#2458 | Thursday, September 12th 2002
My name is Sandra Burnworth, I have 6 children and a husband. I live in Tacoma, Wa. On Sept.11,2001
I was just getting out of bed at 6:45am
to get children up for school and my mom called she asked me if I had turned on the TV yet, I said no, why? she told me it was bad that New York had been bombed or something (thats what news stations were saying at the time)I turned on the news and watched with horror at the devastating sights. I then went over to myneighbors and got them up and told them what I knew about it. My oldest daughter's birthday is 9/11 and she was so solom that day and she asked why did all those people have to die on her B-day? I said "honey I don't know". Thats where the Burnworths where on 9/11.

Sandra Burnworth | 31 | Washington

#2410 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I was asleep in downtown Olympia, Washington when my best friend August called me from Florida. He was frantic on the phone. "A plane has hit the World Trade Center! They hijacked a plane and hit the Pentagon too! One of the towers fell on the other! I'm scared! I'm right next to NASA and they might hit that too!!"

This was what I woke up to on September 11, 2001.

"What?" I couldn't believe it. I got off the phone with August and turned on the radio. Every station had the same news. I heard Peter Jennings trying to describe the scene in New York and he stopped in mid-sentence. "Oh my god...." he said, "The second tower has fallen.."

I don't have a television hook up so I went down the street to the Spar, a restaurant/bar. I knew they had tv's in the bar and they would be open early for breakfast...I walked right to the back and the televisions were all on. Everybody was quiet and transfixed. A couple sat at the bar embracing each other.

The waitresses ushered people to the bar and served breakfast there underneath the tv's.

Everything felt historic about that day. It still does.

David Boudinot | 23 | Washington

#2327 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
We will never forget this day. A day that changed the way many americans look at the world. I will Never forget the fear,anger and pain. We cannot forget this day!
Brenda Harker | 34 | Washington

#2280 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I usually sleep in until 7:00 a.m. p.s.t. My husband is an early riser. On September 11, 2001, he appeared at the bedroom door and told me I'd better get up. When I wandered down the hall, I noticed he was standing in front of the TV, stone-faced. As I turned, I saw the horrifying sight of the twin towers on fire. We both knew there could be as many as 50,000 workers in those buildings and our hearts ached. As we continued to watch with knots in our throats, both towers fell. I sobbed. My husband left the room.

Though we didn't know anyone personally who was lost that day, the victims and their families will be forever in our thoughts and prayers.

Patsye Watts | 56 | Washington

#2261 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 I WAS WORKING AS A RECEPTIONIST IN LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY AT AN ENGINEERING FIRM.
I REMEMBER GETTING AN E-MAIL SAYING SOMEONE HAD JUST FLOWN A PLANE INTO THE WORLD TRADE CENTER. AT FIRST I THOUGHT IT WAS SOME DRUNK PILOT OR SOME STUPID PERSON FLYING THE PLANE, WHEN THEN THE NEWS CAME THAT THE PENTAGON WAS HIT TOO. AFTER I HEARD THAT I KNEW IT WAS A TERROIST ATTACK. EVERYONE IN OUR BUILDING RUSHED DOWNSTAIRS TO WATCH THE TELEVISION.
ALL DAY PEOPLE WERE DOWNSTAIRS WATCHING THE TELEVISION. I LEFT WORK EARLY AND IT SEEMED AS IF THE WORLD HAD GONE MAD. PEOPLE WERE LINING UP TO FILL UP THEIR CAR TANKS WITH FUEL. THE RADIO AND NEWS WERE GOING CRAZY TALKING ABOUT IT ALL. I NOTICED PEOPLE PUTTING UP AMERICAN FLAGS OUTSIDE OF THEIR HOMES ON THE DRIVE HOME.
IT WAS A CRAZY, UNTHINKABLE DAY. NOW I LIVE IN SEATTLE AND TODAY ON THE YEAR ANNIVERSARY WE ARE HAVING A MOMENT OF SILENCE AT 2 PM IN OUR TOWN TO REMEMBER THE VICTIMS.

ERIKA | 25 | Washington

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