Library of Congress Stories

A collection of, as of this writing, more than 200 user-submitted stories gathered by the Library of Congress in conjunction with the September 11 Digital Archive.

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I was sitting in my 7th grade science class. Our principal came on over the intercom and informed us that an aircraft of some kind had hit one of the towers of the WTC in New York City. I thought that...

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I was in 3rd period when it happened. The class was talking until the teacher came in and said that a plane had crashed into a building. I did not believe it until I saw the world trade center on fire...

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I work for the Waukegan (Illinois)Fire Dept. We had just started our 24 hour shift. The TV was on in the kitchen and someone said a plane flew into a building. We watched the early news and then began...

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I was in college, but my classes were cancelled because a professor was going to be out of town. I had a dentist appointment, so I turned the radio on while driving. I was absolutely shocked! I cou...

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I was in the EPA's library in the Sam Nunn Federal Building in Atlanta. At the time I was a contracted librarian. Another librarian was putting up the morning's news onto our website for EPA employees...

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My wife and I were at our home in Gaithersburg, MD, getting ready to go to Bethesda Hospital for a post-pregnancy check-up when a friend of mine in Massachusetts called and said "turn on the TV." The...

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I am a Major in the United States Marine Corps and currently work in the Joint Tactical Radio Sysytem Joint Program Office in Rosslyn, Va. On Septemeber 11th, 2001, information filtered into...

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I was at work. It was a beautiful, sunny autumn day in the mid-West. I work in a large Medical Center and work from 9:00 to 5:30. I always come to work about 8:30 a.m. (Central time) to have breakf...

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I was sitting in my classroom doing a math problem when my principal came over the announcements. He said a plane had hit the World Trade Center. No big deal, I thought... just a freak accident. About...

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