My Heart Sank As I Learned Of The News

Date Submitted: 05/22/2002
Author Info: Mark (Ontario - USA) 
Occupation: Student
Lived in NY on 9.11.01?: No
Knew someone who perished?: No

It is funny the sort of things that are vivid in your memory on a day such as September 11/01……

I was sitting in my 1st period English class just staring at the clock, waiting for the period to end. It was 9am. Class finally ended and I moved to my second period philosophy class. The term just started so we were working out of our text when all of a sudden my teacher put on the T.V. I thought this was strange. We usually don’t just put the T.V on for no reason. What I saw next changed the way I looked at life forever. There on CNN was the last of the two towers in a firey inferno.

As dumb as I was, I had no idea about the WTC…I am from Canada and never really paid much attention to it. I was shocked to hear that another massive building like that had just collapsed. I couldn’t believe it. At first I thought it was just some fire. Then when I saw the massive building collapse, my heart sank and I came very close to tears because I knew that right there, I had witnessed the death of thousands of people. The bell rang and lunch began. I flooded the halls only to hear students talking in disbelief over the current events. The next few days were spent glued to the TV.

Never in my life had I seen such a horrible act of terrorism. I now look at life differently. I am not taking anything for granted because you never know when it will be gone.

I recently took a trip to New York to pay my respects. When I saw ground zero it was all I could do not to cry. This will truly be an event that will be forever concealed within my mind and will be used as a constant reminder to keep doing good on this planet.

I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the victims and their families who lost loved ones on that tragic day.

“We will never forget”


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