"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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It had seemeed like a normal day, just like any other. My family and I don't watch the news in the morning, but Icould tell that something was up at the beginning of school. Everyone had been whisperi...

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Well, I was actually driving home from Idaho Falls with my Mom and my younger brother when it happened. We turned on the radio at about nine o' clock, and the news of the inccident was on nearly ever...

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My husband, Jason and I were asleep when my mother in Michigan called to ask us how far we lived from the World Trade Center. Jason had a friend, Tom visiting from out of town and had taken the day o...

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At first I that it was just a rumer around school. Then at social stuies we watched it on the news. I couldn't belive it. Then I found out how many people died and I just want'd to cry. who would...

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I saw it on TV at school\nYes it has. Security is tighter, which is a good thing. And people started to be more patriotic.\nI think every thing should be remembered about september 11th, especially h...

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My day was full of curiosity; like what was going on and i didnt know the whole story to what hapened. I couldnt think of anything else that day and the next day of school everyone was talking about...

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I was in a 7th floor office in Chicago. My wife called telling me about the happenings. A co-worker in thefield called soon thereafter. For the next 90 minutes there was much talk around the office...

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On 11 September 2001, I was standing near my desk talking to a co-worker in room 2D450, when the terrorist attack occurred on the Pentagon. I heard a loud explosion and all the electricity went out. I...

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During the month of August 2001, I had been visiting colleges in Philadelphia, PA. On the drive down, I purposely made my parents pass through New York so I could view the skyline. Something about t...

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