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  • “Where were you?” - a special feature at - is a growing collection of Americans’ remembrances of that day. Read what others have to say and share your story.

    Some of the stories you’ll read there:

    Rachel MacDonald, Sacramento CA
    “I will never forget listening to the radio the morning of 9-11-2001. I was in the typical slow moving traffic around the I-5/Hwy. 80 downtown area. Stop-and-go, our cars surged forward on what should have been an everyday journey. ...”

    Muriel Strand, Sacramento CA
    “When I first heard the news at work it seemed like science fiction. We got to go home from the office, and I spent the day making hot sauce and watching the towers fall down dozens of times on TV. ...”

    Michael V. Chapman, Novato, CA
    “That Tuesday morning, I was northbound on Highway I-5 at a rest stop near Tracy, California. ...

Reflections of 9/11

Published: Sunday, Sep. 11, 2011 - 12:00 am | Page 1X
Last Modified: Sunday, Sep. 11, 2011 - 12:58 am

America watched in horror 10 years ago today as one jet airliner, and then another, slammed into the World Trade Center on the glittering Manhattan skyline. In television images broadcast across the globe, we saw the twin towers fall, and got news of a third plane crashing into the Pentagon, then a fourth – targeted for either the Capitol building or the White House – that catapulted into a field in Pennsylvania after passengers tried to wrest control.

As the day unfolded, we saw images of men and women rushing and leaping from burning buildings, firefighters digging through remains and rubble, and heartbroken people weeping for loved ones lost and lives forever changed. The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, killed 2,977 people, touched off wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, fueled mistrust of Muslims and spawned a new government agency known as Homeland Security. The Bee asked readers to share their remembrances of 9/11 and tell us how their lives have changed since the worst terrorist attacks in the country's history.

The teenager

The silver anniversary couple

The warriors

The transplanted New Yorker

The frustrated traveler

The flight attendant

The American Muslim

The grieving brother

The soldier's father

The volunteer

The patriot

Rescue effort transformed firefighter

My Life After 9/11: Sacramento Bee readers share their stories

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