ANSWERS: 52
  • Honestly....it was such a confusing moment that I didn't know what to think... That's my honest answer.
  • Stunned. I wondered who was responsible. I remember thinking when I was growing up in northern New Jersey that some day the buildings might fall, seemed to tall to be safe.
  • I was setting in front of the tv holding my 2-1/2 month old son and I didn't really feel anything. Just amazed by the coverage.
  • I watched the first plane crash right from my office window in Queens I remember thinking that pilott sure us one dumb ahole. Then when I saw the second plane hit bbefore the news even came over the radio and tv I knew it had to be the work of terrorists.
  • I thought it was a movie when I first turned on the tv it was a shocking day for mankind as a whole
  • I was in a Hilton in Long Beach. I'd been working for this new company for all of 3 days. We were down there at a trade show, right by the Long Beach World Trade Center. I got a call from my fiancee (now wife) called me and said the country was under attack. I told her it was probably terrorists and asked what happened. She told me. I said again it was terrorists but I had to get in the shower to get ready for the trade show. So I flipped the TV on and got ready. I was in shock most of the day. I was wearing my wedding on my right hand those days (what some guys do in lieu of an engagement ring), and ended up taking it off to fidget with it and lost it. Every moment I wasn't needed to keep the systems running for the show I was glued to the news either in my room, the conference room we had, or the big screen in the bar. I also remember feeling angry at the people who do things like that, and at all the people out there who care too much about what J.Lo wore last weekend.
  • shock. a friend called me to let me know about it, i was on my way to school & heard the details via radio. i didn't actually see video footage until both towers had collapsed. in the afternoon, i remember having an anxiety attack and having to lie down on a bench. the best i could do was to breathe.
  • Initially shock and disbelief.
  • I turned on the TV and I thought it was a movie..and then I realized that something was happening ..but the broadcast I was listening to was from Los Angeles so I thought that they had been hit too...AND then the 2nd plane hit the tower..and then I knew that the world had truly gone mad............
  • Total Shock and I felt very panicky
  • i was afraid because everybody was leaving home early and when i saw it on tv i was shocked and sad for all the people who lost their loved ones.
  • well i was in school, and it was just a buzzing rumour, and so we all thought it was a joke until science class, and the teacher had the new on, then shock.
  • I was only 14 so I was "dumb" to really understand how mean and terrible it was. Now that I'm more aware I feel sadness for those who lost loved ones.
  • Oh god, what has Bush done now
  • Truthfully, at first I was annoyed that my tv show had been interrupted by what I supposed was some needless hype from the news agencies, but then when I saw what was happening, and in the U.S. of all places, I just sat there stunned. I think my mouth was hanging open I was just so shocked. I sat glued to the tv that whole day - I gasped when the second plane hit and I cried when the towers fell. I will always remember that day.
  • I didn't hear about it. I was watching TV, the today show, when it just happened in front of me, in shock.
  • I was in high school at the time, in World Geography. They announced it over the loudspeakers, but I don't really remember what they said, no one really paid much attention. At lunch, some people were talking about it, but all I remember is some kid running by me and asking if I was ready to go to war. Next class was Art. Mrs Fox had the news on and we spent the entire class period watching. I don't really know what I felt, it wasn't shock, it was... disbelief. Once I got home, my family was around the television. They'd seen the second plane hit and were all worried and shocked. I feel bad for it but I can't remember being sad, sometimes it takes a while for things like that to really sink in and hit me.
  • Shock,anger then sadness.
  • On that morning, I woke up at the exact moment the first plane hit. When I turned on the TV and saw the burning building, my thoughts flashed back to close to 20 years before, when I visited the observation deck, which was located on the 107th floor of Two WTC (the south tower). Ultimately, my reaction was "there, but for the grace of God, go I."
  • 9/11 didn't seem real to me when I first heard about it. It still doesn't seem real to me. I was in grade six (I think), and we had a "moment of silence" at the school I went to, even though I live in Canada. I just didn't understand, even when the teachers explained to us what had happened.
  • Oh F**K here we go!
  • I was a teenager 14, I knew people were killed but I was not that emotional about it as I am now that I'm more understanding knowledgeable.
  • I woke up, checked the messages on the answering machine me and my brother had in our apartment, and heard one of his National Guard fellows say that the Pentagon was on fire and the "fit had hit the shan". I dismissed it as some weird prank, went to my early morning appointment (9 am PST, so about 3 hours after it started)and on the way, I heard news on the radio instead of the usual morning DJ crazy. At my appointment, the tv was on, and that's when it hit me that it was real. I spent all that day watching the news (didn't have much choice really) and the next day at work, I was constantly checking the tv in the lounge to see if there was anything new.
  • Shock. I woke up to it on the West Coast.
  • lets see, how about: me: "oh where the hell is it going?!" guy: "Shit it just hit the building!" me: "What the hell?" *goes down to William st, asked some guy if he saw what happened. watched it from where i was until 4 minutes before the second plane. I ran closer, was behind a building on Nassau and then i hear "Boom!" and screams. turn the corner just as the big fireball appeared. me: "oh shit, what the hell? there's a second one! guy in crowd: "i'm getting the hell out of here!" me: "that was another plane?!" I was gonna try to get closer but the road was blocked by cop cars and trucks. So I watched from where i was, which was on Maiden/Broadway. of course when I go around to get to the other side, the first collapse then I'm just standing there as the cloud just fills the area and then everyone running, i just get down on my knees all like: "Are You Fucking Kidding Me?! Honestly! ARE YOU FUCKING FOR REAL?!!!!!!!!!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!!?" So Then I get up and start running, I get behind a building back on William, I'm standing there trying to catch my breath, I'm almost choking. I'm there for like twenty minutes watching the other building which from my point of view was behind a dust cloud so i couldn't see it at a clear view, so then i just decide to run away. Okay, so i'm running down William street when i cross into Pine, then as i'm running i hear a rumbling. I stop, turn around and what did i see? the North Tower falling down! So i'm hyperventilating, or however you spell that word meaning "breathing heavily". then I run to South Street, ran down to the Brooklyn Bridge and got caught in a crowd of evacuees. So i'm all covered in dust and everything, there's people crying, i'm looking at the ground thinking to myself: "My god, Oh my fucking god! when the fuck is my alarm clock gonna wake me up?! Please wake me up!!" So in summary, my reaction was: I ran out of breath, I was covered in dust, it was a nightmare! it's a fucking scar! I can't stop thinking of the people I know that died in there!
  • i was like WTF? whats going on? lol
  • I was getting sentenced in court at first I didnt care I was like good maybe then I wont have to go to jail. Of course when your angry you say and think completly stupid things.
  • Surprised
  • I was in a hotel just waking up, flipping through channels and stopped on one showing it. I didn't think it was real at first. I thought it was just a show of some kind. The more I watched the less I thought that though. I told my friends that were with me to wake up and make sure I wasn't just freaking out over a TV show... How sad it was to find out it was real.
  • I was stunned. I knew I was watching people dying. I also knew from the moment the first plane hit that we were under attack, and that it meant war. I didn't know for sure who was behind it, but I knew that no commercial pilot would "accidentally" hit such a large building on a clear day.
  • let me record this - it is history in the making
  • shock, disgust, terror, sadness, anger, disbelief......I will never forget.
  • How I feel on every 9-11 anniversary. Sick to my stomach. I cringe when I watch the documentaries but I'm glued to it. I feel like I have to. I wish we could catch that Bin Laden and parade him around NYC for awhile................
  • Grief stricken. A number of my colleagues were lost.
  • I taught i was watching a movie!
  • Perfect demo
  • Shocked, angry and sad.
  • I was driving and could see the smoke. I actually saw two gas stations raise their prices 15 cents/gallon while the buildings were burning. I tell everyone that lives around me about those two so they won't trade there. They have changed brands several times to make it look like new owners but they are really the same people just changing brands. Dirtbags!
  • I was pretty numb from my own life at that point in tyme. So I didnt have a reaction either way.
  • I was taking college classes that day and someone was checking CNN that morning in class and let us all know. We turned on a TV and a few minutes later the second plane hit LIVE and we all just watched in horror of the whole thing. I remember my eyes teared up just watching this live, your heart broke for all those people. Witnesses and survivors, non survivors, their families. It was really scary. I am in NJ and all the cell phone lines were crossed and no one could get through to anyone in NY or NJ or PA. We are in between DC and NYC and it was chaos for a good few days...
  • I felt so many emotions at once, that I still have a hard time putting it into words.
  • I was working security in a financial institution at that time, so I did not see it as it was happening, but I remember employees where I worked coming down off the elevators - some crying, some totally numb; most were grief-stricken. Those in the WTC who died that day were their friends and colleagues, so that day was spent helping them through it emotionally, as were many days afterward. It was a horrible, stomach turning day for the whole country.
  • I was confused really... I was so young that at first, until I saw it on TV, I had absolutely no idea of what it really meant. Like what had *really* happened and the implications of that. When you are young and hear 'planes crashed into towers' - you don't understand the gravity of it, I think. When I got home and saw it on the news, and heard about all the people, I cried for them.
  • It felt unbelievable.
  • My heart sunk in a way that words could never describe it.
  • I was getting ready for work, in the shower, listening to the radio (Bob & Tom). Bob mentioned that the first plane had hit the WTC. I was waiting for a punch line, but he was dead serious. Finished my shower, got into the living room, and turned on the TV, to watch while I finished getting ready. They were talking about a small plane, not a jetliner. A short while later, I SAW the second plane hit, and VERY shortly thereafter heard about the Pentagon. I was in total disbelief. That second plane hit and I KNEW the US was under attack. The Pentagon confirmed it in my mind. I called in to ask if I could/should stay home, and they said no... to come in. I ended up staying at home, watching both towers fall. I did go to work, listening to the radio the whole way. No matter how many people were there, no matter what we were SUPPOSED to have gotten done that day, NOTHING really did. Everyone was on the internet, listening to the radio, etc.
  • I was in a foreign country at the time & someone came into the hotel lobby and told us. Initially I assumed it was a mistake - some kind of error in translation.
  • I was young, so I didn't understand why it was such a big deal when I first heard it. Later I realized what it was about and I felt shocked and upset.
  • The teachers called an assembly, and told the whole school there. We were quite young, but all pretty shocked. I don't think I understood the gravity of the event until later. I knew it was pretty bad, but not how bad.
  • It was awful! I was in shock, I cried. I have family and friends in NY...we were all so worried.... I think we watched CNN for months.... hoping beyoung hope they could find some people alive....I wanted to help...but there was nothing I could do. What also broke my heart was to find out about all the pets that died... because there owners didnt come home.....
  • When the first plane hit I thought it was an accident but when the second plane hit all I could think was that"It's on"

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