#439 | Monday, December 10th 2001
I had flown into Atlanta late the previous evening, and didn't awaken till about noon. I turned on CNN, as almost every business traveler does, and immediately saw the 2 planes crashing into the WTC.

My first thought was that CNN was reviewing a new action movie! When I heard the commentator speaking, I immediately called my wife back in MD. Thankfully, she was OK, just shaken and numb as was I.

Fortunately, I wasn't scheduled to fly back to MD until Saturday, and by then flights had resumed.

Ian | 44 | Maryland

#291 | Monday, November 26th 2001
I was out sick from work that day. My wife came in from taking the kids to school and told me that a plane had hit the WTC... we turned the TV on and I watched it non-stop that whole day.

When I started watching the 2nd tower hadn't yet been hit, so I saw the 2nd plane hit in real time. It was amazing and almost incomprehensible to see such incredible things happening and to know they were real and happening right then to real people.

Then hearing of the country-wide grounding of all air traffic, the Pentagon attacks and that there might be more planes up with hijackers just kept things in a state of uncertainty, yet feeling that this was really happening to *all* of us together.

My longer-term reaction would take some more time and thought... I am generally proud of how most people in the USA and the world seem to be rising against this type of action and standing together. The incredible responses from even small children or traditional enemies have brought me to tears many times, particularly things like jews standing 'watch' around mosques and walking muslims home to make sure no-one hassles them.

I hope we get the *right* people who did this, but it's important to me that we don't harm other innocents in the process.

We also have to be careful in what liberties we give up for increased security or an increased perception of security. Many of the proposals I've seen seem to be mostly law enforcement long-time wishlist items that wouldn't really affect this situation, but are being proposed under the catch-all anti-terrorist umbrella to take advantage of people's fear and desire to do something to protect themselves...

jeff | 36 | Maryland

#207 | Monday, October 15th 2001
I can't belive this actually happened,. It was horrible, and even more terrifing that I had to go the whole day without knowing ifmy dad was ok down in wachington or not. And what about all those other people? Its just so surreal, it feels like the world happend but then it also feels like nothing happned. I pray everyday for everyone who might be affected by this. There really is nothing left to say about now...
karoline | 14 | Maryland

#197 | Wednesday, October 10th 2001
I remember where I was when I heard the news. I work at a service station and I have the lucky advantage of watching television when business is slow. I was doing just that... watching tv. All of a sudden everything went off and "breaking news" came on. At first, I admit, I thought it was a freak accident. Then I saw the second plane, and I knew in my heart that this was no accident. I was so scared. I think I was very stressed out because when I finally got to see my fiance later on, I was extremely upset and crying. By the end of the day I had a terrible migrain headache and was still scared. I don't know about anyone else, but I felt the impact of this event very much. And it will always be in my mind.
Kelly | 19 | Maryland

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