#729 | Monday, February 4th, 2002
I remember September 11th. we were taking the GQE,Graduation Qualifying Exam, or Istep depending on what grade you're in. We tested that day until 10:15 or 10:30 and when the princapal came over the annoucements he told us all that America was attacked by terrorists and that the world trade center towers in New York wer destroyed. We had a moment of silence but shortly afterward people in that class disturbed me they were not upset that this happened to America. A couple of minutes later my dad came and got me and i spent the day, until i went to work, with my family. I spent 30 minutes at work my manager told me to go home if she had a kid she wouldn't have her kids come to work tonight. I went home and spent time with my brother who on December 10th left for the Marine Corp.
Mallory Moore | 16 | Indiana

#730 | Monday, February 4th, 2002
I was at work, in a daycare, teaching a class of ten 4 year old children. I had heard in passing about a plane crashing into the WTC but didn't think anything of it. It was just an accident, so I thought . I received a phone call from my mom at about 10:00, telling me to turn on the news. I was terrified. Afterall, my brother lives in NY. I tried calling him, but couldn't get through. Finally, after 30 minutes, I got through. I started to cry when I heard his voice. The children knew that something was wron, they could feel the tenseness in the air. They kept asking what happened, why were we watching the news. Then one child asked about the plane they saw crash on the TV, so I knew it was time to turn it off. I just wanted to go home to be with my family, but I had these innocent children depending on what little strength I had left.
Denise | 26 | Pennsylvania

#731 | Tuesday, February 5th, 2002
I was at work in a Mediadesign-Team here in Zuerich, Switzerland. There i saw these unbelievable pictures on CNN simultaneously over the Web, as like we are there.

My friends an i stoped the work for this day. We couldn't believe, what we saw ...

It was the first time in my life, when I asked myself, where i am ? It was a moment of hopeless and pain.
Hansjoerg Munzinger | 37 | Switzerland

#732 | Wednesday, February 6th, 2002
Ironically, on September 10 I had been looking up airfares to Scotland because I planned- and still plan to- visit there this coming summer. There is an email that says the price of an airfare, which I sent at 1 a.m., Sept. 11.

I went to bed and got up for my Modern Social Problems class here at Georgetown College in Kentucky. It was 8:45, and normally my roommate would have had the television on. But of all days that week, she did not have it on. I also did not check my email that morning, which I normally do.

Outside I noticed how perfectly blue the sky was, and I thought it would be a great September day. When I got to my 9:30 class, the professor entered and immediately said, "I'm sure you all have heard about the planes crashing into the World Trade Center." We all looked at him in astonishment. He said that he didn't know a lot of details, but it looked like a terrorist attack, and that if we found bin Laden was behind it, America would seek justice.

All of the classrooms are supposed to have televisions, but ours did not. We went ahead with class as normal and got out at 10:45. On the way out several people told us that we were having a campus wide meeting upstairs from where my classroom was located, and also that classes were cancelled for the rest of the day.

Before I went there, I went across the hall and called my mom, who lives about an hour away from me. She told me that the towers had collapsed, and that a plane crashed into the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania. "It looks like an all-out terrorist attack!" she said.

At the campus wide meeting, we listened to updated news and prayed for our nation. A newscaster from the nearby city of Lexington was there anyway to give a talk on women in the media industry, but, of course, that is not what she talked about. There was a question and answer session afterward. I remember how one of our college's main administrators talked about how he hoped we would not lash out at Arab-Americans. It was especially moving because he is Lebanese-American. I also remember students and faculty alike asking questions about war, martial law, the draft (two male students asked about it), casualities, culprits, etc.

We adjourned and I went to lunch. My friends and I said we didn't feel like eating, but we knew we had to. I remember a student in front of me on her cell phone who was trying to get in touch with her family and was sobbing. I also remember how a big-screen television was brought into the cafeteria and everyone was watching it. The TV stayed there until January. I went back to my room and watched TV. I didn't call my family much because the local news said to stay off the phone lines.

We met as a campus again at that afternoon for more prayer and discussion. Then, I went to a campus prayer vigil at 6 and one at my church at 7. I don't think I slept well that night. The next week it was hard to concentrate on my school work because I was always looking at the news on television and on the internet.

My heart went out, and it still does, for those who lost loved ones in this tragedy. Luckily, my family does not know anyone who lost their lives that day. We do know someone who was abiout a mile away from the Towers, and we do know a woman whose son escaped from the WTC.

We have a new tradition of painting white benches in front of each of our dorms on campus. Soon after the attacks, we painted those benches with a patriotic theme. In front of my dorm, we have a bench with the NYPD logo on it. Others painted flags, and one painted the New York skyline with the words to a Christian praise chorus-"The day is dawning and I am just rising/I pray my hope won't fail, my hope."

The date of 9/11 touched all American lives and calls all of us to not take anything for granted.
Marie Peterson | 21 | Kentucky

#733 | Wednesday, February 6th, 2002
I was at work in Lansing, Michigan. The boyfriend of my coworker called her and said that someone had crashed a plane into the World Trade Center. I said some smart remark about being a stupid pilot. I had no idea that a GIGANTIC plane hit the building. I had thought it to be some Cesna or something. After that, I went to CNN to read about it. I seemed to be the only one able to get ANY news as the entire internet seems to come to a stop. We had no TV. I gathered news and forwarded it onto my coworkers. Everything. Every rumor. Every truth. It went out.

That day was amazing. Amazing at how people can think that killing this many people would serve any point to anyone. And, amazing at how one nation can unite. And even more amazing, that the world was in complete solidarity with that single country.
Jeff L | 25 | Michigan

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