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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Like many others, I too will never forget that morning. Even though we were very far away - leaving Luxemburg for Belgium on vacation, we were completely numbed. We were in the train, when a woman had a radio to her ear and had a horrified look on her face, but we...[more]
I remember sitting on the Grand Central parkway, stuck in traffic. I was listening to the radio and they came across with a news alert that a plane had struck one of the towers. Now, they didnít know that it was a commercial airplane. They figured, and I shared their...[more]
I was on the way to school with my Dad when we herd what happened. Our first initial thought was some idiot flew into the buildning. But soon after i found out in my art class that another plane flew into the second building then my thoughts got serious and i was...[more]
I woke up with flu-like symptoms on September 11th and stayed home from attending class at my local Community College in Pittsburgh, PA. All I wanted to do that morning was sleep, so when my sister called me crying saying that they crashed into the Twin Towers, I...[more]
It was September 11, 2001. My four year old son and I were watching television when a news bulletin came over the screen. There was chaos everywhere. People running for their lives as dust particles came from one of our World Trade Centers. I couldn't believe my...[more]
On Sept 11th I rollerbladed down to the WTC from the Upper East Side with my medical kit and arrived just as the first tower had fallen. I bladed into the smoke to look for someone and found a worker who needed CPR. There were a few walking wounded and badly burned...[more]