#625 | Friday, January 11th, 2002
I was in the labour ward at King's College hospital with my wife, who gave birth to our son, Haris at 12.40 pm.

Welcome to the world Haris
Patrick | 41 | United Kingdom

#626 | Friday, January 11th, 2002
I was in my Spanish II class in my high school when a kid ran into our class that a plane had hit the world trade center and the Pentagon. My heart sunk into my stomach. I couldn't speak and I looked at my classmates and they couldn't speak either; looking at each other with great disbelief. We watched the news for the rest of class and then I went to Algebra. We also watched the news as we explained to the other children what happened. I began to cry with anger and fear. I saw both towers collapse live on TV and I was shaking. Being a Catholic school, we had a memorial service/mass for the victims and to calm fears. That helped a lot. I will never forget that day for as long as I live.
Allie | 14 | North Carolina

#627 | Saturday, January 12th, 2002
I was sitting at my new job when I first heard the news...My instructor was thinking that they were not serious when they came in and interrupted our class...he joked aobut going home and getting his gas mask...I was very unsure what was actually going on...but when I started to check some of the news sites and saw with my very own eyes a plane crashing into one of the buildings..I was stunned...I felt numb all over..I was't sure on how I was supposed to react....should I cry be mad, What was I to do? So I just sat there and cried and wondered why would someone want to hurt thousands of innocent people...so I just sat there with the hope that one day our country could stand for what it once had, FREEDOM AND LIBERTY FOR ALL! And wanted to get home to be with my family with the fear that I could lose them at any given moment...I just wanted to be at home with them feeling the comfort and joy that I still had them to be with. My regrets go out to all who lost someone who cannot be replaced...and in the event that Americans are getting thier revenge it still doesn't help to make what happened ever go away instead there is more pain and loss for those who overseas fighting this silly war....Although helping some people with their grief knowing that we are doing something about it...it still doesn't make it go away nor will it ever! LONG LIVE AMERICA AND AMERICANS!
April A.Sievers | 24 | Michigan

#628 | Sunday, January 13th, 2002
I was walking to class when I heard the radio was louder than usual at the hotdog stand. I heard the anouncer make a remark about tighter security, and I asked the man who ran the hotdog stand what had happened. He said, "Two planes crashed into the WTC, and one into the pentagon, and in Pennsylvania."

At first I couldn't believe it. I felt numb. Classes were canceled, and I walked outside back to that hotdog stand and just stood there for over half an hour listening to the news with a group of students. There was absolute quiet.

I felt angry and numb, and sad all at the same time. It was one of those days where I just had to talk to some one. I watched the news for hours that day, and just cried for our country, and for all those who were lost, and for how our freedom had been threatened.

The events of September 11 have helped me become stronger in my beliefs, and has helped me put life into perspective. I remember thinking as I walked home how short life is, and how I wanted to live it, and not take anything forgranted.

God bless America.

T.C. | 23 | Florida

#629 | Sunday, January 13th, 2002
I live in France near Paris, I am 31 yo.

That day, when I got off my bed toward lunch time, I immediately turn my computer on (usually it is the TV srt, but not that day), (...)

When I came out of the bathroom, I start to surf on the web and finally went on a gothic chat.

At one moment, one of the chatter told the group that a plane crashed in the WTC (as he used to be the one who always joke in the area, nobody believed him)...

Suddenly, a friend sent me a private message : turn your TV on immediately !

I asked him : on which channel ?

He replied : on any channel, it doesn't mat' !!

At this moment, my heartbeat went crazy.

I start to feel weird (no exact word to explain that)..

I had switched the TV on, and I saw strange images..

At first I imagined it was the making of of a new film, but it was on the whole channels !!! The same things, the same images, the same talk, the same words, the same..

I returned on my chat with my friends.

THere was almost nobody then on our chat.

We were all searching words through our emotion, through this unspeakable situation, it was like science fiction, it was so unreal..

My hands were shaking with indignation after the crash of the second plane, cos at this moment it was not an accident anymore... NO !

And the phone began to ring (all day long)...

And I saw the image of the Pentagone..

At this moment, on the screen I saw a frightening message, somebody has written : IT IS WAR !!

(sorry i have to stop now, my hands start to tremble again 4 months after)

I cannot find the words again.......
C. GASTALDI | 31 | France

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