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Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Behring Center Smithsonian “September 11:
Bearing Witness to History”

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Contributed by: Holly
Contributor's location on 9/11: Slidell, Louisiana
Contributed on: 18 October 2004

How did you witness history on September 11th?

I was getting ready for work and school when I saw that a plane had the one of the WTC. I thought, as most everyone else did at the time, that it was a small plane and was a horrible accident. I was driving to work when I heard that another plane had hit the second tower. When I got to work, there were multiple tvs in the hallway and everyone was gathered around them watching and crying. I saw the first tower fall before I had to go to class. My latin professor told us that her brother-in-law worked at the Pentagon and no one had heard anything about him. My classes were cancelled for the day and i ended up sitting in the movie theatre of the student union and watching the news along with hundreds of people i had never met. I remember this deafening silence and sobbing. That evening my roommates and I went to church because we really didn't know what else to do.

Has your life changed because of September 11, 2001?

I'm a child of the eighties. I was there for the ending of the cold war and the gulf war in the 90s. My generation had never witnessed something of this proportion. It was very humbling. I've heard things said about my generation and how we're not changing the world or that we're lazy. But when I look around, it's kids that are my age (24) and younger who are risking their lives everday. I know people that were in college or graduated college and enlisted after September 11th. I try to live my life to the fullest and pray to God that the war in the Middle East will end.

What do you think should be remembered about September 11th?

I definitely think we should remember that these people attacked innocent people. Many, many innocent people lost their lives and had done nothing but live their lives. I understand that we must find out how this happened and if it could have been prevented but we cannot lose focus on the people themselves.

Did you fly an American flag after the events of September 11th?

I have always flown an american flag, but after that day I did put a sticker on my car. I guess, I feel more strongly against people that desigrate (sp?) the flag.

Cite as: Holly, Smithsonian Story #6857, The September 11 Digital Archive, 18 October 2004, <>.
Archival Information: 169 words, 874 characters

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