#1801 | Monday, September 9th 2002
The morning of September 11, 2001 started off as any other Tuesday morning does in my small town in southwest Missouri. I went to my classroom at the school where I work and was preparing myself for the day when a teacher across the hall asked me if I had heard about the "accident" at the World Trade Center. At that time, of course, only the first building had been hit. I turned on the TV in my classroom, and sat and watched in awe as the second plane crashed...heard the news that the Pentagon had been hit...watched as the first building fell and then the second. I remember feeling so much pain for the families of those people who had lost their lives. Even so far away in Missouri, we felt the fear that those people felt...the sheer terror of it all. September 11, 2001 is a day that is etched in my mind and in my heart forever.

Jennifer | 26 | Missouri

#1772 | Sunday, September 8th 2002
On Sept 11, 2001, I had woke up to get ready for work...at first it was just a normal day. I got in my car, turned it on, and the radio reported what was happening. I work for a major airline in Kansas City, MO. I assumed it was a small aircraft that hit the World Trade Center, and didn't realize the extent of the attacks. As more and more info was reported, I realized it was a commerical jet. After work that day, I had planned to fly to Sacramento to visit my girlfriend, and had brought my luggage w/ me to work. I called her assuming everything was okay and I'd be able to fly out there. I then called up to work and asked a coworker what was going on. She told me that we were on a system-wide ground stop, meaning no flights were allowed to take-off. When I finally got to work, I remember walking by a gate and seeing several passengers huddled around the TV's in the gate areas. I had not seen any of the live footage and it was something that I never could have imagined. I went into the back offices, and several coworkers were congregated in the breakroom in shock by the events unfolding on TV. We got the word from the FAA that they were grounding all flights for the rest of the day. I went to the gate areas and made the announcements to the passengers that we were ceasing operations for the rest of the day. After we emptied out the gates, and the passengers left, we had absolutely nothing to do. Most of us just watched TV the rest of the day. I have never seen the airport that empty before. A coworker and I went walking around the ramp side and it was so eerie to hear nothing. An airport is always noisy, always background noise...but there was nothing. I remember the sound of a soda can blowing across the concrete, heard from about 30 yards away. That day, obviously, I never got to Sacramento to see my girlfriend. I ended up staying at work until midnight in conference calls w/ our headquarters. I could hardly stay awake on the way home...I was so exhausted from all the emotions of the day. It was definitely a day I can never forget.
Brian | 26 | Missouri

#1725 | Saturday, September 7th 2002
I live in the Netherlands on the other site of the world...I was online, talking to a friend who I only know from a chat who lives in NYC. Inmediattely after the first plane flew in to the North-tower I turned on CNN....I first thought it might be an accident. We had a likewise accident here when a plane crashed in to a high appartment building.

I turned on CNN and than I saw LIVE on tv that the other tower had been struck by a plane and thougth that this was WW3. I tried to contact my friend in NYC but Internet was frozen. I just hoped he was okay (he was and still is). Than I saw the tower crumble down and started to cry and called everyone I knew to tell what happened!

The whole thing made me sad in filled me with horror...what sick mind could do that! I slept very bad that night and several nights after that...thinking of all those people who died and where missing and who was gonna be the next target.

I wish everyone a lot of strenght ang currage.Love, Christel

Christel | 26 | Netherlands

#1713 | Saturday, September 7th 2002
September 11th 2001 Will always bring me pain and sorrow, I watched Live from the united Kingdom I sat open mouthed. I am so soryy for all who was affected by the disaster. My thoughts are with you now as they were all year and always.

God bless You All.

Mr | 26 | United Kingdom

#1712 | Saturday, September 7th 2002
I had just woken up....the news on my clock radio was on saying that planes were crashing and suggesting that people turn on the news.....I did.....

So, on September 11th, I woke up to the sight of the second tower coming down on live tv.

I called work and said that I was going to be late.

I called my mother in Ontario - two time zones away. We just sat on the phone and cried.

Then I went to work and watched more news.

Mike | 26 | Canada

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