#1010 | Thursday, March 14th, 2002
I was sleeping and the phone rang, It was my mother-in-law and she said turn on the TV now!, I kept asking why? and she said just do it. I turned on the tv and saw the unthinkable with my eyes the planes hitting the World Trade center and the Pentagon. The news anchor said the White house was being evacuated, I was immediately filled with fear and horror, I woke up everyone in the house yelling WE ARE BEING ATTACKED AND THE WHITE HOUSE IS BEING EVACUATED. Everyone in the house immediately woke and we all were in a state of shock and disbelief. All Day long we could not tear our eyes away from the events unfolding in front of us. We were glued to our tv's for days and allot of tears were shed and now 6 months later I do not think we are the same, I wonder is it going to happen again and Where?, I remember not too long after that I heard a plane fly too low and I immediately ducked and hit the floor, I feel so sorry for the victims and their families I wish I could bring their loved ones back. I wish we could erase their pain. I don't think America will ever be the same again. I know I will never be the same
Grace | 43 | Oregon

#1011 | Thursday, March 14th, 2002
I was in bed asleep. My son Connor, 6, and daughter Lena, 3, were snuggled in next to me. The phone rang, not unusual as my husband works at sea, and often calls when he is within range and able to phone. Jason told me to turn on the TV. I can't remember his words, only the serious sound of his voice. I found myself in shock as I watched the scenes unravel. I remember thinking it couldn't be. Tears came, no sound. My son woke next. I knew I couldn't hide the reality was he would find out soon enough. I explained the best I could, and Connor wanted to know why. "Why mama?" I woke Charity, 16, asleep in her room. She came in sleepy eyed, and was soon wide awake caught in the horror on the TV. A fitting question from one so young..."Why?"
Patricia MacDonald | 32 | Alaska

#1012 | Thursday, March 14th, 2002
When the tragic events events of September 11th unfolded i has just gone to bed. Then all of suddenly my sister yelled to me from her room where she was watching television she said a airplane had collided into the NewYork trade centre at first we thought it was some sort of accident but as way we watched we dicovered it was not. When i wittnessed from the t.v those poor souls jumping from the building this feeling of helplessness and empathy came over me like nothing that i have ever experienced before. The images of thoses events will live with me until the day i die!
Richard Charlton | 19 | Australia

#1013 | Thursday, March 14th, 2002
i had just got out of bed and my mom had told me that a plane had hit the WTC. I could not belive what i had seen. Out of no where the second plane had hit. watching this i said to my slef who would do such a thing? I later went to school and herd about the pentagon and the plane in P.A. I watched in horror and shock as the WTC fell to the ground. I could not belive the number of the people who died that day. My dad was at work, we had just talked the night befor about me taking EMT classes. My dad is a fireman and talking to him that afternoon about all the emergentcy workers who lost their lives that day made me want to just sit and cry. i pulled my self togther and just kept going on with life like the President said to.i will never foget were i was on 9/11/01 it has forever changed my life and America.I pray for those who lost loved ones.
Christian | 18 | New Mexico

#1014 | Thursday, March 14th, 2002
On September 11th 2001 I awoke like every other day. My mom works fairly close to the world trade center. When i first heard about the tower getting hit i was scared for my mom and then when the towers collapsed I thought she might have died. Luckily my dad called her and informed the school to tell me my mom was ok. It was horrifying for me ecspecially because i was at the world trade center a month before. All my family in New York was ok. It made me know how much e should appreciate our families. America was hurt but it wont stop us from living the way we do
Curtis Barnhill | 17 | New Mexico

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