#1005 | Wednesday, March 13th, 2002
On September 11, 2001 at 7:25 I was watching cartoons on tv while I waited for my bus. All of the sudden, a picture came on in the middle of the show, I almost turned the tv off, but then the tv guy started talking. He was kind of crying, so it was a little hard to understand him. Even though I couldn't understand him, I will always remember the image of the plane smoking on the side of the World Trade Center. Then I had to turn the tv off and go to school. At first I thought a plane had accidently ran into it, but when I got to school all the teachers were talking about it and crying. Our history teacher answered all our questions about it, our english teacher had us write an essay on it, and our science teacher had us listen to the radio. The news didn't really sink in until the next day when the tv was showing the videos that people had gotten and they were also talking about how many people had died that day. The terriorists meant to tear our country apart, but they ended up bringing us closer together. I have started trying to be nicer to my friends and my family. We were raising money from our school but I don't know how much we raised. I am really Proud to be an AMERICAN!!!!!!
Myndi | 13 | Colorado

#1006 | Wednesday, March 13th, 2002
I remember being in my boyfriend's car when I first heard the news about the WTC. We were on our way to school, and I didn't have a clue what the dj was talking about. Once I stepped into the classroom I realized what really happened. My U.S. History teacher explained how this was going to be one of those "Where were you when Kennedy got shot" moments, and I can just remember sitting in that big lecture hall while scenes of the crashings flashed over the the two screens in front of me. We were allowed to leave and call our parents and loved ones to see how they were doing. The first person I called was my mom, and she kept telling me to just pray for the families of the victims. Every time I think about that day I get a big lump in my throat, but I am proud that our country has pulled together and united since then.
Yolanda | 19 | Texas

#1007 | Wednesday, March 13th, 2002
I had just taken my son to school. The car radio interrupted with the story that the 1st plane had hit the tower. I didn't know what to think at that point! I returned home and turned on my tv, just before the 2nd plane hit. At that point I became very interested, I knew that this was no longer an accident. I watched until a short time after the pentagon was hit. At that point I decided that it would be best to turn off my tv. I was 7 1/2 months pregnant with our daughter and knowing what was going on and the stress that it was causing me, I took a nap. My husband is a legal specialist for the Army and my friends, fearing that he may be called to a war, called me to see if I was alright.
I ended up getting very sick that day. Something was wrong, I didn't know what, just that I didn't feel well. I went to the hospital and had to have an emergency c section, because my blood pressure had gotten too high and they feared for the baby and for me. My daughter was born 6 weeks premature and in need of alot of help. She needed to be sent to a hospital nearly 2hours away from our home. They had to take her by lifeflight, well due to the fact that air space was closed that day virtually all over the world, they weren't going to take her. Finally they did agree to let her go, otherwise she would have died. She was the only lifeflight in Iowa that day!
She is doing well now, a happy and very healthy 6 month old! I look back at all of it now with questions that I will probably never have answered and with a great deal of anger. I wasn't in the trade center that day, I had never even been there, nor was I anywhere near the Pentagon, but my family was affected in our own little way!
That day our lives changed forever! We saw the horrific evil that is here on this earth, but for my family there was good too. We will celebrate our daughter's 1st Birthday on the Anniversary of the attacks, but we will also mourn for those lost.
To all of the families of those lost we will never begin to know your pain, and cannot pretend to. And even though I don't know anyone who lost a loved one in the attacks, know that I do think of the families that did lose loved ones. I pray every night that God grant you the courage to go on! May God be will you all! And may we never forget that perfect morning that turned into an unspeckable tagidy!
Donielle | 26 | Iowa

#1008 | Wednesday, March 13th, 2002
wen the 9/11 attacks happened i just woke up to get ready for school...then my friend called me up and told me,"turn on the T.V. and watch the news we being bombed" i thought he was playing because he always fool around. but when i turned on the T.V. it was on the news and i was shocked because i didn't know then this kind of thing would happen. and wen i was watching the it on T.V. it was really happening. they showed the airplanes slamming into the world trade center.
Blayne Espiritu | 16 | Hawaii

#1009 | Wednesday, March 13th, 2002
Tuesday, Sept. 11th 5:30 AM PST, my husband and I were awake, dressed, having coffee and watching the morning news before he leaves for work and I drive 30 miles to babysit my granddaughter Madison. The first news reports were unbelieveable and shocking. "NO, this isn't happening."
Was my first reaction. I telephoned my family immediately. My sister's reaction at first was "What! You're watching TV in the morning?" We watched in silence the rest of the morning. All I could think of was that my grandchild's future was forever changed. Truly, it was the end of the INNOCENSE. Now, we hug each other a little longer and tighter and say "I LOVE YOU" every chance we get. Our sympathy and prayers to the victims families.
Mercy | 54 | California

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