#580 | Friday, December 28th, 2001
On September 11th 2001, I was beginning another normal day at my high school. After 1st hour one of my friends told me that something happened at the WTC. I was the only one to know about what happened in my 2nd hour, and I was telling everybody, then the principal came on the PA and told the whole school about what happened. Most of the teachers were in tears, and me along with my fellow students just felt numb from the anger and fear of what was to come. Unfortunately my 3rd hour was gym class, and because most gym teachers are heartless, we were forced to do normal activities anyway. The rest of the day we just grieved. They should have let us go home early. But they didn't. I didn't even see the footage until I got home. I just couldn't believe it. I started to cry when I realized there were babies and children on the planes. I was so moved by the heroism of the firefighters and police running into the WTC when people were running out. I have heroes in the sports world that I look up to, but we witnessed true heroism on 9/11/01. I wear a FDNY hat everyday now, showing my appreciation. On September 11th, I was in for a normal day, but it turned out to be a day I shall never forget.
Kevin | 17 | Wisconsin

#581 | Friday, December 28th, 2001
on the morning of september 11th i wke up just as any other day i went threw all my normal morning actvites befor school,that morning every thing was going normal untill about 8:30 9:00, at first a few people just went home early and some one said that it was beacuse they didint get a shot or something,than almost half the school was on there way home by lunch they said they would make an anoucment,by than we all knew something was deftinally wrong.it was such a butiful day and they wouldent let us go out side for lunch beacuse all the mother were comming to get there kid's i had no clue what was going on,my mom knew rite when it happens she works in a special edd class in an kindergarden-2nd grade school,she knew what happen and a women she work with was coforting her beacuse my dad only works 2 block's away from there even tho' i live a good 145 miles away it was still as bad as ever the lady hellping my mom deal not hereing from my dad's brother in law had ben one of many fire-fighters lost in the loss. at lunch my friend told me what happen her mom called to talk to her and old her what happen and she was picked up rite after lunch,the teacher's only told us that there was a problem in the city they still didint say what or were but i kne it was bad,as i said my dad works in that area of the city,they made us stay after school to go home a parent had to come get us,after about an hour after school one of the teachers came and told us what happen he didint tell us they had fallen but that 2 planes crashed in to them.i finally got home and my mom told me it wasent till 1:30pm that she found out my dad was okay.He was one of the many people running from the debree he is now one of many of my hero's who were involved with saveing lives he carried a lady who had fainted in the street to a building. he got home a few hours early that day. when i got home i turned on the t.v and i video taped most of it,and i taped things off the radio i could not belive what had happened i was so scared all i kept saying was "omg i cant belive this" over and over just flipping threw the chan's. witch all had something about it on.my best friend came over and alotta people called to see if my dad was okay he come home covered in all that debree,it was just horable.

So many people close to me were effected by this my friend's with 6 children in there family's dad was a fire-fighter killed i went to a wake for him,a girl who worked with my mom's brother was killed he was a contractor on the top floor,my best friends mother quit her job in aguest to move to albany every one from her old job was killed all her old friends and boss.my close friend made a butiful pome and in my school year book we are deadacateing a section to 9-11-01 and her pome is head lineing the year book,it's just terriable
Megan | 14 | New York

#582 | Friday, December 28th, 2001
I am a Security Guard in a High School. We are on Long Island in New York. We are near an airport and I heard a jet noise that I never heard before. I got so nervous thinking to myself, is this plane going to hit the building? (later I would find that it was a fighter jet). Ten Minutes later a student came out in the hallway and told me that one of Twin Towers was hit by a plane. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I said no way, must be a mistake or a small plane that ran out of gas. I immediately went to my car to turn on the radio and the news was true. The scary part was that it kept going. Second plane than the Pentagon and PA. I had to work the front gate at the school and so many parents came racing in crying and picking up their kids. It was so scary. I was wondering if I was supposed to go get my kids. I decided to stay because all along I was telling the students not to worry, you are safe and trying to keep them calm. I will never forget the student "Anthony" as long as I live. Nor will I forget September 11th.

God Bless America. God Bless our Troops
Debby | 39 | New York

#583 | Saturday, December 29th, 2001
On September 11th 2001, my husband and I were in the Mexican Consulate in Orlando Florida. We were watching Cnn on the television in the Lobby, and all of a sudden it showed the First building had been hit. For one second I thought maybe it was an accident, and then I started to realize that the odds of that were great. It was horriblr, and the people in the Consulate were very afraid, once it was clear what was happening.Then we saw the second plane hit, and the Pentagon, and we were really scared at this point. The consulate closed and we headed home, listening to the radio. The towers collapsed!! Cars were stopped on I-4, and people were crying and in shock. We managed to find a place with a television, and the site was horrific.President Bush was here in our city, Tampa, at one of the schools. I will never forget the look on his face when he was told what was happening. The World came to a halt for a few Days, and slowly we started to regain our lives. But some are lost forever. September 11th is a Day I will never forget, nor will the rest of the World. I pray everyday for the families of the victims, and the lost. And I pray for a safer world for my children. We will never be the same or feel completely safe again.God help us all
Amanda | 33 | Florida

#584 | Saturday, December 29th, 2001
Where was I on September 11, 2001 I was in school sitting in my second hour. When a worker at the school came into my class and told us to turn on CNN. When I seen the First Tower after it was hit and I was shocked and terrified. I live in Romulus, Michigan and my school is very close to the airport I was scared that the school would get hit or something. Soon the bell rang and I was going to my 3rd hour I soon seen the second tower get hit and I was shocked then weeks later I hadn't heard anything more about the towers or the families. I am scared more then anything then I heard a song by Alan Jackson Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning. It was shocking to hear a song that said everthing that was going on and how I was feeling.
April | 17 | Michigan

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