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The stories of responders, volunteers and rescue/recovery workers are a continuing source of inspiration. Our Stories section is a growing compilation of the truly heroic actions of so many on 9/11. They are a record of the confusion and courage, the unity and loss, that make up our collective memory of that day. For information on the many support and health monitoring programs available for 9/11 Survivors, please visit VOICES Survivors page.


Submitted by: Brendan Chellis
Why did the worst day of our lives start out so nice? Weather-wise, September 11th was beautiful. It was one of those days that you picture them having all the time in California. There literally was not a cloud in the sky.
9/11 Story
Submitted by: SM
On September 11th, 2001, I was relatively new to New York as a lower Manhattan professional. I was on my way to work from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn on the R train, which travels under the World Trade Center.
9/11 Train Ride
Submitted by: Terry Benczik
It was a beautiful spring-like dawn and I woke up an hour earlier than usual thinking it might be a good idea to head into work and clear up the pile of papers on my desk. Yet somehow, the morning seemed to be adhering to a clock of its own.
Alice Bowens' Story
Submitted by: Alice Bowens
My name is Alice Bowens and I worked for The Port Authority of NY & NJ on 9/11/2001 (permanent) as well as on 2.26.1993 when I was a temp and had to type the letters to the victims families. I need to share my story to have peace of mind.
Bob's Story
Submitted by: Robert Evenden
Many, many of you called Tuesday to find out what and how I was doing. I was so overwhelmed with your concern and interest that I thought I would send this as general letter to let you know what went on, just in an overall sense.
Brendan's Story
Submitted by: Brendan MacWade
This entry is the first in my new journal. I haven't kept a journal in over 10 years. Back in August 1991, the world changed dramatically. A failed coup in the Soviet Union brought an end to the Soviet Empire. The Cold War ended, and the 21st Century unofficially began.
Buried in the Rubble
Submitted by Joe Torillo
Pain seeped through the cozy morphine cocoon protecting Joe Torrillo's brain from his crushed body. He awoke in a sterile, unfamiliar room, lying atop the taut, clean sheets of a hospital bed.
Chronological Events of 11 September 2001
Submitted by: Gordon Huie
The title of these personal chronological recollections has been changed so many times during the course of the writing and updating. In this article’s infancy, I used the word “tragedy”.