"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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During breakfast on the morning of September 11, my father, who checks the news online daily, told me two planes had crashed into the Twin Towers. I couldn't comprehend how something this horrible co...

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On September the eleventh of 2001, I woke up to walk my dog, to take a shower, and to trudge off to school, like so many other American teenagers. I thought nothing of our nation's saftey, or of th...

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I was a freshman student, just beginning to experience all the new experiences of high school, when on September 11th, the world changed. I was the first one to enter my second class of the day, when...

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On September 11th I didnt go to school that day because I had a ortho. appointment! I woke up at 8 or so, and my parents were in the living room watching the news. And by this time the first plane h...

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It was the our second week in school when our principle came into our classroom and asked our teacher to go out into our resource area. Since our resource area has windows and I could see that all of...

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Through the news casts on television while attending school. When we herd about the bad news at school my teachers were all watching the breaking news. \nMy life has not really changed as much as the...

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I live all the way in California, but I saw everything over the news. I heard about it around 5:30 - 6 am my time. Our teachers had the news on when we got inside of the classrooms, and they kept us...

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I slammed off the alarm. Six oclock was way too early to be waking up. I pushed myself out of bed, and got dressed; I ate breakfast in the kitchen, brushed my teeth, and got into the Mazda Mom was...

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I walked into my second hour and the room was silent. My teacher did not say a word, and a classmate of mine left the room crying. Thoughts were running through my head, I knew nothing good could co...

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