"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 witnessed the September 11, 2002 Tragedy via radio enroute to a business meeting in Downtown Chicago. The first Air Craft had exploded in the World Trade Tower and few details were available. Appr...

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As a contact center manager for Exult, our department phones are always ringing. Afterall, that is our business. On the morning of September 11, one of my employees received a call from her son tell...

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I witnessed it on the campus TV and later at the dorms of George Mason University. I witnessed with hundreds of other students some of whom had family there some of whom didn't have a clue what was g...

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My name is Wayne Wedge. I was working for the DSS/Abacus Technology as a(Contractor)Litgation Specialist that day. I worked on the BUMED Site for the USN, next to the Kennedy Center on 23rd ST NW in W...

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I was home that week with the chicken pox. I received a call from my husband asking me to turn on the T.V. concerning the attack on America. I did so immediately and then dropped to my knees in pray...

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My husband, daughter and I were taking a flight to Disneyworld the morning of September 11th. We passed and viewed the towers around 8:15-8:20 am. My daughter asked me what the World trade Center to...

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I was on leave that day from my job at the Pentagon. I was driving to Richmond, VA when I heard it on the radio. I hadn't had the television or radio on before I left the house around 9:00 am so I d...

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The September 11th attacks have affected each and every one of us in some way or another. It has been the most hideous crime to have ever taken place since I've been born. My heart and prayers contin...

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I'll just make it brief. It painfull to recall it all. I was at my office, 140 WEST STREET, 19 floors up when the planes hit the Twin Towers. At first I could not believe what I was seeing but realit...

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