"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 sent to the National Headquarters of the American Red Cross to help in answering the overwhelming number of calls to the hot line. Half way through the training someone came in and named 20 peop...

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On Sept,11, that is my brithday. It was a sad day for me. As i got up that morning as I always do to see the News. I was in shock. At frist I thought it was a joke or a move. But as I sat here in my i...

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My husband and I had the alarm clock set for 7:00 am (Arizona Standard time) and were awakened by a somber voice on NPR announcing some sort of terrorist attacks. Confused, but roused immediately, we...

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I was in my bed, in a deep sleep. I woke up, when my loud and excited husband, Mike, flew the bedroom door open, yelling, "Something happened in New York, to one of the towers." I was startled,...

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I was in my school bus and the bus driver yelled out SHUT UP!!!! so he could hear the radio. \nno not really\nthe brave firemen and police men who helped rescue the people under the rubble\n...

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I attend a State University in Maryland, so I was getting dressed and ready for class with the news on. I saw that one of the towers was on fire. I thought it was an accident. Then I watched the...

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I saw it on the news and it made my stomach drop. My mom was talking to my dad on the phone and was very scared. My brother watched the news to see who caused such chaos and tradgedy.\nYes, my life...

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I witnessed history of the September 11th tragedy in a couple different ways. First, I saw the breaking news and watched it as soone as got to school. I also witnessed it by reading the newspapers...

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I wittmess September 11th by watching the news. I woke up and my mom was watching the news and all of a sudden an airplane went right into one of the twin towers. Then I saw people running and screami...

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