April 04, 2004
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January 06, 2004
Tears of a Clown

A plane glides down, floating across the screen, turns behind the building, and erupts into flame and smoke like an actor dispatched in the wings of a stage production. The metal gore flies in a representation of what the director means to portray to his shocked audience of this all-too-real tragedy.

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September 11, 2003
Jay Caruso

I watched in horror as the second plane crashed into the tower. It looked like a movie. It didn't look real. I didn't want it to be real. But it was.

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Michael Watkins

The War Goes On: Reflections on the Meaning of September 11

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Steven Jens

The morning of September 13, 2001, I felt the need to send out a relatively positive, semi-defiant email to a bunch of people. I've managed to dig it up.

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Richard Bennett

I remember it clearly...

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Kathlene Stoltz Miller

Autumn Ashes
By Kathlene Stoltz Miller, 9/10/03

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Aubrey

..looking forward to spending time with my Dad, who worked a few weeks out of the month in New York. More specifically, worked at the World Trade Center.

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Helen

Planes crashing? Terrorists? Surely he got the story wrong.

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Sulizano

At some point, I went outside and marveled at the unusually quiet sky


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Unkown

We all know the day, it needs no year. 9/11

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Erica

The first thought I had was "what a singularly awful way to die" about the people on the plane. I didn't even think about the people in the building yet.

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Nicki

My breath caught and my whole being simply reached out to New York, as if my will could keep the Towers standing

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Beatrice

To write a symphony...

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Scott

I don’t like this day
It makes me feel too small…

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Jennifer

call my wife call
my kids don't
leave me

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Jim Peacock

There can be no respect for things that are, by their very nature, abhorrent

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Forrest Logan

Then came that tuesday.

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Ben

There was a small sign, a flowing flag on a white background, pointing the way to the Flight 93 temporary memorial. The wind was at our backs.

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Greg

The Way I Think About Tall Buildings

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Mary

They kissed their spouses, hugged their children, shared coffee with a roommate or a co-worker. They didn't know they were hated.

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Court

And then we realized we were in a state building. Near the Sears Tower. Calls were placed around the state and we were told to get out. That's all it took for us.

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Rod Boyd

Far off and unpleasnt things that never seem to go away, rearing their head at the oddest times

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Cathouse Blues

I sat on the steps of Francis Scott Key Hall, crying so hard for us, for them, it hurt.

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Shari

“Shari, something’s happening here. I heard an explosion and felt our building shake, and 11 fire trucks went by two directions. I think it’s the Pentagon.”

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Tony Hooker

9/11 was the 8th week of pregnancy for us, and we had another ultrasound scheduled.

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Jonathan

I had a window seat on the Long Island Railroad that morning, and as
the train entered the tunnel from Queens to Manhattan, I saw a plume of
smoke coming from the towers.

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William Young

The agent thought it odd that Number 20 and I had started school at almost the same time and left at almost the same time, but never had I come in contact with him. I could only shrug.

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Kathleen

God. Has it been two years already?

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Christopher Kanis

The date that needs no year...

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Steve Dunn

So I worked, because I had work to do. And when my work was done I went home and I watched the towers fall a thousand times more.

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Jim Moran

We were in Times Square when the driver stopped the cab and turned around and yelled something

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Ed Driscoll

Technology to the rescue...

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Stephen Green

Are you, two years later, still unable to comprehend? Be honest now. Unless you've dived head first into the bloodiest part of the heart of darkness, then, no, you don't understand.

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Bill Ernoehazy

Never again.

NEVER AGAIN.

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Alan & Carmel Brain

But the towers will still stand. No sooner are the words out of my mouth when I see a large dust plume rising from one of them. No, from where one of them *used to be*. Oh Christ, the Firemen, the Medicos, the Police, the people. The people. All those people....

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Adam H.

After 9/11, I had nightmares for months.

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Tim

The First Day of the 21st Century

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Dale

It all started with a simple question after he had introduced me to his listening audience.

Alex Dyke: “So tell us, what was it like at Ground Zero?”

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Dave Tepper

Despair doesn't feel anything like I'd been led to believe. Despair is masked by bravado.

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Dave Henry

The morning of September 12, I put on my uniform and began temporary active duty in the Navy, working in their call center talking to the thousands of concerned Americans with relatives and loved ones in the Pentagon.

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Dawn

I felt like the world owed me something. And within the span of a few hours, I realized I owed the world.

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September 10, 2003
Kathy K.

When the caffeine finally had full effect on me and I was fully awake was when I realized what had happened. They showed a clip of the towers collapsing. The only thing I could think of as I watched this in absolute horror was, "Oh my God! There are people in there!"

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Gavin

Our office was a living thing. Shock, sadness, fear, it was all mixed up in a cold, furious confusion. Everyone knew that tomorrow's history books were being written before our eyes.

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Gina

My last thought before falling asleep that night was that if another attack happened and we were in the midst, at least we would die together.

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Liz L.

When I stood at the edge of Ground Zero this summer, I still felt anger and sorrow; the same anger and sorrow I felt later as I looked from the top of the Empire State Building toward the southern end of the island, and remembered what should have been there.

I don't think I'll ever "get over it" completely, and I don't think I dare to. I need to remember that day, so that I'll never support, with vote or voice, any policy that even looks like a surrender to the fiends who started this.

Besides, I want to remember how New Yorkers responded to the worst our enemies could do with their best - you do us proud, New York, New York!

I'm sending you a poem I wrote, if you wish to include it.

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Heather H.

We took calls from frantic parents looking for their children, numb children looking for their parents, we made reservations for people to rent cars to drive home (even as far away as Seattle to DC), we attempted to calm American citizens calling from overseas who were unable to come home.

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Marie

And then after that were the days that made me appreciate being an American. I was proud of our country, proud of our president, and - most of all - proud of the way people treated each other and behaved toward one another. It lasted for a little while. I'm still proud beyond _expression of our country, and probably always will be.

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Mara

Two years later, I still look for the buildings when I'm a little turned around in the West Village. I'm still thinking I can go to the Borders, the Coach Store, the Sam Goody in the basement mall at the World Trade Center. It still breaks my heart to take the E-Train anywhere and see the signs that say "World Trade Center".

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Matt

One day, while in a fit of anger and depression, I said to myself, "And on top of it all, those fuckers took away my birthday."

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John Stryker

For the first time in my life, I was scared to be in my own house. Death could come sweeping down from the sky at any moment and hit anyone

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Kat

She had 911 pictures on the roof of her car and I asked about it.

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Kevin

On 11 September 2001, at approximately 9:45 PM Japan Standard Time, I was enjoying a late-summer evening in the Japanese countryside in company of a dozen other men

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Kimberley

I remember how I wanted Steven next to me constantly; how I was scared to let him go for too long.

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Kevin

I’ve been trying to collect my recollections of September 11, 2001, and I keep coming back to one thought; how to explain “before”.

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Karl

I think I moaned. My soul emptied. I called out to my boss to come to the TV. I was weeping. I knew what I was seeing and it devastated me.

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Liz

When I exited at Rector, I noticed ashes raining down, people looking up in shock and crying. My memory of turning around to look up is in slow motion.

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Laura

I remember the discussion of "What are we going to call this?" It's such a sick and twisted thing we do in television. Everything has to be branded, it has to have a name.

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Matthew

I'll always remember Drudge's front page that morning: the words "Who Did This?" blared out at the reader, and below them was a picture of the World Trade Center after the first plane struck the north tower.

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O.F. Jay

The next thing I knew my mom's cold hands, wet with ice water, were clutching my face.

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Meryl

Every time the wind was in the east during the months following September 11th, you could smell the towers burning.

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Rob (L&R;)

I was going to band practice and was passing by an elementary school. The kids from the neighborhood were all by the side of the street, waving American flags & holding signs. I finally started to get choked up.

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Rob

butterfly.jpg[click the image to be taken to the Butterflies of New York page] I originally wrote the story just after 9/11 for my son, who was 2 at the time. My wife was staying in NYC that day, and in fact was attending the Red Bull Music Academy (which is situated in a different city each year), whose location was just a few blocks from the WTC.

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Rossz

Rossz contributes a poem written by a twelve year old boy

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Sage One

When I got out to the street, it was eerie. I could hear people on their cell phones calling loved ones, people crying, people all over the place.

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Stephen

I remember snapping at my boss when I asked him if he'd gotten my message, saying I didn't know when I'd be in, or if. Intense, free floating anger.

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Beth in Michigan

Those towers, the people within them, the spirit they embodied, WANTED us to get a good long last look as they gracefully fell to their deaths. That slow falling would be etched in memory, not simply dashed away. It would be REMEMBERED.

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Sasha

I remained like that, in bathrobe with damp hair, for the next three hours, glued to the television. I was beyond shock. I couldn't really grasp it.

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Howard

We had all been standing on the northeast corner of the WTC complex (by the post office, for those who know the area), and hadn't seen the second plane come in from the south. I can't explain how huge this explosion was. My first thought was, crazily, "how did they get a car bomb up that high?"

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Sharon

How do you explain to a six year old what you can barely comprehend yourself?

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Lynn S

I took the attack on America very personally. I am an American. If you attack America you attack me personally.

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Terry

The following is an email I sent to my family on September 12th, 2001:

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Gerard Van der Leun

There is no more World Trade Center visible from the Promenade. But you can smell it from there—a sort of burnt stench as if someone lit newspaper in a trash can and then poured water on it. That kind of wet burnt stench.

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Carrie

We were living in Egypt, south of Cairo, in a neighborhood called Maadi.

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Flex Flint

Throughout the whole day and many days more from then on, I tried to imagine what it was like for the people inside. A young man above the hole where the first plane hit, calling on the phone with his grandmother, comes to mind, asking her what that "rumbling sound was he could hear in the background" ... .

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Andrew

Many if not all in the room had been affected one way or other by terrorism in London. They either were in the City of London/Docklands or knew of people who worked there. The threat of terrorism was to them, and to me, part of living in London.

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Merry

We got the TV up and running in a conference room and all of us sat around most of the day watching, leaving for a while when we couldn't stand it, coming back to watch in horror while our world changed forever.

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Rico

I saw the towers on fire from the top of our office building on 56th Street.

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WG

There were no words. Just a cry that sounded like it came from the bottom of her soul. She had no information, but her sister worked in the South Tower, and I think she feared the worst. I’ll remember that cry as long as I live.

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September 08, 2003
Lesley

To all of you, this is my memorial. My testament that you lived and that your life still has effect, even in your death. No music. No speeches. A simple recounting of memories.

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Stephen M. St. Onge

If I had my way, every Sept. 11th, FOREVER, the television networks would rerun their coverage of that day. No difference except a small label saying "Originally broadcast on Sept. 11, 2001" in a corner.

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Sandhya

Sandhya sent a poem, which is also published on The South Asian Literary and Arts Archive.

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Howard Sklar

When you see pictures of the second plane hitting the tower, it blew debris out the north side of the building. We were where that debris landed. But until it landed, it looked like a slow-moving expanding ball. But it looked like it was moving in slow motion. Strange. Kind of like at a ball game when the batter hits the ball in your direction, and you can't quite tell where the ball is, or how fast it's moving. It was kind of like that. Until it started slamming down all around us. Then we started to run. It was a scary 90 seconds.

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Terry Reynolds

As of now, there are two carriers and five frigates in New York Harbor. One carrier is to provide air support and one is to be used as a floating hospital. Sadly, the latter may not be needed.

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Tiffany Baxendell

Why are you smiling? Why are you outdoors? Don't you know the sky is falling? Why is the sky so blue and perfect and clear? Why aren't there angry clouds and thunder? Isn't this the Apocalypse?

And dear God, all those people...

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Wayne Boerger

I am certain that my experience on September 11, 2001 is unique among
Americans. I felt no horror, no revulsion, no shock. There was no
confusion, no worrying about loved ones, nothing. It was just another
day to me.

Excuse me, you say?? What kind of sick person could I be to react this
way??

Someone who didn't know it had happened.

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Chuck Olsen

...Some of them weren't. Missing, or dead. We felt lucky to be alive, lucky for our family and friends.

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Adam

I remember the anger, the hatred and the sadness. I didn't feel any fear.

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Mark (puggs)

Mark posts a link to his blog entry "I Believe,...There are angels among us."

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LeeAnn

The people who died on September 11 felt at home. They thought they were safe.

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Michael Glazer

We later found out that night that my Uncle had been on the plane from Boston that hit the first tower, the tower my brother was in. My uncle worked in Boston and lived in California. He was on his way home to his wife and son.

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Maria Pinczewski-Lee

...and as I sat there, on our couch, tears streaming down my face in disbelief, I remember thinking how glad I was that they were not alive to witness this event.

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Shelby

...He came rushing into the bedroom, saying "They bombed the World Trade Center." Groggy, I sat up and said "Yes, but that was several years ago." "No, now!" he said and turned on the tv.

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kelley

At this point I hung up and screamed for Pete. He stumbled into the living room, blinking fuzzily, and watched with me as the towers burned, as bodies fell. We sat and held hands as we watched the Pentagon go up in flames. I bet you could smell the terror in that room, if you could go back and watch it like a time-travelling fly on the wall. I don't think we spoke at all, but my lips twitched constantly in silent prayer.

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Chrissy

I remember my mom making me close my eyes every time CNN would replay the footage of the people jumping out of the burning buildings. I peeked once. I really wish I hadn't.

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Val Prieto

Just as she's about to answer I hear "Ayyyyy nooooo." In a wail that just took everything from me. "No Dios mio! No!"

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Thlayli

Around 11:00, the phone rang. It was my mom.

"I spoke to your sister, she's OK."

My sister was working downtown at the time. But .. why wouldn't she be OK?

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Peter

I wonder who they were. I wonder if they were man and wife, lovers, coworkers, friends or just two strangers with fire at their backs and no hope of rescue. I wonder who they left behind, if their bodies were found and identified or if they were some of those more than a thousand unidentifiable. I wonder how their families are coping. I wonder how long it will be before I stop seeing them.

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PJ

...I wear a small silver band with the name of Rev. Mychal Judge, FDNY eched on it so that I remember to pray for all those that miss him & all the others lost on that day.

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Joyce

Joyce provides a link to a site for the survivors of 3WTC, the "forgotten" building. Link also on side panel.

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Jim Lynch

Jim Lynch posts a link to his 9/11 memorial page.

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Jim in Virginia

I ran to the river side of the building, looked north. An ugly cloud of smoke was rising up the river. This can't be real; it is.

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Anonymous

Nicht vergessen!

German for "Don't Forget!" It's a 1' x 2' corkboard I acquired when I was stationed in Germany in the early 80's. Something you would pin a grocery list or something similar to. It has been hung directly in front of my office chair in my home office since Sep. 12, 2001 - always in sight. After their (Germany's) participation in the Axis of Weasels affair, I would have trashed it - except for the single thing pinned there. Two Amtrak Metroliner tickets. One is a stub - Philadelphia 30th St. Station to Newark Penn Station - 11Sep2001, arrival time 8:45AM. The other is the return ticket for that afternoon - unused.

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JT_Hunter

JT_Hunter posted a link to his tale.

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Baseball Crank

Baseball Crank posted a link to his story.

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ScottC

She then began to say excitedly, "There's been a crash at the World Trade Center, and there's trouble at the Pentagon! It's like a war zone out there!!!"

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am

Is this the beginning of the end?

I tried to wrap my brain around that idea. Couldn't. Too scared. Ignored it. The next thing I knew, I was in the parking lot at the meeting. Everyone was talking about it, but filtered into the room like it wasn't really happening. I looked around at everyone, some were murmuring, some looked anxious, many were joking and having their coffee and danish as usual and I wanted to scream, "What the hell is wrong with you people? The world is ending!" I broke into tears. I had a baby. I had *babies* -- what was I doing bringing children into this world?

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Stew

The most extraordinary thing happened in the days immediately following 9/11. We all became Americans again. Every taxicab driver, from every imaginable country/culture/religion, had American flags prominently displayed. Every business was "proud to be an American". Not from fear, not to prevent looting or violence, but from solidarity. Soooo many people I saw at the 7-11 asked the Muslim clerk there; "Are you all right? Is anyone harassing you? Is your mosque safe?".

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Bill Tulloch

The images seemed to be of another planet, and yet so real at the same time. It couldn't be happening, but it was. Even then, at 9:15, 9:20, 9:30, as Bush spoke, no one at my office (7 blocks from the White House) expressed any concerns about DC - this was happening in NYC.

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jasond

September 11 used to be my birthday. I say "used to be" because, as someone said above, I don't feel much like celebrating.

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furgig

Sept. 11th is my wife's birthday. It's hard to celebrate when others mourn.

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Photo Dude

If you want to remember those lost in a meaningful way, don't rely on the media, yer gonna have to roll your own.

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Jack

Remember the WTC. Remember 9/11. Grab the unity and sense of purpose we felt after the attack. Grab the righteous anger that we felt as we realized who had done this to us. Stay strong. Stay awake. Never forget

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Troll King

All that is overshadowed -- rightly -- by the horror of Sept. 11, 2001. I'm not sure why I bring this up except to say that Sept. 11 can be also be a day that we can express our simple gratitude at being alive.

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Daria

People were trying to locate family members who lived in the City. You could see the cloud of smoke from the other side of the building. Two of us went over there; we had to see. We slowly approached the window. White smoke, over the trees. We looked at our co-workers. They were on their phones. Several were sobbing. We couldn't be there. We returned to our department.

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Leigh-Anne

Leigh-Anne sent a few September 11th-related links.

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ForNow

There’s a lot that each of us will see only once. I thought there should be places where people put these things. This looks like such a place. I live in Woodside, Queens. I’d gone onto the roof to check out the day at 8 am. Beautiful. I do distinctly remember thinking that it might be the most beautiful morning I’d seen in Woodside, over 17 years.

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Jenni

The grief was just overwhelming -- the horror that people suffered through, the pleas....it was just heartbreaking. If I felt that way -- a person on the outside looking in, someone who's had her share of loss but not by 9/11 -- I could only imagine how it was magnified for the loved ones.

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Henry

That September 11th, I couldn’t help but think of Disneyland.

Sounds awful, I know, but I can explain.

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Frank

I remember seeing the faces of my coworkers as they watched in absolute horror the events of that day. Besides the images being shown on the screen, I'll never forget the saddened faces of those who I work with.

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Garrett Stasse

I remember dozens of boats, thousands of dust-covered people who didn't know where they were or how they'd get home.

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Gary/RightWingTexan

Michele,
I thought maybe this post from a year ago might be appropriate for your new blog. I wrote this piece the day after posting an argument for not memorializing the events of 9/11. The first anniversary memorials were very moving and appropriate – they should continue.

Gary - RightWingTexan

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Cybrludite

The bottom just fell out for me then.

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Mike Friedman

A friend of mine was late, so I called him up and told him to haul ass. He told me that a plane had hit the World Trade Center and that he was watching CNN.

I told him to stop bull shitting me and making stupid excuses and move his butt since I didn't want to have to pay for his dinner.

Then the cell phones started to ring.

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rachel

The most vivid thing I remember about that day was on my way to work in Washington, DC, the radio announcer said, "I bet there's going to be a lot of people who will be going home from work early today." He meant because of the weather--it was so beautiful that day--but he was correct.

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Jack Tanner

I felt a different sort of anger than I have ever felt before and at that point I realized that we had been attacked.

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Ermilla

I got a knot in my stomach that didn't go away for about two weeks. I realized that nothing would ever be the same again.

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Joe

To this day, when I make that late evening ride down the main drag of the station, I think of that afternoon.

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Thomas Vago

As I saw that jet deliberately fly into the other tower, I knew that the US was under attack. No other scenario could have possibly explained the behavior of that airliner as it impacted the side of the tower.

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Michelle

All over the pier there were candles and people just standing, looking at downtown Manhattan and crying. There was a strange hush. Not that people weren't talking - they were all just doing it quietly. Even the dogs seemed subdued.

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syber

On Tuesday, I met my first casualties of the War which began on September 11.

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Jeff Durkin

When I made it to the Potomac, I could see the smoke from the Pentagon, a massive black pillar rising high into an otherwise beautiful, blue sky.

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Frank DiSalle

My family and I were watching Fox news as usual, when the report came in that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. My mind took me back to when that plane hit the Empire State Building in the fog.

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September 07, 2003
Sgt. Mom

I mailed a cheerful letter to you on Monday, with pictures of my garden and
Blondie, but today I have woken up in another country.

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Judith Weiss

Judith sent me links to several moving stories she posted on her blog and elswhere.

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September 06, 2003
Jeff

I knew the world had changed forever.

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Jane

Then and Now

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Jamie

All I could think of was all the people who could not have gotten out of that building.

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James

Why have I taken your time to tell you of my struggles of my youth? So you may understand my convictions as an adult.

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galfrom mich

On 9/11, I was on a plane on the runway in Detroit, headed for Madison, WI.

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Dr. Manhattan

My son was born in the early morning of September 9, 2001.

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September 05, 2003
Jake

But for some reason, I had a strange vibe about going into work. I decided to stay home. At about 8:50a, my boss and I were chatting via instant messenger, and he told me that a plane had hit the WTC.

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Ironbear (II)

This is the column drafted for Renderosity during the four days of 9/11 and after that was mentioned in my other post for Voices

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Ironbear (I)

No tears. Not ever.

Rage though.... that hits later. Much later

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Athena Nadine

From my school in Brooklyn, the buildings always looked so clean, and so bright. There always seemed to be such promise in that tiny island across the river. And sitting there, sad, hurting, and lonely, those buildings became my friends. I sat at that window, day after day, and told those buildings everything. There was nothing about me they didn't know.

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Allison

To me, September 11 will always be a happy, joyful day.

Even my memories of September 11, 2001 will be cheerful ones.

“WHY?” you may ask in horror, and then justifiably insist that I give you a damn good reason.

OK, I will. My wonderful beautiful son Eitan was born on September 11, 1996.

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September 03, 2003
Heather

The future spreads its threads day by day.

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Deb

"There's a hole in the ground where the World Trade Center towers used to be."

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Dave

Dave told his story in photos. Please go here to see them.

Daniel

Also burned in my memory are countless images of people helping eachother, volunteering to search the rubble for survivors, hardly taking a break to eat or sleep, people standing in the streets cheering the rescue workers and people standing in the streets holding pictures of lost loved ones.

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Chuck

..we sat, made lists of supplies we could spare to send, and called people to find crews for ambulances if we had to send them. We had no calls; in fact the county was eerily quiet that day.

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Ara

She had on a long sleeved pullover shirt; it was dark blue-grey.

On the front of the shirt she was wearing was a picture of the World Trade Center.

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Andrew

The human impact of this - was somewhat lost on me then.

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Jay T

I tried to comfort her. Through tears she said: "Jim works there."

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September 02, 2003
Wayne

I share my story this way to perhaps give you a taste of what Rip Van Winkle may have felt like when he awoke.

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david

"It's gone, it's gone. The World Trade Center is gone."

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Rossi

...when the first one fell
a part of me stopped

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September 01, 2003
michele

For those who do not regularly go to my site, but came here from elsewhere, this is what I wrote after finally - almost two years later - gathering up the courage to go to Ground Zero this past weekend: [each link is a photo]

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August 31, 2003
marypat's story

Infinity is NOT a number..

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August 29, 2003
Faith's Story

It's almost two years now. In some ways it might as well be yesterday, in others it was a lifetime ago.

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August 27, 2003
no ordinary day

The stories contributed to last year's similar project: No Ordinary Day

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