#509 | Tuesday, December 18th, 2001
I was just leaving the house to go to work when I saw that my brother was watching the news and a plane was crashing into the world trade center. I didn't know what to think at first. How could it be real? I don't think it really hit me until I was work listening to the radio (all day) and they said the towers were collapsing. It was unbelievable. I couldn't believe it. Stuff like that isn't supposed to happen. I think we must have had every radio on where I work, not wanting to miss a second of what was happening. On the internet I watched videos of what I had missed. I don't think you can forget such graphic horrible pictures. My heart sank when I watched the towers go down, but I think what hurt the worst was watching the bodies fall from the buildings. I don't think I've ever seen anything so horrible and I never want to see anything like it again. I can't imagine what it was like and what it must be like for people more directly connected to the tragedy. I'm about as far removed as you can get, but my heart ached that day and I can only hope like so many others that such things will never happen again.
Heather | 19 | Colorado

#510 | Tuesday, December 18th, 2001
I was at work at the Dearborn, Michigan Ford Engine plant when I heard what happened. Because it's a new area there we had Italians, Germans, English, and Mexicans working on the new machinery {it's part of the contract for the first few years} we ALL were just shocked! One German guy {Ziggy} kept saying "What?" "No! This can't be! Not here!" We listened as we heard the first attack and the second and the third. Most of the Rogue complex was told they could go home. We were not. It made me kind of mad to think that I would die here at work instead of with my family. The Rogue complex has to be the biggest automotive complex in the world and would make a good target. Just made me mad that Ford would want us to stay and let the rest leave.
I remember looking around and thinking if the roof started coming "in", where could I jump to real quick to be safe. I kept thinking when will it end... when I heard of the third attack. Rumours on the radio were flying of this was going to be attacked next then that was. I was really edgey at work. I was hoping my kids were OK and what the school was telling them, if anything.
The next day 2 arabic men were taken up front for questioning.
I do remember to hug my wife and kids EVERY day before work since then, because it goes to show, you never know.
Lawrence Cashero | 38 | Michigan

#511 | Tuesday, December 18th, 2001
We are a very trusting & vunerable people to think that what happened could never, ever happen on US soil. I, for one, thought that myself.

I was at work when it all happened. When I fist heard that a plane hit the WTC, I thought that maybe it was a horrible accident of some kind. But, when there was another plane that had hit, I knew we were in trouble.

I know that it has really made me open my eyes to what can happen and we are not exempt from this terror just because we live in the U.S..

I think though, the one thing I hope we all understand....this is not about any religion or race. It is about what hate can do and how it can really not only effect a few or a million, but it has effected the whole world.
Sarah | 25 | Kansas

#512 | Tuesday, December 18th, 2001
I am disabled and house/bed bound for the most part, so I got a computer in April/01 to help with my isolation and joined some communities online and made friends from all over the world, but mostly in the United States. Since buying the computer I very rarely watched any TV. I just get up, get my decaf and go to my computer and log in to my Quit Smoking Support Group to see if any one is in need of help.

I had gotten my coffee and was walking past the TV to my computer, it was around 9:00 am, I got 2 steps past the TV and a voice in my head said "TURN THE TV ON", it was loud and very present, so I surprisingly back stepped and turned it on, to a world of terror, happening before my eyes, my mouth dropped, it was a while before tears came, I was in shock. At first I recall thinking this must be a movie, it must be, it's too horrible not to be. Until the second plane came in. I stayed transfixed to the screen until about 11am, then logged on and started a Prayer Thread for all Americans hurt or killed in this atrocity at my Quit Smoking Support Group, which is made up of mostly Americans. Several online communities I belong to lost members at the WTC and I cry now as I write this, recalling that awful day and the days after. God Bless all who where touched that day by such evil actions, those who lost loved ones, and especially the children. Those that were lost are in a better place than this, in Gods loving arms.
Cheryl Benson | 46 | Canada

#513 | Tuesday, December 18th, 2001
I was in my living room resting on the couch after getting my 8 year old son off to school. When the telephone rang and it was a close friend of mine, telling me to turn on the T.V. because our nation was under attack. I watched all the mass confusion going on . I went to work just praying that the Lord would reach out to our nation and help all the people who were experiencing the loss of their loved ones,friends ect. What really effected me the most was watching the t.v. programs and seing all the people holding up signs with pictures and information of the person or persons they was in search of. Even today December 18th my prayers go out all the innicent people that lost there lives because there are so many families that are grieving, especially now during the holidays. So I just say a special prayer for all of our nation that may the Lord comfort you and give you peace and hope through these troubles times. And may God be with you. AMEN
Tina Sellmer | 31 | Montana

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