The Black Day

Date Submitted: 09/02/2002
Author Info: Chris (Stoke-On-Trent, England) 
Occupation: Education/Training
Lived in NY on 9.11.01?: No
Knew someone who perished?: Yes

I was in high school at the time, and I had a lesson called P.A.C.E. which deals with religion, sex, drugs etc. We were on the religion topic, and our teacher decided to talk about far east religions and the extent that people would go to (i.e. suicide bombers) Once the bell had rung at 15:25 (GMT) I walked home with my girlfriend to her house where I learnt that “America had been bombed” At the time I never gave a blind bit of notice, as i thought it would have been a little car bomb or something. The night came nearer, and it was dark, me and my girlfriend had been cuddling up to the T.V when all of a sudden the power went out. Luckily on that day I had picked up a torch form my friend, but this meant that we could not watch the T.V, so I was still oblivious to what was going on some 5 hrs after the attacks. My father picked me up at about 22.00 GMT and he drove me home, mithering about my safety, and I had no idea what he was on about. Then he told me that America had been attacked. That the city of New York was in danger. I laughed a bit and joked, not knowing the extent of the damage, and then he told me that the twin towers had been attacked and that they no longer stood. At that moment I froze. I went in to my house (the power had been restored) and watched CNN on Sky and BBC news 24, where i was sickned by the events. I was scared, everybody was scared.

That night I could not sleep, I stayed awake, watching the coverage on CNN, writing a song about the state of the world and the attacks. The song title is called “fallen brothers” (relating to the towers collapse) and since the attckes I have painted the 11th fret on my guitar black, as a symbol of that day. September the 11th 2001, is a date that will live with me for the rest of my life, my auntie died while visiting a relative who was in the North tower. I weep for everyone who perished. The events have woke me up, and I think about my future and ask myself the question, “can I bring a child into a world which is so fucked up?” I just dont know.

God bless all the people who perished and their families and anyone else who was/is affected by the attacks.

God bless America, and the United Kingdom


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