#514 | Tuesday, December 18th 2001
I am a high school Biology teacher. On September 11, 2001 we were having "picture day" at school. As I entered the auditorium one of my teacher friends told me that her husband just called to tell her that a plane had crashed into the WTC. I was horrified. At the time I thought it was just a horrible accident. It was my planning period so when I returned to my room I turned on the radio and found out several horrible truths. The first was that the other tower had been hit and it was a terrorist attack NOT an accident. I stayed glued to the radio. Several minutes later I heard of about the Pentagon. Another teacher friend of mind came in a little later and told me that he was listening to a different radio station and heard that there was a plane crash in Penn.

For the remainder of the day, as students came in, we discussed the events of the day. Some were hearing of it for the first time most were very moved.

The rest of the week was filled with patriotic events: moments of silence in the morning, we said The Pledge for the first time since I had taught at this school, we had a patriotic rally in "the square" at lunch, our art students made signs to hang on the football field and in "the square"

It was truly a moving experience to see so many young people showing such a patriotic side.

Shelly | 27 | Louisiana

#146 | Sunday, September 23rd 2001
I was at work at the DMV when a customer came in and said a plane had just hit the World Trade Center. She didn't specify where and I immediately thought of my sister who works at the World Trade Center here in New Orleans. I tried to call her office but the phone just rang which is unusal as there is always an answering service on when no one is there. I went into our break room and turned on the little t.v. in there in time to see the second plane hit the New York Trade Centers. I was shocked and immediately told my co-worker that it had to be terriosts. When it was announced that it was hijacked planes I cried. I didn't know anyone there but I've cried and been angry and prayed a million times over. I hope that whoever did this pays with there lives too! I pray for all the people who lost loved ones and the children left without parents. If they ever put up another building there I hope that they will have a statue made of the firemen trying to put the flag back up in the middle of all the debris. I am proud to be American and I will still fly in planes and will not live in fear. My sister was sent home to safety that day. My heart and prayers go out to all of those whose families and friends did not.
Rachel | 47 | Louisiana

#128 | Friday, September 21st 2001
I cursed the ringing phone through the groggy haze hangover. I scheduled my Tuesday/Thursday classes in the afternoon for a reason. Now the phone rings and I'm pissed.
"What" I curtly hiss into the speaker phone on the stand next to my bed.
"Um...Jack, hi it's Travis' mom"
"He's asleep" I cut her off. I can't believe I woke up for something as so totally unrelated to me. She better have something important to say.
"Well, I'm not sure if you're watching TV, but you might want to turn it on, a plane collided with the World Trade Center..."-Great, my roommate's mother calls to wake me up, hungover, on four hours sleep, at 8:30 am-just to tell me about some airline crash that won't effect me at all today. Grrrr. "...actually, you guys might not want to watch it."
"Well, thanks for telling me." I'll tell Travis you called." Oh yeah I will. He's gonna owe me something for this.
Shit..I'm awake now. I'm more aware of my headache then ever. I move lazy bones out of my bed and into the kitchen for some water and Advil. Since I'm up, might as well check out this disaster.
I change to CNN just in time to see the second plane crash into the second tower. My brain scrambles for some reasonable explanation. It does not compute. It still does not compute. That day, I never got dressed. I never made it to class. I sat in my living room and watched the world change.

Jack | 20 | Louisiana

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