"September 11: Bearing Witness to History" Stories

A small collection of user-submitted stories gathered by the Smithsonian in conjunction with the September 11 Digital Archive.

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I WAS WORKING IN DOWNTOWN DALLAS AFTER LISTENING AND SEEING IMAGES THRU THE INTERNET & TV I WANTED TO GO EAT LUNCH AND TAKE ALL MY COWORKERS TO EAT @REUNION TOWER IN DEFIANCE!!!!!!!\nIVE ALWAYSS BEEN...

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I had just started my high school career and I was in 2nd hour. We were doing our normal thing, well, somewhat normal we had only been in school for about a week. My teacher turned on the t.v. to wi...

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I live in Minnesota and was at school. During first hour or so, a teacher turned on the television. It started right at a scene of the first plane crashing into one of the buildings. Everybody was...

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ON SEPTEMBER 11TH I THOUGHT THAT IT WAS GOING TO BE JUST ANOTHER DAY AT SCHOOL. IT WAS THE BEGUINING OF THE YEAR SO THINGS WERE JUST SETTLING DOWN. I REMBER I WAS IN CIVICS CLASS AND MY TEACHER HAD GO...

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It was a beyond regular day. Everything seemed normal and routine. As usual I found myself to be a somewhat lifeless zombie that morning as i went to school... more so then usual for the nightbefore...

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I was at school, going about my normal routine, not knowing the devastation that American's would have to endure. I was in Computer Essentials when I heard the news, our teacher had the tv on so...

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I was sitting in my second hour 9th grade Geometry class when suddenly the principal of my school came in, interrupting our lesson. "Can I borrow your teacher for a minute?" she asked. When Ms. Kam...

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On the morning of September 11th 2001, I was in school at the Monticello High School. I was in Math class, 2nd hour. The principal of our school came and talked to our teacher in the hallway for a b...

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On September 11th I was at school that morning when I heard the devastating news. It started out as a fine morning but then in second hour it totally changed. We were almost done with class but had a...

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