"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 heard from a friend \nyes but I think life should go on\neverything\nyes...

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I was leaving for work and I saw that a plane had crashed into one of the towers. As I was driving, I heard on the radio that another had crashed. I remember the awful feeling of pins and needles in...

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Getting up the morning of September 11, was just like any other morning. We have a simple routine to get kids up, dressed, fed, and out the door by 8am. Disney is always on the TV, with little notice...

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I was home getting ready for work listening to the news, I heard Matt Lauer the newsanchor say that it appeared a plane had hit one of the towers an apparent "accident." When the cameras were showing...

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I remember thinking what a beautiful morning it was - clear, crisp air, blue skies. I signed onto the internet to read the latest news as I prepared to start my work day. I had made it a habit to "ref...

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I woke up for school and found my mother crying watching the news. \nSort of but not signifigantly.\nThat it was a suicide note for the middle east.\nYes!! I thought that the flag was just about how...

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My son David and his girlfriend Lizzie live in Red Hook, Dutchess County, New York State. Lizzie was doing a Masters Degree in Curatorial Studies at Bard Colege and David went with her. In the week t...

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I woke up that morning and there was a building on t.v. with fire and smoke spilling out the sides. Being almost fully asleep I had no idea what the building was. As I watched I saw it was the Twin To...

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I witnessed September 11 by. The begianing of the day started out fine I got up and got reasy for school. This morning the one thing that was diggerent was I rode the bus to school. When we were on...

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