Reflections on 9/11

Did the events of 9/11 change the way you define a hero?

No. The term ""hero"" has always had a wide range in my life--from fictional superheroes, to mygrandfather who fought in WWII, to my mother who protects me to this day with her love andwisdom. Public safety personnel and ""ordinary"" citizens can both be heroes, as proven by 9/11.

Nicole
22
Oxfordville, WI
What scared you most about the events of 9/11?

When I first heard that a plane had hit the WTC, I thought it was an accident. I will never forget standing in the cafeteria of my high school, watching the live news coverage of the situation andseeing the second plane hit the other tower.  At that moment I realized the planes crashes were not accidents.

Anne Marie
27
North Canton, OH
What scared you most about the events of 9/11?

What scared me the most was seeing the first Tower being hit and then the second tower being hit it was surreal.

Shirley
45
Chicago, IL
Did the events of 9/11 change the way you define a hero?

Those folks on the plane that crashed in the middle of Pennsylvania instead of hitting the White House‚ I just imagine how they must have worked together to prevent further disaster. I wonder what I myself would have done if I had been on that plane, or in the World Trade Center. Would I have panicked? Or helped others? I don't need other people to see me as a hero if ever there were a crisis, but I sure hope I can keep calm and help others.

Janet
60
Chicago, IL
What object or image from the exhibition moved you most and why?

To me it was interesting to see a piece of steel from the World Trade Center. Everyone remembers seeing tv footage of the towers collapsing, over and over. But seeing the actual steel makes the whole thing seem real and impossible at the same time.

Ellen
33
Los Angeles, CA

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