#2446 | Thursday, September 12th 2002
I had just walked into work and I remember some one saying a plane had hit Tower 1. I quickly snapped back, don't joke about that shit. Then I saw photos and I was in horror. I think I spent a good deal of that day in the break room watching the small television we had set up. Nothing seemed to matter any more. I was threatened with a job loss if I didn't return to work, I just didn't care. I didn't lose any one immediate to me, but it felt personal. All of my problems were minute to what all those people went through. So I called in sick yesterday and was glued to the television, watching the families of the victims. It pained me to know that children lost parents, why is there so much hate in this world?
Dave | 28 | Iowa

#2023 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
I woke up in my dorm at The University of Iowa for my 8:30 French class. I got down from my bunk and saw my roommate had left the television on. I watched and was horrified. I first thought it was an accident. I remember thinking about what an awful, awful plane crash there had been. It affected me right away and I immediately prayed for everyone involved. After I watched more I understood that it was in fact two planes and it was not an accident. A complete shrill of fear ran through me as I began to cry. I was 20 years old and had never experienced anything like what I was seeing or hearing. My generation has been lucky. As I packed my bag in tears and praying for New York City, America, the families of the vicitms, the victims themselves, I took a moment to pray for the cause of this tragedy. It was an erie walk to the bus stop. Silence roamed the campus. I stepped onto the bus and it is a moment I will never forget. As I walked up the stairs I heard a British broadcaster over the radio talking of the news. Everyone on the bus took a deep breath as the bus started to take off. The once noisy,hot, crowded, busy bus became silent, cold, scarey, and full of wonder. Here we all stood students of the University, the next generation of workers, parents, of all nationalities, cultures, and up-bringings. We stood together on one tiny bus with a stunned look in our eye. I was thinking that I was proud to be an American and I know we can overcome this. I was wondering what we could do all the way out in Iowa to help out. And yet another part was so very scared. It is September 11 2002 I have a French class at 8:30 and will walk the same campus and see some of the same faces. Moving on, but still remembering, never forgeting.
Megan | 21 | Iowa

#1784 | Sunday, September 8th 2002
I am a teacher and was with my students. A school volunteer came in the classroom and told me what happened.
Jane | 38 | Iowa

#1709 | Saturday, September 7th 2002
I was awakened by the phone ringing off the hook and messages saying to turn on my TV. We are a homeschooling family and I sat on the sofa with my two children and watched in horror the planes hitting the World Trade Center. My husband was awakened by the sounds of all the sirens on the TV.

I cannot even begin to describe how I felt, how I still feel about this horrific act. I was sickened to my very core the day it happened.

I am truly proud of how we came together as a Nation and I'm proud to be an American. I feel the best way that I can fight terrorism is to live my life as I always have without fear. I won't let them take that from me.

Lisa | 40 | Iowa

#1502 | Saturday, July 27th 2002
I go to a high school where news travels like wildfire. I was in the hallway at school and heard that we were "going to war" and that the World Trade Center towers had been hit and so had the Pentagon. I just thought it was something that had been taken out of proportion. The rest of the day we spent watching TV. I don't think any of my classes did anything academic the whole day. I was a senior, and I had a study hall where I could leave school. My friend and I were driving down the hallway and saw an airplane circling downtown Des Moines. We were really upset thinking something might be happening close to home, but thank God, nothing did. I'll never forget that day!
Jen | 18 | Iowa

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