"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 watched the towers fall from my window at Montclair State University. I had placed a television set under the window and divided my time between watching reports on the tv and the smoking towers out...

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I watched it on tv as it all happened live. \nYes, it has made me respect the police and fireman a lot more than I did. \nWe should remember how everybody joined and tried to help everyboby in New...

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On September 11 I was at school witnessing the tragedy on television. At that time the news really didnt know who had done this terorist act but had a hunch it osama bin laden. \nMy life certianly...

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I witnessed the events of Sept 11, on the news almost as it was happening just as the first plane collided and it was not clearly understood what was going on. At school that day we learned of the se...

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I hadn't watched the news that morning so I didn't know about it until one of my friends told me at school. I didn't know what she was talking about and I didn't think that something really bad had h...

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I experienced September 11th on tv and the radio. When my mom and I was heading for school we were listening to the radio and it was saying that a plane crashed into the The World Trade Center. I didn...

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I was in 7th grade at the time. I had just woke up to get ready for school. I came into the living room where my mom was watching the news like she does every morning before work. My mom then told...

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When I got to school I wasn't aware of the tragedy that had occured. It was a shock to my mind, body, and soul, and I was just speechless. I couldn't consentrate in school very well, because I had t...

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On September 11th, I wook up to the door bell of our front door. My naeighbor told us to wake up, and turn on our T.V. We all thought that it was just some multi-media sports event, until we turned...

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