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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September 11th, 2001 was a day that started much like any other for me. I live in Los Angeles so the day and barely begun when I first heard the news that something terrible had happened in New York....

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I work as a kindergarten teacher in Falls Church, Virginia. As many others will say, the day began very normally and as usual. Around 9:00 am I left my classroom to use the restroom and noticed that...

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My brother died of colon cancer September 9th after a 4 year battle. We were coming back from breakfast to get ready for his funeral on September 11th when his friend told us about the 1st plane hitt...

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I must start by saying that I knew no one personally that was killed. However, I was born and lived the first 40 years of my life in New York City. I am still grieving for the dead and it is 2 years...

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On that Sept.day I was watching tv. matter of fact the Today show was on and all of sudeden they showed this horrible scene. I'll be honest I didn't think it was real. But through the day I would obv...

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Well, first off I am wheelchair bound. I was home in bed. Which was doctor's orders because of an illness. I was watching "Good Morning America." It was at a commercial and when it came back, Dian...

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My mom wolk me up and told me the traid centers were bombed. I shrugged it off remmembering what happend in the early 90's(it was 7:00am on the west coast). She came back into my room and turned on...

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I actually Slept threw most of Sept 11. I was in the military at the time and had worked late the night before.I remember getting out of bed taking a shower and was eating breakfast when I saw what w...

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I was home sick from work that day, and decided to read a book, I had the t.v. on mute. I glanced up and realized that something spectacular was going on in New York. I rushed to awaken my husband a...

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