#457 | Tuesday, December 11th 2001
I was at home with my 3 year old son and watching "Little House on the Prairie". It was a commercial so I flipped over to the news and saw the World Trade Center was hit by a plane. I thought..what a terriable accident and knew it would be on the news later so I turned it back to Little House. My Aunt called me and told me to turn on the news NOW. So I turned it back to the news. It was live and watched the second plane crash into the Trade Center. I thought "This CAN'T be real...this has to be a dream." My son was watching tv with me and asked what happened. All I could do is answer "I don't know."My mom who I rarely speak to and never calls me called me and told me she loved me.My husband who was working at a local plant called me and said they were locked in at work and he did not know when he would be home. THANK GOD he came home right after that. What I remember the most is talking to God. I have got away from church for a long time and I told God I was sorry...and meant it. I also remember going to a grocery store later that day and everyone had the same look on their face. I will never forget September 11, 2001 and none of us should.I was forever changed that day. I am from Generation X and we went from the MTV generation to something a lot more powerful.
Dana | 29 | Texas

#381 | Saturday, December 8th 2001
I work late evenings at an auditorium/theatre. I was sleeping in that morning. My wife called me from work and told me to turn on the TV. I tuned in about 2 minutes after the 2nd plane hit. I was disgusted and emotionally drained with the question of why and how this could happen.

We as Americans need to stay united as this tragedy slowly fades into our past. The amazing things we have seen happen as a result of September 11th's unfortunate events can only touch the surface of what is possible from us.

We have the ability to accomplish so much more.

Marc | 29 | Ohio

#379 | Saturday, December 8th 2001
Well, I was sitting at my computer in Heidelberg, Germany, when suddenly I got an ICQ message from a friend in Munich (Germany, too) telling me to turn on the TV. I then spent the next two hours glued to the TV watching the news and pictures rolling in. I got my other flatmates in, too, because I was the only one with satellite-tv and with that CNN and NBC. I had to leave for driving lessons for about 2 hours but when I returned they were still sitting there glaring at the TV saying nothing and switching between CNN, NBC and several German channels which were all showing pictures and reports. Germanys main TV Channels (ARD, ZDF) never stopped reporting for days. Nobody said a thing - we just sat there, 'gobsmacked' as we would say in Britain. Later on we started to phone family and friends.
I must say I was deeply moved whilst watching the pictures. I was watching live when the plane hit the second tower and the first and later the second tower collapsed. Over and over again I had showers of goosepimples rolling down my body. The worst of all was having to watch the people jumping out of the towers - I never ever want to see those pictures again, they make me feel sick because those people must have known that they had three choices: die slowly in the flames - die by slowly being crushed - die by jumping. What a nightmare!
In Heidelberg the sun was shining and it seemed to be a beautiful day. There we were - in romantic Heidelberg with it's castle glowing in the evening sun and thousands of people who stayed at home, glued to the TV. Heidelberg that evening was a quiet town mourning for what had happened thousands of kilometres away but had touched us all deeply.

Kay | 29 | Germany

#184 | Thursday, October 4th 2001
I had played a music gig on September 10 that had gone especially well. We were all in high spirits, and I in fact had too many spirits and awoke the next morning not wanting to go to work. With no sick days left I called my boss to buy a half hours extra sleep with the "subway is backed up" excuse. As I write this I am starting to feel the hurt and distress build it's way back to the surface, knowing now that was the last "normal" moment I have had since. It was shortly thereafter that my phone starting ringing. My girlfriend asked if I'd heard about the WTC buildings collapsing. Like so many, my assumption was that the word "collapse" was hyperbole. If only. My boss called shortly thereafter to tell me not to come to our office downtown, that the financial district of San Francisco was shut down. I got my sick day to recover from a hangover after all, and the next day too. Unfortunately, I haven't felt healthy since.
Mike | 29 | California

#183 | Tuesday, October 2nd 2001
I was walking into work in Philadelphia.

I love my country.
I fear my government.

Ezra | 29 | Pennsylvania

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