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Essay on September 11

Date: Sep. 12 2001 | Identifier: 885.1
Essay written on September 12, 2001, by a student as an assignment in East Carolina University Professor Karin L. Zipf's "Women in American History Class," describing reactions to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center buildings in New York, NY, and the Pentagon in Arlington, VA. more...

Tammy Boyd
HIST 3140

When I woke up on Tuesday, I turned on the TV about 8:45 and saw the news coverage of the first plane that hit the WTC. As I was watching, I saw the next plane hit the other tower. Later I also saw it when the Pentagon got hit. After all that had happened I also thought, along with other Americans, that it was some kind of terrorism- and obviously no accident. I can't believe people can be so cruel. I don't understand with all the tight security on airlines, how these hijackers even got on! I just cannot imagine what was going through the minds so of the people that were on the planes. Knowing that they were going to die, and there was nothing they could do!! My heart definitely goes out to their families. Also, I can't imagine the horror and what the people inside the WTC were feeling. The pictures they showed on the news where the people inside were hanging out of the windows horrifies me!! I feel terrible also for the people who were out of the WTC, but at the bottom when it collapsed. I just cannot imagine!! Watching it a unfold yesterday was so surreal. I just

could not believe something like this had happened in America. It just saddens me! I, also like other Americans, am mad. I think what made me the maddest was the watching the clips of the Palestinians jumping up for joy and people singing and dancing in the streets over our tragedy! It hadn't really sunk in until this morning on my way to school when I was listening to the radio, and they played a song called "God Bless the USA", I had heard it many times before, but this time it seemed like it meant something. I broke down for this country and the victims of this tragedy. Although this happened, America will make it through.

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