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How do you feel one year after the terrorist attacks?

Today marks one year since the September 11th tragedy. How do you feel about the attacks one year later? How do you feel about the way they changed America? Are you still trying to cope, or have you come to terms with what happened?

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The night before September 11 last year my husband and I were out to dinner for my birthday as well as celebrating the fact we had just found out I was pregnant. A year later I am now the mother of a beautiful 4 month old daughter. I can only hope that the tragedy of September 11 makes us wiser and makes the country and even better place for her to grow up in.

B, Nahant

I am still very angry about it all. A year later, I find that I am very emotional about it and find myself in tears watching news coverage and hearing people's stories. My heart and prayers go out to all of these people. Unfortunately, my anger is turning to hatred - which bothers me very much. I guess as a country we're not going to be liked by everyone, or by anyone, as it seems. We don't owe any other country anything anymore - we need to start taking care of the USA and end our assistance to those countries that are so critical of us. And as far as al-Qaida and associates goes; "kill 'em all and let God sort 'em out.

Squack, Chelmsford

My heart is both as sad, and angry as it was one year ago. I shall never forget the day, the people, the feelings. Outward signs of patriotism and help for each other were in adundance. They have dwindled off, to some degree, and I feel those sentiments need to return. "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it!" God Bless America!

joan, rowley

Much sadness...

Will never forget, Newton

Today marks the anniversary of the attack on America, an attack we never saw coming, an attack on our freedom and our spirits. Thinking back to that ill-fated day, it's hard not to get sad, angry, and feel scared. I woke up this morning with my heart feeling as heavy as it felt the day we learned of the attack and the tragic deaths of innocent people. The only good to come out of this is the way people in this country, in this world have come together to support each other, and do all we can to defend our freedom. The question to ask ourselves is ARE WE DOING ENOUGH? Is our government doing enough? Why is security still lax at aiports? Nobody shall ever forget 9/11/01...from that point on the world changed, leaving it so our lives would never be the same. We must never lose focus. Right now all we hear about is Iraq, Iraq, Iraq. What about Al Qaeda? What about those horrible monsters who still live and breathe among us, just waiting for the order to attack again? We must not let our defenses down. This country cannot be as vulnerable as she was before she was attacked. Today America Remembers...and She Shall Never Forget...

Karissa B., Malden, MA

It still gives me shivers. I've got a friend who was working in central-Pennsylvania courthouse at the time (I was IM-ing with him when they hit), an uncle who works in the Federal government in D.C., and one of my best friends who's NYPD. So, even though I didn't know anyone who died, it still hist close to home.

Jonathan, Newton

I am really pissed. I feel like I should do more. I wish I could do more to protect my country. I pray for all the families affected by terrorism everywhere in the world. I have a good job at 26, some days I wish I didn't so I could go join the army or navy so I could do more to help my wonderful country. I love the USA and will fight like hell to keep those scum bags out!

John, Peabody

As I left for work this morning, I kissed my wife and my 4 month old daughter and all I could think of was the number of people who did the same thing one year ago and never came home. It hits home all over again and I feel worse now than I did a year ago. The initial shock/confusion is gone and the magnitude of the acts has sunk in. As long as I live, I will never understand this act against humanity.

Jim, Boston

So many things happened in the months afterwards to me; changed jobs, had a new baby, began having marital difficulties, that I never really dealt with the feelings that should have come after the attack. I never really began to even think about the aftereffects of this attack and what it all means. I remember feeling troubled about the treatment of our fellow Arab citizens in the wake of this; I remember feeling almost indignant at the overflowing of patriotism that seemed to me to be misguided. I had trouble thinking that Al Qaeda was just plain evil, and that there had to be reasons for the attack, but that we as a people were not interested in them. We were more interested in punishing the perpetrators than looking for reasons why this would happen in the first place. What is it about our government, our way of life, our people that makes this part of the world hate us so much? I can say that I never actually felt anger, but just sadness that the world is like this, and my children have to live in a world where this can happen at any time, and it just makes me very sad.

Rick , New Hampshire

America, one year later from September 11th, has had a number of changes. There is one great change that has been a result of the attacks. And that result is how united America is today. It brought people into reality that we are one country united that shows our colors of red, white, and blue all over the world. It shows that our country through all the blood and sadness will never die. We will always be united and always be a land of freedom. GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Thomas Sacco, E. Boston, Mass

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