September 11: Tell Your Story

How did you witness history on September 11, 2001? What do you most remember, and how has it affected your life?

Help the Smithsonian commemorate the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks by sharing your September 11 experience with us. We’re interested in everyone’s experience, no matter where you were or how directly you were involved.
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Pages From My Life: Days of Infamy, by Sid Kessler.

It used to be a joke I played on my history classes. Pointing to an unsuspecting student, I would ask in a low baritone reminiscent of the famous journalist Edward R. Murrow: “Where were you on December 7, 1941?”...[more]
i was working that day. a maintenance person for a community college in metro st. louis. im not sure what time it was.. seems like it was around 8:40 am central time when a friend and co-worker drove up next to me as i was walking and said.."have you heard this sh*t?" ...[more]
At Walt Disney World, in Florida, we work amid the fantasy of cartoon and movies, in images of how the world should be or could be. I was working at Epcot that morning, and the day was just as perfect as it was in New York. One of my co-workers was at home and had...[more]
I went to new york on september the 10th with my family on a holiday from Scotland (where i live) i was only bout 15. We planned to go the twin towers on september the 11th later in the day. Then cors it happend. We went back to our hotel and watched everything...[more]
I remember driving on my way to my Tuesday morning Anthropology class and hearing announced on the radio that one of the towers had been hit. The irony for me is that the class I was on my way to was "Death, Burial, and Culture." When I arrived everyone in the...[more]
On September 11th my husband and I were on a trip with a group of adults from Pittsburgh at Rocking Horse Ranch in N.Y. about 90 miles from NY City. When we came down for breakfast on that tragic morning the televisions were on and one of the Towers were in smoke. We...[more]