#494 | Tuesday, December 18th, 2001
Word reached me that we were under attack from a phone call from my sister asking if I had the television on. She said that a plane had flown into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and that we were under attack in America.

My first reaction was utter disbelief. I turned on the television and found my worst fears had come true.

Later, I watched the second plane crash into the second tower and could not believe my eyes. I turned, after several minutes of stunned silence, to my husband and asked him;"My God, you don't think there are any people left in that building, do you?". It then stuck me that there were people in the planes and the sense of horror washed over me.

We kept the television on and when the towers collapsed the grief I felt was just overwhelming. I could not bring myself out of it for months and still, some three months later, struggle everyday with the thought of man's inhumanity to man.

Several days later I attended a candle light service in the small Maine city I live near and was again overcome with grief beyond description. When I heard them begin to sing the hymn, Amazing Grace, tears flowed freely from me and the others gathered there.

I now feel that we will never again be safe in America. We can hunt down and bring Osama to trial but we will never rid ourselves of another Osama just waiting to take up the crusade against our wonderful country.

I can't do anything to help but my husband works for FEMA and has been at Liberty State Park, helping the victims of the attack since Sept.22, 2001 and thus far has missed Thanksgiving, our son's birthday, our anniversary, my birthday and will not be home for Christmas but I feel that is a small sacrifice to make to help those who are in such agony over their terrible losses.

Hunting down and killing Osama bin Laden will not change anything, or killing the Taliban in Afghanstan, but only a complete rethinking of our countries policies to that part of the world and offering as much aid as is needed to others in need, is what will change others perception of what is the greatest country on earth.
Roberta M. Kelly | 60 | United States

#495 | Tuesday, December 18th, 2001
I was at work when I found out about the WTC's. The director came back to my room and told me that a lot of the kids were going to be picked up soon because of terrorists running their planes into the World Trade Centers. I wasn't scared for myself really, more for the kids because I knew that I couldn't protect them from terrorists. I ended up leaving early because all the kids were gone, so I went to my boyfriend's house to watch the news. The reality hadn't really hit me until then. I sat there and watched the news, tears streaming down my face...I was just thinking about all those people that died, all the people that were trapped, families losing innocent loved ones, and crying because one of my good friends lives in NY. (about 2 miles from the WTC's) I called her the next day, and she was ok, but the reality of all those other people that died still upset me a great deal. God Bless everyone that lost a loved one, everyone who died, everyone who survived, and everyone who helped.
Allison | 19 | Delaware

#496 | Tuesday, December 18th, 2001
I was in bed asleep the morning of 9/11/01...I was awaken by my mother, who was watching the tragedy unfold on CNN. She came to my room and told me...I immediately got out of bed, and watched with her. We kept the TV on all day...it was a day I'll never forget...the rescue workers, the policemen, the rescue dogs...even though I live in MD., it was as if I was there...seeing the smoke, the ash, the destruction of the buildings...I'll never forget that day.
D.M. Burck | 42 | Maryland

#497 | Tuesday, December 18th, 2001
September 11,2001 I was setting here in my Living Room watching TV. My kids were safely at School or so I thought. The Today show was on. I was watch in Horror as the planes started chrashing into everything. (I live by an Airport.) I was crying, praying and wondering who on earth could do something like this to themselves or anyone else. I then called my husband (a truckdriver). Told him I loved him. I wanted to run to school as fast as I could and get my kids. Bring them home safe with me. Then I thought safe. All of the people that died on this aweful day thought they were safe too. So, I thought better of my instincts and left my teenage children at school. It was hard to do. But, now I see that was probably for the best as I didn't want to show them the fear that I now feel.
Shirley Johnson | 37 | West Virginia

#498 | Tuesday, December 18th, 2001
I was in bed asleep, when my husband called me from his job, right after the first plane hit the first tower. I immediately turned on the TV, had to be up close, didn't even have my glasses on yet....my world along with the rest of the world's changed forever. God Bless America !!!
Unity | 45 | New Mexico

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