#1738 | Sunday, September 8th 2002
I was driving to work, when I had heard it on the radio, I got to work, and everyone was huddled around a small TV that was in my area. We all watched, just glued to the TV, then the 2nd plane hit, and we all watched. Some people were crying, trying to get ahold of loved ones they thought might have been there. Then my boss Brian, told everyone to get back to work, another person asked him how he could possibly think of working when something so tragic happend, his reply was 'that its not happening to us' I think he must take some things for granted. I really remember about how insensitive he was to everyone's feelings that day.

MS | 22 | Colorado

#1693 | Friday, September 6th 2002
I had been unemployed for three months before I finally found a job. Half of this was my fault, because I wasn’t looking as hard as I should have, really. It was nice to be fiscally secure for a short period of time, and enjoy life without having to report to work.

I tugged myself out of bed minutes before 7:00 MST. I was going back to work next Monday and decided to condition myself to getting out of bed with the rest of the world. My pet cat, which has since passed away, stretched and continued to sleep. I wanted to join him, but clicked on the television instead.

The local newscaster said that there appeared to be an accident at the World Trade Center in New York. The “Today” show will have more details…

After watching the whole thing live on TV, I couldn’t handle anymore by 10:00 MST. I needed to do something, because watching this was unreal, like I didn’t belong to this world. I left my home, and went to the local discount store for some dish soap. I think I needed just to be with people, comparing the price of toothpaste, or something.

There was no traffic. There were only a few scattered cars in the parking lot. When I walked into the store, it was empty, not even the workers were anywhere to be seen. I supposed that they were in Electronics, watching television.

I didn’t find out. I went right back home.

This is what scared me; and that there was and is the chance we as a nation would not overcome.

I sat on the couch, under a blanket my mother made for me.

What else could I do?

Corey | 25 | Colorado

#1686 | Friday, September 6th 2002
I had just walked out the door to go to work, realized I had forgotten my sunglasses, so I walked back inside. My younger brother was sitting on the couch with a look of horror on his face. I glanced at the TV he was watching, and dropped my keys. It was about 5 minutes after the first tower was hit. I sat and watched for a few minutes, still thinking to myself that is was just an accident. Then the second plane hit. I relaized it was no accident. I drove to work, listening to the radio, there was no music that day. I spent my "work day" huddled around the TV with the rest of my co-workers, heartbroken and in a state of shock. I just wanted to be with my family.

I got the call from the Red Cross on September 12th, asking me to go to NYC to offer my assistance. I never thought twice about it and accepted right away. ( I am a certified disaster relief worker). On the morning of the 13th, 12 of us left Denver International airport on a tiny charter plane, not knowing what we were about to experience. We had to land in Connecticut since the airports were all closed within the NYC area. Driving in, you could see the smoke cloud, and as we got closer a rubber like pollution type smell was everywhere. I don't remember much talking between the other DRW's, seeing it on TV was one thing, seeing it in person was absolutely horrorfying. Everybody was silent. We arrived near "ground Zero" 4 hours later, put on our masks, and got put to work right away. There were people in my station from all over the country, from as far away as California, to New Jersey.My duty was to provide food and minor medical attention to the fire fighters and rescue workers at the scene. I felt honored. The next 4 days were pure chaos. I think I slept 2 hours. I made 200 new best friends, all who I will never forget. Although my time spent there was short, the memory of what I saw will never leave my mind.

Carrie | 25 | Colorado

#1630 | Saturday, August 31st 2002
My day started with a 10 minute drive to work. On the way I heard on the radio of one plane crashing into the WTC. So I drove a little faster to get to the office. Getting there I went in and told the receptionist about the news report. She accused me of teaseing her. I then went to the office managers office and setup the TV so we could watch what was happening. We spent most of that day in amazement and dismay. There was nothing that could be done. Before the towers colapsed I remember thinking of all the people there and the panic they must of felt. Then it happened the first tower went down. I held my breath as I watched it on TV. And then the second one, knowing that the first tower must of knocked the supporting structure away. Again dismay and helplessness filled me. As the day progressed I watched. Getting reports of the Pentagon and the plane crash in Penn. Hearing Pres. Bush tell the nation that we would find the terrorists made me very proud that justace would be paid for their awful deed. I know that one day it will be.
Lance (Colorado)

Lance | 43 | Colorado

#1620 | Thursday, August 29th 2002
Like many people on 9/11, I was in school when the news about the Twin Towers and the Pentagon was aired. At first, I didn't believe it, and thought that it was cruel to even say anything like that. However, as my teacher started to talk to us about it, I slowly realized that what I was hearing was actually real and did, in fact, happen. Even then I really didn't have a grasp on the tragedy. Seeing the horrific images of people jumping out of buildings crushed me, because I knew these people were husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, and brothers. They were average, everyday people who had families, children and other people who loved them. They were also victims of a senseless act of stupidity by complete strangers. One instant, they were going on about their business; the next, they were catapulted into eternity.
There really aren't any words or anything to be said to the families and people affected by this catastrophic event, except that we are in this together, and we will come out of this together. God Bless America

Hannah | 16 | Colorado

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