#2349 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I was 7 months pregnant and sleeping. My brother-in-law called us just after the first tower was hit. I thought a drunken amateur pilot did it. Then I saw the second plane hit. My stomach dropped. I just stood there is amazement. Not because we were being attacked, but why. My first question was why. I thought about the families and prayed that no one was inside. I watched and prayed and watched and prayed. Then I saw the second tower fall. That was the first time I sat down and really began to grasp the enormity of it all. When the Pentagon was hit, I thought of family in D.C. Turns out my cousin was passing the Pentagon and saw it get hit in his rearview mirror. That had to be one of the scariest days of my life. I never wondered why us, just why in that manner. Not that is should have happened at all, but I wish something could have been done to prevent it from ever happening.Then I turned the television off and prayed. I could not resist looking to see if people would survive, but I could not get upset being pregnant. I did not lose anyone that day, but in spirit I did. My heart goes out to everyone. I love you and your loved ones. Not to trivialize your love, but just know I pray as you pray, and love as you do (maybe not as much). I have read many of the victims stories and I thank all of you for sharing so that I may for a moment, know your people and for all my life remember them and love them too. May God keep you all.
LaShonda Clark-Coulbertso | 22 | North Carolina

#2287 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I remember I was at work when a customer came into the store and told me that a plane had flown into the world trade centre, I thought it was a joke or a mistake, but when a second customer said the same thing I went to the staff canteen and put on the news, I was watching the live report as the second plane hit, it's a moment thet I'll never forget... friends of mine were on holidey in New York at the time!

I ran to my locker, grabbed my phone and called my girlfriend, who is a student studying history with particular emphasis on 20th century USA. I told her what had happened and made her keep watching to tell me more...

Many people here in the UK were crushed by the death of Princess Diana, but to me the selfish waste of so many innocent lives to further one persons agenda sickens me to the stomach whenever I think about it!

I'm not a religious person, but when I went to bed on september 11th I stopped to say a prayer for all those invloved, and I'm not ashamed to say that I shed a few tears as well!

Matt Merritt | 22 | United Kingdom

#2243 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I was sat at home having just returned from the hospital with my son who was 5 weeks old, he had been for physiotherapy. My Aunt called and told me to switch the TV on that terrorists were attacking New York, I saw the recording of the first plane striking and then watched in horror holding my son whilst the second plane hit. I called my Auntie back but she was on the phone calling New York which she continued to do for hours until we heard that the family we have in New York were safe.We were one of the lucky families our 2 family members were safe but they have lost dozens of friends and colleagues. Not one member of our family have not lost someone they care for in this atrocity. Living near London and with family in Ireland we are used to living with terrorism the fear you feel in your stomach when you watch the news, but there are no words to describe the feelings I had on that day or how I feel today watching the memorial services but I do know this I will never forget and I will make sure that my children never forget.
President Bush is right I support him in his war on terror every step of the way and us Brits do stand shoulder to shoulder with the US. God Bless America and all those who have suffered the devastating effect of Sept 11th, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Clare Fairbairn. Bradford, ENGLAND

Clare Fairbairn | 22 | United Kingdom

#2231 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
With my hectic life of being a student (pre-med no less), wife (or a 3rd year law school student), mother(or a rambunctious 2 yr old!), and part-time worker, I rarely recall the events of last week!. . . But it's amazing how you can remember EXACTLY where you were and what you were doing when something big happens.
I was in my Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy course at Benedictine College in Atchison, KS. We were doing an observatory lab on the integument and I was examining a porcupine quill under the microscope when one of my classmates came in and told the professor that the World Trade center had been attacked and the pentagon was hit and one more plane was missing. Some of the students nervously laughed and when I realized what she'd just said I thought to myself "oh my God, we're under attack. . .I need to get to my daughter and find out where my husband is." Our professor left the room to watch the television and we were all expected to sit there and finish our work. Many of the students joked about it b/c no one really understood what was going on. I, on the other hand, after being to NYC several times in the past year and had an idea of exactly how many people would be down in that area on a weekday morning became sick to my stomach, gathered my things, and left. I picked up my daughter from daycare, called my husband (who was on his way home too), and proceeded to spend the remainder of the day watching the television and waiting for some answers like everyone else in the country that day. Wanting to help, but feeling so helpless. Hurting for all those innocent people, yet feeling thankful that my family was okay.
(It turns out that my aunt that lives in Manhattan was scheduled to give a tour of the World Trade Center that morning but since my uncle had the day off she decided to call in sick and sleep in. They too were unaware of what was happening only miles south of them and were finally informed when they gave in to the phone - that had been ringing for hours as concerned friends and family were worried about their well-being.)

Jessica | 22 | Kansas

#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

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