#2264 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I am a Swedish Canadian and I was woken up in the morning by a friends phone call telling me to watch CNN.

I switched the television on just minutes before the 2nd plane hit the 2nd tower.

As I watched the 2nd plane hit the 2nd tower I grinned widely and said to myself "It finally looks like the US is getting their just deserts!"

I was exstatic! I was not happy about the deaths of the civilians, but I was very happy that the US has gotten their black eye. Perhaps, i thought, now poeple will begin to pay attention to the atrocities the US commits in the mid-east and around the world.

September 11th, 2001. A joyus day for me!

Steffen | 24 | Canada

#2170 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
It was around 6 or 7am Pacific Standard Time, when my alarm clock went off and the radio came on. The two annoucers were talking about how was has happened is terrible and how this was going to change everything, this was very odd because the station only plays music. So not knowing what they were talking about i automatically turned on CNN and there were the 2 towers on fire.

I couldnt believe my eyes, i gasped and called my mom to come see and she couldnt believe it. After saying oh my god, oh my god many times i continued to watch, i had up to then only seen pictures of the towers, when they played the video of the actual second plane hitting the second tour, my eyes and mouth were as wide as possible! i burst out crying, i couldnt believe that that was caught on video, just to know that those were the last minutes of those passengers lives... its unbelieveable.

i went to work and since all planes were being diverted into Canada, all morning we saw planes heading towards our airports and then all of a sudden.... there was nothing in the air. when your used to seeing a dozen planes in the sky at once to seeing none is an eery almost unatural feeling. The whole day seemed that way.

Jo-Anne | 19 | Canada

#2167 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I remember September 11/2001 very clearly. Just before I was due to leave the house to go to work, I heard on the radio that a plane had hit one of the World Trade Centre buildings, and at first I thought it had been a terrible accident and I continued to gather up my belongings to go out to the car where my husband was waiting to drive me to work. Just as I got into the car we heard on the radio that the second plane had hit the second building and we both said aloud that it was obviously not an accident, but must be a terroist act! We were both in shock as we drove to the Mall where we own a Health Food Store. Some of the people who were already in the Mall hadn't heard the news yet and you could see some of them talking to others who had heard the news and I remember the look of shock and horror on everybody's face. Not long after we'd opened the store (at 9.30am) the lady who runs the Info/Lottery booth near our store came running in to tell us that she'd heard that another plane had hit the Pentagon in Washington. She was very upset and immediately began to say that we'd all soon "be at War and I have a son eligable to be called up!" (Many of the people who live here in Windsor are American citizens, or have dual citizenship) It was all very scary, and as each customer came into the store we heard more news. Many customers said that they were going home as fast as possible. By late that morning the Mall was very quiet, and the rest of the day was very slow with not many customers around.
I was able to go down to Radio Shack (an electronics store)and watch some of the TV coverage on their TV's, all of which were on, all showing the same pictures over and over. There was a huge crowd of people gathered around the TV's and hardly anyone was talking, we just watched in horror.

We had reports coming in that the border had been closed (we have the busiest border crossing in North America here, with a bridge and a tunnel), and that there were huge lines of traffic backed up for miles. Later in the day the border was re-opened, but security was extremely tight as each vehicle was closely examined on both sides of the border!
There were also rumours that there might be more attacks and a lot of the highrise buildings in Detroit were closed and the employees in each building sent home. A lot of those people live in Canada and cross the border each day to work in Detroit, so on that day some of them couldn't get home and had to spend the next day or two in Detroit. One of our employees has a daughter who works in the Renaissance Centre in Detroit (the tallest buildings inbetween Toronto, Detroit and Chicago), and she was very worried, but her daughter did get home the next day.

Our family was concearned about my husband's brother who works in downtown Chicago and we were happy to hear from him to say that they had all been sent home and that he was safe with his family. I think the biggest fear on everybody's mind was, 'whats going to be next?'

I remember that when I got home that evening and watched the coverage on TV, I saw the scenes of the people who jumped from their offices high up in the Trade Centre and that's when I began to cry. It was all so horrific, yet surreal. It didn't seem real, but we know that it was.
Later that day I came onto the Net and into the chat room where I often go, and have made a lot of good friends, and somehow it was comforting to be able to talk to people from all over the World and share the grief with our American friends.

Andrea | 58 | Canada

#2085 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I was sitting in my grade eleven biology class, doing our first lab experiment, something about blood slides under the microscope. Our headmistress, Ms. Little came over the P.A. “girls, I am sad to report that-” the connection cut out. Then again, a few seconds later, she told us that there had been a terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York. I was shocked, almost un-believing. She told the teachers that they could turn on the news if there was a television in the classroom. There wasn’t a TV, but at my school we all work on laptops. I tried CNN.com, then ABC news, NBC, CBS, all the sites were bogged down with too much traffic, I couldn’t get through. Finally I connected to the Yahoo news site, and was shocked to see the video stream of the plane flying into the first tower. I was terrified.
Angela | 17 | Canada

#2066 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I was @ my college. My prof, told us, and i wasn't quite sure what he was goin on bout, till later...it was shocking tho, everyone @ my school was talking bout it...talked bout it for months...
Canadians feel tho, as if we're not being recognized for our support..
It would seem all USA is praising and recognizing is fellow americans and Britain. I myself, believe it's not fair for us canadians to go unnoticed. USA and Britain are such buddy buddies, and yet we're USA's neighbour, and we get absalutly nothing? i don't believe this is fair.

Randi | 22 | Canada

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