#836 | Saturday, March 9th, 2002
I was still at home trying to get myself dressed for work, help my 8 year old daughter get ready for school and dress my 4 year old son for daycare when I learned about the attack. My husband had heard the radio accounts of the attacks as he drove to his office. He used his cell phone to call home - to tell me to turn on the TV. It was about 7:35am in Albuquerque, NM - 9:35am east coast. Immediately, I turned on CNN and watched in horror, crying and praying on my knees. My children joined me. They were frightened to see me - their Mom - so distraught. We held hands and prayed. We asked God to hold up the buildings and allow as many people as possible to get out. We watched and watched. The buildings held. Then, one collapsed. We prayed harder for the second one. Eventually, it collapsed. I cried. I thought of how my parents must have felt when Pearl Harbor was bombed. I called my manager and told him I wouldn't be in. His son lives in NYC close to the WTC. His son had called to say he was ok. I took my daughter to school where her teacher, a NY native, was coping with helping the children understand. This woman, the teacher, hadn't heard from all of her NY relatives, yet. (Eventually, we learned that her relatives were ok.) My son and I went grocery shopping, stocking up on items, preparing as we did for Y2K. At the stores, we met NY natives worried about their loved ones. Everywhere we went, there was a personal connection to NYC or the pentagon. Later that day, I told my children to look up into the sky and to see that there were no planes. I don't think there'd ever been a day when I hadn't seen or heard planes. We were at war. We did hear jets later that day and were relieved to learn that they were our NM Air National Guard's F-16s.
Julie Miller | 46 | New Mexico

#837 | Saturday, March 9th, 2002
On September 11, 2001 I was in class at college at jwu in rhode island. My professor came in and told us that a plane had just crashed into the north tower of the WTC. At first I thought it was a terrible accident until a student came into class and said that the south tower had been hit and the pentagon and a plane crashed in Pennsylvania. Then I was just in shock and couldn't believe it.After that everything else was cancelled and i went back to my dorm room and watched what was unfolding on TV and I could'nt believe it when they both collapsed. I was filled with unbelievable saddiness and shock. I was glued to the TV until the next morning when classes resumed. And now today even though it has been six months I still can't believe it and I will remember this day for the rest of my life. My heart and prayers go out to all of the victims of this terrible tradgedy and those effected by it. Thank You And GOD BLESS AMERICA AND NEW YORK CITY. I LOVE NEW YORK CITY AND AMERICA. GOD BLESS, SCOTT L.
SCOTT | 19 | Massachusetts

#838 | Saturday, March 9th, 2002
I am a 7th grade student. I can say one thing September 11th changed my life forever. I woke up that day and did what I usually did, got ready for school. I remember turning on the news that morning and the newscaster had said "Today is National Emergency Day..911" It kind of gave me a weird feeling. I never would have guessed that 9-11-01 would be such a horrific, tragic, unspeakable day. The time I got the news I was sitting in my 4th period class. I was shocked. The rest of the day I was upset and speechless. Classes were pretty much cancelled, we didn't do any of our real work. I had heard so many different things and I didnt think any of them were true. Finally, the school day was over. I got off my bus and walked as fast I could down my driveway to my house. For once in my life I was scared of being outside and walking to my house. I immediately turned on the TV. Every channel had the terrible, horrifying images. I saw more and more, I cried. I was so scared. How could someone do that? How? Why? Every minute those thoughts ran through my head. Ever since September 11th I have displayed anger, sadness, and pride. As a teenager, I was deeply affected by these tragic events. I will never forget it and I will NEVER take the people who were saving people for granted again! GOD BLESS AMERICA!
Linsee | 13 | Ohio

#839 | Saturday, March 9th, 2002
It all started early in the morning when I heard on the news that a plane had crashed into the WTC. I had to get ready for school, so I didn't think much more of it. Later, on my way to school, I asked my mom if the towers could fall. Before she could answer, my know-it-all older brother told me it couldn't, it was probably just a little plane and that it would take a lot more than that to make the WTC collapse. He is usually correct, so I put the thought into the back of my mind.
Later, in my first period, a TV was set up. We all sat down and began to watch the footage. The instant I saw the screen, I knew that it was very serious. We all sat there in awe and disgust, watching a significant piece of America collapse. As the towers fell, girls in my class burst into tears. I was beyond crying. I was in shock. After that class my friends and I discussed who could possibly have done it and why they could possibly bare to do it.
It was the worst thing I have ever and will ever see in my life. I hope that all the people who had anything to do with this is righfully punished. They had no right to destroy those towers and kill those innocent people. Just imagine. Those people jumping out of the building to avoid an inferno. Imagine the fire-fighters, policemen, and rescue workers dieng to save others. They did not care if the people they rescued were white, black, Christian, or Muslim. They saved who they could. This shows how America is a truely great place. I love America. Everyone should love America. They definately should not try to kill America. America cannot and will not roll over and play dead. It may take a long time, but America will prevail.
Sarah Buckley | 14 | New Mexico

#840 | Saturday, March 9th, 2002
Just got up to report for duty (Air Force). Turned the TV on and thought I was dreaming. Got ready the rest of the way and went to work. We heard a second plane hit the WTC we all looked at each other, we all had looks that I will never forget. When the plane hit the Pentagon it was a little more obvious our country was under attack. The surprise turned to rage as we heard the unfolding events. We went into threat condition Delta and it all hit home, we were at war.

To the people who read this and are involved, the US military will find you, and punish you. You will never win, the American spirit will never die. We in the military are not afraid to die for our country. Our country is larger that you will ever understand. Think about using weapons of mass destruction and you will pay the full wrath of the U.S. Military. No weapon will be out of the picture in terms of use. The American people will expect nothing short of that.

Wanna meet your god? We will help you in your journey.
R | 33 | California

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