"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 on a flight enroute from Tampa FL to Charlotte NC when the hijackings took place. We landed and I had made it to downtown to my office before I knew anything. We watched the events unfold on a...

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I was driving to work in Orange County, CA. I was on the freeway and heard the news on the radio. I thought it was an unfortunate accident, an airplane hitting the tower. Then we heard about a poss...

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I was at work, and we huddled around the internet and listened to the radio. Most of us had only been at work for less than an hour at the time it happened.\nI am a single mom, full time student and...

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Television- I was coming in from P.E. and I saw my teacher crying. I asked her what was wrong.She said'ill show you'. she turned n the t.v. and we saw the first plane hit.\nyes!!!!!!!!!! It...

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i seen the towers collapse and i ran for my life! i was looking for god praying.\nyes, my life has changed forever because the the world is not safe as it was you need to be more careful and watch th...

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I was in my home in San Diego, California, getting ready for work and watching the "Today Show". I watched the events unfold from the first attack. As a native New Yorker, I was in denial about what...

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it was around 6 in the morning i think and my mom came and woke me up and said that terrorist are attacking new york and i turned it on and i first though, "my god, how stupid is america?" they probab...

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I was pulling into the Parking Lot at the office and heard when the first plane hit. My first thought was "OH NO" someone is in big trouble in the control towers for making such an error. As I walke...

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I was on Braddock Road, heading to George Mason University, when the first plane hit. On the radio station, it sounded like a small (propellor) plane had hit, so I went over to WTOP to listen to more...

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