Tuesday, July 26, 2011
What's your 9/11 story?

As the tenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks gets closer, everyone from media pundits to academics and politicians will look back at that day and how it forever changed the United States and the world.

 

Here at iReport, we want to know how September 11 affected you. Everyone has a story from that day, whether they lost someone in the attacks or watched the news helplessly from afar, and we're interested in yours. How did the attacks make you feel? Does that day mark a turning point in your life? Who did you reach out to when you first heard the news?

 

A while back we launched an assignment asking for stories and we've already received dozens of amazing submissions. iReporter Brian Branco shared his incredible tale of escaping the World Trade Center and how he learned to cope with the experience. Ayesha Qazi offered her perspective as a young Muslim woman and how she stayed strong even in the face of adversity. And Ellyn Latona explained that the horrible events of September 11 led to something wonderful – meeting her husband and starting a family.

 

Don't miss your chance to add your perspective to the collection. We've been working on a special interactive for our anniversary coverage and hope to include as many stories as possible. We look forward to hearing from you.

6 Comments
July 26, 2011
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My 9/11 story is really a 9/10 story. Connected with 9/11 on the Sept.10,2001 me and my husband at the time was shopping at publix and 2 men that were in the terror attacks were smiling at us seem very nice. To make a long story short when we got home i started to feel sorrow and there is a song they use to play on tv. The name of the song was i love New York and i hear it all the time because i am from Connecticut. And i began to cry as my family seen this thing take me. I begin to pray and i was telling my family something is getting ready to happen. So i called my mom and ask her where is my brother. I knew he lived in New York but, where so i told her to call him and tell him not to go anywhere tomorrow something is going to happen. And it did. I was Shocked so shocked but, i have national event dreams all the time. That's my story and it's a true.

July 26, 2011
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I was in my kitchen watching CNN when the planes hit the Twin Towers, and my husband was at the airport about to fly to New York. Fortunately his plane had not taken off.

Our dog had been ill with kidney failure for a year, and somehow a few days later, I felt compelled to take her to the vet who agreed she should be put to sleep.

It was a very strange feeling and one I can't explain. It seemed the right thing to do.

July 27, 2011
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Hi @Msdetermine and @Angela2! Thanks for sharing your stories. Please consider uploading them to our 9/11 assignment. That's where we'll be looking when considering which stories to add to our special coverage.
July 27, 2011
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BABY BROTHER! I was a sophmore in High School and it was the first day of classes. My sister was starting her freshman year at the same school. My brother was in 6th grade at the time.

 

My father who works for a moving company based in Brooklyn usually had meetings with clients in the world trade center. He was supposed to have one that morning at 8:00. The client delayed the meeting to 9:00. Then my dad's boss told him to wait until 10:00.

 

Needless to say, my dad never left his warehouse in redhook when the planes hit, and he was safe- shaken, but safe.

 

Anyway long story short, my dad is alive, and in December 2002 we welcomed baby Liam into the family. I know, talk about an age gap.

 

This probably isn't exciting enough to be news worthy, but I think its nice to see the goodness from the tragedy. And being 10 years since it's happened, I think it would be nice to stop focusing on the tragedy and start focusing on the goodness that came after. You know, I'll never forget how selfless and helpful people were toward each other for about 2 months directly after. Especially in NY where everyone's so typically self-involved and always on the go. It was really somethin'.

 

Good luck with your stories! 

July 27, 2011
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katie - yup jsut saw that link in your comment. Sorry about the mis-post, will paste it to there.

July 28, 2011
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Thanks, @MelHannon1. It's a great story!

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