"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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My mother and I were watching the news before school. I was in my room and my mom said "Sam come here a plain hit the twin towers!" I watched from then on till I had to go to school and we sathced s...

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I witnessed the incident on September 11th by watching tv. At first I was in bed, my dad had forgotten to wake me up for school and my alarm clock got unplugged. I woke up at about 6:30 and went out...

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I was (and still am) a telephone reservationist for the Museum of Science in Boston. That morning, I watched as planes took off from Logan Airport on my drive in- something I see every day. As thos...

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I woke up and turned on the tv and as soon as the picture came into view i saw a building on fire and i changed the channel and saw the same thing. So i whatched it and then the 2nd tower was hit. Wh...

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I watched a little on t.v. and listened to the radio on the way to school. Then at school we watched it during class. Then during class the second tower fell. We didn't do any work during class, a...

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I was on the bus going to school when the radio said something about an airplane hitting a tower. I thought nothing of it until I reached school and every one was in a panic.\nI have not really chang...

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When I heard the news it shocked me. It was a reflex that carried me over to the T.V. It was all over on T.V, on the radio, in the newspapers. It seemed almost like the whole world was mouring, watchi...

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Before I left for school at about 6:45 my dad came out of his room and told me turn the television on. I saw what was happening and knew there would be more. That was when the second plane rammed into...

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I was at work talking on the phone to a BP (British Petrolium) retiree about her medical benefits. All of a sudden, she stopped me and told me what was being said on the news about an airplane hittin...

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