyone could deliberately do such a thing? What was to be next? Why destroy so much? Why use commercial passenger airplane with people on board? These structures are part of the world business centers, all of the people who were in the buildings. Why? The questions didn't seem to have any good answers.

There was nothing else for me to do but make coffee. Keep the coffeepot in my area going. A few hours latter, management sent us home.

Afterwards answers came slowly.

What was to come in the future would come more slowly.

Where do we draw the line? What is the difference between terror and a bully?

How will we/our country deal with this? How will the world deal with this? How will the terrorist deal with this? What will be the retaliation to terrorism?

W. Kirk Crawford
W. Kirk Crawford | 56 | Michigan

#340 | Saturday, December 8th, 2001
I was student teaching in Williamsville, NY - a suburb of Buffalo. September 11 happened to be the first day I was attempting to teach a class. Before my first encounter with the students as their teacher, I was informed of the attacks, and warned to not discuss them until official notice had taken place.

In the middle of my lecture, the principal informed the high school students - drastically affecting their lives, and mine.
Brandon Danner | 21 | Pennsylvania

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