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 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...[more]
My name is Katharina and I'm a fiveteen years old girl from Germany. I've never been in the Usa yet, but it has been my dream since I'm ten years old. On 911, I was 12 years old and at first I didn't get to know about what had happened, because I was at school. It was...[more]
I teach high school government and sociology. I'm from Monmouth County, NJ but I now live and teach in Georgia. On Sept. 11, 2001, our second period class had just begun. Another teacher called me out and told me that a plane had just flown into the WTC. I thought...[more]
Got to work around 8:15 am, put some coffee up and then toasted an English muffin.

Back at my desk (We were on the 19th floor of 55 Broad Street, the back of our office had a great view of the towers from about a block away) at about 8:36 I heard what sounded like...[more]
The morning of September 11th, I was sleeping in my living room of my apartment. My phone rang and it was my mom. She said "Rachel, turn on your tv, we are being attacked!" I was half asleep and told my mom " My door is locked no one is in my house!" Thinking she was...[more]
I was at work when the first plane struck. Work for me is Fort Drum, 10th Mountain Division Dining Facility. I saw what happened on CNN, and told my co-workers we had just been attacked by terrorrists. I was dismissed. It was at that point that the second plane was...[more]