#1553 | Friday, August 16th 2002
i was at my work in apeldoorn (the netherlands) and heard it by the radio
Erik | 20 | Netherlands

#1540 | Wednesday, August 14th 2002

I was at Parris Island, SC training to become a United States Marine. My platoon was busy buying things in the PX when our Senior DI called us all to attention and told us to gather around him. He then told us what had happened and immediatley every single one of us turned pale white. From that point on for all of us on the island, me especially, the training gained a new level of importance. I realized that it was all real and that is why I was there. I'll never forget that day and the days that came after it, the look on my Senior DI's face when he told us and the look of the rest of my platoon. It still brings a tear to my eye to this day every time I think about it

Jorge | 20 | Massachusetts

#1531 | Saturday, August 10th 2002
I was at the American Library in Paris, where I had taken refuge after playing truant once again.
It was near time for me to go home and I was at the checkout desk when I saw the print out from the web. I thought it was a sick joke, or a minor accident. :(
When I got home, I didn't even think about it until I logged onto IRC. Then it hit me.

Fiona | 20 | France

#1521 | Monday, August 5th 2002
I was on the 3rd floor of the State Federal building in albany Ny. 13 minutes before the first plane hit the WTC I swore in to be a member of the United States Air Force. I have yet to regret my descision
Daniel | 20 | New Jersey

#1504 | Monday, July 29th 2002
I awoke around 1 or 2 in the afternoon on September 11th. I had called in sick to work around 8:30 that morning and did not know of anything about to happen. When I was awake briefly that morning, I had thought to myself that this was to be an odd day. I did not know why I got that feeling but I did and I did not feel right. I thought it was from being sick, so I went back to bed. When I woke up that afternoon I listened to the answering machine and heard my brother frantically telling me to wake up and call him and to turn on the news. Well, not thinking too much of it I opened a webpage on my computer and saw the latest headlines. Something about the World Trade Center collapsing. I could not believe it so I turned around in my chair and turned on the TV to CNN and as soon as I turned it on, I saw that frightening video of the second plane crashing into the second tower. It made me shiver, and made me think of who would do such an evil thing. I quickly called my brother and talked to him about it, and then I realized that my friend was in New York at the time in college right in Manhattan. I did not get in touch with him for days when he finally got to come home. Fortunately he was not in the immediate area of the crashes and was safe. He told me he was able to watch the towers fall from his apartment building's roof. Still, those images of fire, and people falling to their death scare me and make me realize how messed up and chaotic this world is. I used to think that this country was safe, but after those incidents and incidents such as the Daniel Pearl case, make me reassess that thought. We are not Americans anymore, we are global citizens. When people wake up, which I hope happens before we are all dead, and realize that we do not need this violence anymore, including the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the military presence of our troops in Afgahnistan, the rivalry of India and Pakistan, and the oppression in places like China, Bosnia, and Korea, then the world will be safe again for ALL people. Peace, and love to all....
Robert | 20 | Virginia

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