September 11 Digital Archive


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How has your life changed because of what happened on September 11, 2001?

It made me value life more than I did before. I lost someone very dear to my heart. It rocked me to my core that these people could come into our country and just take from us so violently for no reason other than ignorance. I cannot fly even though I suppose we have gotten safer when it comes to the American skies. I will never forget all of the brave people who gave their lives that day. I feel like we have all gained 2983 guardian angels, souls who will help us fight terrorism and keep us strong.

I was 15 and 1/2 on 9-11-01. I was at school, in gym class when it started. We turned on the tv in our teachers office and all we could do is watch and be completely terrified. Our school made lots of announcements, but as things in NY got worse, peoples parents started pouring in to take their kids home for fear of something more coming. The teachers let us watch the coverage all day, they didnt know people would start jumping out of the windows. That screwed a lot of us up. Kids were in the hallways crying and losing it. I got home that day and hugged my dad harder than I ever had before.

He sat with me and told me that My "uncle" Steve was there for business and his wife hadn't been able to get ahold of him. He was supposed to be on the 82nd floor of the second hit tower. I never got to see my uncle again after then. He left behind his wife and 3 kids ages 9,4 and a 3 week old baby. I hope he didn't suffer that day.

How will you remember the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks?

I will get together with my family and watch a lot of the coverage, mostly anything coming from ground zero. I will pause for the moments of silence. I will light a candle for my uncle because I know his flame will keep burning even though he is no longer on this earth.


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