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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I will remember September 11, 2001 for as long as I live. I was teaching a 6th grade language arts class in Chattanooga, Tennessee that morning. Our resource officer opened the door to my classroom and said that they World Trade Center had just been hit with a plane....[more]
My dad came into my room to wake me up, told me to come out to the television and see what was happening. I woke up to a tower of the World Trade Centers on fire, with unsure reports of what was happening. Lying down on the couch, I immediately sat straight up and...[more]
I had just flown into San Francisco from Las Vegas on the evening of September 10th. My sister,her fiancee and I had gone there to celebrate my 21st birthday. I ended up sleeping over my girlfriends house and we had woken up in the morning without turning on the TV or...[more]
I live at Plummer, ID I just got up early to take a shower for work, I usely watch the news in the morning, when I turned on the T.V. I see these two towers one tower was on fire, I thought the news was showing some new movie that was coming out at the theatres, so I...[more]
I am a Nassau County New York police officer who on that horrible day was at home, and browsing the enternet.My wife who had been watching the news, informed me that a plane had just hit the World Trade Center. I went over to the TV and saw a gaping and smoking hole in...[more]
I went to school one morning and my friend told me what had happened. I was completely shocked at first because it was so unbelievable. It seemed like I was the only person who didn't know because no one in my family watches the news in the morning. When class started,...[more]