September 11 Digital Archive: XML Document

Story:I was on my way to work at a hotel in Eugene, Oregon. I did not think it was real at first. Maybe a replay of War of the Worlds or something on the radio.

Memory:All day we had guests in the lobby watching the updates. Many were stuck with us for days because the airports were shut down. Many of them shared concerns of loved ones who worked in the twin towers or the surrounding area. I remember thinking how so many people(truly all the U.S.) were personally effected by one tragedy.

Affects:At first it drew Americans closer and more able to understand the feelings of those in countries where violence and terrorism is a daily event. Now I fear we have fallen back into thinking only of ourselves and being comfortable in being a wealthy and safe country.

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