Three U.S. sites.
Four commercial airplanes.
2,977 souls lost.
Twenty years have passed since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, but for many not a single day moves forward without a reminder of that fateful day in 2001. In less than two hours, lives were forever changed.
It was a bright and beautiful day — a park-walking day for many New Yorkers, according to some accounts. It was a day for work and classes for others. It was a day for active duty; for travel; for polishing the firetruck; for calling in sick; and for staying home from work to meet the repairman who failed to show up the day before.
It was a Tuesday like any other — until it wasn’t, and when we asked the ASU community and friends to share their 9/11 story, the response was overwhelming.
Here are their stories.
Editor’s note: Some people who shared their story chose to remain anonymous.
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