#555 | Thursday, December 20th, 2001
I heard the news in a frantic call from my mother as I sat reading the morning's email and preparing to listen to voicemail, still just beginning what I thought would be an ordinary day. It was United Way presentation day in the office, and a large television had been set up in the conference room next door for the video presentation. As I hung up from talking to my mother, our administrative assistant came around the corner and said that the a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. She said one of the guys next door had the news on. We both rushed over to watch the guy's 3" TV, stunned by what we were seeing. We couldn't figure out how the pilot got off course and hit a building, never did we imagine what we later found to be truth. Someone rolled the bigger TV in, and someone found the antenna for it, and all eyes became glued to New York as the employees started filtering in. Just after we turned on the larger screen and began watching, we saw the second plane hit. Noone spoke, I think words escaped us as we realized this was more than an accident. Frantically calls started going out to loved ones and family, our co-workers on flights were being searched for, and offices secured. I know that I'll never forget where I was on September 11th, 2001, nor where each family member I called was, when I needed to know where those I cared about were.
Matthew | 23 | Ohio

#556 | Thursday, December 20th, 2001
I work for the DOD in procurement and September 11th was a stand down day for aquisition excellence. Many of us were in a closed door meeting. Nothing was said to us. At 10:00 we had a break and I heard a rumor about WTC and just brushed it off as just that a crazy rumor. At 11:15 our morning meeting was over, but we were told the afternoon session was cancelled and that we were to proceed to our vehicles and drive home. The the entire compound was now closed!
I passed a conference room and someone was watching TV, at first glance I thought it was a movie. Then the person watching told me what had happened.
At first I was in shock! I went to my car, got in line to exit the compound with the radio on a news station I found myself pounding on the steering wheel and shouting "Bastards". I pulled off the road and cried. Then went to several of our defense contractors to see how they were handling the news. Then I went home and sat in front of the TV in disbelief. After a sleepless night. I remember going to pick up the newspaper at the end of the driveway. As I picked it up I said "please God let what happened yesterday be a nightmare". But the headlines brought me back to reality.
Carmen Malizia | 52 | Pennsylvania

#557 | Friday, December 21st, 2001
Right now I am in school, it's my senior year and we are researching info for our public policy papers we have to wright. September 11th 2001...I was here in school. It was third period and I walked into study hall to see one of the towers in flames on CNN. I didn't know what had happened...then came forth period. I work in the office that period and all the staff stood staring at the TV. Then I was standing there..observing the fear in everyone's eyes. I looked back at the TV and seen the 2nd plane hit. " What the HELL is going on!" I yelled as all the staff looked at me. I leave the office to take a walk when I see my friend Scott in the other Office crying because his sister works right next to the towers. Weeks after I cried my eyes out, not because I was scared but because I couldn't even imagine all the mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, who will never see there loved ones again. Fathers kissed their little girls before work that day not knowing that day would be their last. It's going to be four months since it happened...yet it seems like yesterday. And this christmas the victims loved ones won't be spending it with them. Sick bastards in this world...too many for that matter. And growing up in it is a challenge in it self. I don't know what else to say...because what I say it probably what everyone else has said already.
Stephanie R. | 17 | New York

#558 | Friday, December 21st, 2001
I was about to do my First Computer Lab for my computer course in a room 206 at a building called Baldy at the University of Buffalo, it was 0845 at the time. The class started at nine o clock and every thing went well. After that I was free for the whole day so I went home to make my cup of tea as always. It was 1020 in the morning when I went to watch CNN And to My horror I saw one Tower in flames and the other tower was gone. At the same time I saw the Pentagon in flames as well. I was like No wAy. But I knew who wanted to do it (Osama).

It was the longest and the Saddest day of my life. I just hope no one makes a movie out of this.

The rest was history

My God Bless us all.
Adil Sohail Qureshi | 20 | New York

#559 | Friday, December 21st, 2001
I was working at the school, in the kitchen when my husband came in and told me what was happening. I was in shock and almost didn't believe it. My first thought was where was my daughter. She works at a major airport and I was so worried that she might be flying somewhere. About 30 minutes later she called and said she was alright but it was the scariest time of my life. I knew we would probably go to war. My son just got out of the Marine Corp. and has 3 years left in the nonactive reserve. I cried for all those people who lost there loved ones. It was so quiet in the class rooms because all the kids were watching the events that were unfolding in disbelief.I think it has brought us all closer and I pray everyday for our leaders to have the ability to bring to justice the ones who did this. I'm so proud to be an American.
Dee Dee Matthews | 47 | Idaho

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