#2475 | Thursday, September 12th 2002
I was at school when I heard the news,the shock was very intense. The first thing I did was think of my baby she was 3 at the time. I was glued to the TV for months. I know that I will never truly know the pain of the people that lost someone on 9/11, but it has touched my life. I send prayers and thoughts to all the family members who lost someone.
Tracy Abernathy | 23 | Alabama

#2461 | Thursday, September 12th 2002
The main thought that ran through my mind was that I wanted to leave work, go pick my 4 year old daughter up from daycare and hold her as tight as I could. I wanted to go home very badly.
Beth | 39 | Alabama

#2457 | Thursday, September 12th 2002
I had just woke up after flying back from Seattle, WA., the evening before. My father had passed on Aug. 22nd and I spent just over a week with my mother to make sure she’d be ok.
I don't usually turn on the TV in the morning, but something compelled me to this day. I changed to the Network stations and heared that something had hit the World Trade Center.
As I began to get caught up on the details, I saw the second plane look as if it were flying in the distance near the WTC. To my disbelief it crashed right into it.
All I could think about was there would be some moms & Dads that wouldn't be going home that night.
I had a bad feeling in my stomach and tears going down my face.
I have always had respect for life, but this put even more light on it because I had an unborn child that was two months from birth. I thought, "That could have been myself or family on one of the planes, or working in the WTC."
The other fact that will always have significance is that my wedding anniversary is on this day. Had I decided to leave the same day as this event, I would have unable to come home when the airports were shutdown.

I would like the world to know that this type of hate has less to do with religion or culture (Islam) as it does people being educated on the facts. It also does not help to follow a person or ideal and not question that which seems not to fit ideals or equate to our "common sense."
I hope this ordeal has gone a long way to change the thoughts and actions of even our homegrown Militia groups.

We have the capacity to forgive, but should never forget.

Gary D | 35 | Alabama

#2186 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I was in my car on the way to work when my local radio station announced the tragic news. I vaguely remember the rest of my trip to work because I was so stunned. When I got to work, I immediately closed my door and fell to my knees in prayer for the people who had lost loved ones. I knew that whether directly or indirectly, we were all affected by this act of terrorism.
TDL | 39 | Alabama

#2039 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I was at work when it all happened. One lady had a radio, but we didn't have a TV, of course, and, as everyone knows, you SURE couldn't get on a news website, not at first. And I remember craving the information.

But when I finally was able to get on a website...when I finally DID get the information..... It's one of those things your head processes but your heart doesn't you know?

I remember thinking: God help us all. God help those people....

My mind immediately went back to that wonderful week of Spring Break in 1988, when my high school senior class and I went up the east coast. We didn't have a care in the world then, just having fun seeing the sites. We stopped, among other places, in Washington DC. We toured the Pentagon. And when we got to New York...well, going up to Windows on the World was an experience. My memory is not the greatest. Details from that long ago do not come easily, I'm afraid. Believe me if I knew then what I know now I would have written things down immediately. But you know what they say about hindsight being 20/20. No way could we have known. But there are some things I never will forget.

I can still see clearly in my mind the soldier who led us on our tour of the Pentagon, how he seemed ill-at-ease having our picture taken, but we were tourists and teen-agers at that. It was our job. ;)

At the World Trade Center, the lady who took us up in the elevator was a black lady, and you could tell she'd done the tour thing at least a thousand times before. I remember her telling us the elevator was the fastest elevator in the world, and that at a point you'd feel weightless while going up.

They didn't let us on the roof that day because it was too windy. But I remember the windows going all the way around except for the part where the cooking area itself was, and there was a little grate you stepped down on and have your nose pressed right up to the glass. I remember thinking, WHOA that is a LONG way down. Talk about understatement, huh? But I got some beautiful beautiful pictures.

We did other things that week. But for obvious reasons, these are the ones that come to mind. I still have my ticket to the world trade center and when I got it out last night I nearly cried. Time has blunted the grief somewhat, but it still hurts. And I'll admit, I didn't even loose anybody. But simply as Americans we all got our hearts ripped out that day.

And some things did hit close. I came to find out later (it's sad that I had no idea) that one of my cousins works at a company that regularly does contract work for the Pentagon. By the grace of God he didn't have to go in that day. A nice lady who owns a deli I frequent lost two friends who worked at Cantor Fitzgerald.

I keep wondering, though I know I will never have the answers to the questions: While I doubt very seriously the soldier who took us on the tour was still there, you never know. Was the part of the Pentagon we toured anywhere near the part that got hit? Was the lady who took us up in the elevator still there? Is her family mourning now?

I can honestly say I have seen things so many people in the US will never get to see again. That right was taken away from them on September 11, 2001. But I've have been so heartened by America's spirit, and our heroes, those still with us, and those "who died just doin what they do."

God Bless America

Niki Hollingsworth | 32 | Alabama

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