#2265 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I will never forget that September 11. That was a horrible time for Americans. I will always think about the people and heroes that died that day. I was riding in my car this morning on my way to the college I attend and every radio station was talking about that terrible day and I cried all the to school.

I will never forget those that died September 11, 2001!

Jennifer | 21 | Mississippi

#1745 | Sunday, September 8th 2002
On September 11, 2001 at the time of the attack, I was on my way to school, I was riding with my mom, and we had just dropped off my brother and sister at school. I first heard it on the radio, I thought it was a joke so we turned the radio station and every one of them said that a plane had hit the WTC in NYC. Then they said that 2 planes had crashed into it-thats when I knew that this was a terrorist act. When I got to school, i went into my class room and all the teachers had their TVs turned on and they were showing what happened, then "this just in"--a plane has crashed into the pentagon. I just put my head on my desk and prayed. Later they said that all the airplanes had been grounded and that another had crashed in Pennsylvania. Walking down the hall, very few people were talking, and if they were they were crying or in shock.
Erin | 17 | Mississippi

#1700 | Friday, September 6th 2002
I was on my way with my wife to visit her family in Britain on September first 2001. During our lay over in Boston we commented on the bad service we received there and the poor facilities. Giving it no further thought we continued on to our destination Norwich England. We actually stayed in great Yarmouth with family and were on a shopping sabatical to Norwich on 9-11. That morning at breakfast I mentioned to my wife that today September 11th was my mother's and brother's birthday. Out of deep respect for both I silently said a prayer for them. Upon our return to Great Yarmouth from Norwich I made my way to the local newsagent for a copy of the USA Today Newspaper. I had made this trip everyday to keep up with American baseball. Upon entering the news shop the newsagent called me over to personally inform me of the events in New York and Washington. I was stunned at first but my 38 years experience in the military gave me the insight as to what the military reaction would be back home. My wife was shocked by the events and gave immediate attention to our our two sons on active duty at the time. We watched the proceeding on TV till we had to return home to the USA. Needless to say we were concerned making that flight back home. I didn't tell the wife till later that I was praying we would not see any military aircraft pull up alongside our plane. The wife as a child went through the Battle of Britain and I Pearl Harbor. 9-11 a day to go down with other memorable events for sure.
Mr | 67 | Mississippi

#1694 | Friday, September 6th 2002
God Bless America!
I will never forget the second I heard and realized the impact of the diaster. I was sitting with my 24 kindergarten students during snack and I was enjoying listening to them chat with one another when my assistant rushed outside to tell me. Our principal called all the teachers to the library for a meeting and a word of prayer. For that moment, we were all one- not separated by differences in teaching methods or religion. We held hands and cried as our principal prayed. It was a very somber moment. For weeks and weeks I fell into a depression. I made my 4 year old son sleep with my husband and I because I was scared and wanted my loved ones close. I felt guilt when anything good happened to me or when I laughed. I was glued to CNN and other news broadcast. Because of my age, it was the first time I ever really thought about not having the freedom we Americans are so blessed with. It was the first time I felt threatened. It was an awful feeling and it consumed me. It was a combination of those 24 students, my family & God that kept me from going into a deeper depression. It tested my faith and made me ‘walk the talk’. I always said that God was in control, but now I had to give it to Him. I still see the images in my head sometimes at night when I close my eyes. I cannot imagine the pain that people who lost loved ones must feel. I didn’t know a soul that perished in the tragedy, but my soul aches for them. A year has flown by and I am grateful for all the blessings God has bestowed upon me- a better understanding of what being an American is, a better appreciation for those that have fought and lost their lives for our country, a closeness with my students that is unique and a beautiful baby daughter born June 14th- flag day! God is alive and working!

Amy | 29 | Mississippi

#1596 | Saturday, August 24th 2002
Where was I?
I was at work the Vicksburg District Army Corps of Engineers,Vicsksburg when all hell broke loose. I heard over the radio from Dan Rather CBS news that a plane struck one of the towers of the WTC. Minutes later I bolted up from my desk and headed to the break room and I saw my fellow employees gaping at the tv screen: and I saw fhe trade centers smouldering smoke on a beautiful blue day in lower Manhattan. We couldn't believe what happened. As the day wore on most of us stayed in tbe break room glued to the tv set;watching up dates. By late afternoon panic had set in as well over thte attack over the terrorists attacks. 72hours later a general put out an email which put the districts on a Forcecon alert.
As a result of 9/11/01 I'm now its historian of that day.

chuck | 41 | Mississippi

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