The 9/11 Project

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September 10, 2021

The 9/11 Project: Acknowledgements START HERE

Curated by Kelly Shaw The 9/11 Memorial site states that 'On any given day in 2001, reportedly thirty to fifty thousand people came to work in the World Trade Center.…
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September 10, 2021

Jennifer Shaw Griffin: There is nothing quite like eye contact and a shared mammalian warmth in a place beyond words

I was living with my husband in Brooklyn at that time, and we were working from home. In New York, there is a time when the veil of summer lifts.…
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September 10, 2021

Tricia Boone: I felt connected to every person in the United States…except the one sitting across from me

September 11, 2001, was a beautiful day in New England. People forget that. I put on a bathing suit and went out on the deck of my parents house in…
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September 10, 2021

Dan Donovan: Zandy’s email saved my life

My day started out meeting my friend Keith Delmar that morning at his house a couple of blocks from my house. At that point in time, I would meet him…
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September 10, 2021

Nadereh Khedri: I am a Hazara Afghan

On 9/11, I was about 9 years old. I was in Year 4 in school, in Iran. I was born in Iran, although I am a Hazara Afghan. My parents…
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September 10, 2021

Carolyn Zeytoonian: For Erica, a trailblazer

I first met Erica Van Acker at the Station Bistro Restaurant in Water Mill, New York, in the mid-1990s. At the time, I was living in Bridgehampton, on the East…
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September 10, 2021

Kelly Shaw: Martha’s Vineyard 41.3N 70.6W

Martha’s Vineyard is an idyllic little island off the southern coast of Massachusetts, home to white sandy beaches bordered by long reedy grasses, lighthouses and old Yankee money.  A Stromboli…
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September 9, 2021

Keith LoBue: An uncontrollable marker of change

I arrived in the US around the fifth or sixth of September that year for the start of my fall workshop tour. Emigrating with my family to Sydney from Connecticut…
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September 9, 2021

Aaron Oldaker: We reclaimed the date

When 9/11 happened, I was just weeks off of finishing my Bachelor of Arts (history/sociology) degree at the University of Tasmania: in a far corner of the globe, almost as…
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September 9, 2021

Joe Minehan: a Boston fireman

This is dedicated to my dad, Steve Minehan - a Boston firefighter and a true hero, killed in the line of duty. 1950-1994 I remember the day like it was…
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September 9, 2021

Monique Shephard: Spend your love on the important people

The morning of 9/11 in the US was the late hours of our 11 September – around 11pm, and I was already in bed. Pregnant with my fifth child, Eleanor,…
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September 9, 2021

Kathy Campbell: A white powdery residue covered everything

I worked downtown, a few blocks away, and I could see the Towers from our office windows. I lived in New Jersey, and I was getting ready to leave for…
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September 9, 2021

Katherine Campbell: That those giant, imposing buildings could just disappear from the skyline was chilling

I remember 9/11 as my first sick day away from a new teaching job, and being awakened from a sound sleep by the phone.  It was my now ex-husband calling,…
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September 9, 2021

Ellen Griffin: It changed us all in some way

It was, as many will recall, a fabulous Indian Summer morning in Boston.  Myself and my friend, Caren, both young mums, were out walking with our babies. I only had…
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September 9, 2021

Angela Reyniers: It really did change the world overnight

I was vacationing in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. I was on the phone with my fiancé who was in Australia (he was Australian Army), and had the Today show…
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September 9, 2021

George Wilkinson: That skyline will never be the same

Senior year in college. I wasn't in NYC on the day. I am from New Jersey and was at uni in Berkeley, California, that morning. I swam in college, and…
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September 9, 2021

Alana Sowman: ‘Look out the window’

I normally worked from home, but that day I had to go to a client in Philadelphia. A normal day, but I didn't really feel like going to Philly and…
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September 9, 2021

Lewis Forman: It was truly historic for all the wrong reasons

Started off as a normal day.  Shower temp was amazing.  One of those showers where the temp was perfect, sets the tone for the day.  My mood was great too. …
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September 9, 2021

Mary Mullan: No ambulances, no people

I was in Sydney at the time, watching Rove on TV and dozing off. I woke up in time to see the second tower being hit. As most of my…
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September 9, 2021

Laura Galvanek: I was taking the train into a cemetery

It’s certainly a day I’ll never forget, even though I didn’t lose anyone, thank God. But I was worried for many hours, about friends and family. I waited for my…
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September 9, 2021

Layne Mostyn: The world is on fire

I was 19 years old, and living in Maryland. A friend called me after the first plane hit and told me to turn on the TV because "the world is…
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September 9, 2021

David Gilbey: Autumn: a 9/11 Haibun

Alas for mortality! Underneath the helmet a grasshopper. (Matsuo Basho, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, 1689, trans. Donald Keene, 1996.) The World Trade Centre attack occurred in September…
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September 9, 2021

Joanne Burstell: I felt the whole desk shake

I was sitting at my desk in lower Manhattan the morning of 9/11 when I felt the whole desk shake. My colleagues and I looked at each other and said,…
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September 9, 2021

Karen Joyce: Everyone was scared together

9/11. It's funny, but not only do I remember that day, but I also remember that weekend before.  Dave, my boyfriend at the time (now my husband) was living on…
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September 9, 2021

C Vieira: All the stores were out of American flags

I was 9, in school in Manhattan, and most parents worked down there (near the Towers) or around in Downtown. I remember the whole school (K-8) being pulled into an…
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September 9, 2021

Kiah Fowler: A four year old at Ground Zero

I was only 4 at the time, but the events around 9/11 are definitely a distinct early memory. On the day itself, I don't remember much of anything directly related…
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September 9, 2021

Joanne Nelson: That was it for smiles that day

My day started shortly after 5am, and I already had a knot in my stomach. For the first couple of hours of that Tuesday, I had paced in my hotel room,…
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September 9, 2021

Harry Doble: We would all have to contend with what happened

I remember the morning of September 11, 2001 fairly well. I was 15 at the time and in high school. I was in bed asleep before I needed to get…
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Jennifer Fletcher: The free-falling paper

I was under the Towers on the subway, 10 minutes before the first explosion. I working at an architectural firm on Wall Street, not far from the Towers. When I…
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Julie Mazur Tribe: The Red Cross tent at Ground Zero

I was among the first wave of volunteers, first at the Armory and then at Ground Zero. My job was to hand out water to the enormous line of people…
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Rod Studdert: America does not tell these stories

I was a teacher at a high school in a small New South Wales country town when 9/11 happened. I arrived at school that next morning after the attack had…
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September 9, 2021

Jennifer Bucci Smith: We buried empty caskets

I was just 20 years old. Here are some memories: I lost family and friends that day. Nothing was ever found of them. We buried empty caskets. Cell phones wouldn't…
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September 9, 2021

Shelly Mahoney: The accidental reporter

I was working at a childcare (day-care) place, called Beechwood, in Quincy, Massachusetts, at the time. (As the crow flies, Quincy is just across the harbor from East Boston, where…
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September 9, 2021

Brenna Russell: Love Hard

I was in the 5th grade. The TV was on and my mom was frantically on the phone. I thought we were watching a TV show. I didn't understand that…
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September 9, 2021

Meghan Hayes: There were WTC remnants hanging in the tree outside my window

I was living in New York City at the time. I was working from home as a freelance UX designer after the dot com crash of 2000, so when the…
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September 9, 2021

Cate Bee: Students were getting called out of class

I was in 5th grade, about 50 miles from New York City. That morning, students began getting called out of class to be dismissed, but no explanation was given. So…
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September 9, 2021

Aisha Alhaija: My mum took off her hijab

I remember when this happened. I was so young, I didn’t understand exactly what was happening. You could just tell something was off. I also didn’t understand why we couldn’t…
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September 9, 2021

Katie Gee: The Pentagon was on fire

Oh boy. I was living in Cammeray, near North Sydney, but I’m originally from the States. I was in my early 30s. My then-boyfriend (a Pom) and I had been…
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September 9, 2021

Sasha Castell: No one ever talks about the smell

You know what nobody ever talks about when they discuss 9/11 and its aftermath? The smell. That nauseating combination of smoke, concrete dust, and burnt metal that lingered in the…
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September 9, 2021

Denise Garrett Mommsen: Austin, TX

I was in Austin, Texas at the time, and I was getting ready to leave for work. I was holding my 6 month old baby on my hip, finishing up…
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September 9, 2021

Christine Irvine: The consequences were far reaching

On September 11 2001, I had just commenced maternity leave. I was 6 weeks from having my first child, which is an exciting time in anyone’s life. I was channel…
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September 6, 2021

Frank Prem: Poet In The Rubble (of 9/11)

Frank Prem is an Australian poet whose work has appeared in numerous publications both in Australia and overseas. He has published two volumes of poetry, in addition to a memoir…
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September 6, 2021

Katie Stone: A View from Ireland

It was my junior year of college, and I was studying abroad in Ireland. Just two weeks before, we had flown out through Newark, and my friend and I had…
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September 6, 2021

Sue Barrell: The 6am Call

I had been back in Brisbane for about a week after a trip home, to Portland Oregon. My son and his wife had not long returned from a visit to…
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September 1, 2021

Jill Myerski: It was nighttime in Japan

I was a senior in high school, living in Japan on the largest US Air Force Base overseas. I was sleeping over at my girlfriend’s house, and I remember watching…

What is the 9/11 Project?

September 11 2021 will mark the 20th anniversary of the fateful day that altered the trajectory of American history, and the world. Anyone alive on that day will have either a memory or a story to share about how this day, these events, impacted them.

It is the Kennedy assassination for Generation X.

(and a pivotal moment in history for other generations as well)

This project is ambitious, especially for one woman (in this case, me). My aim to collect some stories about people’s memories and experiences of that day. I am looking to get a broad range of accounts – but I acknowledge these will probably be Westernized accounts. You don’t have to be a survivor or first responder – but if you are, I would love to hear from you.

Perhaps that day formed one of your earliest memories. Perhaps you were a child at school. Maybe it started off (as it did for so many) as just another Tuesday at work. Don’t think your memory is too mundane or too boring. It would be great to have a variety of voices, ages, experiences. If you have a memory from that day, or you know someone who wants to share their story or experience, please send me an email. PLEASE NOTE: the hyperlink below is not active, so please use the two here, or email me at kel@fullstopwithkelshaw.com.au

Please scroll down to read the Ts &Cs. By submitting, you are agreeing to the Terms and Conditions. Thank you for your interest in this project.

Image: Steve Harvey, Unsplash. Thanks to Steve and all the other hard working creatives out there, who are willing to share their work for free.

As with everything that has been impacted by COVID19, there are at the moment no upcoming classes or events for Full Stop. But boy, will we have plenty to write about when all of this finishes…Stay safe everyone.

My heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all of our current everyday heroes: our farmers, truckies, grocers, pharmacists, first responders, teachers, carers, politicians, and of course, everyone in the medical profession. You are truly making the world go around right now.