September 11 Digital Archive Stories

This collection is the bulk of the archive, representing the experiences of thousands of individuals. The immense collection of stories (as of writing there are over 12,500 entries) were submitted directly to the September 11 Digital Archive by users of the site. The recollections cover a variety of topics too great to assess, and present an excellent resource for future cultural studies of the reaction to the September 11 attacks.

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On the morning of Sept. 9, 2001, my father and I embarked on a week-long backpacking trip along the Mid State Trail in central Pennsylvania. By Tuesday morning, 9/11, we had hiked 30-some miles, our...

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I remember that day, because when the 1st plane hit, I new in my heart this wasn't an accident. My husband and I stared at the screen and I kept saying, "This is trouble, big trouble". Then the 2nd...

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I was sitting in a carpark waiting to collect my wife for lunch(Ireland is 5 hours ahead of New York) The radio station I was listening to was interupted the radioshow with a newsflash saying there we...

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Yesterday: There's a pounding at my door, then the door is thrown open. It's early. I'm jarred out of sleep and told we're under attack. The only attacks I can think of are the regularly schedule...

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Fall 2001, I was planning the final details for my wedding which was scheduled for November 17. Sal, my soon to be husband was living with me for about 10 months by then. He had moved in with my famil...

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I had nothing interesting to do that day and I was looking forward to relaxing all day and watch TV. My grandparents came up to my apartment because I wanted to show my grandpa something at the comp...

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I work for the Department of Defense. September 11, 2001 is a day that I and my co-workers will never forget. We buy boots and shoes for all of the military and I'm responsible for the quality of the...

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On Sept. 11th, 2001, I was on a flight to Philadelphia, PA. It was approximately 10:00 a.m. -- about one hour since the plane took off from Mitchell Field in Milwaukee Wisconsin. It was a beautiful...

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I first heard the news while working on my algebra homework. My teacher came in looking nervous, and she announced to us that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center, but she wasn't sure if it...

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