#1741 | Sunday, September 8th 2002
I was in my homeroom class.We were doing spelling. All of a sudden the teacher walked in and was crying we all asked what was wrong she said.Two planes crashed into the twins towers.
And then she said there's more.We all looked at each other she said a plane crashed into the Pentagon.
We were all shocked.

Amanda | 11 | Oklahoma

#1740 | Sunday, September 8th 2002
On 9/11/01 I was at work, at the Bryan County office of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. I had just arrived a work and everyone in my unit was celebrating a co-worker's 50th birthday when one of our clerical workers came up to me and told me that a plane had just flown into the world trade center, and she asked me to find out something about it on an online news. My immediate thought was that some drunk or incompetent pilot had veered too far off course and clipped the top of the building or something like that. I turned on my radio, and looked for news online from as many sources as possible, but got nothing concrete (until a few hours later). As an intelligence officer for the Oklahoma Army National Guard, I was becoming increasingly worried as I later heard of the second plane at the WTC and then especially the Pentagon and Flight 93. For the rest of the morning, I could not concentrate on work, and left to go home. My wife was overwrought with anxiety that any minute my unit would be activated and subesquently send me to God-knows-where because of this...I have always tried to keep up with the news and current events but on this day and for weeks following, I was glued to whatever news I could find. My national guard unit was placed on a force-protection alert for several weeks, and the anxiety has continued to grow to this day that at some point, I will have to leave my wife, daughter, job, and home to go somewhere and do some work for Uncle Sam...Don't get me wrong, though. I have learned a great deal about terrorism and threat nations, as it is my job to do so, but I feel a much greater sense of urgency to do my part, however small or great, to wage war on terrorism and threats to our security.
Jeffery | 32 | Oklahoma

#1706 | Friday, September 6th 2002
On September 10th, I was checking in for my flight to San Francisco from Rio De Janiero, Brazil. The ground staff began issuing boarding passes for a flight via Newark on September 11th, then tore them up saying that the checkin deadline for that flight had passed. They rebooked me on a flight via Miami instead.
After an uneventful flight to Miami, I boarded United flight 984 to San Francisco. We took off over the high rises of downtown at 7.45 am, and the aircraft a 767, was almost empty.
Two hours into the flight I was watching a video program called 'earthquake in New York' predicting a quake there and an expert came on and said, 'the Twin Towers would survive an earthquake...' at that very moment a tense voice came through the headphones, 'cabin crew to the cockpit, emergency,' and the passengers who had heard that pulled off their earphones and looked bewildered around the cabin; immeditately the plane began banking and dropping sharply; the flaps were up on the wing to slow us down as fast as possible. I immediately began paying attention to the noises around me and the plane sounded fine; but there was no announcement at all as to what was happening if it was amechanical problem.... as i listened to the crew prepare us for an emergency landing (in Oklahoma, the TV screens told us) I looked for a phone to call my family but there wasnt one, and later that day I realized what it would have been like to be on the hijacked planes and have to call to say goodbye.
we continued to drop very quickly and did a bumpy landing in Oklahoma and saw about 12 aircraft rapidly land on the runway immediately after us; then we realized the situation was much bigger than our plane alone. The captain said that there had been a national emergency and we were to get off the plane as fast as possible. When we got to the terminal we found it full of people just standing around watching the TV....by then the towers had fallen. We were then rushed off to a hotel and later reports came in of flight 93, the flight I had narrowly been booked on,was the plane that had crashed in Pennsylvania.
For two and a half days we bonded with our crew and passengers and when we did take off we were like old friends. The 2 hour flight to San Francisco was tense but calm, and the cabin crew performed the safety demo with defiance. When we arrived at the gate, ground staff outside theplane were cheering and waving US flags, and when we entered the darkened terminal there were more staff waving flags and cheering us.....it was quite a welcome after such a traumatic and stressful three days.

Dave | 29 | Oklahoma

#578 | Thursday, December 27th 2001
In this world.. with so many worries everday...
War and hatred among us... our only hopes to pray...
Jesus lift us up... keep us strong throughout the fight..
Bless us with your love.. and guide us with your light...

Strengthen us and help us to be humble in our lives..
Teach us to be men and lead our children and our wives...
Lord.. when we are weak... comfort us and give us rest...
Teach us to be brave... help us to not regress....

Shine upon our soldiers who are fighting for our beliefs..
Help us not pass judgement... let us not be naive...
Mark our path to victory with the lights to heaven's gates..
Justify our actions with the hand of our lords grace...

Lord please make it swift... let the fighting cease tonight..
Send your Angels lord... guard the children.. ease their fright..
Blessed be the king... Lord of Lords.. Host of Hosts....
Shine upon the earth... mercy on evil men who boast....

anoymous | 25 | Oklahoma

#565 | Saturday, December 22nd 2001
Today, 23 December, 2001 I recall... I was in the back yard burning old financial records. My wife hollard at me "come here". It was not a request. When I was about 15 feet from her, she told me that a plane had hit one of the towers at the New York World Trade Center. I KNEW it was not an accident, and pointing to the date on my watch, told her "today, it's 911". We went inside to watch CNN and when the second plane hit, we both knew that America was under attack, that things would never be the way they were that morning when we woke up.
We both prayed individually and together for every plane pasenger, crew member, emergency worker, victim, and family member involved. We prayed for the counselors, and the leadership of this country. We prayed for strength, favor, and wisdom for our President, Vice-President, Secretaries of State, Defense, and the Congress.
As soon as we could get things together, we went to town to meet in our church to pray some more.
My mind went to 1963 in San Diego, when President Kennedy was shot...76 ships cleared that harbor in less than four hours, without one single accident. I was there...aboard a Navy destroyer.
I didn't sleep very much that night and I still don't sleep real sound. I did not have to do a lot of soul searching to find out if I was wrong for wanting revenge. I don't want revenge, I want justice.
In the next couple of days, I called each of my girls and told them that I love them, and I held the grandkids that I could, and I told my wife that I only love Jesus more than her.
I sent email to my congressmen and the White House to let them know that I do not want Bin Laden (or his helpers or supporters) brought to American soil for any kind of trial or safekeeping because I could not ask any American to guard their safety or protect their "rights". I likened it to the gazillion bucks that Timothy McVey and Terri Nichols costs.
I have gone through a whole range of emotions, but the one that stays the strongest is anger. For that reason, I contacted Washington DC as soon as possible to find out about volunteering for recall to active duty.
I am a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer with over 30 years active duty (60-90) and very well qualified to help drive navy ships. I can't pass the physical, but I can push a lot of paper and train younger sailors. Now, over 100 days later, and I still pray and wait.
I want to thank those responsible for this web sight and tell a truth... "Bless God and He will bless you."

Don | 58 | Oklahoma

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