#2162 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I remember sitting on the couch flipping thru channels to find cartoons for my 5 year old daughter, when I saw the first tower on fire. I left it there, wondering what had happened. Then, with my daughter sitting next to me, I saw the second plane hit, and I was immediately sick.

I proceeded to spend the day crying for all those who were lost, and trying to explain to my children, what had happened, and how someone could have so little value for human life that he would plan such a tragedy.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who were lost.

May God Bless you, and MAY GOD BLESS THE USA

Jennifer | 34 | Connecticut

#1677 | Thursday, September 5th 2002
I WAS GETTING READY FOR WORK WHILE THE
MORNING NEWS WAS ON MY TELEVISION JUST LIKE EVERY SINGLE MORNING. THEN SUDDENLY A BREAKING NEWS FLASHED ON TV SHOWING ONE OF THE TWIN TOWERS WAS ON FIRE. I SAT, LISTENED, AND WATCHED INTENSELY AND DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO THINK AND SAY. MY DAUGHTER CHRISTIE WAS HOME THAT DAY, BECAUSE SHE HADN'T GONE TO SCHOOL BECAUSE SHE WAS SICK. MY HUSBAND, RANDY, ALREADY LEFT FOR WORK. MY OTHER DAUGHTER, MARIE, WAS IN COLLEGE IN VERMONT, AND MY OTHER DAUGHTER, MARILYN, WAS IN NJ WITH HER 2YR OLD SON, ZACH, WHILE HER HUSBAND ROLLIE IS IN THE U.S. NAVY WAS AWAY(SHIP) SOMEWHERE IN THE ATLANTIC SEA. SO I SAT THERE AND WATCHED THE TERRIFYING PICTURES AS IT UNFOLDED. I WATCHED THE SECOND PLANE HIT THE OTHER TOWER. AND I THOUGHT I WAS JUST WATCHING A MOVIE SCENE, I CALLED MY DAUGHTER TO COME OUT IN THE LIVING ROOM AND WATCH WHAT'S GOING ON, I WAS PRACTICALLY YELLING BUT SHE WAS SO SICK TO GET UP FROM HER BED. I DIDN'T WANT TO GO TO WORK THAT MORNING BUT I HAD TO.
ON MY WAY TO WORK, I HAD MY CAR RADIO ON
AND HEARD THAT A PLANE CRASHED IN THE PENTAGON SHORTLY . THEN WHEN I REACHED MY WORK (WAL-MART)ANOTHER PLANE HAD CRASHED IN PENNSYLVANIA SEVERAL MINUTES
AFTERWARDS. ALL THE TV'S WERE ON AT THE STORE THAT MORNING SHOWING THE AFTERMATHS, I BOUGHT A SMALL RADIO SO WE COULD LISTEN WITH MY CO-ASSOCIATES AND SO WITH OUR CUSTOMERS. EVERYBODY WAS IN SHOCKED, CRYING, TERRIFIED AND DISBELIEF. I COULDN'T FUNCTION THAT DAY, NUMBED NOT JUST ME BUT JUST ABOUT EVERYBODY. I DIDN'T KNOW HOW I GOT THROUGH THAT DAY. THE WHOLE STORE WAS SOMBER.






LUZ PELKEY | 45 | Connecticut

#1673 | Thursday, September 5th 2002
We were Watching tv. my Two Brother-in-laws had just had come from Florida. My Son Craig was enjoying his 2nd Anniversay in Mexico at a resort he was married on that day. The shock was beyond comprehension, you sat and not a word was spoken I could see the men expressions, shock, sadness and feeling helpless , I cried, least I had that release, I thought of my Children, I called my daughter Lisa and asked about the children she was also crying, then I thought of Craig in Mexico, I had a hard time reaching him, but was able after a while. They also said everyone was sitting by the tv werever they looked, people crying trying to reach someone at home, many people knowing it was their Anniversay and that they were American and made it point to speak to them and tell them how sorry they felt,It was like everyone was part of it all felt the same. I don't think anything else in history every had that impact on so many people. We think often about the one's who lost their lives, we will never forget them, the way we would never forget Craig's Anniversay, this year the couple is traveling again I pray it won't be the same, but there is always a little nagging feeling, but by the Grace of God...
Mary Anne Poulin | 63 | Connecticut

#1618 | Thursday, August 29th 2002
I was in high school, in English class when the world trade centers where attacked. The princibal came on the intercom in a stern upset voice and said there has been a Terrorist Attack on the U.S. WTC in NYC. I was standing up becuase we were working on Romeo and Juliet at the time and i was acting. I literally fell backward and against the chalk board. My best friend lived 17 blocks away from WTC. We were planning how we were going to go there in April. I was devistated i had no idea if he was ok. His wife worked at Juliard School Of Music i had no idea how close that was to WTC. All i remember from NYC when i was there was that the school was next to a big book store. So I was pretty scared and then the next day school went about it normal day and i mean we had tvs on all the time and moments of silences. But our school has mountains all around it and windows everywhere and when we were in U.S. History, talking about this a whole bunch of big birds flew over the mountain and we all screamed and went under our desk. It was so scary to be on edge like that. I mean I lived something that is going to change the history books forever.
Generation 911

Jenna Marie Brochu | 15 | Connecticut

#1571 | Monday, August 19th 2002
Now, even though it has almost been a year since the attacks I still think of them as if they were yesterday. I first learned of a plane hitting the world trade center on my way to get some food during break. I met up with a friend there and we remarked that it was probably just a misguided cessna. Nothing to worry about. I proceded to study hall in the library when I leared that a second plane had hit the other tower. Teachers were huddled around a monitor in the other room. This was no accident. My first glimpse of the destruction was from my schools home-page. Shock. I needed to see this for myself. I headed to the television in the cafeteria
When I arrived, classmates and teachers alike were standing around the television watching, wide-eyed at the events unfolding before them. I got a seat and soon after the first towere had collapsed. The room went silent after a collective gasp. One of the largest structures in the world had been reduced to a mass of smoking rubble. Soon after they cut away to the pentagon on fire. "This is unbelieveable" said many of my classmates. The period ended and I went to my next class not knowing what had just happened or what was going to happen. I told anyone in the hallway, spitting out words that I was too afraid to think about. It was another two periods before I learned that the second towere had collapsed. My classmates were crying now. Fathers, mothers had been in those buildings. I had lost my appetite for lunch and sat glued to the television since classes had become optional. It would be a day I will never forget.

S | 17 | Connecticut

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