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1: September 10, 2001 | I woke up this morning to a beautiful sunrise. I said my morning prayer and began my day. As I was eating breakfast I listened to a news report on the Pope and his stature. I found it very interesting. I walked into school, said hello to my teachers, and talked with friends. School was the same as always: math, science, history, English, Spanish, then P.E. No problems or complications today, just an average day. When I got home I did my homework and started a conversation with my parents, I wanted to know more about why they named me peter and if it had anything to do with Peter in the bible who was appointed head apostle, head of church, by GOD. It did. Overall today was just a good day and i thank GOD for it. -Peter

2: September 11, 2001 | In the middle of class today we heard a loud boom. Not knowing what it was the class simply went back to work. A couple minutes later Mr. Ranbart ran into the class room and announced that two passenger planes had crashed into the World Trade Center and hit the Pentagon in D.C. we all ran to the windows to try to see the damage, but the streets were all calm. The police was telling people to get back and head inside buildings but no one was panicking. Everyone and everything seemed almost still. Until there was a second boom. The World Trade Center slowly began to collapse, large fires bursted through the walls of the building as it slowly disassembled. For the first time in my life i felt fear. -Peter

3: Today began as one of the most exciting days of my life and ended as one of the worst. Not too long ago I was told that my aunt, Ashley, had been died in the accident of 9/11. She had been working in the South Tower of The World Trade Center. All I can do is cry. She was my only aunt and we were very close. Ashley was at every birthday party, school play, sports game, and activity I have ever had. She told me she wanted make sure I knew that she would support me in all that I do. The saddest part of all is her birthday is on the 18th. What makes it even worse is the funeral is going to be on the 18th. I know for a fact my whole family and I are going to be crying our eyes out. I miss her so much already. I pray to GOD her soul is at peace as she is looking down on me from heaven. R.I.P. Aunt Ashley. -Peter

4: September 12, 2001 | I didn't really want to go to school today but I went anyway. Now that I think about it I’m very glad that I went. The joy and comfort my friends gave me helped out a lot. The one thing that surprised me the most was the amount of questions people kept asking. Some were okay and then others were just stupid. For example: “Do you know how many other people died?”, “Are you okay?”, “Do you want to be left alone?”, and questions of that sort I considered smart or tolerant. Dumb questions that aggravated me were “Did you save the body yourself?”, “Was she decapitated?”, and “Are you going to get revenge?”, but the dumbest of them all was “Is your still alive?”. It took a lot of strength not to hit Tyler in the face for asking that one. Other than the phase of getting asked stupid questions today was a pretty good day. I loved the extra attention I received from teachers, students, and friends. Who knew some good would come out of this tragedy. Anyway one thing I do know is I miss my Aunt Ashley. -Peter

5: September 18, 2001 | So today was the hardest day of my life. I have never seen so many people in one place to acknowledge one person. I have never seen so many people cry at the same time neither. The service started off with the opening of the casket. Next the choir sung songs of praise and remorse. Some people spoke on behalf of other families and gave their regards to us. Then the preacher preached a sermon that explained how Ashley is in a better place now and how we should be happy knowing she is up there watching us. I didn’t cry until the burial. As soon as the casket touched the dirt I shed a tear and as that tear rolled down my cheek, I watched it fall off my face and drop to the ground. Stopping to hug the casket on the way. -Peter

6: September 19, 2001 | Today I realized that I have been so focused on how everyone else feels and how everyone else is taking the death that I didn’t think about how I feel. I am very upset that my aunt had to die that way. I was so upset that I became angry with GOD for a while. I was so angry that I had to go to confession at my church. As I sat in the booth confessing my sins to the pastor, I felt a release of all the tension and anger built up inside of me. The soothing words of advice the pastor gave me helped understand why I shouldn’t be mad at GOD and why I should be praying more than ever for feeling that way. I have learned a lot from the experience of my aunt dying. I just pray that it doesn’t take the tragic death of another relative to teach me another lesson -Peter

7: Effects of September 11, 2001 | -Survivors of terrorist attacks usually face disability, disfigurement, and/or bereavement challenges. -They are emotionally challenged by guilt, fear, anger, and depression. -Loss of 2,975 relatives of someone in 9/11. Injured 2,261 in 9/11. Airlines shut down for 3 days -Transportation by airplane through country will never be the same. -Businesses and people claiming bankruptcy. -Some volunteers and paid helpers in the incident died saving the lives of others. -The effects of September 11, 2001 will never be fully known. The number of deaths the prices that were paid can only be estimated. I pray that nothing like this happens again and that every soul lost is blessed to be in a better place. -Peter

8: citations | --CBS News. What We Saw: The Events of September 11, 2001--In Words, Pictures, and Video. Simon & Schuster, 2002. Print. --Weitzman, Stanley. Terrorism. Ed. Clare Weaver. Chrysalis, 2003. Print. --Jandrowitz, James, and Jay L. Spaulding. "9/11." Encyclopedia Americana. Grolier Online, 2012. Web. 30 May. 2012.

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