#891 | Monday, March 11th, 2002
I was sitting at my desk in a government building, when people were going around saying first the planes hit the Twin Towers, then the Pentagon. Soon after, my boss called us into his office to say, that there wasn't any way to get confirmation from Washington, and if we wanted to leave, we could and we would deal with leave slips the next day (it was 10:10 AM). Then we left his office. My desk wasn't too far and I went back to it. I was calm really (why I don't know since Oklahoma really tore me up and changed me forever especially since I work for the Federal Government), then I thought, I'd better get out of there. The parking lot is going to be a bear to get off of. Sure enough, there was a line to get out, but miraculously people were starting to show acts of kindness and letting cars get into line. I drove home with the radio on and really get scared when I heard a plane crashed in Pennsylvania (my boyfriend lives in PA, and they weren't saying what city). By the time I got home and flipped on the tv just on the oft chance my soap may be coming on, I stared at the screen and shut it off. I was like a James Bond movie then, shaken, but not stirred. To this day., I think I'm the only one who has not seen images of the planes hitting the Towers and/or the people jumping.
RJ Teich | 48 | Maryland

#892 | Monday, March 11th, 2002
I was busy at work; I am a transit bus driver. I was picking up the regular passengers. When the students began boarding talking about the World Trade Center. At first I thought that they were talking about some book the teacher had given them to read. As we continued along our path, more and more kids were talking about this. I ask, “ What are you all talking about” They responded with an answer I never thought I would hear. “ Two planes hit the WTC” WHAT!! Then the next passenger got on the bus to tell us that the buildings where gone. The felling was something I never will forget. It must have been like the War of the Worlds. When folks heard the radio show and thought it was real. I heard the news and thought, this is some sick joke, this just can’t be happening. I called my husband, who is also a bus driver to ask him had he heard. I was devastated, like us all. I had to rely on passengers for the rest of the day to get updates. 8 hours later I was finally home to the horror that had happened. I wept. God Bless Us All, I will never forget

Yvonne St.Clair | 47 | California

#893 | Monday, March 11th, 2002
ON SEPTEMBER 11TH I WAS IN SOUTH CAROLINA AT NURSING SCHOOL(I AM FROM JERSEY AN STILL LIVE THERE). I WAS IN THE BOOK STORE AND THE LADY WAS LISTENING TO THE RADIO AND I HEARD THE BREAKING NEWS. I PAID FOR MY STUFF AND RAN BACK TO CLASS. I STARTED CRYING AND FREAKING OUT. I WAS HORRIFIED AND HAD TO LEAVE SCHOOL. I COULD NOT KEEP MY EYES OFF THE TV. I COULD NOT REACH ANYONE IN MY FAMILY DUE TO THE PHONE LINES ALL BEING BUSY AND CRAZY. I PICKED MY DAUGHTER UP FROM PRE-SCHOOL. FOR THE NEXT WEEK I WAS GLUED TO THE TV AND THE RADIO. TO THIS DAY I CAN'T WATCH IT ON TV. I CAN'T THINK ABOUT IT OR TALK ABOUT IT. I START CRYING AND CAN'T STOP. I KNEW A FEW PEOPLE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES THAT DAY. THE ONLY THING I CAN SAY IS THERE IS A REASON WHY THIS HAPPENED. I DON'T KNOW WHAT BUT THERE IS A REASON. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY GOD BLESS ALL OF THE FAMILIES AND FRIENDS WHO LOST LOVED ONES. I PRAY FOR YOU EVERYDAY. I FEEL FOR YOU ALL.
LOVE-NOELLE PELLEGRINO
NOELLE PELLEGRINO | 23 | New Jersey

#894 | Monday, March 11th, 2002
On September 11th I was at school. I was sitting in Health Class and we were taking notes on why people use violence as a way to feel better about themselves, we all find that very weird to be talking about that on that day. My principle came in and asked if we were aware of what happened, then he told us, everyone started crying and wanting to go home to our family. I will never forget that day, I still remember what I was wearing. I pray for the victims and their families everyday. I will never forget, you will always be in my heart. God Bless America!!
Amanda | 16 | Mississippi

#895 | Monday, March 11th, 2002
At 4:35 in the morning on Sept. 11, 2001, my phone rang waking me from a deep sleep. It was my father. My mother had passed away. I couldn't believe it as it was very unexpected. I live in Alabama and my parents lived in Florida, 100 miles away. My dad was having my mom buried in West Virginia. I was having some problems with my car that I needed to get fixed before making the drive to Florida, then north to WV. I arrived at the Auto Shop at 7:45 central time. I went into the waiting area and there on TV it showed the first Tower burning, saying a plane hit the WTC Tower. As I continued to watch, a second plane hit. I was in shock. As a result of the attacks, it became a problem getting my mother's body transported to WV from Florida since the airlines were shut down. Finally on Friday, it was decided that they would have to drive her body to WV. I will never forget 9/11/2001. As I was driving down to Florida that morning, listening to the radio and hearing that the Pentagon also got hit, I said aloud, "Heaven's Gates will be busy today. The world has many more angels to watch over us."
Tammy | 41 | Alabama

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