#2286 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I remember perfectly. I was in photography, next to my friend Kelly. A teacher came from across the hall and said, "Someone flew a plane into the Twin Towers." I just thought, "Yeah, right," because he was always coming into our class and joking around. Then my teacher turned on the TV and we were all in shock. We watched for a few minutes, then had to get back to making pinhole cameras. We turned it back on later and I remember everybody standing around the garbage can sanding the edges of their cardboard tubes and looking up at the TV. I went home and found my dad and brother sitting in front of the TV, showing the same images that had been there all day, but they were still hypnotic. I kept watching all day, terrified of getting new news. I think everybody can relate to that.
Sara | 15 | New York

#2222 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I went to work as usual in upstate NY, on September 11th, 2001. We heard from someone in the building of a plane crashing into one of the Twin Towers. My first thought was that it was an accident and everyone waited to hear more about it. Shortly afterwards, we were informed of another plane crashing into the other tower. Shock and disbelief were the words I would use to describe my workplace. As the morning went on, another plane crash - this one into the Pentagon, then finally, a plane crash in Pennsylvania. The rest of the day was invoked with utter sadness and disbelief. Who would do this and why? I watched the 2nd tower, live on tv, as it fell. I covered my face and walked out of the room.
Suzanne | 40 | New York

#2215 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I DID NOT lose someone on September 11, 2001. I DID NOT know anyone on the planes, in the Pentagon, or even in the World Trade Center. I was one on the lucky ones.
My husband and I, with our daughter, were traveling across the country to our new home in New York. We didn't even have the safety of our home to retreat to.
Now I awake each morning and go to bed each night cherishing each and every moment. I pray for some of the strength that I have seem victims' families demonstrate. It could have been me. I pray it never has to be anyone else. Bless you all, for you are always in my thoughts.

Jennifer | 29 | New York

#2212 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
i was sitting in my office waiting to hear from my grandmother to make sure she got home from vegas ok when i heard on the radio that a plane hit the wtc never did i think it was terrorism until the next plane hit. i thought i would just break down i couldnt control my emotions i was worried that maybe my grandmothers plane had been one of the 2. as long as i live i will never forget that day. it has been very hard for me to go on just knowing what happend. in november of last year they took my friend to afganistan he is in the army and i havent seen him since. god bless america
Melissa | 22 | New York

#2210 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I worked the night before, so I got home at around 8:30. I played with my brother's dog for a little while, and then went to bed when my mom left for work around 8:45. A quarter after 11 my mom came home, and woke me and my dad up (my dad also works nights). My dad told me to go watch TV. I was confused, why was I being woken up and told to watch TV? He just said, "go watch it, I'll be there in a second." Not knowing what to say, I went into the living room, watching CNN, seeing the NYC skyline blanketed with thick, black smoke. They were comparing "this" to the bombing in 1993. When my dad sat down I was still confused, what happened? After a few seconds of silence (which felt like hours), my dad said that a plane flew into the World Trade Center, and a second plane into the second tower, and now they're collapsing. My first reaction was that he was kidding. I turned to the TV, and saw the video of the second plane careen sideways into the WTC. My hand flew to my mouth, and I turned to my dad. He just looked at me and nodded. For the better part of that day we sat and watched the news unfold, the world seemingly unraveling into madness. I was completely in shock, especially since a lot of my family is either in the military, or works in either the World Financial Center or down in Washington D.C. Living in New York your whole life, you come to expect a LOT of things, but you never in a million YEARS think something like this is possible.
Bonnie | 21 | New York

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