“Let’s Roll!”

Date Submitted: 09/13/2002
Author Info: Heather (South Chicago Heights, IL - USA) 
Occupation: Student
Lived in NY on 9.11.01?: No
Knew someone who perished?: No

My name is Heather Davis. I am 15 years old and I just started my second year in high school. When it happened, I was in my first period class, computer applications. I didn’t know yet though. The class got over about 5-6 minutes after the first plane hit the WTC. I moved to my second period class, which was Freshman Focus. The TV was on and my teacher said, “I need you all to sit down, be quiet, and pay attention. This is very important. Terroists are attacking us.” Those were his exact words. I remember how silence fell over my whole class. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know what to think. I thought that maybe I was in a dream. I didn’t believe something like that would ever happen to the U.S.A. I was so shocked, and by the look on my classmates faces. They were as well. After a few minutes of watching the terrible acts performed on 9/11. I started to cry. Everyone in my classroom shed at least one tear. Now, a year afterward, I have changed a lot. Because of the 9-11 tragedy I have realized how much I love my country and all who live here. I offer my hand to anyone who ever needs it.

I love the U.S.A. and I am proud to be an American. To all those who lost someone in the cowardly attacks performed, you are in my heart and so are your lost ones. To all the members of the NYPD and the NYFD, I would like to express my thanks to you. I have grown up so much since the Attack on America and I hope that all the things our great country stands for (freedom and liberty) will be defended and those who performed the horrible attacks will be brought to justice. One of the most inspiring things I found from 9-11 was the story of United Flight 93, where 40 strangers, not even knowing one another’s name, came together to help protect our country. Because of these great heros, the plane was crashed somewhere in Pensylvania. It was believed to be heading for the capitol. I would like to say to Todd Beamer, God rest his soul. That his story has really touched me, along with all the other passengers on Flight 93. Todd Beamer is now considered my personal hero. “Let’s Roll” America will prevail as long as we love one another. We will Never Forger!


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