#381 | Saturday, December 8th, 2001
I work late evenings at an auditorium/theatre. I was sleeping in that morning. My wife called me from work and told me to turn on the TV. I tuned in about 2 minutes after the 2nd plane hit. I was disgusted and emotionally drained with the question of why and how this could happen.

We as Americans need to stay united as this tragedy slowly fades into our past. The amazing things we have seen happen as a result of September 11th's unfortunate events can only touch the surface of what is possible from us.

We have the ability to accomplish so much more.
Marc Bowyer | 29 | Ohio

#382 | Saturday, December 8th, 2001
I was at the post office getting ready to ship something out to someone on eBay. My wife called me on my cellular phone and was crying - I thought she was going to be kidding around about something one of our young sons had done. I'll never forget her words, "Something really horrible just happened." At the time I didn't realize the magnitude of what had happened and thought it was an isolated incident. Reports were still sketchy about planes still in the air and the second WTC tower explosion (not sure if it had even happened yet). I'm not sure if even the terrorist organization realized what they had done. Thank goodness that as I write this they are on their way out.

I wish all people could understand that your rights end where mine begin. You have the right to love me, the right to hate me, but not the right to hurt or kill me. Ah, that simple Golden rule: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.
Dean Truax | 24 | Washington

#383 | Saturday, December 8th, 2001
I had been at work at the National Air Intelligence Center (http://www.wpafb.af.mil/naic/) for almost an hour on that fateful day of 9-11. We rounded up the morning meeting and had reviewed what the duties of the day would be. I was on the phone with a worker at another military installation, when she exclaimed "Dear God, a plane just crashed into the World Trade Towers." I ended the conversation quickly and fired up my computer terminal where I discovered the first reports were coming in. A few minutes earlier, the day was headed for another routine shift but now people were confused by what was happening. By the time the pentagon and second trade tower were hit, we were overwhelmed by the amount of information that was coming into our workcenter. Yet, none of it made sense - it was confused and speculative, filled with rumors and possibilities. We were supposed to be working at the place where we safeguarded America from any future enemy; never to be suprised again by anyone's intentions or capabilities. We were all shocked and upset. We worked hard that day, and many days to come to make information flow to those who needed it, but we also attended daily broadcasts and services for our fellow Americans who were cut down by the cowards. I worked continuously for the following few weeks, trying desperately to learn how we failed our country. My place of employment was created to insure we always remained technologically superior to any adversary our country would ever face... and it will haunt me forever
T | 42 | Ohio

#384 | Saturday, December 8th, 2001
I had just arrived at work and we were gathering for our morning office meeting; it was around 8:30 Central. One of our student workers came in and said, "The US is being bombed!" and at first we laughed because the idea was so absurd that we didn't believe it. But he was persistent. So we tried to find out online, but CNN, CBC, etc, were all swamped. I finally was able to get into a site with an article and picture. I was horrified. We immediately checked on the little tv in our office, and ended up being glued to the tv for the rest of the day. As a Canadian, I felt sick. I just kept thinking, "oh, all those people!"

I work for a Christian college, and we have a significant number of American students. So the college president called a school-wide prayer time, and provided counselling for any students who needed it. They also provided phone lines for any students who needed to call home. The air was solemn and heavy for the whole day, as people gathered around the public televisions to watch the happenings. We went through all the feelings of shock, horror, and fear. It was surreal, watching the towers come down. It seemed like a movie, not real life. Then I would think, "oh, but it's real, and all those people!" We cried and prayed, and I was so sad for days. We worried about how the US would retaliate, and Canada's role in that. Nothing is quite the same since, and my perspectives on world events have shifted significantly.

Even two months later, I feel sick to see the footage.

May God have mercy on us, and may we all turn to Him for comfort and guidance.
Holly Vipond | 23 | Canada

#385 | Saturday, December 8th, 2001
Just finished a hard day at work, had a evening meal with my wife, I was laying in my bed watching something on the tele(wasn't interested too tired) when the news flash came on.
It was about 10.30 pm here in Australia, we stayed up till 1.45am watching it all unfold, then up again at 5.30 am watching before we went to work.

SO SAD.......but life MUST GO ON.

Peter & Lorraine Mayo | 54 | Australia

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