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On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the ASU community looks back

Faculty, students, alumni and more share memories of that historic day; hear those stories in their own voices

The Manhattan skyline before 9/11 with the World Trade Center visible
September 09, 2021

Three U.S. sites.

Four commercial airplanes.

19 hijackers.

102 minutes.

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.

Related 9/11 stories

Top photo by Thomas Svensson/

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