"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 running late for work,as usual, trying to get myself and our infant daughter out the door. As we embarked on our journey to daycare and then myself off to work I noticed how beautiful a morning...

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It was a bright September day, I was at work in the recovery room at Auburn Memorial Hospital when one of my co workers came in and said "a plane just hit the world trade towers" and we started talkin...

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I was at my desk when I recieved a call that a plane hit the World Trade Center. The first thought was that a News helicopter or a small plane was the culprit. Then I remember hearing that another p...

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How do I begin....I was taking my husband to work, and on the way we were lisiting to the radio and they broke in with the news the first plane had hit The World Trade Center I ! I was getting off th...

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I am a Sergeant with the NYPD. On September 11, 2001 I was home when the first plane hit. I kissed my wife good-bye and jumped in my car (later she wasn't sure if I was dead or alive). I got to the WT...

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On September 11, I rode my bike to school and I was going through my regular routine when I heard about what had happened. At first I was thinking that my friends were kiding around with me, but I lat...

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I was at work when a co-worker walked up and asked me if I had heard a plane hit the World Trade Center, and if I could find out if it was true. I immediately checked the AOL page and got a blurb tha...

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I was making breakfast for my two youngest daughters and their father. He had decided to take the day off that day to have family time........ He was siting on the couch flipping through the channels...

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I work out of my home office in Mississauga, Ontario Canada. I was on the phone on hold with a customer in New Jersey when I heard (on their radio)about a plane crashing into the World Trade Center. I...

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