#2488 | Friday, September 13th 2002
I was on the NJTP heading North, when I saw smoke coming from the North Tower. At first I didn't make much of it. But then I noticed people pulling over to the shoulder, and getting out of their cars, looking over to the WTC.
Traffic was slow, and I couldn't get out, but I saw more smoke, and then I knew it was serious. I turned on th radio, and I heard that two planes had hit the towers. At that time I was sure that this was a coordinated attack.
Later at work, we watched on TV, and even later I heard the towers had come down.
I was afraid there were 20,000-30,000 deaths, but I hoped many could get out.
I used to work in 4 WTC, so I was very sad about all the people, and the whole area.
I had a great anger towards the people who did this. I don't care why they felt they had to do this. This cannot be justified by anything.
I went home that day, waiting for my daughter to come home, making sure she was ok. They had explained at her school. I just didn't want her to watch TV that evening.
Roger | 48 | New Jersey
#2479 | Friday, September 13th 2002
I was getting off the bus on the corner of Broadway and Rector. I heard a huge
crash and looked up. I saw explosions and saw flying papers and fiberglass
flying in my direction.
Like a moth to flame I went towards the towers. I stopped at the area across
the buildings, in front of Century 21 (not a real estate company). I looked up
at the towers and I saw everything going on.
I was thinkin how nice outside it was. how clear it was. It seemed improbable
that this was an accident.
I saw people jumping. So many people jumping rather tahn burning up. I could
hear the contact of each one, it was a loud noise with a thud that could only
be described as the sound of a watermelon hitting concrete. I will never be
able to get those images and sounds.
Suddenly there was another loud explosion, and the south tower was in flames.
I could feel the heat from the explosion. I was pushed back from the sonic
blast of the noise and the explosion.
Immediately a ran away from the buildings, and went to my place of work
3 .5 blocks away. I watched the news in the Board room on these huge plasma screens.
When the first tower went down, it was like an earth quake. I felt it, before
the TV signal could be transmitted.
The emergency alarm went off in the building. We were stuck in the stairs for
about 10 minutes waiting for the building managers to unlock the emergency
Nobody knew what to expect. Would there be fire? Poisonous gas?
We finally got outside to what looked like the aftermath of Mount St Helens.
The particles in the air were like big snowflakes. The dust on the ground was
about 2-3" deep.
A group of us walked towards South Street SeaPort. We were on Platt Street in
what was the most surreal event. I could hear jet engines overhead. I had no
idea if they were more commercial planes, or if they were millitary. There was
a homeless man singing Christmas music.
We got on Water Street and I could see the numbness in everyones faces. Some
people were covered in dust to the point you could not tell if they were black,
white, or otherwise. Some people were bloody.
It was like we were all walking on the same path to the afterlife. All souls
walking towards the light.
As a result, I cannot go 5 minutes without thinking about that day, what
happened to the city I work in, and what happened to those people who were in
the towers, and what happened to me and the way I view humanity and interact
People think so many of us have post traumatic stress syndrome. Some of us are
still waiting for the trauma to end.
Rick | 33 | New Jersey
#2387 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I am 11 years old. I'm half Philipine, half Finish. On September 11, I was in school. I had no idea what happened. My friend said a plane hit the Twin Towers and it callapsed. I asked her if one of the towers was still standing and she said, "No" I had no idea about what happened much. A lot of my friends went home early that day because their parents were scared. And one of my friends cried. When I walked home, I saw smoke far away and I don't know if it's from the towers or something else because I live in Garfield NJ. Today I still can't believe what happened that day. I think it's my fault it happened because before I went to school I really said, "Another boring day at school" I feel so sorry for the people who died and their families. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!
Sheena | 11 | New Jersey
#2386 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
September 11, 2001---I was driving to work that day and running late. I work in Manhattan. I saw the plane hit the WTC from New Jersey on my way to work. The minute I saw it I stopped. Thinking it was just an accident I stayed on the side of the road when I saw a second plane hit the second tower. That was when I knew I was in the middle of a war zone. Frightened not knowing what would happen next I turned around on my way home, I wasn't going to work that day. I called my wife on my cell phone to tell her I loved her incase anther plane just hit or a bomb fell or something. I got home that day. It was the first experience of its kind for me and many other Americans, I do hope it was the last. Osama Bin Laden, I hope he suffers, I hope he and anyone else in the Middle East who thinks this is great suffers. GOD BLESS AMERICA, THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD
John | 27 | New Jersey
#2377 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
On 9/11/01 I was off to school. I heard of the attacks towards the end of 2nd period. Kids were being signed out of school like crazy and I was one of them. My parents pulled me out at 11:00 fearing another attack. I came home watched the TV sadly. My mom tried calling family in New York but it didn't work, it kept saying "all circuts busy"
School started last Wednesday, 9/4/02. We got our History books this Monday 9/9/02 and they are new. I looked towards the end of the book and noticed an entire chapter called "September 11, 2001: A Day That Changed The World" This is wonderful to me. We are already teaching kids about September 11 and the War On Terror. It's time we took action and got rid of the enemy--the Arabs.
Jim | 16 | New Jersey
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