#640 | Saturday, January 19th, 2002
I am Gerrit Visser in the Netherlands and will never forget that moment when my colleague who worked on the desk across me was called by her husband only 25 minutes after the plane hit the first tower. Immediately we connected to CNN on the internet to get confirmed and see with our eyes that it was true that the Twin Towers was hit by a plane. Soon we went to the hall of our training centre only to witness those horrible moments of the scnd plane and the collapsing of the building. It was unbelievable, we could hardly believe our eyes. After work i had to pick up something at a friends house. There I watched the life broadcast of what happened in New York at that moment.

Gerrit
Gerrit Visser | 48 | Netherlands

#641 | Saturday, January 19th, 2002
My name is Steve and my home is in Cleveland OH. I am in the National Guard here, and I remember unpacking from a weekend-long drill on 10 September. When I realized what was happening, I was at my office, and I had such a knot in my stomach, I thought I was going to throw up. After 0930 all work plans went out the window and I called my unit asking if I had to get in there; they said no at that time. We closed up for the day at 1100, but they closed down the interstate that led from our office to my home; it took me an hour to get home. I threw everything I just unpacked, everything that is green and says US Army on it, back into my duffel bags and ruck sack and waited for the call. Then I just watched CNN all day, and hugged my girlfriend (now my wife -- life is too short to let love go) all day. Strangely, I also played fetch with my golden retriever that afternoon, she was bouncing along and chasing tennis balls like it was any other day. My unit is now activated for Noble Eagle, and I wish to dedicate my efforts this deployment to the man and woman I saw hold hands as they jumped off the WTC. God bless you both, and it is an honor to serve our country in this capacity at a dark time in our history
Steve M. | 33 | North Carolina

#642 | Monday, January 21st, 2002
On September 11th, I was coming back from my consortium class, from another school. I heard on the radio while on the bus ride that there was a plane crash, and I didnt think anything of it. I walked into my home high school and saw on the TV in the counseling office that the world trade center was hit by an airplane. I watched for about 10 minutes, then I saw live the second plane hit the 2nd tower. It hurt inside to watch, and ever since then, I've never been so patriotic.
Matt Perlove | 17 | Michigan

#643 | Monday, January 21st, 2002
ON SEPTEMBER 11TH I WAS AT WORK IN BURLINGTON NORTH CAROLINA. WHEN I HEARD THE BAD NEWS ALL I COULD THINK ABOUT WAS MY LITTLE GIRL WHO WAS BORN A YEAR AGO TODAY. I SAID WHAT A WAY TO SPEND HER FIRST BIRTHDAY I TOLD MY HUSBAND. I SAID SHE WILL NEVER FORGET THIS DAY AS LONG AS SHE IS LIVING. IT IS VERY HAD TO LOOK BACK ON THAT DAY. BUT ALEAST I STILL HAVE A GOOD MEMORY OF THAT DAY MY SWEET LITTLE DAUGHTER HAYLEIGH.
TARA | 29 | North Carolina

#644 | Monday, January 21st, 2002
I was in my first class of the morning, sleeping quietly at my desk in the back of my classroom. When the principal announced what had happened over the intercom, promising more details later, I knew that I would always remember where I was at that moment.
Katie Lohrenz | 18 | Kansas

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