#975 | Tuesday, March 12th, 2002
I was at school when it first happened. We didn't know that the first one had hit until I was told in my next hour. All we did was watch it on tv all hour and we saw the second plane crash. After lunch our teachers were told that we were not allowed to watch it anymore because it was too graphic. None of us felt that way, we thought we had the right to know, so our teachers locked the doors and let us anyways. It was so sad, all my teachers were crying and said we should be able to go home, but we couldn't. My cousins are fighting for us right now, God Bless America!
Melissa | 16 | Wisconsin

#976 | Tuesday, March 12th, 2002
I thought it was a joke at first. Watching the second tower crash I thought- wow, what a horrific joke, what great effects. It wasn't though, and soon I heard about the Pentagon. That hit me. My dad would have been there if we hadn't moved 1 month earlier. All my friends parents worked in the Pentagon. I walked around all day like a zombie. I cried a lot, and even today I cry when I hear the national anthem. I'm so proud to live in this country where we have so much freedom, and I'm always in awe when the anthem is played and even a group of 4 thousand can be so silent. I want to thank everyone fighting for our freedom, and I want to let all the heroes out there know that they are the reason our contry has moved on. God Bless America, from sea to shining sea.
Erin | 16 | Utah

#977 | Tuesday, March 12th, 2002
I was at work and listening to my favorite morning show on the radio.When a song ended, there was dead air. I figured that the station had gone off the air and was reaching over to change the dial. The radio personality came back on the air and advised that if we could....we should turn on the nearest TV. They had been watching footage of where a plane had hit the WTC and while they were watching, a second plane hit the other tower.I went to my nearest coworkers and told them to switch to a news station on their radios becuase it sounded like a terrorist attack. They thought I was joking.It was amazing to hear, not see, what was happening. You could hear in the radio announcers voices how shocking it was. I saw still footage on a nearby computer with internet access.Probably the oddest thing was going outside at break. We are near an airport. It was surreal to see no airplanes going above! What was even more surreal was when the airplanes were again allowed to fly. We looked at them like we'd never seen one before.Also....the gas lines on September 11 were hard to believe. I actually needed gas and was afraid I'd run out waiting. We fnally found a small non-chain station. It was amazing how friendly and polite everyone was.
Linda | 44 | Michigan

#978 | Tuesday, March 12th, 2002
On September 11, 2001 I was in Honolulu, Hawaii. My husband and I come to Hawaii as often as we can for rest and relaxtion. On that morning when I got up the TV was on which was highly unusual. I ask my husband if something had happened and he said I had to see for myself. When I came into the main cabin (we live on a boat in Hawaii) I could not believe my eyes. They were replaying over and over the planes crashing into the Twin Towers. It was so totally surreal and unbelievable. I have never felt so far away from my own family and friends on the mainland. It was almost impossible to take it all in and have any kind of understanding why someone would do such a thing. On that day I realized that I took for granted in many ways living in and being an American. I do not believe that will ever be possible to do again. This is our Pearl Harbor and we should never forget those whose lives were cut short and those who have to go on without them. We should always stand tall and be proud to be AMERICANS!
Edwina Hain | 61 | California

#979 | Tuesday, March 12th, 2002
I live in Australia, so it was nighttime when the attack occured. It was storming outside, and got up to close my bedroom window. My mother heard me moving around and came into me bedroom, looking completely shocked. She said, "The World Trade Center in New York has been hit by a plane. Come and watch the news!" We sat on her bed and watched in shock as the first tower was engulfed in flame. And then it happened. The second plane came onto the screen and exploded against the second tower. It was unbelieveable. We watched the disaster unfolding live on television, and clung to each other because there was nothing we could do. We cried for the innocent lives lost and the evil of man's heart, as it was obviously a terrorist attack. We could not express our horror and fury that anything so evil could touch the lives and hearts of so many. Our bodies were bound here, but our thoughts and prayers were with the families of thoses souls lost, and the emergency workers trying to save them. God Bless America, we will never forget.
Emma Harvey | 17 | Australia

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