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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: Joanne
Contributor's location on 9/11: Pittsburgh, PA
Contributed on: 3 October 2004

How did you witness history on September 11th?

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 turned on NBC and saw the replays of the first plane hitting the towers, but I still wasn't feeling well, I turned off the TV and went back to bed not fully realizing what was going on. When I woke up to hear the and view the horrible tragedy had happened in my own backyard! In spite of all of the panic, I went to work that evening as everyone else was evacuating the city. The full impact of the events would not hit me for a few days until I got better and realized how bad it was. These events forever changed my life in ways I can't explain.

Has your life changed because of September 11, 2001?

I have become more alert to suspisious behavior and events around me and would encourage others to do the same. I also became very grateful for the things I have in life and my family and the need to "slow down" and take a good look at the world around you. Be grateful for the little things, embrace diversity and peace. They are all things we take for granted.

Cite as: Joanne, Smithsonian Story #6847, The September 11 Digital Archive, 3 October 2004, <>.
Archival Information: 167 words, 820 characters

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