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10 Years Later: Remembering 9/11

How 9/11 Touched The Soul Of The City: Sharing Your Stories

This is your opportunity to share your personal accounts of Sept. 11 and its aftermath with the WBUR community — just you and a friend or family member in conversation, recorded at our studios or in your home. Excerpts of certain conversations will be broadcast on 90.9 WBUR.

We’ll also create an archival Web page which will contain much more than your voices. So we’re also asking you to submit photos, video, tapes, letters, voice mail messages, maps and any other memorabilia you may have that will help tell your stories and make your memories more tangible.

Sisters Carie, left, and Danielle Lemack, whose mother, Judy Larocque, died on the ill-fated Flight 11 from Logan Airport on 9/11, grieve in Boston this year at the Garden of Remembrance. (AP)

Sisters Carie, left, and Danielle Lemack, whose mother, Judy Larocque, died on the ill-fated Flight 11 from Logan Airport on 9/11, grieve in Boston. (AP)

We’ll accept as many participants as we can handle during August, so sign up soon!

What We’re Looking For

We’re particularly interested in how the events of 9/11 affected not just you, but also your relationships with your friends, family, children, co-workers and community. We’ll need one uninterrupted hour of your time; we’ll be recording you for up to 45 minutes, so you can relax and get into the flow of easy conversation with your loved one. One of you may play the role of “interviewer” and the other “storyteller.” Here are some questions for you to consider:

  • Where were you and what happened to you/your loved one on the day?
  • How did the events touch you personally?
  • How did you cope in the aftermath? How are you coping now?
  • How have your lives changed as a result?
  • How do you choose to commemorate the day on its anniversary?
  • What does 9/11 mean to you now, 10 years on?
  • What will it mean for your children/grandchildren?

How To Participate

Email us directly at 10yearslater@wbur.org or call 630-909-WBUR (630-909-9287).

Give us a brief outline of your story or memories you want to share. Be sure to leave your daytime phone number. We’ll call you back to go over your story, answer your questions and schedule a recording session. Thanks for your help!

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  • http://lizybee.wordpress.com EF Sweetman

    I was working at an outpatient clinic north of Boston. I heard the first reports of a plane hitting on of the towers on WBUR and at that time there was no thought or inclination that it could be a terrorist act. 
    When I arrived to the clinic, there was a television in the main lobby broadcasting the event. The visual of the burning tower was so incredibly surreal: a billowing inferno, black smoke pouring into the bluest sky and people jumping. I had never seen anything like this in my life–it was horrifying.  
    All but one of my patients showed up that day and the early appointments got no further than the lobby with the television, watched for a few minutes then left. Two people from my organization were on American Airline Flight 11. I had worked closely with one. I was directed back to the acute care hospital in Beverly with the thought that there might be a triage up the East coast. By mid afternoon we realized this would never happen. The devastation was absolute. I remember looking at the empty sky for days after. It was so clear and blue and perfect and all I recall thinking was, “This has changed everything.” EF Sweetman

  • Doug Scott

     Like most people I will never forget first hearing of the attacks on September, 11th, especially since  I was nearing the end of a few months of backpacking through the Middle East during the summer and fall of that year and I happened to be in Dubai at the time when there was much speculation about some of the pilots being U.A.E. nationals. It  was, however,  a chance meeting a few weeks later in Amman, Jordan, that sticks in my mind more often these days. After ordering a cool refreshment at an ice cream-smoothie shop the proprieter asked me if I was Australian. As I began to shake my head no he interjected with ‘English?’. I smiled and shook ‘no’ again and said I was American. His eyes lit up in wonder and he grabbed both of my hands with both of his and said, “My friend, I am so sorry about what has happened to you and your country. Please know that this is not the work of Islam, but of a madman. Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance. Please tell your friends…tell your family and anyone you can in your country that  we like America. That this is not how we all are. Please tell them.” This was his plea, and this I continue to tell as many people as I can.   Doug Scott, Hopkinton, Massachusetts

    • Andrea Ambroze

      very touching.  very sad.  Thank you for sharing it and it is so important! 
      Andrea Ambroze, Boston Massachusetts

  • Sallap

    I live and have lived across the street from the WTC since 1983. I was out of my apartment for about 6 months. We were fortunately on Long Island at a friends place when it happened. About 12 days later we were led up a dark staircase to our place, door twisted open with the cop who led us up and waited outside  for about 10 minutes until we collected what we needed/wanted. I for one am tired of all these memories that people have. We need to move on. We have lingered as a nation longer on this longer than WW1 and 2 combined. Most people in the US, where we have traveled a lot, when asked where we lived (this is pre-9/11) and told we lived in Manhattan they replied about 7-10 ratio that they hated New York and thought of it as hell on earth. After 9/11 that changed. Even Southern Baptists loved New York.  At a party in Seattle about 6 months later a therapist told us half her patients were having delayed streessed symptoms from 9/11. This is in Seattle. Another woman in another city told us with a straight face that her aunt 2 years earlier had ‘almost’ visited the WTC! People are obviously reaching for some deeper anguish and suffering within themselves that others can instantly identify with because we all saw it together on TV. Unlike the death of a mother or father or the endless list of those who perish nameless and daily by famine, war and terrorism around the world. This is why most people get their news from Jon Stewart and not NPR, BBC or PBS. I’m also against the Zadroga (wrongly titled) Health care bill he championed. It is not a health-care bill predominately it is aimed at compensation/disability payments. 7.4 BILLION dollars! These people all have Health care already through their unions and jobs for the most part. Are we insane. Does anyone realize what kind of health care that could provide for our nation, for everyone. It’s been over ten years and I still walk by a contruction site everyday. The whole city of Dubai was built in that amount of time. No politician wants to face these things because it’s like kicking a child or somehow being unpatriotic. I’m sorry to go on like this and apologize if it sounds like a rant. I guess it is.

  • Darshan Haward

    I am confused about the whole event.  What killed over 2400 people, including 350 Firefighters?

    Was it the hit of the planes or Collapse of the Towers?
    It is the the second one, then we should have a scientific and independent investigation about the Collapse.
    I heard so many voices by Structural Engineers that the official story of the collapses, statistically and scientifically could not have happened without the demolition explosives planted in the buildings before 9/11.

    How about WTC #7′s collapse with pre-warnings, at free-fall speed?  Checked it out, out of 60 similar total inferno fires of similar buildings, not one floor, not one joint has ever ever came close to breaking or twisting; but with these three buildings (owned and controlled by just one person), all thousands of joints have given up “all at the same time”.

    Additionally …. how can anybody explain that the owner of WTC #7, Larry Silverstein, has publicly said that his buildings was brought down by controlled demolotion.

    Why can’t we a single court case about the Collapses and/or about the flawed dis-investigation?

  • Sherry Tw.

    Darshan’s comment is great.  I agree 100%.
    We were in 4th of July celebrations.  There were tons of people with banners and literature and knowledge asking questions and giving explanations about the how three towers have collapsed.  As far as I know, there has been a very suspicious internal study by NIST, which totally ignored scientific theories and methods about proving an physical event.

    These guys are all architects, engineers and scientists.  They no beef in this process other than seeking the truth and they bravely have put their careers and future employments in danger by signing up for this cause.  They are not crazy people.  They have been around for 10 years; and they do not like they are going away.

    I hope we will give them the respect that is due to them for being the brave and patriotic souls that they are.
    http://www.AE911Truth.org

  • Jonathan Kay (journalist)

    Even if you are — like me — part of the majority that believes the “official theory” of 9/11, it’s a mistake to ignore a movement as large and passionately championed as this one. Across North America (never mind Europe and North America), millions of people have decided that the leaders of the free world are actually murderers — or, at least, in league with murderers – who’d wantonly slaughter thousands of their own citizens as a means to advance a geopolitical agenda. Isn’t that something that should interest us?

    And the movement is attracting new recruits, too. Once he’d finished his lengthy presentation last Saturday, Gage conducted a second poll of the room. This time, when he asked how many people supported the “official theory,” mine was the only hand raised. Shocked, I turned to the friend sitting beside me.

    Read more: http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/04/23/jonathan-kay-an-evening-in-montreal-with-richard-gage-9-11-truth-movement-prophet-extraordinaire.aspx#ixzz1TkLdMZXG

  • David Diamond, Ph.D.

    I hope you will be open minded enough to have Richard Gage of Architects and Engineers for 9-11 Truth on as a guest. There is ample information out there to raise serious questions about the official story of 9-11. The results of that myth have been an unmitigated disaster for the world. Gage and the rest of us in the 9-11 truth movement mainly want a new, real investigation of 9-11 with subpoena power in order to answer the many as yet unanswered questions about the events of
    9-11-01.  David Diamond, Ph.D.

  • AOCNetwork

    There is a great art exhibition going on through September 7 on the 48th floor of 7 World Trade Center. To learn more about this event and the artist, visit here! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/29/todd-stone-paintings-world-trade-center_n_912520.html

  • Peter Cassidy

    I had a date with a girl I met on a dating website.  She told me that when she was young, her father brought her and her family here to America to live a safer life in the USA.  Her homeland, Lebanon, had lots of unrest.  On 911, her brother perished on Flight 11.

  • Dimitreus Arktoris

    We want to remind people that over 2400 people were killed during the “Collapse of the Buildings”.
    We should honor them by investigating and finding out why “three” (not two) towers have collapsed when all thousands of steel joints have chopped themselves into pieces all at the same time in cool September tempratures.

    Fires, inferno’s, uncontrolled burning has never ever disconnected a single joint of a building anywhere in the world since the beginning of modern Architecture. 

    If we fail to explain scientifically why and how these buildings have collapsed, there is a good chance that we may have some other unexplained disaster in the future of this country that may kill at least that many innocent people.

    Let’s shake up from the sad and self-destructive mode that we have been during the last 10 years and listen to the brains of scientists, physicists, engineers and architects.  We must have the leadership of NPR and WBUR to voice our efforts of 9/11 Truth Movement during the last 10 years and have a program about the dis-investigated Collapses (especially WTC #7) and invite/interview San Francisco Architect Richard Gage.

    If not, our Media is definitely part of this Cover-Up which has been rotting this country every day.

  • Dearshan

    Why some Comments that were posted here were deleted?

    Are we applying censorship to our feelings and thoughts?

    What is the fear?  Do we have something to hide about the events of 9/11?

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for asking, Dearshan.  This is simply a post inviting people to share their personal experiences of 9/11.  I’d like to keep it on topic.  Thanks for understanding.

  • Sallap

    Thank you for deleting the conspiracy comments. Their place is not here. I pass them everday handing out their leaflets at the site.

    • Prof. Zing Yim

      My Structural Engineering degree and experience in four continents and knowledge of designing high-rise steel structures says: Architect Richard Gage and other Engineers are 100% right in their quest to ask for a new investigation in front of scientists, architects and engineers.

      The collapse of all three steel towers can be explained with only one factor:
      CONTROLLED DEMOLITION

      Don’t care about who did it, why and how.  Obviously some people have conspired to bring down the towers; just like you are conspiring here to be part of the cover-up.  WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO HIDE!!!

  • Dimitreus Arktoris

    We want to remind people that over 2400 people were killed during the “Collapse of the Buildings”.
    We should honor them by investigating and finding out why “three” (not two) towers have collapsed when all thousands of steel joints have chopped themselves into pieces all at the same time in cool September tempratures.

    Fires, inferno’s, uncontrolled burning has never ever disconnected a single joint of a building anywhere in the world since the beginning of modern Architecture.

    If we fail to explain scientifically why and how these buildings have collapsed, there is a good chance that we may have some other unexplained disaster in the future of this country that may kill at least that many innocent people.

    Let’s shake up from the sad and self-destructive mode that we have been during the last 10 years and listen to the brains of scientists, physicists, engineers and architects. We must have the leadership of NPR and WBUR to voice our efforts of 9/11 Truth Movement during the last 10 years and have a program about the dis-investigated Collapses (especially WTC #7) and invite/interview San Francisco Architect Richard Gage.

    If not, our Media is definitely part of this Cover-Up which has been rotting this country every day.     

  • David Diamond, Ph.D.

    I hope you will be open minded enough to have Richard Gage of Architects and Engineers for 9-11 Truth on as a guest. There is ample information out there to raise serious questions about the official story of 9-11. The results of that myth have been an unmitigated disaster for the world. Gage and the rest of us in the 9-11 truth movement mainly want a new, real investigation of 9-11 with subpoena power in order to answer the many as yet unanswered questions about the events of
    9-11-01. David Diamond, Ph.D.     

  • Jonathan Kay (journalist)

    Even if you are — like me — part of the majority that believes the “official theory” of 9/11, it’s a mistake to ignore a movement as large and passionately championed as this one. Across North America (never mind Europe and North America), millions of people have decided that the leaders of the free world are actually murderers — or, at least, in league with murderers – who’d wantonly slaughter thousands of their own citizens as a means to advance a geopolitical agenda. Isn’t that something that should interest us?

    And the movement is attracting new recruits, too. Once he’d finished his lengthy presentation last Saturday, Gage conducted a second poll of the room. This time, when he asked how many people supported the “official theory,” mine was the only hand raised. Shocked, I turned to the friend sitting beside me.

    Read more: http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/04/23/jonathan-kay-an-evening-in-montreal-with-richard-gage-9-11-truth-movement-prophet-extraordinaire.aspx#ixzz1TkLdMZXG

  • SherryTw.
  • Joe K.

    I’m going to digress slightly…

    One positive effect of 9/11 could be seen a few weeks later, during Halloween. For the first time in decades, kids were out trick-or-treating in huge numbers. Apparently neighbors, by comparison to terrorists at least, were no longer worth being afraid of.  Alas, that bit of enlightened perspective didn’t last.

    Regarding the event itself: I remember the period when skyjackings were frequently in the headlines. And, growing up in NYC, I also grew up with stories about the small plane which hit the Empire State Building. (The offices where it hit now get higher rent than others, apparently on the false theory that “lightning never strikes twice in the same place”). So I didn’t find the concept that someone might put the two together and fly a hijacked plane into a building especially shocking. Disappointing, infuriating, tragic, many other things — but almost immediately I realized that had only been a matter of time before someone attempted this.

    What shocked me, and what still shocks me, is the completely incorrect response from the Bush administration and the country as a whole. The proper response to terror is to refuse to be terrorized — “Keep Calm and Carry On”, as the Brits said during WWII — and to treat it simply as a criminal action.  Instead, we chose to demonstrate that terrorism (a) hurt us and (b) caused us to inflict further wounds on ourselves by lashing out in fear abroad and further terrorizing our own citizens at home.  In other words, we reacted exactly as the terrorists would have wanted us to… alienating the world and encouraging further terrorist attacks. And we haven’t yet been willing to admit the mistake, and admit that all the Homeland Security nonsense is pure theatrics, so we’re continuing to impose unnecessary costs upon ourselves. STUPID.

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