#708 | Friday, February 1st, 2002
I was at my school (5 towns college) getting my photo I.D. picture taken, as I walked into the office, they had a small clock radio broadcasting news, which was all about a plane crashing into one of the twin towers, I was stunned, so was everyone else, but we went about taking the picture, not thinking it was a terrorist attack yet considering nothing else had happened. I took the picture, and immediatly left school. I was on my home on the LIE (Long Island Expressway) when the 2nd plane hit the other tower, thats when it hit me it was a terrorist attack, had I been a half hour later leaving school, if it weren't for my first class being cancelled, I would have been basically stranded there, because they eventually closed the LIE for Emergency vehicles only, I got home and went inside, my mother was in her bed, practically hiding under the covers watching in horror. I went to a few friends houses afterwards, picked them up, we all went to Jones Beach, and watched the smoke rise from there, we all said our prayers.
Ryan Brady | 18 | New York

#709 | Friday, February 1st, 2002
I was awoken by my dad at work who said look at the television-i remember asking what channel-he gave a quick laugh-and said it will be on every channel.
At first i thought the world's economy had collapsed, then i got the impression a crazed gunman had started shooting in Manhattan.
I was mortified as i saw the images of planes plowing into the WTC.
I am Australian, but i am with you-in th ewords of Winston Churchill and Franklin D Roosevelt respectively-
"We shall never surrender"
"We will never give up, or give in"

They have sown the wind now they must reap the whirlwind-my heart is with my American brothers-in-arms...AMEN

Ryan Oxley | 17 | Australia

#710 | Friday, February 1st, 2002
I had a nine oclock class that Thursday. I sat through an hour and a half of class, completely clueless as to anything that had happened that morning. It was as I walked over to my 10:30 that I first heard news of something being wrong. My sociology class was cancelled, due to "some fire or something" at the WTC. I didn't give it a second thought. I was just happy I didn't have to go to class. So I went early to my job interview, and as I was sitting in the office, my boss was listening to Howard Stern while asking me to fill out some paperwork. It was then that I heard about planes crashing into the WTC. I don't even remember getting my job, but I remember walking back to my room in a cloud, and as I walked through my hall, it was only then that I began to understand the gravity of the situation. No one was at class, everyone's door was open and tuned to CNN...and everyone was crying. At this point I still didn't comprehend that it was a terrorist attack...and as I watched 5 minutes of CNN, I began to realize what had happened.

My friend lost her father in the attack, a volunteer firefighter in two local fire departments and also an employee in Tower 2. He got out safely, but went back in to try to help people. He was never seen again. I attended his wake in the end of October, when they found bits and pieces of the man who I knew as a jovial widow, a single father of two teenage girls. My friend now lives with a distant relative in upstate New York.

Having this happen the first month of being away from home at college has shaped my existence. I still rely on the people who I grew up with, from that day on. We all have been stirred by the tragedy...no one will ever be the same.
Marissa Larubbio | 18 | New York

#711 | Friday, February 1st, 2002
September 11,2001 was my son's first day of school. My mother,mother-in-law and myself had just dropped my son off at the school.We were very exited because this was his first day ever of pre-school. The time was 8:53am when we heard the announcer on the radio station KYW in Philadelphia say that a plane had crashed into the tower of the WTC. We looked at each other and said , "What was that pilot thinking?"We rushed home.I turned on CNN and called my father at work to see if he knew what had happened. I feel people around the world who had heard that the first plane had crashed thought it was just a terrible mistake by an airline.While i was on the phone with my father he was simultaneously watching CNN with my mother and I. We all screamed "Another plane just crashed into the other WTC" Right away we knew terrorists or another country was to blame. We even thought some psycho militia group may have done this.In the mean time my husband was asleep upstairs, he works nights and was dead to the world after a very long shift.I started crying. I was also 7 months pregnant at the time so I was emotional anyway. All I kept saying was that I wanted to get my son from school.I was thinking about what my new baby's life would be like, or even if we would have a life. We were just waiting for something else to happen. Sure enough the reports came in that the Pentagon was on fire. Then there was the story of a plane crashing into Shanksville,Pennsylvania. This was so eerie because my family owns houses in the mountains not 20 miles from there.With this I woke up my husband,still in tears I told him what was going on. We all began to watch CNN. The first tower fell. Then the second.After seeing people jumping,people running for their lives,the distruction in NYC,i wanted to hold my son and tell him everything was going to be ok. How could I tell him everything was going to be ok if I didn't believe that it was going to be alright? For weeks after the attacks I kept hearing the voices of news reporters in my head. It's very rare to see such emotions coming from objective sources. I still here the voice of one reporter from tv "The World Trade Center is no more." To me those were the last words of every person who died and are still missing today.
Danielle Arrera | 26 | United States

#712 | Friday, February 1st, 2002
I was in my Organic Chemistry lab isolating caffeine from iced tea at the time and hadn't heard right away...and I thought I was going to feel better when I finished and left.
Andy | 19 | Pennsylvania

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