Selections from letters written by juniors and seniors
shortly after Sept 11, 2001 to the victims and their families
of the terrorist attacks on America
No one expected this, and no one deserved this. I know it is hard, yet you have to find the strength to go on.
I hope if they found someone in you family they are alright. If they found someone in you family and they are hurt or worse, I am terribly sorry for your loss.
I would like to express my deep sympathy and condolences to the relatives of the victims and the survivors. I wish there were something I could do to take this horrible pain away.With deep sympathy,
I send my sympathy to the utmost degree. This devastation has caused so much pain and I feel it acutely. In my heart, especially in my heart, I believed that America was invincible.
I just want America to do the right thing the right way.
It hurts my heart to think about all the people that got hurt or killed. If I could have stopped that incident from happening I would have. There was nothing I could do about it.
I cant imagine what you are feeling right now, that you are terrified, scared, and sad. Just remember to keep you heads up and stay strong.
I hope that someway you will find peace within yourselves and each other after all this is over. I regret that so many of you have suffered tremendously through this experience. I know that there are truly no words that will comfort you at this time. The whole nation and myself will continue to pray for you and your families.
I can only imagine how big a shock it must have been to you, and I believe that everyone is dealing with it really well.
When I heard this terrible news at school, my heart began to crumble, and I became scared and nervous. But what I went through that day is nothing compared to what you all are going through. I hope you all can gain the confidence and strength to move on with your lives. Things are going to get better, just keep your head up.
Now is the time for the people of America, and the people of all-different beliefs, races, cultures, and creeds to become one. I cant say I understand how the victims feel because Ive never been in such a situation.
I can only imagine the horror of Tuesdays tragic attack on New York, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania. I know that at this moment things seem so bleak, but through God all things are possible. It pains me to think that Amerce could be an unsafe place for our children and grandchildren to live. This tragedy will forever be in mind, and you will forever be in my prayers.
Keep you head high and always keep God in you heart. This is a very sad time for you, but dont worry darkness will fade away and sunshine will come.
My heart goes out to all of you. It saddens me and disappoints me to know that there are people out there that would do such mean, cruel, and vicious things to try and bring America down. Keep the faith and everything will be all right.
We Americans, who have not been touched by this tragedy directly, but indirectly, are doing everything in our power to help.
I was devastated when I heard of this tragedy, and Im terribly sorry. Be encouraged through these times of depression. Your strength will keep you going and help you to endure. You all are in my prayers.
This was definitely a worldwide devastation and I believe our people will put aside all prejudice and come together as one to build our world back up. Keep your faith, God will intercede.
I really express myself because my family and I dont feel much of your pain, but I feel sorry for your loss.
I send my prayer out to all the families and hope that no matter what, you keep God in mind and pray to God to make things better and pray to him to guide you help through your time of sadness and grief.
My sympathy goes out to everyone who has lost a family member, friend, or co-worker. We need to keep the faith and come together. Maybe now, Americans will understand how important Unity is.
A tragic thing has happened and it put a hurting on all of our hearts.
It takes a while for you get used to a person that you love not being there. You have to be strong for yourself and others.
God loves you and He will never leave you alone and especially not at this time because He knows that you are hurting. When you feel like hope is gone, call on Jesus and he will be right there to answer your call.
I pray that you will be comforted in this time of grief. God knows what he is dong, so pray about it, and keep your head up.
I am very sorry for your loss. I will do all I can to help you and your family members.
You have to realize that President Bush will try to do everything he can to help. There are things in life that are very unfortunate, but you have to understand that all our problems will be solved.
I know that this letter cant make anyone feel better, or bring anyone back into your lives. I hope that this doesnt turn into a War because there will be a lot more deaths and a lot more families hurt. If we do go to War, I will do my part in helping my country.
Some of us are angry, some of us are terrified. I really dont have a conclusion or a solution to this problem, but the only advice I can give is that we are supposed to be one nation under God and in Him we trust.
I lost an aunt, grandmother, and sister in a matter of about two years. I had to be strong, and I know you will get through this tragedy although it will take some time. Overcome this tragedy and get on with your lives.
Ive lost a loved one and close friend. So I know how you feel. My family and myself send you our greatest sympathy, and may God bless you and your loved ones.
Everyone has to realize that things happen. Everyday that we wake up, we are blessed to see another day. We are never promised tomorrow.
For somebody to kill all those people and to then kill themselves to so say honor their country is just plain stupid. Think positive. I send out my sincere condolences to you and your family and friends.
Its like it hurt a piece of me even though they werent a part of my family, but theyre in my heart.
Things such as War shouldnt happen. The people who were responsible for this act should be held accountable. I just hope that there will be no War thats going to break out.
If theres any type of way that a person like me can help, I would be more that happy to do that. If I can send a donation or talk to them to help I will.
It hurts and fills us with great emotion knowing that someone committed such a careless act. As Americans we cant let it get the best of us. We need to unite and some together to help others. Through God all things are possible.
Do not seek revenge on anybody just let God handle them. God Bless You,
The pain and astonishment that has struck our nation, has us all in grief and pain. You and everyone else will remain in our prayers in overcoming this horrible act.
I wont pretend to know what youve gone through, but I do know how it feels to lose someone you love. In high hopes that the situation changes for the better, I again would like to express my sympathy and sorrow.
I can imagine how terrible this must be, and I would like to say that you have my deepest sympathy Im so sorry. I couldnt believe it, I thought my teacher had misunderstood everything, and later on that day I watched the news, and it was all-true. I cried because that was a tragedy that shouldnt have taken place at all
I hope and want you to remember all of the good times you shared together. Just to let you know everyone is praying for you in of your time of grief.
They have no right to do these things to other people because they wouldnt want people taking their loved ones away.
Our hearts wept. Tears of shock and fear ran down the cheeks of all that feared. I know your pain is a thousand times greater that anything the rest of us might feel.
This cowardly act has not only affected your lives, but the lives of everyone in this nation.
I am just sorry that you had to lose so many loved ones.
All the firefighters that lost their lives trying to save the lives of others should always be remembered for their bravery.
This was a very overwhelming event for everyone, but time will heal your wounds. I will never understand how much the victims meant, but I sympathize for everyone involved.
This incident is one of the most terrifying one that could have ever happened. My heart bleeds with hurt and fear not only for what has happened to you guys, but what also may happen in the near future.
...there are many children without a Mom or Dad, or maybe without both parents.
I wish that there were something I could do to help. I would have never thought that something like this would have happened.
All my sympathy goes out to the people of New York.
I hope the man behind all of this is prosecuted and God be with all of the families that are in pain and sorrow.
These people are innocent and did not deserve to die this way.
I am writing you through experience and I am telling you that everything is going to be all right.
Words cant express the way I feel about this tragedy.
I was about to cry. This has made me terrified about the things that could happed here.
America will take care of our enemies who have caused this catastrophe.
I dont know why some people would kill other people just to kill them. If everyone would get along none of this would have happen.
No one can possibly know how you all feel unless we were in your situation.
This is the most tragic thing that has ever happened to the United States. I really hope we find the people behind all of this tragedy, so that they can be punished for the crimes they have committed.
This really hurts knowing that you want see your mother, father, family, or friend.
This isnt something you are going through by yourself. The whole world is with you, to help and guide you through all your pain. At this time the world has come together with unity to support all the victims and families of this world attack.
In this time we need to bond together to become stronger that ever. I know that our government is working extremely hard to find out who is responsible for this horrible act on our country. I cant imagine why someone would do such a horrible thing. My concern goes out to all of U.S.
Our greatest nation will not rest until they find out who did this, and we will take the appropriate actions against them. The entire country is angry at these attackers, but we must not sink to there level of terrorism. We do not attack innocent helpless office workers, women, and children.