#391 | Saturday, December 8th, 2001
I was home, sleeping, when the first plane hit. A good friend who lives in Maine called and told us to open our bedroom blinds and look.

We live in Brooklyn, NY and are about 11 miles from the WTC. We used to see the Towers from our apartment windows.

That day we heard and saw them fall. And watched the smoke and debris reach as far as we live. And past...
Mara | 54 | New York

#392 | Saturday, December 8th, 2001
I was In school on the morning of September 11, 2001. I was sitting in the library, looking up info for a report and just happened to get up and go look at the TV, for no particular reason. When I got a good look at the television, what I saw shook me. I saw flames and smoke billowing out of the first WTC tower. I ran out into the main library section and told everyone what had happened. Apparently I was one of the very first in our school to see what happened. When I said that, everyone gathered around the television to watch what would prove to be one of the most important events in our country's history unfold before our eyes. Afterwards, when we were sitting in our next class, all the teachers had turned the classroom television sets on. Class wasn't being taught, and we were all just staring at the TV, not beleiving what we were seeing. Then the second plane crashed. We all watched in helpless horror as the second jet streaked across the sky towards its defenseless target. We just stared as it came crashing into the second building. When the buildings came down, we all realized that what we had just seen had really happened and that our lives would never be the same.
Nathan F. | 17 | Tennessee

#393 | Saturday, December 8th, 2001
I was online reading e-mail when my next door neighbor called me and told me to turn on CNN. My neighbor said that the WTC had just had a jet fly into it. I said, " you are kidding right?". My neigbhor certainly was not kidding as I watched in horror the scene unfolding live on CNN at approximately 9:35 am.

I sat in my living room with my family stunned into silence as I listened to the news anchors droning on and on about what was going on and what had happened and what was possibly going to happen and so on and so forth.

Then the towers began to fall. One and then the next. It was as if I was in some sort of dream. I really could not believe that those buildings were collapsing right there before millions of people watching all over the globe.

I was horrified as I tried to imagine the pain, sorrow and loss of the many men, women and children who lost their lives on that day. Lives that were terminated in the blinking of an eye with no warning. All the hopes and dreams and goals and aspirations of all those people were forever wiped out never to see the future.

I remember feeling helpless and hopeless all at once. I remember feeling so vulnerable as the reality of our nations vulerability was such a stark reality. I would have never dreamed that anything this horrible could ever happen to a great nation such as ours. I would imagine that the people at Pearl Harbor back in 1941 felt the same way.

September 11, 2001 will stay forever in my mind because our daughter Jessica would have been 11 years old on that date had she not died of a brain tumor on August 5th of this same year. I remember standing in the bank with other customers later that afternoon talking and then suddenly realizing that the horrible events of this day actually overshadowed our daughters date of birth.

Now, our brave men and women are waging war against terrorism and tyrants who have no regard for human life. Americans are standing up for the right to life, freedom and the pursuit of happiness no matter what color, race or religion you choose to follow. The citizens of the United States of America have been dealt a wake up call of the most vivid type. The world will learn that they have awakened a sleeping giant. May God have mercy upon our souls....
James Moffitt | 40 | South Carolina

#394 | Saturday, December 8th, 2001
I had been asleep for about 3 hours (having burnt the midnight oil) when my wife woke me and told me about the first plane crash into the WTC. I immediately remembered that I had heard a B-25 had crashed into the Empire State Building in fog many years ago and assumed the same thing had just happened again. I was far too tired to get up and rolled back to sleep. When my wife came back just a few minutes later and told me that she had just seen, live on TV, a second plane crash into the other tower, I knew this was no accident and, lack of sleep notwithstanding, I was now fully awake and spent the morning watching the news unfold in abject horror.
Gary Biasini | 40 | Canada

#395 | Saturday, December 8th, 2001
I was driving to work when I heard it on the radio. Then when I got to work, a co-worker went home to get a small TV. We watched it all day from our desks. It was truly very sad.
CL | 36 | Illinois

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