#366 | Saturday, December 8th, 2001
I was at my home, in Berkeley, California. it was a little after 6am. My girlfriend called me from Israel, where she was at that time and told me that a plane collided with one of the twin towers. That's how it began.
Ronen M. | 30 | California

#367 | Saturday, December 8th, 2001
I was at work, had just sat down with a coffee at my desk when a news bulletin came through on the radio. I immediately went to our lunchroom and turned the TV onto CNN. It had only happened about 3 minutes before. I stood there for a minute or so in shock then went to get other employee's. We watched for a period of time when I saw what I thought was an American military plane fly behind the building thinking it was taking a look at the damage. When the explosion came through the front of the second tower. I new right then it was terrorists.
We continued to watch in total disbelief as the towers fell to the ground and the Pentagon was attacked.
At the time it made everything in life so insignificant as I'm sure others felt .
Now I realize just how great life is and how important it is to enjoy every single day ! !
Bill Reid of Toronto | 46 | Canada

#368 | Saturday, December 8th, 2001
I was working at home when the phone rang, and a woman who was calling about some puppies I was giving away asked me what I thought about the Towers being hit. I didn't know anything about it, and immediately flipped on the T.V. and watched the images of the the planes as they hit the Towers, and then learned of the Pentagon. My first reaction was utter disbelief. How could this happen? My second was tears, buckets. All I could think of were the thousands of people whose lives had just been inexplicably shattered. Why would someone do this? The people on the planes, the people in the buildings, the fireman and rescue workers, the families and friends, the people of NY and Washington whose way of living was totally disrupted, businesses, anything and everything about our world had been changed, and those directly involved devastated. Then I called my mom,family, and friends. I continue to cry when I think of that day, and probably will forever, but the renewed surge of patriotism in this country gives me hope. There is still a whole lot to be thankful for.
Susanne | 35 | United States

#369 | Saturday, December 8th, 2001
I was in the hospital on a gurney with an IV in my arm. A better question is "Where was my doctor?" He disappeared, I suppose to watch television accounts of the disaster.
C. Norman | 71 | Kentucky

#370 | Saturday, December 8th, 2001
I remember it clearly. I was sitting in my 2nd block (or period) class, which just happened to be Government, when our principal came on over the intercom. "May I have your attention, please. As some of you may already have seen on TV, there have been major terrorist attacks against the United States in New York and Washington D.C. Teachers, we ask you turn on your TV's for all the latest information, and disregard all material for the day if you so wish." When we turned on our television, we saw the two towers on fire, smoke pouring out of them, the sky turning dark. I think you could have heard a mouse sneeze in that room. We were all chilled to the bones by what we were witnessing. I remember everyone saying the same thing: What's going on? Who did this? How could this happen?

Then the first tower fell. All questions stopped for at least two minutes, and we all stared open-mouthed at the screen of our TV as the tower fell, the cloud of smoke cleared. We all tried to understand what had just happened, and to understand how our lives had been changed forever. I remember seeing people crying who had family in New York, and I remember thinking that this was the worst thing that had happened to our country in my short 18 years of life. I knew we were all witnessing a tragic and historical moment in our nation, and never have I felt more united with my fellow students. Though a great blow had been struck against us, I could already see that we would not be broken or defeated, but rather be drawn together and united in a way that our country had not seen in 50 years. This was a moment in our history no American will ever forget.
Ryan Spaulding | 18 | West Virginia

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