#90 | Wednesday, September 19th 2001
I had been working all day, taking a course that specific day in a training complex in Bilthoven (The Netherlands), so we were kinda cut off the outside world. It wasn't until I got into my car and turned on the radio that I heard the diskjockey tell the listeners that they changed the music picks because of the terrible tragidy in the USA. For a few seconds I thought they were pulling another joke, but when I changed the channel to a news radio station I was shocked to find out the terrible truth.
Morgan | 23 | Netherlands

#88 | Wednesday, September 19th 2001
I was waiting to meet the French President Jacques Chirac. He was visiting Rennes.
Then at 3:45 pm (local time), a policeman came and said us that the President was going back in Paris. We were very surprised and ask Why ? He says... a terrible attack on the USA...
Then I run in my car to listen the radio... it was incredible !

Alexandre | 23 | France

#74 | Tuesday, September 18th 2001
i overslept and didn't go into manhattan as i originally planned. my friend called frantically in the morning and left a message that something was happening in the World Trade Center. i scrambled out of bed and rushed to turn on the television and saw both towers crumbling in the aftermath of the attack. my heart was in my throat because the person i loved was on the 42nd floor. i collapsed crying on the floor thinking he could never survive that. but i called him soon afterwards and he was safe. he was late to work that day.
*=) | 23 | New York

#72 | Tuesday, September 18th 2001
I was off work on that Tuesday and so was my boyfriend - he had an hospital appointment to go to.

After his appointment we stopped off at his parents house to sort out their internet connection - my brother called me, it must have been about 2'o clock UK time - he said that a plane had hit the World Trade Center in New York - our first reaction was "oh ok" obviously not realising how bad the situation was. We put it down to an accident - I hung up and forgot about it.

About an hour later - I was in the car ready for our journey back home, I was waiting for my boyfriend as he was on the phone to his mum - suddenly he rushed outside and told me to go back into the house.

I didn't understand what was going on - he had a look of disbelief on his face, and as I ran back into the house the first images I saw on telly was of the second terrorist plane crashing into the World Trade Center.

My heart went, what was going on? My boyfriend explained that New York has been attacked my terrorists and that the Pentagon was hit too. While he was on the phone to his mum his mum had told him that both the towers had already collapsed.

I didn't believe it - how could they both collapse?? And the the images unfolded infront of me on the tv screen - I watched in horror as I saw people jumping out of the windows.

I had so many emotions - I didn't know what to feel - I was so confused. Questions were popping up in my head "how?, why?"

My brain just couldn't take in everything it had just seen on the telly.

Our drive home was silent - we had nothing but the radio on with dj's and terrorists experts discussing what had happened and why. Discussions came around to whether London would be next. We drove past Canary Wharf on our way home - it was about 4.30pm and the traffic was unbelievable - the Canary Wharf building had been evacuated incase it was under attack next - helicopters were flying over the Docklands business centres just incase.

I was in a daze - I kept thinking about the amount of people in New York who who would have been getting ready to start a working day - only to have their lives turned completely upside down.

It is going to take a long long time for the world to recover from this tragedy.

Maz | 23 | United Kingdom

#44 | Monday, September 17th 2001
I was on my way to college and heard things on the radio. I did not know the extent of it, but knew I would call my parents and tell them to turn on the TV.

I arrived to discovered people on their cell phones calling people, and everyone was saying there was an accident. I called my parents from a pay phone and thought I would now go off to class.

I passed the Student Lounge which is always near empty, but this day it was so filled with people, that everyone had to lean on each other to see what was in the corner ... the college TV which was now pumping in CNN. From there I saw everything, Tower 1 smoking, and soon Tower 2 would be hit. When I saw part of one of the towers fall, I felt the need to fall to my knees, but prayed silently in my head, instead.

My heart was in my throat. I grew shaky and almost numb. I knew I had to go to the Student Services Office and get a counselor in there. Once the counselor was present, I left the Student Lounge, knowing I was seeing too much for me to handle. I was afraid if I was obviously afraid or acted in such a way it would effect the students around me.

Days have passed and sometimes I feel numb, like I can go back to normalcy. I rented videos to watch since most of my TV channels are down, I have continued to go to school. Everyday I see more flags and candles. I am proud that people can stand together to face this tragedy. Often I feel guilty that I feel so emotionally weak. I felt I could do nothing but hide in my room, that I was so emotional I could do nothing. I was wrong ... everyday I focus on helping those around me, even if it is with a hug, or just listening to them talk. I feel everyone can do something. Hug someone, donate money even if it is spare change, it all adds up.

God Bless the Victims of Sept. 11, 2001. May those who were left behind find love, support and peace while accepting hugs and blessings.

Grey | 23 | New York

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