#2486 | Friday, September 13th 2002
I was late getting up for school that day. I had woken up and turned on the T.V. Then proceeded to the bathroom to get a hairbrush. I saw the first tower had been hit. I didn't think much of it at the time. Than when I almost ready to go, thats when the second plane hit. I didn't know what to think. My mom decided not to send me to school that day. I ended up watching T.V that day,just to see what would happen. I cried for the people who were there. Little did I know my Uncle was on the 99th floor of the first tower that was hit.
Penny | 15 | Canada

#2406 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
My alarm woke me that morning. I rolled over and closed my eyes, hoping to salvage whatever sleep I could. Then I heard it. "A jet hit one of the World Trade Towers..." It had to be some kind of joke, a prank.

I ran upstairs to tell my mom, then I flipped on the television. On literally every station, there was the image of the first smoking tower. Then, suddenly, the second plane hit. Little did I realize that those were the images that would repeat themselves over and over during the next three weeks. I was still in disbelief.

I called a friend to verify that she was seeing this too, then I began my walk to school, unable to comprehend, not knowing how to reacte. I was scared. But most I all, I didn't understand.

We didn't know what to think. And neither did the teachers. Our first class went along as planned. I guess no one really knew what to do.

As the day went on, we began to realize what kind of an impact that this would have on our lives. We were all sort of just living it together, waiting for the next peice of information. Our eyes were fixed on the television, just watching it over and over. We were all just sick.

In the days following, so many stories emerged; some tragic, some filled with hope. I admired the reaction of Canada and America, thousands rushing to help in any way that they could. Everybody came together, fell apart together.

It wasn't until a few weeks later that I realized what a big event this actually was. This would be written in text books. Students would learn about this day. My future children would ask me about this day. And I don't exactly know what I'm going to say.

Erin | 16 | Canada

#2401 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I had come home from a very busy night at work, geriatric medicine, 42
patients. I was exhausted, and just
wanted to catch some morning news before
I fell asleep.
Turned on the tv at home, and to my
disbelief, the WTC tower was on fire!
I did not know what had happened, nor did CNN at the time. Then, I saw out the
corner of my eye a large plane fast
approaching and then hitting the other
tower with such force...and I just could
not believe I was seeing this happen live in my livingroom on tv.
I was stunned, and unable to piece
together what had just happened, nor
could I feel anything but disbelief at
the time. I sat there, staring at the
tube and kept saying ,"No. It can't be
real". "It can't be really happening".
I will never forget that I watched it
I was just married 9 days before.

Laurel | 45 | Canada

#2332 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
As a Canadian citizen living in Ottawa, Ontario, that horrific day has changed my life forever. My father had called me from his office to inform me of an "accidental" plane crash into one of the World Trade Center towers. I rushed downstairs, turned on the t.v, and after about 4 minutes of watching this wierd image of a scyscraper on fire, the second plane hit. Time literally stopped itself dead in its tracks when that second plane hit. It was almost comparable to watching a movie, but this wasn't a movie, this was reality. And for the next 12 hours, i was shaken to the core of my soul at what i was watching. I may be a canadian, but that day, regardless of where you reside in the world, we all came together in harmony. Even one year later, i am still shocked and pained at those inhumane images of terrorism. Those poor, poor souls who never knew. God bless them, God bless freedom, and may God us all in such troubling times of uncertainty. I want every reader to learn that the majority of Canadians understand the frustrations in regards to us fighting freedom alongside American soldiers. Please understand that freedom does not come from military action, and from a Canadians perspective, lack thereof. Freedom spawns from our hearts and love for fellow humanity.

Andrew, 25
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Andrew | 25 | Canada

#2295 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
After walking in the door from dropping off my daughter at daycare my friend called me to turn on CNN. She had told me that a plane had crashed into the WTC, I didn't believe her though. I thought she was pulling a fast one, so I turned on the t.v. and a couple minutes later I saw the second plane crash into the south building. I was horrified at what I saw. I could not believe that someone could hate a whole country so much that they could kill for that hate. I cried for almost two days. I did not know any of the victims or their families but just watching and hearing everything that was happening made me wish I could be there to help in some way. I watched for two straight days.

To me 9, 11, 2001 will not be forgotten.

Kimberly | 24 | Canada

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