Emmanuel van Hulst

I remember being on vacation with my family in Virgina on 9-11-01 and being the first to wake up in our hotel room and having a feeling that I should turn on the Television. I was shocked by what I was seeing. The first plane had hit just minutes prior to me tuning in and I rushed to wake up my brother in the bed next to me since he had just been telling me about other attempted attacks in years past on the Twin Towers. soon everyone was up and awake with our eyes locked on the screen when just seconds later, as we were watching live, the second plane hit with a massive fireball. I watched it swoop down and impact and at that young age, I’ll I could think of was… “What in the world is going on?!?” with a great sense of fear. Nothing was the same after that. We were planning on driving up to Washington DC and when we got there everything went on lockdown and we couldn’t see the White House or the Capital building. In the days following, as more and more news came out about what had actually happened that day, it became apparent that our world would never be the same.

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