"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 just arriving into my first period dance class when I saw my techer with tears in her eyes. I immediately knew womething was wrong, and seeing as the TV was on, I turned my attention to the news...

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I WAS GETTING READY TO GO TO WORK THAT DAY AND HAPPENED TO TURN ON THE T.V. AND SAW THAT SOMETHING HAD HAPPENED TO THE WORLD TRADE CENTER. I DID'NT HAVE TIME TO CONTINUE WATCHING, SO I LEFT TO GO TO W...

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I was at work and I had a patient come in. He is always a happy amiling man and I thought he was setting up a joke! When he finished I realized what he had told me was NO JOKE! It was time for brea...

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I watched on television with my father. I was preparing to go to the funeral of a lovely family friend who had been killed the previous Friday in a tragic horse riding accident. It was altogether a d...

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The summer of 2001 was the summer I fell in love with NYC. I was 15 and my parents had started giving me freedom and allowed me to take the bus from my hometown in northern NJ to the city. It was my...

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It started as every typical morning did. Alarm going off, getting up and getting ready for work. I was at work by 8:00 a.m. I first heard of the tragedies from a coworker as she watched it on the t...

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I was at home and my husband called to ask me to turn on the television to CNN, he had heard something on the radio about a plane hitting the WTC. I turned on CNN and saw the tower burning. As I was...

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I was at work. A coworker of mine told me of the first plane crash. My nephew is in the army and I imediatedly called him and then my sister. All the lines were blocked to the arny base. I cried.....

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I left my morning class about 9:15am and went to the Student Union building at my university, I picked up some breakfast and walked into the lounge where 2 people were watching the events on TV. I sat...

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