#2405 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
... on september 11 2001 6:00A.M in the morning i was getting ready to go to school. my boyfriend calls me and tells me to turn on the tv and so i did. as i saw the planes hit the twins towers...my heart shatterd...people were running crying screaming out their love ones name...it looked like a movie.but this was realality. i felt so sad and felt like crying ... my heart just dropped and i thgouht it was the end of the world... everything in my head went blank. i couldnt speak or even blink.that whole day i prayed to God ..asking GOD to please help other people find their family and frens and love one. i was so scared ..that maybee it could happend here...here in hawaii... but no..i dont thing so because i think that God will protect us. and also those who lost their frens family and love ones...Dont worry... God is with you always... And one day when you go to heaven .. you will see your love ones again...

Sunshine | 15 | Hawaii

#2402 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
On september 11, 2001 i felt very sad yet happy because it was my birthday! i felt very bad for all the people who died! i pray that the familys who lost their lives on september 11, 2001.
Lyndsai | 15 | Hawaii

#2374 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
The morning it happened, I was at home, completely unaware of the tragedy until my neighbor came up to me and told me to turn on the television. I couldn't believe my eyes... I was seeing this airplane hit the World Trade Center! I heard shouts of "Oh my GOD!" and other things from the film I was watching, and I just couldn't believe it. I was watching the T.V. religiously until I remembered that there was school. At school, My first period teacher turned on the television in her classroom and twenty minutes later the class was writing about what adverse effects this tragedy held. At school that day I felt like a shell. Then I heard what one of the passengers of the flight that crashed in Pennsylvania had said in his call to his wife. He had sacrificed himself and others to protect the White House, which was that flight's target. I was touched by that noble action he and several other passengers took on there. I decided from that day on that I would never let fear completely consume me, nor would I ever let up to a terrorist, no matter what he or she did to me. I hope that the U.S. can capture Osama Bin Laden and make him pay for his crimes, but I believe that the U.S.A. needs to open it's eyes completely to the fact that we are considered oppressors by many peoples. We should find a way to make peace with those that think that way and pave the way for a truly peaceful future...
Giovanni | 16 | Hawaii

#2350 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I was Sleeping Then My Dad Woke Me Up...
On T.V. I Noticed It Was The World Trade Center.... But Then It Was Time To Go School....

Anthony | 15 | Hawaii

#2031 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
It was about 4 am here in Hawaii, and the phone rang. My sister called from her home in Silver Spring, MD, just outside of Washington, DC. My husband is in the Navy, and she thought he might be called in to work because of the attacks. She wanted us to hear about it from family instead of that call in to work. We ran down to the television and just stared in total disbelief. This couldn't be real, couldn't be happening. Not here, not this. The whole day was just a blur.

My husband was indeed called in to work earlier that the usual 6:30 am muster, but we talked on the phone a lot and it was almost like he never left. I've gone through the typical Navy deployment, and this was just as troubling. On a military base, you always wonder if you are a target.

But even worse was watching the horror unfold throughout the day. The people wandering the streets in confusion, running in directions they weren't sure were going to be safe. The piles of paper, even pictures off the desks of the workers in the Trade Center. These were pictures of the loved ones left behind. How horrible to watch, but something you could not turn away from.

We cried that day, for the victims and for our country. My husband volunteers to protect our country, and he was frustrated to be so far away and not be directly involved in some way. He's originally from Long Island, and we also spent time living near Washington, DC, and it hit too close to home.

We worried about our baby due soon, about my husband's involvement and safety. But mostly for the families. Where were their loved ones? Were they still alive? How would they cope with this? It was a helpless feeling.

Now, one year later, our lives have changed. Being in the military, security is more strict. We have always kept in touch with our family back on the mainland, but now we miss them more than ever and can't wait to see them again. Our son is now 6 months old, and we're thankful every day for him. We appreciate things more, enjoy things more. We watch stories about the victims' families and how they're doing. It's heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time. But we feel better about our country and the family we all are together. In Hawaii, there has always been a special feeling of closeness and Aloha, but it has grown even stronger. We are blessed to live in the United States, and every day is a new opportunity for us to make life special.

Nora | 31 | Hawaii

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