#688 | Monday, January 28th, 2002
I had just got home from the hospital the evening of the 10th and went to bed under heavy medication. I woke up around 9:30am to hear on the radio that the world trade center had been hit by a plane. Then only minutes later that a second plane had hit the WTC. And then another plane had hit the pentagon?

In my medicated state it took me hours of wondering if I was just in some dreamstate experiencing a nightmare to figure out that the nightmare was real. I will never forget the site of the people running from WTC as the first tower was collapsing. They were very lucky to have that chance to run for their life.
Michael Osborne | 23 | West Virginia

#689 | Monday, January 28th, 2002
i was in manhattan - down the street -about 40 blocks away working when the planes hit. i was lucky. but there are some visions from those next days i will not forget... being a relative newcomer to new york to begin with, seeing the entire city shut down with in hours of the towers collapsing.

i remember walking through central park with a collective group of people fro my office. we had been told to head uptown... just go north. men and women in their business suits huddled in groups in the park listening to the radio broadcast the president and the mayor.

we were trying to figure out what to do.

and not sure how to help.

Jennifer | 35 | New York

#690 | Monday, January 28th, 2002
I was in school. 2nd period. Our principal interrupted class over the PA speaking in a distressed voice. We were told that two jetliners were hijacked and crashed into the Twin Towers. Almost instantaneously, I was stunned; I went into denial trying to tell myself that this was all some sort of wicked prank. Later that hour, as the televisions were now turned on, CNN informed us that another plane had crashed into the Pentagon. At that moment, I lost my ability to stay focused. I went home and glued my eyes on CNN for the longest time imaginable, and I thought to myself over and over again: America would never be the same.
Xuan Yong | 16 | Texas

#691 | Tuesday, January 29th, 2002
I spent the first thirty-nine years of my life in Brooklyn, and I remember watching the construction of the world trade center from my bedroom window as a child. I had moved to Ohio at the end of August, 2001, to live with my girlfriend. On September 11, my mother called me, and before saying hello, she said "Donnie's Okay."
I was confused by this, because I didn't know what had happened yet, so my natural response was "why wouldn't he be?"
She then told me to turn on my TV,and when I reminded her that I don't own one, she suggested the radio, after telling me that terrorists had crashed an airplane into the world trade center. Neither of the buildings had collapsed at that point, so we made the conversation short, and I tuned in a radio to a local station, which had suspended all programming to report the events. I heard a reporter recount the collapse of the towers, one at a time, as they fell, and I was overwhelmed by what I was hearing. First I cried, and then I became extremely angry.
My brother, Donnie, worked in the world trade center, as he did in 1993 when it was blown up the first time.
I'm glad my mother called me before I heard about it elsewhere, and I was glad my brother was spared. I didn't know at the time that my cousin also worked in the building, and only found out a week later that she was on the 87th floor of the second tower to be hit, but she started running when the first plane hit, and didn't stop. I'm very happy she's okay too, but her mother suffered many hours of panic before she knew her daughter was safe.
I'm a Carpenter, from Local Union #608, so the Twin Towers were definitely "my buildings." To this day it bothers me that I wasn't there to help out, and was so far from home when tradgedy struck.
I'll be back in NYC when the new towers are built, and I won't be watching from my bedroom window this time. I'll be building them. See you in NYC soon.
Glenn Saari | 40 | Ohio

#692 | Tuesday, January 29th, 2002
My bf and I woke up at 9:30 a.m. because his sister called. He got off the phone and walked into the kitchen and said, "The Twin Towers are gone!" I've never been to NY so I wasn't comprehending him. He explained the devastation involved, saying "This is HUGE!!"
I work in news so I called my boss and she was frazzled and said, "Yes, come in to work!" even though I wasn't scheduled that day. As I drove to work I listened to the radio which was broadcasting media interviews etc. At work it was a MADHOUSE. I could barely fit myself into rooms to look at news feeds. A lot of us worked 18 hr shifts for about 3 days after.
I hope that people understand that it's not an entire race of people or religion (e.g. Muslims) who must be punished - it's only a specific terrorist group.
This event, I hope, has created awareness for everyone, and compassion for each other.
A.L. | 23 | Canada

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