In remembrance of the tragic events that took place on this day in 2001, we asked some of our WSLS news staff to tell us where they were as the events unfolded -- and what they remember feeling.
Here are some of their responses.
"I just remember feeling an overwhelming sadness. I remember watching the coverage hoping rescuers would find people alive in the rubble. I was amazed at how fast people in communities across the country and around the world responded in ways to help the victims' families and all Americans try to begin to recover from this horrible act of terror."
"I was at home watching the Today show, and preparing to go to Virginia Tech to teach my class in news writing, when the first plane hit. Then, of course the second plane hit, followed by the Pentagon. I canceled my class at Tech and rushed to the station, where we went into heavy local coverage for the first hour or so, investigating possible impacts on Roanoke and the surrounding region. Then we all watched in horror as the towers fell and the magnitude of the event began to sink in."
"It was my first week of college. I was a freshman at Ferrum College in Franklin County. My roommate told me a plane hit the WTC, but I didn't think anything of it and kept going, I was running late for a meeting with my advisor. When I got there .. he said to me really aggressively … WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE? I was like WHY? He turned on the TV and I couldn't believe my eyes. I spent the entire day watching the news from my friends from home dorm room. Since I was new at school and couldn't make it home it was comforting to me to be with people I knew and went to high school with. "
"I was in 6th grade and had just gone to New York City on vacation with my mom and grandma. The principal at Glenvar Middle School broke in over the announcements to tell us about the first two planes hitting the Twin Towers. I was so young, I knew it was a big deal-- but didn't realize how huge it was. I was upset and wanted to tell my parents what had happened, so I wrote it down in my planner to make sure I didn't forget. Little did I know at the time, it would be a day that I would remember very vividly, even now."
"I was in the 5th grade and still living in San Francisco at the time. I remember waking up to see the news covering that both of the towers were hit. I kept asking my parents not only what was going on but why it happened."