#459 | Tuesday, December 11th, 2001
I can remember exactly where I was when I first heard the news about the WTC attacks. I was out in my car driving between two of the sites where I work in Hinckley, which is in Leicestershire, Great Britain. I had the Radio on Radio 1 and a couple of DJ’s called “Mark and Lard” were on. They are normally some of the funniest and weirdest DJ’s you’ll ever hear but all of a sudden their tone completely changed and they said the words I’ll never forget, “we’ve just heard that terrorists have flown 2 planes into the World Trade Centre in New York City and one of the towers has collapsed….” It went quiet and I got a chill all over me at the thought of what was happening/
I raced back to work quickly texting my girlfriend on my mobile to tell her to find a radio to listen to what was happening in America. As soon as I got back in the office I knew it was bad as everyone had stopped working and was huddled around radios, pocket TV’s and other peoples desks as they were trying desperately to get on to news websites to find out more on the situation.
When we then heard that another plane had crashed into the Pentagon and more planes were on the way we all fell into a state of shock thinking the worst, that this could be the start of a new war. I know it might seem silly now but I’m not afraid to admit it but after that I got straight on the phone to my girlfriend to tell her that I loved her.

Once I got home and saw the video footage of what had happened in New York I so nearly broke down into tears. The feeling of seeing the 2nd plane coming out of the sky and fly straight into the 2nd tower, seeing people fleeing in utter terror as a mass of rubble falls from the sky, and most of all seeing people leaping to their deaths from one of the worlds most poignant landmarks is something I never want to feel again.

My thoughts and prayers are still with everyone who witnessed or was involved with this terrible tragedy.

Everything else seems kind of pointless with things like that going on doesn’t it…
Andy Roberts | 21 | United Kingdom

#460 | Tuesday, December 11th, 2001
I was in bed in NE Phoenix when my alarm went off. I thought it was a prank that the DJs usually did, but then I heard "CNN." My eyes shot open, an' I turned on CNN to the second tower collapsing. I just sat in my bed in disbelief.
Daniel Stipp | 24 | Arizona

#461 | Tuesday, December 11th, 2001
I had just returned from a morning run. I had turned on the radio and was just about to get into the shower when the programming was interrupted with a bulleting announcing only that a plane had hit one of the World Trade Center towers.

My first thought was that it was a horrible accident and that a commercial jetliner was involved.

I immediately went to the TV and turned on CNN and MSNBC -- kept switching between the two.

As I watched incredulously, the second tower was hit... then the report of the Pengaton...then the plane down in Pennsylvania.

Right after the second tower was impacted, my wife came in the door from her morning run. I said, "This is unbelievable. The World Trade Center has been hit by two planes, the Pentagon has been attacked. The country is under attack."

I sat glued to the TV for the next several hours.

I was in high school when JFK was assassinated and I remember that news hitting home in a powerful way. But the events of September 11th are in a league of their own.

Phillip | 54 | Arizona

#462 | Tuesday, December 11th, 2001
It was exactly 10:30 AM. I was sitting in my Spanish class. There was 4 minutes left in class. The only thing I was worried about at the time was the long 4 minute wait for the bell to ring. Then the principal came over the loudspeaker. He said: "We have some breaking news, a national tragedy has just occured. Two planes have crashed into the World Trade Centers in an apparent terrorist attack. This is a horrible tragedy. Anyone who has fear that a relative of theirs has been involved by this, please come to the office so we can contact a relative." Now I was worried if Boston was going to be bombed or attacked. Class let out and I went to my History class. We watched the news on TV and I started crying. it's amazing how quickly my veiws and thoughts changed.
Leanne | 14 | Massachusetts

#463 | Tuesday, December 11th, 2001
I was at work when the horrible events took place. I work with a spanish woman,I do not understand spanish and she only understands little english. That morning we were listening to a spanish station and she had this look come over her face and all I could understand was NeW York and and plane.Then she got really upset and started crying, worried I walked into another part of the plant looking for somebody who could tell me what she was saying. I found every one standing around a radio and listening. I then knew something really bad had happened. One of my friends looked at me with tears in her eyes and told me a commercial plane had been highjacked and smacked into the Trade Center. Cold chills were all over my body and all I wanted was to get to my son and hold him. We listened and did not believe our ears. I went back to my spanish friend and gave her a hug and told her we would be okay. My friend is as much as a American as I am and we shed our tears together that horrible September morning.
Jennifer | 24 | Georgia

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